Nail fungus and athletes
Nail Fungus Often Affects Athletes
More than 80% of nail fungus infections are caused by dermatophytes1, which is the reason why athletes often suffer from nail fungus: dermatophytes are often found in frequently used sports shoes.
Preventing Nail Fungus in Athletes
The most important measure for preventing nail fungus is good foot hygiene. Regularly washing the feet – including between the toes – keeps the pathogens at bay. Injuries, such as those caused when cutting the toenails, should also be avoided. Sports shoes should be breathable and loose fitting.
- Chiritescu MM, Chiritescu ME, Scher RK. Newer systemic antifungal drugs for the treatment of onychomycosis. Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 1996 Oct;13(4):741-58. PMID: 8902341