Saturday, October 19, 2019
 Your Physical Health And Well Being

Eradicate The Fungus Lurking In Your Toenails

Foot with fungus intoenail

It should not simply be your concerns about the poor cosmetic appearance that spurs you to deal with a fungal toenail infection. Such an infection is typically progressive and will not simply disappear.

A fungus is typically the culprit of abnormal nail appearance and it is a common condition. Fungal toenails can become completely damaged, painful and interfere with your mobility. t is an astute self-care decision to seek out treatment to avert this outcome

Fungus loves moist, wet environments similar to damp sweaty shoes and this milieu can promote fungal toenail infections. For people with diabetes or cellulitis fungus can be a common foot problem. What's more, athlete's foot seems to go hand in hand with fungal infection of the toenails

Athlete's foot is a skin infection caused by the ringworm fungus. And besides, athletes are very susceptible to nail fungus from wearing tight-fitting, sweaty shoes or from repetitive trauma to the toenails. More often than not, repetitive trauma weakens the nail, making the nail prone to fungal infection.

Unfortunately, nail fungus can be transmitted from person to person in close intimate contact. An appropriate diagnosis along with prescribed medications specific to fungal infections are vital especially since varied fungi can infect the toenails.

A toenail infection contributes to a range of unwelcome foot changes and fungal toenails can be difficult to treat. As well, fungal toenails do not look cosmetically attractive.

  • Nails that are infected with a fungus may become discoloured, thick and brittle and may crumble or separate from the rest of the nail.
  • Toenail fungus can spread to the surrounding skin.
  • You can experience pain and discomfort often exacerbated by footwear.
  • Thickened nails also cause pressure-related pain.
  • Athletes foot fungus may include itching, burning, cracking, peeling, and bleeding feet.

It is important to remove or modify your risk factors. Preventing infection or a  reinfection is essential. Here are some treatment options to minimize your risks and to eradicate the fungus

  • Good foot hygiene measures are a must do. Daily washing of your feet and drying thoroughly between the toes can help to prevent nail fungus.
  • Keep your footwear and socks clean and wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes that prevent air circulation.
  • Keep your toenails trimmed and filed this can help to reduce the amount of toenail fungus. 
  • Cut toenails straight across do not shape them to dig into the corners.
  • It is prudent to avoid the use of public shower floors and swimming pools or other locker rooms without wearing appropriate footwear, Use with caution.
  • Keep your feet dry and clean  Medicated powders can help to keep your feet dry.
  • Less breathable toenails are more vulnerable to fungal infection, so avoid the nail polish. 
  • Rotate wearing amongst exercise shoes.
  • Prevent proliferation of the infection by not sharing shoes or towels. Recurrence is a common phenomenon. 

Nip your toenail fungus in the bud. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort due to the nail changes or have diabetes or a history of cellulitis that put you at higher risk for toenail problems take timely action. Make every effort to be in control and contain its spread. Your feet says a lot about your health.

Seek medical treatment to stamp out the infection. Medical interventions may include oral or topical antifungal therapy.  Also, laser therapy or surgical treatment are other options. You do not need to live with painful or unattractive fungal toenails. Just remember that toenail fungus is much more common than fingernail fungus,