Making a few simple lifestyle changes can help prevent a fungal infection of the nails. Taking good care of your nails by keeping them well trimmed and clean is also apparently helpful in preventing infections. You should also avoid injuring the skin around your nails.

Look after your feet and nails!

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How to prevent nail fungal infections

Having had a toenail fungal infection, here’s what I’ve found out to help you prevent getting one …

  • Pay attention to your nails and keep them clean and well trimmed.
  • Don’t allow your nails to be moist or damp for long periods of time.
  • Buy an anti-fungal spray or an anti-fungal powder to use if you do a lot of sport and your feet are hot and moist in trainers for a lot of time.
  • If your toenails are already infected with a fungus then wash your hands with an anti fungal soap after touching or treating them.
  • When you shower or swim make sure you dry between your toes, as well as all around your foot
  • Don’t go to dodgy nail salons for manis and pedis. Go to a respected beauty salon where they sterilise the equipment they use,  or use your own items for manicures or pedicures – manicure and pedicure kit.
  • Buy moisture minimising socks,
  • Do wear shoes in public places – such as communal showers and around swimming pools. Take a pair of cheap flip flops with you perhaps.
  • Don’t wear artificial nails, or nail polish all the time.

Top Tip: These days, when I go for a manicure or a pedicure at a nail salon I make sure that the staff disinfect and sterilise their tools. Don’t be afraid to ask. I do! Nail clippers, emery boards and other manicure and pedicure equipment can spread fungal infections from client to client if they are not sanitised between treatments.

Natural remedies to treat toenail fungus

Although the best course of action is to see a doctor and get professionally diagnosed, some people prefer to go the more alternative route and seek out more natural medication.

You could look into some of the natural remedies, listed below, which are suggested by some as an alternative way to treat toenail fungus  …

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Tea Trea Oil
  • Orange Oil
  • Baking Soda and Sodium Borate
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lavendar Oil
  • Oregano Oil
  • Probiotics

Is a fungal infection difficult to cure?

Sometimes toenail fungal infections can be difficult to cure. Whatever treatment you use must be used correctly and for the prescribed time. Doctors may prescribe oral treatment.

Best over the counter nail fungus treatment to look for

Toenail fungus medication you buy over the counter might be an antifungal nail lacquer, a solution which can be brushed onto the nail in the same way you’d apply nail varnish.

Check out the reviews before you buy and see what results other people have had.

Your first round of medication may not work, and the nail infection is not really cured until you can see new nail growth that remains healthy and doesn’t show any new signs of infection.

Nail infections can re-occur, so be on the look out for any discolouration of your nails, and practice good hygiene in the meantime.

I’ve read that if left to get worse complications can set in which could result in the loss of the nail, or spread of the infection to other areas of the body.

N.B. As with all medical conditions, and queries you may have about fungal nail infections it’s best to see you doctor before you decide to self medicate. I’ve read that if you have diabetes and a nail infection it’s even more important to consult your doctor.