Nail fungus can be a sensitive topic for most people, as it is unappealing to talk about. However, as a Sorrento podiatry office, it is our duty to let you know of the causes of a nail fungus, how to treat it, and how you can avoid it in the future.
A fungal nail infection occurs from the overgrowth of fungi in, under, or on the nail. Living in Florida, we are more prone to getting a nail fungus because it thrives in warm, and moist environments. You are able to catch a fungal nail infection in places like a pool deck or even a locker room.
In the summer, Floridians have many water parks at their fingertips, but this is the place we should be most careful. Since it is a water park we can walk barefoot just about anywhere in the property. The floors in the bathroom and even waiting in lines for the ride barefoot can increase your chances of getting a nail infection. If someone else has a fungal infection and walked barefoot in the same place you stepped foot in, you could easily catch it. The best option is to get water shoes and avoid any possible risk of infection.
Most people with a nail, infected with fungus, will see a thick, yellow or white color on the nail. The nail may have a white spot and become weaker than normal. As the infection worsens nails can possibly lift up from the finger or toe and crumble.
Women who wear nail polish for long periods of time are easily susceptible to nail fungus. The danger with keeping your nail polish on too long is that the pigment in the nail polish soaks into the top layers of the nail. When this happens, bacteria, mold, and mildew can develop underneath the nail. By removing the polish from your nails, you allow the surface of your nail to breathe.
There are many ways to prevent nail fungus from happening to you, but here are the few we recommend:
Wash your hands and feet regularly
Washing your hands and feet regularly with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Trim nails across and file down thickened areas.
Throw away old shoes
Old shoes can harbor fungi and cause an infection.
Use antifungal spray or powder
Spray or sprinkle your feet and the inside of your shoes.
Avoid being barefoot in public areas
This will also include water parks. Buy water shoes and wear sandals around pools, public showers, and locker rooms.
Always remember to be aware of white spots or yellow marks on your nail as that can be the first sign of a nail fungus growing. Our Sorrento podiatry office has more tips on you can treat your nail fungus. We are able to treat your diabetic foot and more! Just give us a call to set up an appointment.