Onychomycosis, also termed as tinea unguium, is a fungal infection that affect athlete’s fingernail or toenail. The infection occurs from overgrowth of fungi which slowly cause unsightly and thickened nail.
Athletes regularly expose their feet to stress, contamination and moisture, putting them at high risk for a toenail fungus infection. Here is an info-graphic by NailFungusClinic sharing ten tips for athletes to avoid fungal nail infection:
Here are few recommendations for athletes to avoid having a fungal nail infection:
- Clipping nails to keep them short. Don’t share clippers or scissors with other people.
- Always wear well-fitting shoes and clean cotton socks. These will allow feet to breathe.
- Wear socks that minimize moisture.
- Don’t wear sweaty shoes and change them after every couple of days.
- Wash your hands and feet with natural tea tree oil anti fungal soap and dry them throughly.
- Use anti fungal sprays or powders regularly.
- Do not share towels and socks with other people and ensure towels are washed routinely.
- Athlete’s infected foot should be treated immediately to avoid the infection spreading to nails.