The toenails and fingernails are the very first barrier against nail fungal attacks. Mind you, our nails are effective in doing the prevention of fungal infection. But alas, taking our fingernails and toenails for granted can also give way to any malady. Our nails are not that easy to treat once an infection sets in. So if before the nails were our allies, if that infection has set in, our nails can now give us a hard time. The infected nail makes a good home for the fungus. It is a nurturing place and hard to reach at that.
Nail Fungus for Women
This is an eye-opener for women. Most women put on nail polish. Some even put on plastic or acrylic nails. These “beautifiers” encourage nail fungal infection. Why? These accessories can trap moisture and encourage fungal growth. Women’s toenails are more susceptible to infection than their fingernails because of shoes. Tight, uncomfortable shoes with ill-fitting socks make up for a good environment for nail fungal infection.
Every time you wear these kind of shoes you give the fungi a warm, moist, (always keep these 2 words in mind) conducive area to grow and spread deep into your nails. Before you know it the sides of your nails become painful and become reddish.
The infection starts at the sides of the nails then works its way down deep into your nails. By this time you will feel a little discomfort, your nails may feel itchy and the color of your nails starts to change for the worst.
There is the possibility of your nail being lifted up or separated from your nail bed which is not a beautiful sight to behold. Your nails will lose its natural color and change to either yellow-green or yellow-brown. As we said earlier, these colors are telltale signs of a nail infection.
Are You A Nail Fungus Carrier?
We have been talking about nail fungal infection on a person but have you ever thought of being the source or carrier of other people’s infections? You mean I can give other people this kind of fungal infection? The answer is yes. It can be transferred from one person to the other. Using other peoples nail cutters or clippers or anything used for the nails can transfer the fungi. Sharing may be a very good idea but it is still better to be fungi-free than infected.
Not sharing or not borrowing any thing used for the nails may prevent nail fungal infection. Yes, it does prevent and prevention is still the best thing to do. Keeping your nails trim and clean is one thing and so is caring for your feet by wearing comfortable shoes that let your feet breathe or wearing socks that absorb moisture to keep your feet dry.
So if you are fond of putting on nail polish and using artificial nails, it is always a good idea to clean and sterilize your tools or equipment before using them. Clean and dry feet don’t stand a chance if you have a manicurist who uses unsanitary or dirty equipment. If and when you suspect that you have a nail fungal infection, time and again, it is always best to see your doctor or a podiatrist. Left alone, your infection may become the cause of other infections in your body resulting in costly medical care.