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How to Avoid Getting Toe Infections

Toe infections are no fun at all;  not only are they so unsightly that you are unlikely to wear open-toed shoes, but they can also be painful and make many types of activities and exercise very difficult.

What Causes Toe Infections?

The main cause of toe infections is having your toes confined for prolonged periods in warm wet spaces.  If your work requires you to do a lot of walking during hot summer weather and your feet sweat during this process, you may be a prime target for fungal toe infections. 

Fungi love dark, warm, and wet places in which to grow.  So, if you’re a postal carrier or meter reader or your feet just naturally sweat, a fungus is just waiting to move onto your foot.

What Are The Treatments For Toe Infections?

There are several different anti-fungal drugs that doctors currently prescribe or recommend for toe infections.  These include:

Fluconazole (Diflucan)
Itraconazole (Sporanox)


These drugs will successfully treat toenail fungus.  The problem, however, is that they are expensive and they take a long time to finally getting rid of the actual infection.  So if you don’t have a lot of extra cash to throw at getting rid of your toe infections and don’t want to wait several months waiting for your fungus to resolve, then you need to practice prevention.


The key to preventing toe infections is eliminating the factors that cause your feet to be prime targets for fungi.  In other words, you want to try to avoid getting your feet sweaty and warm.

Talcum powder

Put talcum powder in your shoes to:

Reduce odor

Keep your feet dry

Air Your Feet Out

If your job requires you to walk a great deal, there are several actions you can take to decrease the fungal opportunities in your shoes. 

First, look to take your shoes off as much as possible.  At lunch time, air your feet out on the lawn, if possible.  

Alternatively, on the drive to or from work, take your shoes off completely or exchange them for open toed sandals.

Change of Socks

If your feet get so sweaty that they soak your socks through, then you should carry an extra pair of socks with you and change your socks during the day to make sure that you can keep your feet dry.

Trimmed Toenails

Another trick is to make sure that you keep your toenails well clipped so that they don’t break the skin of your toes at the edges and make it so that you have new places for infection.  

Clean Feet

Make sure you keep your feet clean as well.  When you get home at night, rub your feet with soap, and place them into warm water.

You may also find it useful to immerse your feet in a solution of warm salty water.  This will not only help fight off infection but with other irritations of the feet and with your own sense of well-being.

Don’t Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes

Don’t ever put your foot in someone else’s shoes, or you may end up with their fungus.  

Persistent Infection

If despite several attempts, the infection lingers or returns, you may want to consult your doctor about the possibility of some sort of underlying immune deficiency or possibly even diabetes.  You may also want to review your application of the medicines to make sure that you are applying them correctly.

Be sure, however, to treat any suspected toe infection as early as possible to avoid complications.  It is much easier to kill the fungus on one toe than to kill them on all your toes.



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