Symptoms, Causes and Prevention of Nail Fungus

Nail Fungus Symptoms

nail fungus starting with big toenail

It’s not uncommon for you to first notice toenail fungus on your Big Toe.

Do you suspect you have nail fungus?       Have you noticed that your nails are yellow and/or have black patches on them? Have your toenails gotten so thick that it’s difficult to cut them? If the answer is ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, then most likely you are infected with a toenail or fingernail fungus.

Having a fungal infection on your nails is really unpleasant and unsightly. You’re probably wondering how you got the infection to begin with….

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Even when you think you’ve taken all the necessary precautions, the main reasons why fungal infections occur are due to a lack of effective hand or foot hygiene and/or exposure to a bacteria prone environment.

For instance, do you spend a lot of time at the gym and change or shower in its sweaty locker room?

Moisture and enclosed heat can lead to fungal infections. Bacteria love moist and warm environments.  If your feet are often at places where either of those conditions exist then you should keep an eye out for the first signs of fungus infection.

As detailed in several studies, we know older people are more prone to developing fingernail or toenail fungus. According to an article published in the December 2013 issue of ‘American Family Physician’, up to 10 percent of people across all ages, and as many as 50% of people 70 or under, develop Onychomycosis (more commonly known as toenail fungus).

Having a medical condition that results in a weakened immune system also greatly increases your risk of getting a nail infection. That includes diabetes, leukemia, HIV and numerous other diseases that result in your immunity becoming more vulnerable to your surroundings. After all, your body’s immune system is in charge of battling fungi and bacteria. If it gets defeated by that fungi and bacteria, then you are much more likely to get infected.

Ladies:  Have you spent time at the nail salon lately and/or do you have artificial nail tips?  There are lots of salons out there that service many people each day and some, often times unintentionally, do not keep up with proper hygiene procedures. Fingernails develop fungal bacteria the same way that toenails can.

How can I prevent a nail fungus infection?

  • It is essential to keep your feet dry as much as you can. Moisture attracts bacteria, thus encouraging fungal growth.
  • Make sure you change your socks daily and try not to wear the same pair of socks for a long period of time. You should wear a clean pair of socks every day.
  • You are also advised to stay away from tight shoes. Wear shoes that are a proper fit.
  • If your feet sweat a lot, make sure you air your shoes out daily. Apply powder to help them stay dry.
  • Keep your hands clean regularly and scrub your fingernails with a nail brush at least once a day.
  • Trim your fingernails and toenails down to keep them short, which also reduces the likelihood of fungal bacteria getting underneath them.  Keep them clean.
  • Talk to the owner or techs in any nail salons you frequent and question them about their hygiene procedures. Are nail files, emery boards, etc. shared? How do they sterilize their instruments?
  • Start treating any infections at the first sign of them.  Don’t wait until it gets worse – because though it may take several weeks or even months – they will get worse and then will be even harder to treat.

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