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Nail Fungus Prevention

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 03:51 AM PST

Nail Fungus Prevention To help prevent nail fungus and reduce recurrent infections, practice good hand and foot hygiene by following these steps: * Keep your nails short, dry and clean. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas.

Thoroughly dry your hands and feet, including between your toes, after bathing.* Wear appropriate socks. Synthetic socks that wick away moisture may keep your feet dryer than do cotton or wool socks (you can also wear synthetic socks underneath other socks). Change them often, especially if your feet sweat excessively.

Take your shoes off occasionally during the day and after exercise. Alternate closed-toe shoes with open-toed shoes.* Use an antifungal spray or powder. Spray or sprinkle your feet and the insides of your shoes. * Wear rubber gloves. This protects your hands from overexposure to water. Between uses, turn the rubber gloves inside out to dry.* Don’t trim or pick at the skin around your nails.

This may give germs access to your skin and nails.* Don’t go barefoot in public places. Wear shoes around public pools, showers and locker rooms.* Choose a reputable manicure and pedicure salon. Make sure the salon sterilizes its instruments. Better yet, bring your own. * Give up nail polish and artificial nails. Although it may be tempting to hide nail fungal infections under a coat of pretty pink polish, this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.* Wash your hands after touching an infected nail. Nail fungus can spread from nail to nail.

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Nail Fungus Symptoms

Posted: 26 Dec 2010 03:39 AM PST

You may have a nail fungal infection — also called onychomycosis (on-i-ko-mi-KO-sis) — if one or more of your nails are: * Thickened * Brittle, crumbly or ragged* Distorted in shape* Dull, with no luster or shineA dark color, caused by debris building up under your nailInfected nails may also separate from the nail bed, a condition called onycholysis. You may even feel pain in your toes or fingertips and detect a slightly foul odor.For more information visit:

Nail Fungus Infection Complications

Posted: 20 Nov 2010 03:10 AM PST

Nail fungal infections can be painful and may cause permanent damage to your nails. They may also lead to other serious infections that can spread beyond your feet if you have a suppressed immune system due to medication, diabetes or other conditions.

Fungal infections of the nail pose the most serious health risk for people with diabetes and for those with weakened immune systems, such as people with leukemia or those who’ve had an organ transplant.

If you have diabetes, your blood circulation and the nerve supply to your feet can become impaired. Therefore, any relatively minor injury to your feet — including a nail fungal infection — can lead to a more serious complication, requiring timely medical care. See your doctor immediately if you suspect nail fungus.

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Nail Fungus Causes

Posted: 13 Nov 2010 02:13 AM PST

Fungi are microscopic organisms that don’t need sunlight to survive. Some fungi have beneficial uses, while others cause illness and infection. Nail fungal infections are typically caused by a fungus that belongs to a group of fungi called dermatophytes. But yeasts and molds also can be responsible for nail fungal infections. All of these microscopic organisms live in warm, moist environments, including swimming pools and showers. They can invade your skin through tiny invisible cuts or through a small separation between your nail and nail bed. They cause problems only if your nails are continually exposed to warmth and moisture — conditions perfect for the growth and spread of fungi.Infection with nail fungus occurs more in toenails than in fingernails because toenails are often confined in a dark, warm, moist environment inside your shoes — where fungi can thrive. Another reason may be the diminished blood circulation to the toes as compared with the fingers, which makes it harder for your body’s immune system to detect and eliminate the infection. For more information visit:

Nail Fungus Infections: A General Overview – Part 1

Posted: 20 Oct 2010 05:03 AM PDT

Are you thinking you might have an infection of the nails? It is possible. But don't conclude until you are done reading these series on the general overview of nail fungus infections. In these series, you'll learn what nail fungus infection is, what causes it, its cure and treatment and preventive measures. Nail fungus also referred to as Onychomycosis is caused by tiny fungus organisms that can be easily contracted anywhere. If you've got it, be rest assured that you are not the only person having this same dilemma as estimates have shown that over two million people in Canada have it while over 10 million people have it in the United States.

Nail fungus infections are really hard to spot earlier on. They only become obvious when they are fully established under the nails. Then they appear as a yellow spot which gradually spreads until it infects all parts of the nail and further spreads to all the other toe and finger nails.

It is very easy for the fungus to survive in the nails because it is a very habitable environment for it to grow in. This is because most people wear covered and shoes that are not aerated. As they grow in warm moist dark environment, which sure provides the optimum breeding condition for them.Please note that nail fungus infections are infectious and can spread from one person to the other. The ways you can contact them from other people is when you share the same bathrooms as in public shower stalls, locker rooms and bathrooms. These places are usually moist and people who have them can walk around barefooted.

The fungus which gets deposited on the floor as they walk around gets picked up by those who did not have them previously just by walking across the floor. It is also contractible from nail files and emery boards. It is the reason it is not good hygiene practice to share your nail files with other people as you can never tell what they carry on their nails particularly when it isn't obvious yet.

It is also advisable that you not walk around in bare foot in public bathrooms, shower stalls and locker rooms. Get a flip flop that you can wear when you are going to places like that. However, if it is late and you are sure you have already contacted it, you might want to start treating immediately.For more information read this article : fungus infection cause

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