How can I prevent toenail fungus?

The best ways to prevent infection are to:

  • Inspect your feet and toes on a regular basis.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Wash your feet with soap and water every day and dry them thoroughly.
  • Change your shoes, socks, or hosiery every day.
  • Clip your toenails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  • Use a quality foot powder like talcum, not cornstarch.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/06/2017.


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