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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.