Taking your shoes off in public can be embarrassing, especially if you have fungal toenail infections. These infections can cause your nails to become thick, clumpy, and yellow or brown in colour. If you notice any of these changes in your nails, it’s time to seek treatment.
Nail fungus is a common problem that can spread from your nails to your feet. Taking preventive measures can help avoid infection.
Do you have a yellow or discoloured toenail? Are you experiencing pain or discomfort around your nail? If so, you could be dealing with a fungal nail infection, also known as onychomycosis.
Fungal nail infections are caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, which is why they often develop in places like public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Dermatophytes can also be found in soil, which is why people who work with their hands are at a higher risk of developing a fungal nail infection.
If you think you might have a fungal nail infection, it’s essential to see a doctor or podiatrist right away. Onychomycosis can be hard to treat on your own at home, and if it’s not treated early, it can cause the nail to separate from the nail bed, becoming brittle and crumbly, and eventually fall off.
If you are experiencing foot pain, fungal infections, or any issues in your lower limbs, contact us to book an appointment. We will be happy to assess your foot-related problems and work toward creating an effective treatment plan.
The most frequent causes of fungal nail infections?
Nail fungus is a problem that many people suffer from. It can be tough to get rid of, but it is important to take care of your nails. The fungus that causes nail fungus feeds on keratin, which is what your nails are made up of. Keratin is also found in your hair and skin, so it’s essential to take care of all three areas.
Dermatophytes are microscopic fungi that cause skin infections. They thrive in moist, warm environments like public pools, beaches, saunas, and changing rooms. If you leave wet towels on the floor, even your bedroom can be a perfect breeding ground for these pesky little fungi.
Toenail fungus is a very contagious infection. When dermatophytes, or fungi, eat the keratin in your skin, they break it down into smaller particles. This can cause problems for people with diabetes, a lack of circulation, and a weakened immune system.
How can toenail fungus be prevented?
If you want to avoid coming into contact with foot fungus, make sure to wear flip-flops or sandals in public places. Keeping your feet clean and dry will reduce your risk of getting athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
To avoid developing foot fungus you should also keep your feet clean and dry. Be sure to wash your feet every day and towel them off thoroughly, making sure to dry between your toes.
Foot powder and clean socks: If your feet are prone to sweat and you want to keep them dry, consider using foot powder. You can apply it to the top of your toes, in between them, and on the soles of your feet. This will absorb any excess moisture and help keep your feet feeling fresh. In addition, it’s a good idea to switch out your socks every day.
Trim your toenails: It’s important to keep your toenails trimmed and free of sharp edges. This can help prevent injuries to your nail bed or the development of ingrown nails. Ingrown toenails can be a breeding ground for fungal infections, so it’s crucial to trim them properly.
Wear breathable footwear: If you want to avoid getting nail fungus, it’s important to wear natural and breathable shoes. They should fit well and not be too tight, leaving your toes plenty of room to wiggle.
Don’t hesitate to see a podiatrist if you think you might have toenail fungus. We are professionals who can help you get rid of your fungal nail problem.
*This blog contains general information about medical conditions and is not advice. You must not rely upon the information in this blog as medical advice. Medical advice should always be sought from an appropriately qualified podiatrist such as ourselves.