Find out what you can do to prevent fungal infections.
A fungal infection is likely to happen to many people at some point in their lives. Of course, one of the best ways to stave off this condition is to know what you can do to prevent it. If you want to prevent athlete’s foot or toenail fungus from happening to you, our Brooklyn Podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY has some useful advice for simple ways to keep your feet fungus-free.
As you may already know, fungus thrives in environments that are warm, damp and moist. This is why you are more likely to find fungal infections in between toes or under your nails. Those who have a weakened immune system are more prone to developing these infections. Common fungal infections include ringworm, athlete’s foot and onychomycosis (toenail fungus).
Fungus can get into the skin through small cuts or injuries that you may not even be able to see. Some easy ways to protect your feet from a fungal infection include:
Wearing shoes in public areas where the fungus often thrives like gym locker rooms and showers, and community swimming pools. By wearing shoes or sandals you can prevent feet from exposure to fungus. This is one of the best and simplest ways to protect your feet.
Not wearing the same shoes two days in a row, particularly if you have sweaty feet. Do not share shoes with others, even family members, as fungal infections can spread from person to person. If you are prone to sweaty feet, apply an antifungal powder every day to help keep feet dry and cool. Remember to change socks often and opt for shoes that have breathable materials such as leather.
If you are susceptible to fungal infections talk to our Dyker Heights Podiatrist Dr. Kauderer about whether using an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream on your feet and nails a couple times a week could be a good way to prevent reinfection. In some cases, we may also prescribe an oral medication or a new prescription topical treatment. This antifungal medication destroys the cellular DNA of the fungus wall. We also use laser treatments for fungal nails which have been found to accelerate the destruction of the fungal infection. Dr. Kauderer can determine the best treatment option for your situation.
If you suspect that you are dealing with athlete’s foot or a toenail fungus then call Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY to get the care you need.