Whether you get it from a gym locker room or a public pool, toe fungus is a pervasive and unpleasant problem that can be hard to avoid. If you have this unfortunate issue, the best way to recover is to seek help from a foot doctor immediately to begin a treatment course. In the meantime, you’ll need to prevent the spread of fungus to roommates or family members in shared spaces around the home. Use the following guide to protect others until you’re cured.
How to Stop Toe Fungus From Spreading
1. Disinfect Showers & Tubs After Use
Fungi thrive in moist environments and can stick to hard surfaces. To prevent the spread of toe and foot fungus, clean your bath or shower stall after use. Douse any area that had contact with your feet with a disinfectant. Allow the product to sit for 10 minutes before giving the surfaces a quick rubdown with a sponge and rinsing with warm shower water.
2. Don’t Share Personal Items
If you share towels, foot care tools, slippers, or other personal items with your spouse or housemates, you’ll need to stop doing so. Passing these items around could spread spores. Designate washcloths, clippers, nail scissors, socks, and other apparel only for your use. Launder fabric items separately from the rest of the household on the maximum water temperature setting available to kill any traces of fungus. It also helps to have a personal pair of flip-flops to wear around the house and in public spaces to further limit the likelihood of transmission. Make sure your socks are breathable or moisture-wicking so they don’t trap fungus against the nails.
3. Invest in Antifungal Powders or Sprays
Treating shoes and socks with antifungal powders, creams, or sprays can help prevent the fungus from spreading. For the best protection, everyone in your household should give the insides of their shoes a quick spray before donning them. Ask your foot doctor for product recommendations for the whole household.
Of course, the best way to stop toe fungus in its tracks is to visit the qualified foot doctors at Progressive Foot Care in Midtown Manhattan, NY. Licensed podiatrists Dr. Steven Ea and Dr. Behrooz Mandanipour know how to treat infections quickly and effectively. They offer an array of treatments to keep your feet in prime condition, from fungus eradication to wart removal and hammertoe correction. Call (212) 244-7670 to schedule an appointment or visit them online to learn more. Check them out on YouTube.