Fungal infections occurs from the overgrowth of fungi in, under, or on the nail and fungi thrives in warm, moist environments. Knowing this is the first step to preventing a fungal infection. Read on to see the top causes of nail fungus and how to avoid it.
Unkept toenails are a breeding ground for fungal infection. Long, jagged nails could get caught on a sock, bacteria can get embedded under the nail and hangnails are likely to form, which are all causes for a nail fungal infection. Keeping your nails trimmed will give you one less thing to worry about.
Everyone sweats, but walking around with sweaty feet all day, every day is not helpful. Keeping your feet clean and drying them thoroughly helps to prevent athletes foot and other types of toenail fungus from happening. Another way to keep your feet healthy is to alternate exercise shoes.
If you don’t know how salon staff disinfects their tools, ask. Emery boards, nail clippers and buffers are all vessels for fungal infections if not sanitized properly. If you’re worried about getting nail infection the next time you visit the nail salon, bring your own! It’s a great way to ensure you won’t get a fungal infection and keep your nails healthy.