Flip flops and water shoes may play an important role in protecting your feet against fungi. If you are using a public shower, you are standing in an area full of dirty hair, urine, and sweat. These things are all known to breed different types of bacteria and fungus. More specifically, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and ringworm can all be contracted in a warm, damp environment such as a public shower. If you happen to get toenail fungus, you unfortunately might start to lose your toenails. This condition is also difficult to treat because oral antifungal medications are not always effective. In severe cases, the toenail fungus may lead to toenail removal.For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Sergey Losyev of Global Podiatry of NY & NJ. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.Toenail Fungus TreatmentToenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.Antifungals & DeterrenceOral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Morganville, NJ, Bay Street in Brooklyn, and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.