November 24, 2017

Beware Nail Fungus

Unsightly and Dangerous

Nail fungus infections are really annoying. At first you wonder, “where did it come from?”  Well, you probably got it from wearing your shoes too much or from walking barefoot at a public Nail Fungus Treatments And Preventionswimming pool (or shower). Maybe you had never heard of nail fungus (fungi) and didn’t really care until you found them occupying most of your toenails.

Toe nail fungi commonly infect the feet because these minuscule fiends love dark and humid places on the human body. Since our feet spend most of their waking time wrapped in leather or rubber shoes, the fungi often breed in the toenails where warmth and moisture abound.

Beware! This kind of fungus is naturally anaerobic. It means that they thrive in an environment with very little oxygen. It belongs to the dermatophytes family, which also causes athlete’s foot, ringworm, psoriasis, and jock itch among others. They thrive in soggy areas and can penetrate our nails through contact with an infected nail or improper hygiene.

At first, the fungus is just a white or yellowish spot under the nail. It then chomps through the keratin compound of the nails and spreads. Soon, you will feel pain while your nail gets brittle and thick with the ugly discoloration. In some cases, the infected area bleeds and develops a gooey discharge.

If you are not diabetic, you’re lucky. People with diabetes could hardly treat nail fungi when infected due to weak immune system and blood circulation conditions. A mild infection leads to greater damage on the course. This is the case also for people with leukemia.

Normally, a nail fungal infection is cured by proper hygiene and medication. Topical and oral treatments are taken in or applied as prescribed by doctors. The medication may take three months or more until a new nail sprouts. However, this does not guarantee your nails to be fungi-free forever. They sometimes recur if triggered.

To prevent nail fungus, follow the basic rules in hand and foot hygiene. Keeping your nails dry and clean saves you in the long run. And choose the right socks to wear! Synthetic socks perform better in terms of dryness than cotton-made. Plus, don’t stock your feet too long inside your shoes. Give them short breaks during daytime to keep it ventilated.  Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day; rotate your shoes, if possible. When and where possible expose your shoes to sunlight; do not store shoes in damp dark places. The fingernails rarely acquire nail fungi but to be sure, avoid overexposing it to water or chemicals. If you have to, always dry them thoroughly. Socks harbour the fungi so, before putting them in a washing machine, soak them in a strong solution of Pure Neem Oil.  Remember to add a little detergent to help break down the oil. Dry between the toes after washing.