The Beach Boys captured summer well with songs like “All Summer Long” and “Summer in Paradise.” Where are your summer adventures taking you? We know that it isn’t fun to bring up a foot problem while talking about summer vacation, but we want you to stay healthy! Preventing fungal nails while exposing yourself to their preferred environment is tricky. Here are some tips to keep an infection from developing, so your vacation fun can last long after your last dip in the pool or walk on the beach.
It starts with preparation before you head out. You may want to give yourself a nice pedicure before leaving for vacation, as your nails should be clean and trimmed to the edge of your toes. Use clean tools, and don’t go too short, as that can be painful and encourage an ingrown toenail.
If you will be in a warm, humid place, bring synthetic socks that will wick moisture from your feet. Sweaty feet mixed with bacteria make a great combination for odor, and a prime environment for a fungal infection to develop. An anti-fungal powder or spray for your shoes can help keep bacteria to a minimum. It is a good idea to rotate your shoes each day, to let each pair dry out after use.
Always wear a pair of flip-flops or water shoes for walking around in public pool or shower areas. The fungus that causes nail and foot infections thrives in these environments. It takes two seconds to slip something on your feet, and it is time well spent.
Lastly, monitor your feet and toenails for any changes. Keep an eye out for little spots on your nails, discoloration, or changes in the health of your toenails. It is easier to nip a fungal infection in the bud when caught at the start.
If you have any concerns about your foot health this summer, or an existing fungal nail problem that needs effective treatment, don’t hesitate to contact Mark Gasparini, DPM. You can reach our office in Massapequa, NY by calling (516) 804-9038 or request an appointment online.
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