What to Do About Foot Infections
One of the most annoying illnesses is foot infections such as nail fungus. These infections are notoriously hard to cure. This article looks at one of the most common of these, nail fungus.
Nail Fungus Infection
Nail fungus can occur in both the finger nails and the toenails but are more associated with the toenails because of shoes and the likelihood of meeting areas where infections lurk such as gym floors and communal showers.
Both fingernails and toenails act as an extremely resistant barrier to infections, unfortunately, once an infection begins and takes hold that resistance to infection can also work as a resistance to cure making treating nail fungus particularly difficult.
If you have a nail fungus infection, you are not alone. Did you know 30 million people in the United States alone suffer from this hard to cure the problem? That means an average of 3 people out of every ten will develop a nail fungus at some point in their lives.
Nail Fungus Symptoms
The symptoms of a toe nail fungus or finger nail fungus can be very subtle, so subtle you may not even notice it until it has a good solid hold on the nail and area around the nail. The first thing you may notice is a reddening of the area around the nail that may or not be irritated. Then as the fungus begins to travel and spread you may notice changes in the nail and nail bed. You may have itching, sharp pains or a mild discomfort in the cuticle surrounding the nail. If left untreated the nail could detach from the cuticle and change colors from a yellow hue to a brown then the nail will thicken, and you may experience discomfort when pressing on it.
What causes nail fungus?
Basically fungus simply likes any warm moist environment. The inside of your shoes, therefore, are perfect for it to grow and flourish.
Nail fungus treatment
Although in the past cure for nail fungus have been largely ineffectual today there are several treatment options that can help. It is important to see your health care provider ensure that it is truly a fungal infection you are dealing with before any treatment starts. There are other disorders (such as Psoriasis, Lichen planus, contact dermatitis, and certain bacterial infections) that can cause similar looking nail problems.
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed your doctor may give you an antifungal medication as a nail fungus remedy. These tablets are taken orally, and the most popular of this type of toe nail fungus medication is Griseofulvin and fluconazole. The advantages of these two medications are that they have been used for a long time, so they are safe the disadvantages, however, is that only work on a few types of fungus. You should speak to your doctor about what type of fungus you may have any other treatment options open to you to cure nail fungus.
Nail Fungus Prevention
Although there is now more information on how to treat nail fungus and how to cure nail fungus it is much easier to prevent it in the first place. The treatment for nail fungus is not easy and can take weeks if not months before it works. Here are some tips to prevent the fungus from occurring and taking hold.
Keep your nails short, dry and clean.
Wear appropriate socks.
Synthetic socks that wick away moisture may keep your feet dryer than do cotton or wool socks. Change socks often as well.
Use an antifungal spray or powder
Even if you do not have fungal foot infections, fungus powder and spray can help to prevent it from occurring.
Don’t go barefoot in public places.
Think plastic flip flops when in a public area.
The best way to kill nail fungus before it even starts is a shoe sanitizer that will destroy harmful microorganisms before they have a chance to get to the nail.