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Tips to Keep Toenails Fungus-free

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Warm-weather lovers and those with green thumbs rejoice—spring has finally sprung! One sure sign is that the Marsh Botanical Gardens in nearby New Haven, CT has opened its doors for the season. Come stroll through this beautiful research facility full of every flower and foliage imaginable. When you go, though, be sure to dress appropriately for the humid greenhouse air, and don’t forget to protect your feet! It is damp conditions like these that fungi love. So, keep in mind these prevention tips to keep toenail fungus at bay:

  • While you can’t go barefoot in the botanical gardens, you can in other damp places, and that’s a no-no. Slip on some sandals when frequenting pools, locker rooms, and showers at the gym.
  • Also, keep feet clean and dry, wear moisture-wicking socks, and choose shoes made of breathable materials. Leather or canvas are good options.
  • Trauma to your toenail can invite fungus too. One way to avoid this is by making sure your footwear fits properly to prevent friction and pressure on your toes.
  • When trimming your nails or getting a pedicure, be sure tools are sanitized, and always trim nails even with the tips of your toes and straight across.
  • Remember, the key to prevention is being proactive. Treat your feet—as well as your shoes—with anti-fungal spray or powder.

Finally, know the warning signs. If you notice any discoloration or your nails becoming thick, crumbly or brittle, make an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel. We can help you fight the fungus before it spreads. Visit or call Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford, Ct: (203) 876-7736, or Hamden, CT: (203) 288-4055. After all, you want your flowers and gardens to grow—not toenail fungus!

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Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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