Fungal infection is a common sight, since fungus is all around us. Fungal infection starts when the toes or fingers are exposed to a colony of dermatophytes. These colonies may thrive off on moist and dark areas like bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor showers. These fungi might lodge to the nail by a tiny cut on the nail bed.
The initial symptom that a nail is infected is discoloration. You might see one or two lines of yellow and off-white color near the tip, or under it. It will progress to the center, leaving the nail thick, brittle and crumbling. Once a person has nail fungus or toenail fungus, it is difficult to treat since the nail protects the organism from sunlight and direct contact of medication, thus making it a perfect environment for a fungus to settle. Nail Fungus treatment may take months, even years to complete. Some Nail fungus treatments have week’s treatment, although these are the expensive kind. This is why it is important not to aggravate the growth of the fungus else, stop the exacerbation. These are some ways to prevent nail fungus from developing.
Nail Fungus Prevention:
- Make it a habit to clean all your finger nails and toe nails with water and soap before treatment or before going to bed. Water gets rid of unwanted dirt and potential organisms that may exacerbate your nail’s condition. If possible, use an anti-fungal soap. In addition, the nail fungus treatment that will be applied will be more effective if the nail is prepped.
- Cut the excess nail with your own nail clipper so the infected nail will not appear unsightly. An affected nail left uncut for many days might thicken to the point it is hard to treat. This will also avoid other infections that may affect the skin surrounding the nails.
- Avoid using nail polish on the infected nail or toe nail, since it might aggravate the condition. This style might be used by other people to mask the condition of the nail; however the chemicals can damage the already weak nails making them more fragile to break off.
- Avoid getting the nails or toenails moist as it is the environment the nail fungus lives on. Dry your hands and feet right after getting it wet or after shower.
- Avoid touching the infected nail. The infection is contracted by direct contact so it can transfer using the same method. If the situation calls for it, wash your hands with soap and water right after contact. This will prevent the nail fungus from lodging on to your skin and transferring to another body part.
- Clean and sterilize your socks and shoes. Since foot gears are necessary part of clothing, it is the gear most exposed to your toes. It can either be the source of the infectivity and an accessory to transfer the infection.
- One way to prevent nail fungus re-infection is to boost your immune system, since the fungus is prone to attach itself to weak and viable environment. Increase the intake of your fruits and vegetables. Take your vitamins every day. Build your immune cells by exercising daily so to mobilize the blood flow to all parts of your body. Remember that our body is our best source of defense against diseases.