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The Lowdown on Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is something most people are not comfortable talking about. And keeping your toes healthy may not necessarily be on the top of your to-do list. But maybe it should be!

We don’t often realize how important foot health is until we start seeing signs that indicate something is wrong. But in reality, our feet should be top priority when it comes to taking care of our well-being. After all, they are the very foundation keeping our bodies moving!

This is especially true since our feet are regularly confined within sweaty socks and shoes where fungus can thrive. Fungi love dark, moist, warm environments. However, it is worth noting that toenail fungus can happen by mere exposure to the surrounding elements as well.

Toenail fungus is a relatively common condition afflicting about 14 percent of the human population. Often it is caused by microscopic organisms that feed on keratin – the protein found in nails and hair. It usually starts as a white or yellowish spot underneath the tip of the nail and, if left untreated, the nail can begin to show discoloration, thicken and crumble. It is also contagious, so other toenails may eventually begin showing signs of infection as well.

Normally, you can try taking care of the situation using home remedies, as long as the condition is not causing any discomfort or doesn’t seem to get worse. However, if the nail starts to thicken and/or becomes painful, then it’s probably a good idea to see a podiatrist.

So, How Do You Know if You Have Toenail Fungus?

Here are some of the symptoms you should be on the lookout for:

Of course, you should also consider if you are one of the many people who is actually prone to developing toenail fungus.

Are You One of Them? (The Risk Factors)

Although toenail fungus can happen to people across all demographics, there are some causing factors which may increase the probability of actually getting one.

If one or more of these instances apply to you, there is no need to panic. Prevention is the key, and we are here to give you some pointers on how to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a nuisance!

Tips to Prevent Toenail Fungus

Following these preventative measures will substantially reduce your chances of infection. However, you should keep in mind that this condition is very common and contagious, and toenail fungus may come back in the future. That’s why the best thing to do is consistently check your toenails and the skin around them for early signs of infection while washing your feet daily.

 

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