Did you know that almost half of all nail problems are caused by fungal infections? Fungal nail infections are very common, especially in the toe nails, and can affect the whole nail or just a part of it, such as the root of the nail, the nail bed or the nail plate.
Fungal nail infections are very common in older people, especially in men, and many people experience this condition for many months or even years without realising what it is or how simple it can be to treat.
What Causes Toe Nail Fungus?
Fungal nail infections are not usually painful, and may not have any symptoms other than looking unpleasant. If you have noticed that one or more of your toe nails is discoloured, brittle or thickening, you may have a fungal toe nail infection. Understanding what causes toe nail fungus can help you to treat the condition:
- Fungal nail infections are caused by a variety of fungi, such as candida, a yeast infection that can affect the skin around the nails, most commonly the fingernails.
- Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection that affects the toes, resulting in flaky, red skin that itches. Many people with this infection find that it spreads to the toenails, leading to toe nail fungus.
- Toe nail fungus is frequently caused by wearing the wrong shoes. Shoes such as trainers worn for exercising, or shoes made of synthetic fibres that do not allow feet to breathe, provide ideal breeding conditions for fungi.
- Damage to the nails can result in toe nail fungus, and this includes wearing artificial nails.
- People with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, psoriasis or a weakened immune system, are much more likely to develop fungal nail infections than those in good health.
- Lifestyle factors such as living in a humid climate or smoking can increase the likelihood of developing a fungal nail infection.
Sometimes, a fungal nail infection can be a sign that your general health is not as good as it could be, and it may be helpful to identify problem areas and address your lifestyle or footwear choices.
Treatment For Toe Nail Fungus At Foot Solutions
Prevention is better than cure, so take care to look after your toe nails as part of your daily foot care routine. You should wash and dry your feet well every day, ensuring that the skin around the toes and toe nails is completely dry.
Wearing the right shoes is vital to prevent or treat toe nail fungus, as shoes that do not fit properly can cause damage to your feet. Visit your local Foot Solutions store to find good quality, comfortable shoes that will allow your feet to breathe and reduce the risk of fungus developing.
Your doctor will usually prescribe an anti fungal treatment cream for your toe nail fungus, and this will need to be applied routinely, sometimes for several months.
You may find that copper socks, available at Foot Solutions, are useful in treating the condition.
Dietary changes, such as cutting out sugars that feed yeast, may be an excellent way to resolve an ongoing problem with toe nail fungus.
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