Fungus

Athlete’s foot and fungal nails are the most common fungal problems with feet. A fungus is a common mold that thrives in dark, warm moist areas. On the feet, it can grow on and between toes, as well as on soles and toenails. Fungal problems can be a result of the environment (socks, shoes, heat and humidity) or weakened immunity from such disorders as diabetes.

Chronic fungal infections are most common in adults, while acute fungal infections are seen more often in children.

Prevention

  • Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
  • Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.
  • Don’t share shoes or socks with others.
  • Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others.
  • Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
  • Follow basic foot care guidelines and you more than likely can head off most common foot fungus problems.
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