Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Toenail Fungus Prevention

Prevention of fungal nail infections includes:

  • Avoid hydrocortisone cream.
  • Shower after exercise.
  • Dry the skin thoroughly after bathing.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals.
  • Avoid using nail polish.
  • Wear breathable gloves.
  • Avoid using rubber gloves.
  • Wear absorbent socks.
    • Change your socks frequently.
  • Wear breathable shoes.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Toenail Fungus References
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