Nail Fungus Infections and Prevention
Nail fungus is seen more in adults and most commonly on the toe
nails. Nail fungus goes in warm and moist areas, so if you enjoy
swimming pools, or use gyms and shower rooms you may be more prone
nail fungus. Also the risk of nail fungus increases by wearing closed in footwear,
minor skin or nail injuries, or even moist skin that is moist for long periods.
Symptoms to watch for if you think you may be prone to nail fungus:
Any changes in your nail usually more than one. Watch for brittle or discolored
nails, this is one symptom of nail fungus. Other symptoms include loss of
luster and shine, thickening, distorted nail shape, nail
crumbling nails, debris found under the nail, and if your nail becomes detached.
If you believe that you do in fact have nail fungus your doctor
can check by scraping the nail for a culture. He will then examine
the scrapings and then he can in fact let you know if you have nail
There are many creams and ointments that claim to cure nail fungus but most
do not help. There is a new product on the market called Penlac that has helped
some patients. Some oral medications may help like
Sporanox or Lamisil, these may cause several side effects. Your nails grow
very slowly, so it may take up to one year for your nail to replace the old
nail. But, at least the nail fungus will be gone.
Nail fungus is hard to treat and may recur so you should visit your
doctor and do what he suggests in preventing the nail fungus from
returning. As for complications that may occur in your nails would
be; permanent damage to the nails, the nail fungus can cause a secondary
infection in the skin around the nail, recurring infections of the
nail or other parts of the body.
Be sure to call your doctor if the nail fungus recurs, or if the
fingers or toes become red, painful or drain pus. If you want to
prevent nail fungus the best way is to practice good health and hygiene
Remember to keep your skin around your nails clean and dry. Wash
and dry your hands after you come in contact with any type of fungus
or debris. Just use common sense and keep your hands clean, your
nails come in contact will all kinds of dirt and grime. This will
help in the prevention of nail fungus.
Nail Fungus Prevention
Bacterial and fungal infections are easily avoided by following normal
sanitary precautions. In the majority of cases, the problem is caused
by the nail technicians who take short cuts and
omit some of the sanitation steps when performing an artificial nail
service. If you are a nail technician and you find that your clients
are are suffering from nail fungus infections, you should examine
your procedures and application techniques to find the possible cause.
Nail infections should be minimal.