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Nail Fungus Prevention Tips
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So goes the old proverb and this is very true in the case of nail fungus prevention. Avoiding infection of your nails is a fairly simple process, but it does require diligence on your part. When you consider that once an infection has established itself, it is much more difficult to cure, working on prevention is in everyone’s best interest.
The main problem is that nail fungus is not choosy about who it attacks. If it can find a successful living environment, it will.
People who are most subject to nail fungus infections are:
- People who sweat excessively in their hands and/or feet
- People who already have some sort of nail disorder
- People who have a weakened immune system
The risk of getting or not getting this disease seems to be fairly random. It will live wherever it can so “your best offense is a good defense”.
- Wear some sort of protective footwear when you are in public places where there is a lot of water, locker rooms, public baths and swimming pools are good examples. As you have no idea who may accidentally pass the spores along, protecting your own feet is paramount.
- Keep your nails short, clean, and dry. Trim and file your nails regularly to ensure that they are clean all over. Washing your hands and feet with soap and drying thoroughly afterward is also important as fungi like damp, dark places.
- Use antifungal sprays or powders to fight off the spores you may have already accidentally collected. Air out and dry out your shoes after wearing (especially if your feet sweat) and change your socks daily or wear sandals as often as possible.
- Don’t use nail polish as this locks in humidity and usually blocks light that might reach the fungus and help kill it off.
- If you choose to get manicures or pedicures, check with your salon to make sure they sterilize all of their equipment.
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before applying anything to your hands or feet and after applying ointment or medication anywhere else.
- Do not pick at the skin around your nails as this can cause irritation and allow the fungus to invade your skin.
- Pay attention to developing symptoms and if they show up, treat them early on to nip the infection in the bud
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet so that your immune system is up to fighting off any infection that comes your way.
Your health is in your own hands so grab it and go with it to keep your nails looking healthy and happy.
8 Good Questions to Ask About Nail Fungus
Nail fungus is a global problem. Many people do not understand how nail fungus infections are contracted, nor how to prevent them.
Here are 8 great questions, answered for your enlightenment, so you understand what fungal nail infections are and what causes them.
What is a nail fungus infection?
Dermaphytes, a microscopic organism are usually the culprit of nail fungus. As they are a fungal life form, they don’t require light to grow. The spores cause the nails to become yellowed and thick.
Why does the nail provide such a great place for the fungus to live?
Fungus likes to live where it is dark, warm and damp. The inside of socks and shoes is an ideal environment for these microorganisms to thrive.
Is everyone prone to contracting nail fungus?
Yes, everyone has the potential to develop a fungal nail infection. People become more prone to attack as they age.
Is it contagious?
It is, although it is most likely to be passed from person to person if you have abraded nails or damage to your skin. Public pools, locker rooms and public baths are all places where nail fungus spores are spread.
Are my fingernails or toenails more likely to become infected?
Toenails are more likely to become infected as they spend more time in enclosed environments and closer to the ground where the fungus may be living.
Is this infection dangerous?
Not in and of itself, although the infection can become serious if not treated. The disease becomes more dangerous if a patient has other diseases that make them more vulnerable to fungal nail infection.
Can I still wear nail polish?
No. While you are undergoing treatment of any kind for fungal nail infection your nails need to breathe. Nail polish creates a barrier between the air and your nail and it seals in humidity which make for a better growing environment for the fungus.
Will it go away on its own?
No it won’t. The faster you catch this infection, the easier it is to cure. The longer you let it go, the harder it will be to recover. Topical medications and home remedies can be very effective if you catch the problem early on.