Is Gardening Putting Me At Risk of Toenail Fungus?

Yes! It is well known that regular handling of moist soil, compost or manure by keen gardener’s or farmer’s increases their risk of developing unsightly nail fungus.

Fungus is commonly found in our environment and especially in soil.  Fungal spores thrive in a warm, moist, dark environment.  So, your compost heap is a perfect breeding ground for fungus and so is the inside of your shoes, especially if they become moist while gardening.

Fungal toenail infections are unsightly, causing nails to become thickened and discoloured.  The infection can spread to your other nails and cause tinea of the skin between the toes.

3 tips to protect your feet from fungus in the garden:

  1. Wear enclosed gardening boots with moisture-wicking socks.  It’s best to choose boots with a waterproof lining to ensure your feet remain dry.  Don’t submerge bare feet in soil or compost.
  2. If you are prone to fungal toenails, or tinea, you should regularly use an anti fungal spray or powder inside your gardening boots.
  3. After gardening, thoroughly clean and dry your feet, especially between the toes.  Use a nail brush to gently scrub around the toenails, removing any dirt.


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