What is toenail fungus you might ask yourself? What exactly is causing your toenails to harden and flake off? What’s turning your once healthy and luscious nails black and yellow? I’d love to tell you! Toenail fungus is a type of infection that affects the bed and plate of of the nail. If you start noticing the growth and development of toenail fungus on your own feet or hands you should seek treatment immediately since that fungus is extremely infectious. The fungus feeds off of keratin, a type of protein our bodies produce. It is often believed that the more discolored and distorted the nail, the further and more advanced the infection has become.
You may be curious and wondering, “how in the world could i have possibly retracted a nail fungus?” Many people are unaware about the many ways a nail fungus can form or the many places they could have easily retracted one.
- If your toes make contact with wet and moist environment, or if you live in a very humid climate.
- Walking barefooted in gym locker rooms, public showers, swimming pools, and Jacuzzis
- if you already have a case of athletes foot
- If you have caused trauma to the nail. For example, by stubbing it, dropping a heavy object on it, or a sports related injury.
- If you have visited a nail salon that does not properly disinfect their instruments and supplies, or have improperly performed a nail service on you. We recommend taking your own instruments into any nail salon you visit.
- If you wear socks that are not good at absorbing moisture or sweat, or a fabric that causes more moisture and sweat. We recommend cotton socks.
- If you have poor blood circulation to the toes and feet, this usually occurs in diabetics.
- If you are doing cancer or HIV treatment, you may have a weakened immune system, resulting in a nail fungus.
- Lastly, if you have a family history of a nail fungus, you are more susceptible to obtaining one.
Although this may seem frightening and a long list of possible ways of obtaining a nail fungus, it is important to remember that nail fungus is treatable and preventable. If you are cautious and keep good nail hygiene you can prevent a nail fungus from occurring.