Since some people are simply more prone to fungal infections, they are also prone to repeated infection. Preventive measures include keeping your feet clean and dry, avoiding prolonged moist environments, using socks in airport security lines, removing shoes and allowing the feet skin to "breathe," avoiding walking barefoot, especially in public areas like swimming pools and gyms, avoiding contact with known infected people, and avoiding soaking and contaminated tool usage at nail salons. Disinfecting old shoes and periodic weekly or monthly sprinkling of antifungal foot powder (Pedi-Dry Foot Powder) into shoes can also be helpful.
It is imperative to take your own nail instruments, including nail files, to any public nail salon, unless you know the salon practices strict instrument sterilization and/or uses all disposable supplies.
Use cotton socks whenever possible. Avoid walking in airports and public areas with bare feet. Make sure any affected family members also treat their athlete's foot at the same time to avoid cross-infections.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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