How to Prevent Nail Fungus

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.

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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 preventive measures 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.

Preventive Measures to Best Fungal Nail Treatment

When washing your socks, pantyhose, or tights, add a capful of disinfectant to the final rinse cycle of your wash. The disinfectant will assist in destroying the fungus. If you see the beginning signs of nail fungus such as spots forming, make up a solution of one-part vinegar and five parts waters. This solution forms an acidic environment that fungus cannot survive in.

Shoes that allow for wiggle room for the toe will keep your breathing, and prevent the damp, humid environment that nail fungus loves.

Be careful not to bump your nail, a broken nail gives fungus a passageway to form underneath the nail.

At least once a day, give your nails a through brushing with a soft non-abrasive brush. At least seven hours of sleep a night goes a long way toward your healthy nails. Stress management is essential also.

A good hike, walk, or bike ride will keep your immune system in good order.

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Preventive Foot Soaks

A daily foot soak will help with prevention of nail fungus. A solution of two teaspoons of salt per every pint of warm water, soaking your feet for ten minutes. This saltine solution makes for a horrible environment for any fungus growth, decreases excess sweating, and provides deeper effects of antifungal medicines.

Proper Manicure and Pedicure Habits

Soaking your feet and hands in warm water will do wonders for your cuticles. After soaking, a liberal application of cuticle oil on your cuticles. After applying the cuticle oil, gently push the cuticles back with a cuticle pusher.

Summary

Unfortunately, busy nail salons are a breeding ground for fungus.  Chose a salon that only uses a fresh, clean set of tools for their customers. Chose a salon that uses sterilization practices of all its tools and uses a plastic protector for their pedicure tubs always.