I’m sure you’ve heard of, or seen nail fungus, so you know it isn’t pretty. Treatments for nail fungus often involve medications with dangerous side effects for some people. I’m going to share with you the same advice that I have given my nail salon clients to help you avoid nail fungus, and keep your nails beautiful.
My first tip is to let your toe nails breathe, so try not to wear socks and shoes as much as possible around the house. Wearing socks and shoes constantly makes your feet sweat even more which creates a dark, moist environment that can make fungus flourish. When you aren’t at home, and you are at the gym or a public swimming pool, make sure you wear a pair of flip-flops while walking around the locker room and showers. Your never know what kind of fungi, viruses, and bacteria are on the floor in those kind of damp places that are shared by many people.
It is also very important to keep your feet clean and regularly check for any nail problems such as fungus. If you have never seen fungus, you are looking for changes in your nails like extremely thickened yellowed nails, or nails discolored such as spots of green. It can become difficult for some elderly people to reach their feet so they can’t properly groom them. If you have this problem, or if you know someone who does, using a long handled bath sponge or brush may help with washing your feet. If that isn’t helpful be sure to ask someone for assistance at home, or go to a nail salon for weekly pedicures. If you have never had a pedicure you can expect the nail technician to first soak your feet to soften and clean them. They will clip and file your toe nails, push back your cuticles, and remove any calluses on the bottoms of your feet you may have. They will finish your pedicure with some lotion and will polish your toe nails, but of course, not everyone wants polish, so that part is optional. Nail Technicians are trained to spot many nail disorders and diseases, so regular pedicures can alert you to possible problems. Your Nail Technician can tell you if you should see a podiatrist for any problems before they get worse.
Never share nail implements such as nail clippers, or emery boards with anyone else. If they have a nail fungus it can be transmitted from these implements to you. Another place where nail fungus may become a problem is underneath lifting artificial acrylic or gel nails. One of the reasons artificial nails can lift is if the natural nail underneath is too oily. The natural oil the nails secrete makes them unable to properly adhere to the natural nail. The younger you are the oilier your nails are. That is why artificial nails are not recommended for children twelve and under. Underneath the lifted section of the artificial nail becomes dirty, which makes it a favorable place for fungus to thrive. Never try to fix the problem yourself by gluing the lifted section back on to the natural nail. If you do, you are trapping all of the moisture and dirt between the artificial and the natural nail which will only make your chances of getting nail fungus more likely. This is also why it is not a good idea to glue on press on nails to natural nail. Lifted acrylic or gel nails have to be fixed properly by a Nail Technician. So now you know it is easy to stay nail fungus free.