7 TOENAIL FUNGUS PREVENTION YOU MUST KNOW
Nail fungus or Onychomycosis is a common condition that usually starts as a yellow or white spot under your nails. When the nail fungal infection goes deeper into your nails, it may cause the discoloration of your toenails or fingernails and it can spread into several nails. It can develop into an athlete's foot when the fungal infection affects the skin of your feet and areas between your toes.
There are several symptoms of a nail fungus that you can spot on easily which are thickening of your nails, whitish to yellow-brown discoloration, brittle or rugged nails, shape distortion of your nails, slightly foul-smell of your nails or feet, and a dark color building up under your nails.
This fungal infection is caused by different fungi. One of these and the most common cause is the fungus called dermatophyte. Molds and yeast can also cause fungal infection to your nails. Toenail fungal infection can happen at any age but it is more risky when being older because of the slower blood flow and more time to expose from fungi. It can also be caused by sweating heavily on your feet and a skin or nail injury that is not treated properly. But you can do something to prevent the nail fungal infection.
How to prevent toenail fungus:
Wear sweat-absorbing socks. One of the symptoms of the toenail fungus is sweat from your feet. By wearing good quality socks or just changing your socks throughout the day, you can prevent having fungal infection.
Properly wash your hands and feet regularly. Moisturising your nails is a good way to prevent fungal infection. If you already have an infected nail, wash your hands after touching the infected nail.
- Trim your nails straight across. Smoothing the edges of your nails using a nail file can prevent the fungal infection. Always disinfect your nail tools after using it.
- Choose good quality shoes. For your feet to not sweat easily, choose the shoes which have good quality and made of materials that breathe. Don’t use too old shoes, especially if you already have toenail fungal infection. It can worsen the infection. Or you can disinfect old shoes using antifungal powders and other disinfectants.
- Wear footwear in communal areas. Places like swimming pools and locker rooms are prone to various fungal organisms. Keep in mind to always use clean footwear when going to places like these.
- Be mindful of your chosen nail salon. Choose a nail salon that disinfects and sterilizes their nail tools before using it for other customers. Dirty salon is never an option.
If you already have a nail fungal infection, treat it immediately for preventing it from spreading and worsen the scenario. You can use the Arishine anti-fungal nail solution to treat your toenail fungus.