Your nails look yellow and slightly discolored. You have nothing to worry about? What most people do not realize is over fifty percent of all nails discoloration is caused by fungus. If you are taking certain medicines, it is harder to fight off fungal infection. No worries, with a few simple steps you can keep your nails fungus free.
What Are the First Signs of Nail Fungus?
Nail infections normally start out as a small yellow or white spot at the tip of the nail. Over time, the fungus works its way under the nail bed. The moist, dark environment is the ideal breeding ground for fungus. At this stage of the fungus infection, white, yellow, or brown streaks will appear on the infected nail. Also, the infected nail will be thickened, and the nail will show signs of crumbling.
Keeping Your Nails in A Dry Environment
One of the best fungal nail treatment to keep nail fungus away is to keep your feet and hands dry. After bathing or showering, make sure to dry the areas between your toes. Pantyhose, tights, and gloves are great for holding moisture so when possible alternate when you wear gloves, or pantyhose. Use antibacterial foot powder on your feet and in your shoes to prevent moisture. After exercising, make sure and put on fresh, dry socks. You should keep hands and feet as dry as possible always. (more…)