Nobody wants athlete’s foot. It’s unpleasant, irritating, and downright disgusting! Want to take precautions? There are always tried-and-true techniques that work well. And I’ll discuss them in this article.
But I also have some cool, alternative methods that also keep the fungus at bay. Continue reading to find out whether you want to try these two simple tips for preventing foot fungus. First up: using your hair tools on your feet!
Use a Blow Dryer to Prevent Foot Fungus
You undoubtedly already know that often blow-drying your hair may cause damage and split ends. On the other hand, did you know that blow drying your toes after a shower or swim might aid in preventing foot fungus?
The cause is really rather clear. Athlete’s foot is one of several fungi that thrive in damp settings. Which implies that they won’t be able to grow as effectively without moisture.
You may be thinking, but why can’t my toes dry on their own? Naturally, yes. It’s only that it might take up to 30 minutes for the spaces in between your toes and the corners of your nails to dry when your feet are allowed to air dry. That’s an issue since foot fungus is more prone to grow in such areas.
Want to lower your risks? Target the space between your toes with a hair dryer. Even those challenging areas will now dry in approximately a minute. And that gives fungus a lot less time to establish itself and grow.
Of course, you have other alternatives if this is all still too unusual for you. You may always use a tissue to dry your nails and the spaces between your toes in place of a blow dryer. If you choose that course of action, be sure to choose a tissue rather than a towel. I say that because, well, d’you know? If you already have foot fungus and clean your feet before wiping the rest of your body, the infection could spread with the towel. Ouch!
And keep in mind that blow drying your feet is not a good idea if you have diabetes or neuropathy. Blow dryers may eventually reach hot enough to burn your feet, while being intended to do so safely for your hair. So, utilizing this equipment might result in a painful burn if you have diminished sensation.
Preventing Foot Fungus
Let’s return to the fundamentals now that I’ve blown your mind with my hot tip for avoiding foot fungus. The American Podiatric Medical Association(APMA) claims that simple solutions may eliminate foot fungus. What are the basic preventative measures?
Put on shoes with ample space for air to pass freely by your feet.
Alternate your shoes every other day to allow them to dry and avoid the formation of fungi.
Always keep your feet covered in public areas, especially if the floors are moist. Flip flops or shower shoes are therefore needed if you’re in the locker rooms or at the pool.
Change your socks at least once a day. (More often if you perspire, step in a puddle, or get them wet in any other way.) Additionally, choose socks that keep moisture off of your feet while you’re shopping for them.
Changing To Bamboo Socks Might Help You Avoid Fungal Feet and Much More
Think again if you thought bamboo was only for pandas! Bamboo fibers are now being used to make socks. And there are a lot of good reasons why you should switch too!
Bamboo fibers are firstly excellent temperature regulators. This implies that they can keep feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. For diabetics, who have poor circulation and have a harder time controlling their body temperature, that is beneficial.
Another interesting fact? Natural antimicrobial properties are in bamboo. So, it may prevent fungal infections and fight against bacteria. Also, don’t forget! Bamboo is non-allergenic. So, you may use this sort of foot cover without concern even if you have a skin disease like dermatitis.
Even better? UV ray defense is another benefit of bamboo. Your socks might prevent sunburns on your feet in this way. Which is important in Houston, where the combination of the scorching heat and bare feet may lead to skin cancer.
In addition, bamboo may aid in perspiration absorption. You can prevent moisture buildup by doing this. (And the unpleasant odors, rubbing, and blisters that come with having damp feet.)
Last but not least, bamboo is an excellent deodorizer, which is a bonus in the battle against smelly feet. Additionally, its looser fabric design might benefit those with swelling feet and ankles, including pregnant women. I hope I’ve successfully persuaded you to purchase these socks. It’s time to teach you about the symptoms of foot fungus. So, you can tell if the prevention didn’t work. That is, intervention is now your next step.
Symptoms of Fungal Toenail and Foot
Typically, foot and nail fungus may be prevented. But things do happen. The warning signs and symptoms of fungus infections on your feet and nails are listed below. If you see any, schedule a visit right away so we can treat your infection and stop it from spreading.
Skin that seems to be dry or scaly on the feet. A red flag should be raised if the dryness doesn’t go away after using a moisturizing cream.
Unusual odor from your feet or nails.
Have your feet or toes undergone any of these changes? Worried you’re too late to stop foot fungus? Remember that it might be difficult to recognize these symptoms. So follow my advise and get in touch with Houston podiatristDr. Ejodamen Shobowale whenever you have any questions. I’ll give you quick relief and maybe some strange new ways to keep fungus off your feet.