The symptoms are usually thickening or softening of the nails, it might also cause discoloration. Often times, this fingernail fungus can be a very difficult condition to manage and can also cause some serious damage to the person’s fingernails which could eventually lead to nail loss. The thing with nails is that they make a great barrier against infections; however, once infection ( fungus ) managed to get through it the same protective barrier can make it very difficult for us to treat the problem.
Other things that might worsen the infection include acrylic nails and nail polish that trap moisture within the nails. The fungi , as we all know, thrive in moist and damp areas. Is fingernails fungus contagious? Yes, it could be contagious. The organisms that cause the infection can often spread from one person to the next because they live where the air is moist and where people’s feet are bare (such as in public pools and beaches). Even the simple sharing of a nail file can help spread the infection so as a precaution, do not share nail files.
So, how does one treat nail fungus ? Of course, prevention is the best treatment. As such, you should always keep your nails well groomed and your feet well ventilated and dry. As much as possible, stay away from artificial nails and be sure that the tools used by your manicurist are well sanitized. You should find out if they do sanitize their tools and if not, then its time to find yourself a new manicurist. If you have the infection already then you can try various treatments such as topical creams like lotrimin, monistat, nizoral, lamisil and tinactin.
If those don’t work then you should seek more potent medications which your health provider would prescribe for you. Keep in mind that your nails can say a lot about your current health condition. Healthy nails are often signs of a healthy well being. So do pay attention to them and give your nails the proper care they deserve.