Just like any other kind of fungus, toenail fungus thrives in moist, dark and warm places. You may not notice it but your feet actually sweat a lot especially during warm weather and if you are constantly wearing tight closed shoes. This makes them a very attractive breeding ground for toenail fungus.
To prevent these harmful bacteria from setting up camp in your toenail, you must always keep your feet clean and dry as much as possible. If you absolutely can’t avoid wearing closed footwear, make it a habit to apply a liberal amount of foot powder before putting on your shoes. You can also wear cotton socks which are highly absorbent and can easily soak up the excess perspiration from your feet.
Another way by which toenail fungus enters your nail bed is through minor cuts and wounds near the nail. Make it a point to wash all cuts, wounds and scratches right away, no matter how small they may be, especially if they are located near the nail bed. Apply some antiseptic to keep fungus from entering through the opening in the skin.
Toenail fungus can also be acquired through direct or indirect contact with people who are infected. Because of this, sharing personal things such as shoes, socks, towels, nail clippers or soap is discouraged especially if the person you are sharing with already has fungal infection. Likewise, you should avoid lending things if you have the infection so as to avoid contaminating other people.
You should also carry a hand sanitizer all the time which you should use after being in contact with other people. Toenail fungus can also affect the fingernails so if you shake hands or have direct contact with someone who is infected, you have a good chance of being infected yourself. Wash your hands or use the hand sanitizer after touching strangers. Of course, you should do this discreetly so as not to offend the other person.
Treatment of toenail fungus can be done in a variety of ways. The most common method is by using topical applications such as ointments, lotions or sprays. There are also several oral preparations you can take to eliminate toenail fungus infection. Most people choose natural medications to cure their fungal infections because these treatments produce significantly less side effects than their modern counterparts. Organic treatments are also more affordable.
It usually takes a long time to completely eliminate toenail fungus. Most treatments can last for up to 3 months. The exact duration will depend on several factors such as the seriousness of your condition and the rate of growth of your toenail.
Before selecting a treatment method, it is best to consult with your general practitioner first to determine whether you have allergies to certain chemicals. Your doctor might also be able to recommend a method that will work best for you.