There are many steps that can be taken to prevent nail fungus infection;
- Check regularly for signs of Athletes foot – whiteness, scaling, flaking between the toes or spots on the arch and border of the foot – and treat Athletes foot as early and effectively as possible
- Let your feet breathe and rotate shoes regularly so you are not always wearing the same ones
- Take care in public risk areas, such as swimming pools and changing rooms, always wear flip flops, dry feet thoroughly and apply an antifungal spray before putting shoes and socks back on
- Always wear cotton fibered socks and leather shoes
- If you believe you are at risk of nail fungus infection, apply an antifungal treatment at least once a week
What should I do to reduce my chances of re-infection?
Steps should definitely be taken to avoid re-infection, this is because the infection can return if the fungus or athlete’s foot infection is able to gain access to the nail or foot.
It is worth remembering that the athlete’s foot infection is part of the same family of infection that causes fungal nail infection. Therefore if your shoes harbor the athlete foot spores you are likely to re-infect your nails. We suggest that you regularly apply antifungal creams or sprays and that you should avoid walking barefoot in wet public areas and that you should dry and decontaminate your shoes regularly with a good, effective shoe sanitised.
What is the best way to reduce my overall chance of re-infection?
Toe nail fungus requires a moist warm dark environment to thrive. The best way of reducing your risk of re-infection is to use a shoe sanitiser as often as you can but at least two to three times per week. The sanitiser will disrupt the environment within the shoe that fungus needs.
The Peet GO Shoe Sanitiser completely drys the shoes out and neutralizes fungal spores and bacteria with UV light.
Why is it important to have dry shoes?
With more than 250,000 sweat glands in each foot, your feet are among the most perspiring parts of the body. In one day, each foot can produce more than a pint of sweat, resulting in saturation your shoes. Without the use of a shoe sanitiser your saturated shoes require at least 24 hours for them to adequately dry out.
Our hands have a comparable number of sweat glands so why don’t fingers suffer from the same rates of fungal nail infection as our toes?
Apart from the fact that fingers are exposed to light the answer lies within our socks and shoes. The sweat our feet produce can’t easily escape into the air like the sweat from our hands. It all collects on our skin and in our socks and in the fabric of the shoe. Fungi and bacteria thrive in warm dark, damp environments such as damp shoes. Increased foot moisture is therefore a key ingredient for fungal nail infection.
Regular use of the shoe sanitiser will keep your shoes dry and smelling fresh and most importantly reduce your chance of re-infection of nail fungus.