OK… You have had laser for the fungal toenails that have plagued you for more years than you care to remember. You have taken your oral antifungal for the designated three months.  Nine months have passed and you finally see the results of your endeavors. Clear, clean, healthy nails.  You think to yourself…”that was definitely worth it”… You also say to yourself, “Now I am done with fungal nails forever!”  WRONG! You are over the worst of it but now you must do your best to maintain your healthy results.

Prevent Re-infection

You can go to your dentist and get a thorough checkup and cleaning with a clean bill of health, but you know that in another 6 months you have to go through the whole thing again. Fungal toenails are not that much different. You must take an active role in the prevention of re-infection.  Just as there is daily care of your pearly whites, there is daily care of your sparkling new toenails.

How to Prevent Toenail Fungus

Your daily ritual to help prevent reoccurrence is really quite simple. To begin with, you must nightly spray your shoes with an anti-fungal spray such as Mycomist to kill any fungal spores that might try to set up housekeeping in your shoes. Fungus is everywhere, and the warm, dark and moist environment of your shoes is nothing more than a condo in Hawaii to the nasty little buggers. They must be eradicated on a daily basis.

The second thing is a nightly application of a topical antifungal to your nails such as Claris to kill off any spores that might have evaded the nightly fumigation with the Mycomist. Fungus is everywhere and if your toes are susceptible to it, you must try that much harder to prevent re-infection.

Last and definitely not least is the 6 month “Laser Maintenance Program” that is the last bastion to killing off any resistant spores that might have evaded the previous 2 steps.

It might seem like a lot to go through, but you brush your teeth twice a day and (hopefully) floss as well to keep your teeth in your smile and not in your dentist’s extraction tray. I think that is a fair exchange of time don’t you?? A few simple steps in your daily routine to help keep not only a healthy smile but healthy toenails as well. To put it in other terms…Just how may pairs of those cute, strappy sandals do you actually own?

Robert Kosofsky, D.P.M.
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Dr. Robert Kosofsky has over 25 years of experience treating patients in our Hillsborough & Piscataway offices
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