Preventing nail fungus may not be your top most priority, but perhaps it should be. Fungi are microorganisms that are scattered everywhere in our environment, and they are attracted to warm, dark and moist places like the inside of your nails.
Our nails are prone to these fungal infections, and we should take necessary precautions to avoid them from happening in and on our nails. This article contains all the nail fungus information that you need to help you get rid of the problem.
Fungal infections are deadly and can damage your nails and make them look ugly. These infections attack around 14% of the adult population. If you do not take precautionary steps to avoid them, they might overgrow and damage your nails.
So, here are some ways to keep these fungal infections at bay:
- Keep Your Hands and Feet Clean and Dry: Keep your hands and feet clean and dry in summers. Wash them regularly but make sure to dry right away.
- Keep Your Nails Short and Dry: Trim nails straight and avoids making them pointy. Use sanitized scissors or a nail cutter.
- Wear Neat Socks: Wear the kind of socks that can absorb sweat such as wool, nylon, and polypropylene. Also, make sure to change your socks regularly.
- Wear Shoes That Are Less Humid: If you have an oily skin and your feet get sweaty while you wear your shoes then replace your shoes and buy open-toe footwear.
- Discard Old Shoes: Do not wear your old shoes because they might make the infection come back if you had it in the past.
- Use An Antifungal Spray Or Powder: You can sprinkle antifungal powders in your shoes too or directly over your nails.
- Use Rubber Gloves: Being exposed to water for a longer period might promote fungus growth, therefore, protect your hands wearing gloves and make sure to dry the gloves when you remove them.
- Don’t peel the skin around your nails: Peeling skin around the nail area might allow germs to attack your skin and nails.
- Avoid Going Out Barefoot: Wear shoes or flip-flops in places like pools, showers, and locker rooms.
- Go To a Salon That is Hygienic: Make sure the spa you go for a manicure or pedicure sanitizes its tools because overly used tools which are not cleaned properly might promote fungus growth.
- Avoid Nail Polish: Applying nail polish to hide the ugliness of the infection might make it more poorly because nail polish traps the moisture. So make sure to avoid it, and other similar products as well.
- Wash your hands after touching an infected nail: Wash and dry your hands after you touch the infected area or even apply some medicine over it because the infection can spread if you fail to take care of it.
- More Pairs Of Shoes: Putting on shoes that are still damp from yesterday’s sweaty workout will only increase your risk of a toenail fungal infection, so invest in a few good pairs and wear them.
A Healthy Diet To Prevent Fungal Infections:
Taking foods which are antibacterial, anti-fungal and have properties that help to prevent fungal infections are:
- Garlic: It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that help to fight fungus.
- Spinach: It is anti-inflammatory. Inflammation promotes fungal growth.
- Cayenne Pepper: It helps improve the rate of metabolism allowing your body to fight fungus.
- Fruits: Turn to fruits that are rich in vitamin C, such as all citrus fruits (orange, lemon etc.) and berries.
- Vegetables: Exclude starch containing vegetables such as carrots, corn etc., as they can increase the growth of fungus. Instead, use green vegetables, onions, parsnips because they are anti-fungal.
Fungal infection can grow rapidly if you do not take precautionary measures. The key lies in being careful and staying neat and clean.