How Can I Help Prevent Fungal Nail Infections?

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To help to prevent fungal nail infections, the bottom line is it's tricky. You want to make sure that you're not clipping your nails back too far, you also want to make sure that you're not traumatizing your finger nails or your toe nails. For example, I'm a runner, and I always make sure I get a larger toe box so that my toes aren't shoving up against the tip of the snicker, because that will damage my nail.

Once your nail is damaged, it can lift off the nail bed, and if it's lifted off the nail bed, fungus can creep in. It's nice, it's warm, it's moist, it has nice good company back there. 50% of the population over the age of 50, has fungus in either a finger nail or a toe nail. As so, pay attention to the way you cut your toe nails, make sure you're cutting them straight across rather than rounded.

What that does is that helps to prevent you from getting ingrown toe nails, and it also helps to lessen the effects of fungus, because if you're cutting straight across you're not giving little nooks and crannies for the fungus to get into.