Nails affected by fungi can be embarrassing, especially if you are a woman, and most of all during summer, when you get to show them in sandals.
If it really is a fungal infection – because in some cases abnormal looking nails have other causes – then it means that a fungus has attacked your nail or the skin under your nail, also known as the nail bed. Fungus can get in through a cut in the skin or the space between your nail and the nail bed, and, next to looking bad, it may cause you pain also.
Fungus can attack almost anyone but it seems it is more common in men and older people and can be easily recognized if the nail changes color, shape or it gets thickened.
There are plenty of causes for nail infections and they all can be treated if you turn to a doctor as soon as you realize it is there.
Toenail Fungus Due to Shoes
Fungus can develop easily in moist environments. This means that wearing shoes with poor ventilation may cause you a fungus infection, because your feet become sweaty and wet and stay like that for a whole day of work.
Fungus sheds something called “spores” which in time grow into new fungi and they especially love shoes.
The best way to prevent this is to have several pairs of shoes that you wear to work and change your socks often, even during the day, in order to keep your feet dry.
Nail Fungus Due to Nail Polish
Believe it or not, your pretty polished nails can be the cause of nail fungus. The reason is the fact that the nail polish keeps your nail hidden from the light, making it a good environment for fungus growth.
Also, you can get a fungus infection while having your pedicure or manicure done, if the instrument used to do it hasn’t been properly sanitized.
Try to take a break from polishing your nails from time to time and also try to schedule your pedicure or manicure in the morning when the chances of the instruments to be better sanitized is bigger.
Nail Fungus and Locker Rooms
As a swimmer, for example, you do not have reasons to worry about getting nail infections, thanks to the chloride in the water, but when it comes to going to the locker room, things change dramatically.
We are not talking just about swimming pool locker rooms but about any type of locker room because these are wet, humid places and thus they provide the proper environment for fungus growth.
Try to wear shoes or flip-flops all the time when in the locker room and in the shower and keep your skin dry to save yourself from a fungal infection.
Nail fungus Due to Washing Your Hands Too Often
Yes, it may sound as a surprise, but if you are a cook or a cleaning person and you keep your hands in water for too long, you can affect
your protective skin and allow fungus to enter.
Try to dry your hands as well as possible after washing and only wash them when it is really necessary.
There are plenty of treatments that you can get for nail fungus. Unfortunately, the chances are they will not cure it 100% and it may become recurrent, so better try to prevent it than to cure it.