Avoiding NAIL FUNGUS by Taking Good Care of Your Nails
Before telling you how to take care of your nails to avoid nail fungus, you will need to know what a nail fungus looks like.
A fungal infection of the nail - whether the fingernail or the toenail - may affect part of the nail, the entire nail or several nails, and you should look for these visible signs:
Signs of a nail fungus infection
- Scaling under the nail, which is called subungual hyperkeratosis.
- White or yellow streaks on the nail, which is called lateral onychomycosis.
- A crumbling corner or tip of the nail, which is called distal onychomycosis.
- Flaking white areas on the nail’s surface, which may include pits in the nail.
- The appearance of yellow spots at the bottom of the nail, which is called proximal onychomycosis.
- The actual loss of the nail.
- A distorted nail that may lift off from the nail bed.
- An odor coming from the infected nail.
- A brittle or thickened nail.
If you are concerned and not sure whether you have nail fungus (because other infections can affect the nail and mimic symptoms of fungal nail infection), it is safer to get your nail or nails checked by your medical practitioner who will take a scraping of the nail and look under a microscope for signs of a fungus.
In some cases, a sample may be sent to a lab for analysis and identification.
Taking care of your nails whether fingers or toes
- Always wash your hands after touching infected nails.
- Dry your hands and feet well after showering, washing or exercise, taking special care to dry between your toes.
- Be aware of the type of footwear you choose as shoes that cannot breathe or are damp or wet will encourage fungus to start or to spread.
- Please ensure when booking a manicure or pedicure that you are going to a trustworthy salon.
- It could well be safer to use your own items for manicures or pedicures.
- Wear the type of socks that minimize moisture.
- Don’t go barefoot in public places such as gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools as toenail fungus can be spread easily.
- Consider reducing your use of artificial nails and nail polish.
Making a few simple lifestyle changes can help prevent a fungal infection of the nails. These include taking good care of your nails by keeping them well trimmed and clean; avoiding injuring the skin around your nails; and making sure that you wear gloves if your hands are going to be damp or wet for any length of time.
Diet is another important area to watch. Include more probiotics in your diet while reducing or eliminating sugar, dairy products and even vinegar.
How to treat a fungal nail infection
Treatment by over-the-counter medications is not guaranteed to rid your body and of course your nails of any fungal infection completely as, in many cases, the nail infection will return – perhaps with further complications.
These complications could include a resurgence of the infection; a permanent loss of the affected nail; a discoloration of the infected nail; the spread of infection to other areas of the body and possibly the bloodstream; the development of a bacterial skin infection called cellulitis. If you have diabetes, it is especially important to see your doctor if you develop a fungal nail infection.
Treat any symptoms of nail fungus on the fingernails and/or toenails with H-Nail Fungus Formula which is fast acting and applied directly to the condition. The Formula works by reducing the fungus in the nail bed. For extra benefit, add a drop of the Formula to your bath water.
When used as directed, the formula will reduce the symptoms of nail fungus such as discoloration so that your fingernails and/or toenails are restored to their former healthy appearance. A nail infection cannot be considered completely treated until a new nail (completely free from infection) has grown in.