Myths About Nail Fungus

You can cover it with Nail Polish

Covering nail fungus with nail polish is not a good idea. Nail polish covers your nail and does not allow your nail to breathe. It traps the fungus in the nail, allowing the fungus to thrive and eat away your nail. It would be best to leave your nails clean and dry. If you really want to wear nail polish, use antifungal nail polish.

You should trim your nails as short as possible

Cutting your toenails as short as possible will not help get rid of the fungus. It is difficult to treat a fungal nail infection because it spreads easily and can infect the root of the nail as well. Once the root or matrix is infected, the new nail growing in is already infected. Furthermore, cutting the nails too short can cause more trauma and pain.

Toenail fungus only appears in the summer

Fungal spores are always present in the environment. In early stages of infection, it may not be noticeable. It only gets worse over time. It can get worse in the summer because fungus spores thrive in warm and damp environments. The fungus can thrive in the hot weather and sweaty feet. In the winter, the fungus can also thrive because people usually wear tights and boots, creating a perfect warm and moist environment for the fungus to grow.

You get the fungal infection because you are unhygienic

Poor hygiene may be one of the risk factors of toenail fungus, but it is not the only one. There are other factors that make you susceptible to the infection. People of age usually develop toenail fungus due to their weakened immune system and brittle nails. The fungus is also present in the environment, especially in saunas, nail salons, or swimming pools.

It will go away on its own

Toenail fungus will not go away on its own. If you ignore it, it will just get worse over time. It would be best to consult a medical professional and have it treated.

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By |2019-11-13T17:12:24-08:00November 13th, 2019|