Why Blow Drying Your Toes is a Great Idea!

Nobody wants foot fungus. It's itchy, uncomfortable and just plain yucky! Want to take preventative measures? Try these two easy ideas to help keep foot fungus at bay. 

Blow Dry Your Feet to Stop Foot Fungus

You probably know that blow drying your hair too often can lead to damage and split ends, but did you know that blow drying your toes after a shower or swim could help prevent foot fungus?  Blowdryers are a great weapon against foot fungus!

The reason is actually pretty obvious. Fungi, like Athlete’s foot, do their best growth in moist environments; if there is no moisture, they can’t develop as well.

But can’t my toes dry on their own, you may be wondering? Yes, obviously…BUT when your feet air-dry, it can take up to 30 minutes for your nail corners and the spots between your toes to dry—and those spots are some of the most vulnerable to foot fungus! If you take a blow-dryer to your feet, however, even those tricky spots will be dry in about a minute, giving fungus way less time to take root and start developing.

Of course, if this all still feels too weird for you, you have other options: instead of a blow-dryer, you can always take a tissue and dry your nails and between your toes. Make sure you do opt for a tissue, not a towel, however, as any existing foot fungi could be spread to the rest of your body if you stick to that one towel.   

 

Switching to Bamboo Socks Can Prevent Fungal Feet...and So Much More

If you thought bamboo was just for pandas, think again! These days, people are turning bamboo fibers into socks, and there are some very strong reasons why you should consider switching to this type of footwear! 

First off, bamboo fibers are great temperature regulators, helping keep feet cool in summer and warm in winter. This is especially helpful for diabetics who have difficulties with temperature regulation due to poor circulation.

Bamboo also has natural antibacterial properties that fight germs and fungus, meaning they may protect your feet from pesky conditions like athlete’s foot. Additionally, bamboo’s non-allergenic, meaning skin conditions like dermatitis won’t be aggravated by this kind of foot cover.

Bamboo can also provide protection from UV rays, helping ward off sunburns from your feet, and can also help absorb sweat to avoid excess moisture build ups (and the accompanying smells and rubbings that go along with wet feet.)  

Finally, bamboo’s a wonderful deodorizer, whose looser fabric design can also be of benefit to individuals, like pregnant women, who may be suffering from swollen feet and ankles.  

 

Concerned you may be too late to this party, and foot fungus has already taken root? An early warning sign of fungus is the appearance of small white spots (or any kind of color change) on your toenails.  Other signs include dry or scaly skin on your feet—if it’s not going away with moisturizer, it’s likely the sign of a fungal infection! Sometimes, these signs are hard to spot, so take my advice: when in doubt, see your podiatrist and, as always, take even the weirdest of precautions to protect your feet from fungus!

 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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