Preventing nail fungus Preventing nail fungus

Preventing nail fungus

Current living 19 February, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

A fungus is a dermatological condition that, while it is not painful, can be uncomfortable. Practicing good hygiene is key.

Fungal nail infections are common, especially on the feet. This is generally due to how easily transmittable they are. Forms of transmission can include: hot and humid environments such as pools or public restrooms, using the same pair of shoes for a long period of time, or having wet feet for the majority of a day either because of work or from practicing a hobby.

One of the first symptoms is nail discoloration. It can turn off-white, yellow or brown; each fungus manifests in a different way. In some cases, nails can become thicker or thinner than normal, separate from the nail bed or split. Before this issue becomes serious or spreads, the recommendation is to see a dermatologist. If not treated quickly, it can become painful to use closed-toed shoes.

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The American Academy of Dermatology recommends implementing a few hygiene practices to prevent nail fungus: keep your nails short and clean, use shoes that are the right size, use antifungal foot powder or aerosols, put on fresh socks and a different pair of shoes every day, and use sandals at pools and in public restrooms, even in the shower.