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.

Nagelpilz bei Sportlern

Risk Factors for Athletes:

  • Injuries to the feet (pathogens can penetrate the skin)

  • Sweaty trainers

  • Going barefoot at swimming pools and in changing rooms

  • Rental shoes for some sports

  • Trainers that are too tight

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.


  1. 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

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.

Loceryl is indicated for mild fungal nail infections