Why Blow Drying Your Toes is a Great Idea!

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.   

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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