Toenail fungus can infect your nails by making its way through the cracks of your nails and sometimes even the cuts on your skin surrounding the nails. There are several telltale signs of toenail fungus, often times the toenail can change color ranging from yellow, blue, and black, it can cause the nail to become hard and thick making daily maintenance almost impossible, and it can easily distort and directly change the shape of the nail completely. The dark dampness of your shoes are the perfect breeding ground for the fungus to grow making toenails easily susceptible to nail infections rather than our hands. If you leave fungus untreated it can spread to your other nails, hands, and even skin!
Nail fungus usually starts off small and unsuspecting. Maybe a small white or yellow spot under the toenail or fingernail. Then the fungus advances and grows which can make the nail can turn brown, even black becoming thick and hard. What’s worse is the the nail can even start flaking and crumbling which can cause pain.
You can get fungus at any age, but here’s why the older you are, the more at risk you are to nail fungus. Decreased blood circulation, natural growth of thickened and slow growing nails, and age related ailments like diabetes are all common sources to obtaining nail fungus. Not to mention that as we age our immune system and our bodies natural ability to fight infection and bacteria severely weakens making us prime targets for nail fungus.
Take precaution now, be proactive! Never walk barefoot in public, wear flip flops in public locker rooms and showers, and always bring your own nail polish whenever you. get your nails done at the salon!