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Fungal Infection and Nail Care

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Nail fungus can affect anyone as the microscopic fungi that causes infections live in public areas such as showers, locker rooms, or even your nail salon. They prefer warm moist environments, and it may not be feasible to take a complete avoidance stance towards it. That said, there are many ways in which you can reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.

High Risk Factors:

  • Family history with fungal infections
  • If you are 40 or older
  • A history of athletes foot or prior nail fungus
  • Perspiring feet
  • Other medical conditions such as HIV, diabetes, or circulatory problems that may reduce your body’s immune system defences
  • Injuries that may make the area more prone to infection
  • Exposure to swimming pools, spas, or locker rooms
  • Use of acrylic nails

Tips to avoid fungal infection:

  • Wash and dry your feet, especially the toes on a daily basis.
  • Moisturize your feet to prevent cracking, which leaves an opportunity for fungus to get into the skin
  • Use antifungal powders after activities that cause sweat
  • Nail hardeners can weaken the nails over time, making it more prone to infection
  • Nail polish also moisturizes the nails, making them more susceptible to infection
  • Don’t use artificial nails, as they have been known to contribute to the development of fungal infections
  • Keep watch over the health of your nails. Watch out for signs like redness, pain, or pus from the nails

If you do get a fungal infection, visit your doctor to discuss treatment options. Infections tend to get worse over time, so early treatment is recommended. Visit www.fungalguide.ca for more information.

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