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Fungus and the Local Swimming Pool

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Have you every suffered from itchy feet or discolored thick toenails?  Chances are you are suffering from Athlete’s foot or Fungal toenails.  It is important to be educated on both conditions and realize how easily they are picked up during the summer, especially during pool season.  It is very important to have your feet protected via sandals or water shoes when walking in the bathrooms and pool area at public and/or private pool settings. 

By wearing protective shoe wear, your chances of contracting either Athlete’s feet or fungal toenails will be less likely.  Fungus likes to live in dark damp areas and the pool locker room is a great source of habitation.  It is also important to know the difference between fungal toenails and athlete’s feet. 

Both are forms of fungus on your feet.  Athlete’s foot is most commonly associated with the fungus attacking the foot/feet.  Your foot/feet will more than likely be dry and itchy.  Some ways to help to prevent this would be: before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a nonprescription anti-fungal cream, like to the entire foot from the ankle down; use the cream every night, or as directed by Dr. Lockwood; keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected; and apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.

Some other ways to prevent fungus on toenails and feet are to not share nail clippers, socks, or shoes.  It is also important to wear shoes and socks that can breath.  We carry Aetrex copper soled socks remove perspiration and keep your feet dry.  Also, changing your socks daily as well as using an antifungal sprays in your shoes like Clarus Shoe Shield can help to keep fungus away as well.  Finally it is important to let your feet breath whenever possible. 

So if you are facing any of these foot funguses please don’t hesitate to make an appointment here with our office!  There are many comprehensive treatments available to our patients to help eliminate fungus!

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