Daily routine of cleansing to prevent nail fungus
Nail fungus is not a life-threating condition nor a pressing health problem. However, it changes the appearance of the nail and makes it look unpleasant. Unfortunately, once you get it, it can be extremely difficult to eradicate and can reoccur if you don’t treat it properly. This is a condition that you should prevent and manage rather than cure it and for that, there are a few things you should know.
How fungi get to my nails
The fungi are microscopic organisms that cause nail infection. They thrive in warm and damp environments, and they don’t need light to survive. It means that your toenails are the perfect place for them since they are covered by shoes and socks most of the times. They live by eating the nail tissue, especially keratin, which is the main protein in your nails responsible for their strength. As they feed on the tissue, they make their way into the skin under the nail. They cause your nail to become thicker, and in some cases, if you don’t start treatment, they lead to nail separation from the nail bed. Unfortunately, if the nail is lifted off its bed, it won’t reattach.
Fungal spores are everywhere. They are in the air as well, and when they get to your nail, they attach, and start to affect them. You can easily pick them up from public places such as swimming pools, locker rooms or at the gym if you walk barefoot.
How to stay ahead of onychomycosis
If you hope to avoid a fungal infection of the nail, there are some ways you can successfully prevent it:
Nail fungus spreads incredibly quickly, especially if you expose yourself to somebody who already has the infection. Since they are organisms who live almost everywhere, it’s inevitable that you come in contact with them. If you adopt daily and rigorous cleansing routine, you prevent the fungi from flourishing and therefore, you avoid the infection.