Have you noticed a change in color, thickening or pain on your toenail?Are you wondering how you can get toenail fungus? If yes, let me give you a deep understanding of how it normally starts and what are the best things to do about it.
Toenail fungus is caused by a variety of things, and it can affect everyone. The majority of people getting this infection are those who had an injury on the skin underneath their nail. That’s why it is advisable that you take extra careful when cutting your nails since accidentally cutting a small portion of your skin may already start a fungal infection. Wearing tight shoes or not wearing socks can also increase your chance of getting one. A person that sweats a lot attracts fungus as well since sweat acts as its natural moisture.
Public swimming pools can be a breeding ground for fungus especially those that are not being maintained and chlorinated properly. Be extra careful in walking barefooted in areas such as bathrooms and poolside area since these places have a moist condition which can contribute to the possibility of getting infected.
Here are other factors which increase your risk of getting toenail fungus:
- Having a skin condition like psoriasis
- Having diabetes
- Having a weak immune system
- Those who have Down syndrome
- Those who smoke
- Men have higher risk than women
- Those who work in warm or moist places
- Those who have close contact with someone who has toenail fungus
In case your toenail is already infected, you don’t have to worry too much since it is not a life-threatening disease and there are several treatments and home remedies that you can try. One of the famous home remedies is soaking your feet in Listerine mouthwash. Other methods include using Vicks Vapour, jojoba oil, lavender oil, olive oil or lavender oil. There are also tried and tested over the counter medications that can improve or remove the fungus from your toenails like Funginix, Clairpro, and Zetaclear. If the infection becomes too bad, a specialist may need to remove the nail itself or in rare cases, it may need minor surgery. Remember that if the symptoms persist or worsen, you have to consult a doctor.
When you have toenail fungus, it is not advisable to cover it with polish since doing so will prevent the nail bed from breathing and keeping fungus. If you cannot avoid getting a pedicure, just ensure that the tools being used were sanitized properly to prevent the infection from being transferred to another person.
If you are someone who always wears shoes, choose footwear that fits well on you and will let your feet breathe. Make sure you wear socks that will keep your feet dry all the time. When you are in a public pool, make sure you wear sandals to prevent your feet from being exposed to fungi.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure so the best way to avoid acquiring this condition is to take precautionary measures by making sure you avoid the risks that may increase your chances of getting one.