Winter has some pretty harsh effects on the body: not only can dry skin plague your hands and feet, you may experience an increased risk for foot fungus. In the summer, we wear sandals and no socks or even just go barefoot around the yard and at the beach. Come winter, though, we cover up those toes with heavy socks, shoes and boots that allow little penetration of fresh air. Moisture from sweat locks in, essentially smothering your feet and preventing them from getting the fresh air they need to be healthy. Because our feet are hiding for the season in shoes we wear over and over, foot fungus can flourish -- or more specifically, toenail fungus.
Toenail fungus is a common condition that starts off as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the nail; as the infection gets deeper, your nail begins to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edges, according to the Mayo Clinic. This can lead to pain when walking, not to mention the unsightly appearance. There is one proven way you can successfully treat foot or toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis.
Anti-fungal products such as Nail 17 are the most effective at combating foot fungus. Nail 17 is an all-natural, essential oil-based product patented to kill all 17 types of bacteria known to cause nail fungus. Bonus: it works on both finger nails and toe nails.
It takes some time and effort to keep your feet healthy in winter, but the end result is well worth it. Here are some tips to follow every day:
- Wash and thoroughly dry your feet often
- Apply moisturizer
- Exfoliate the heels to prevent cracking, which is how bacteria can enter the skin
- Trim your toe nails often
- Let your feet air out often while at home instead of wearing socks 24/7
- Apply Nail 17 if you do get a fungal infection.
Proper foot care is essential in winter so be diligent about taking the necessary steps for foot fungus prevention.