Fungal Nail Infections are a persistent ailment if left untreated, but if you stay aware of the potential early signs, and causes, then you might be better equipped to keep infection away. Although not every sign is a sure instance of fungal nail, it’s good to be aware of the symptoms, and also the tips on how to remove them with treatment, starting with Scholl. Timely treatment in the early stages could mean the difference between quick relief, and an infection that could last years.
Fungal Nail - The Early Signs
A fungal nail infection is usually painless at first. However, there are several signs of a fungal nail infection to look out for. These can include:
· The most common sign of fungal nail is thickening, as well as discoloration. The nail can turn yellow, white or black.
· Yellow streaks in the bed of the nail (toward the bottom) and on the underside of the nail (check your clippings to see).
· A noticeable buildup of skin and nail fragments under the nail.
· The nail can become more easily broken as it is increasingly brittle.
· Over time, the thickening could lead to a separation from the skin under the nail.
· If the infection isn’t treated, complications including pain and discomfort could occur, and treatment could last for a long time.
But why do they occur?
A cut, or break in the skin, can make it easy for fungus to get into the nail and settle. An infection in the toenail is often caused by fungal skin infections around the toes, which can also cause athlete's foot.
The fungus that leads to this grows and thrives in warm, damp environments, so an infection is more likely to occur after wearing sports shoes for long periods of time, or if you often have hot, sweaty and un-ventilated feet. Swimming pools, public saunas and similarly hot and humid areas can harbor this fungus as well.
About a third of people with athlete's foot also develop a nail infection1. The elderly, or people who suffer from conditions such as athlete’s foot have an increased likelihood of developing a fungal nail infection. Athlete's foot usually affects the skin between your toes, causing it to become red, flaky and itchy.
Using simple selfcare methods may be effective in some cases. For example, not wearing footwear that makes your feet overheat, keeping your nails short, and maintaining a high level of foot hygiene can help prevent fungal nail infections. This may be quick enough, but reacting fast to the signs and getting them investigated, or getting treated, is important.
If you do notice persistent signs of fungal nail, then get it checked out when possible with a GP. He or she will be able to direct you to the best form of care.
What to Do
· Scholl’s fungal nail solution can help you take care of symptoms, and the root cause, of fungal nail infection. You can find more information on fungal nail and its treatment here.
· If you suffer from fungal nail infection, then Scholl Fungal Nail Treatment is the go-to solution.
· After treatment, try to keep your feet dry. You can do this by rotating shoe use, and wearing socks and shoes that allow your skin to breathe.
· Maintaining a footcare routine is crucial, and hygiene is very important, so shower often, and keep your nails short. Looking after your general health can also help keep infections at bay.
· Don’t share any tools that you use for manicures and pedicures, such as files and clippers.
· Finally, consider replacing footwear altogether, by disposing of old pairs of shoes, and wearing temporary options while you complete treatment.
If you have a fungal infection and the symptoms are worsening despite treatments, then it is be advisable to seek help from a medical professional. If your toes become painful, red, or oozy, then contact a doctor straight away.
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1 http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fungalnailinfection/ Pages/Causes.aspx