Ask The Nurse; What Is Nail Fungus & How Can I Help Prevent It?

May 2, 2019

It is a common condition in the elderly. It is caused by various fungal organisms. It may cause your nail to discolor, thicken, crumble at the edge or be distorted in shape. They may have a foul smell. If it is painful and has caused thickened nails, you may need treatment with medication. Always see your doctor if you are diabetic. It often comes back and is more common in toenails.


  1. Wash hands and feet regularly. Moisturize your nails after washing.
  2. Trim nails straight across and smooth down thickened areas. Disinfect your nail clippers after each use.
  3. Wear sweat absorbing socks or change your socks throughout the day.
  4. Choose shoes with breathable material.
  5. Discard old shoes or treat them with disinfectants or anti-fungal powders.
  6. Wear footwear in pool areas and locker rooms.
  7. Choose a nail salon that uses sterilized manicure tools.
  8. Give up nail polish and artificial nails.
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