The Causes Of Toenail Fungus
Fungal nail infections are caused by the growth of various types of fungal organisms (fungi). The most common fungi that cause nail infections are dermatophyte. However, They can also be caused by molds and yeast.
Nail infections are most common in the elderly but can develop at any age in the right circumstances and conditions.
As nails age they can become more brittle than in a persons younger years. They can start to crack and become very dry. The resulting brittleness and cracking allows fungal infections to ‘find a home’ and enter in.
Reduced blood circulation can also be another factor or a weakened immune system.
Toenail fungus infections are most commonly caused as a result of previous or on going medical conditions such as Athletes Foot, which is a form of foot fungus. It can spread to the nail… and from one nail to the other.
Nail Fungus Risk Factors
Factors that commonly run increased risk of developing nail fungus include:
- Age, owing to reduced blood flow, more years of exposure to fungi and slower growing nails
- Heavy Sweating
- A medical history of athlete’s foot
- Walking through damp communal areas; swimming pools, gyms and shower rooms, barefoot
- Having a minor skin or nail injury or a skin condition, such as psoriasis
- Having diabetes, circulation problems or a weakened immune system
Complications Without Treatment
In severe cases, nail fungal conditions can be extremely painful and may even cause perminent damage to the nail(s) and skin.
It can lead to other serious infections that can spread beyond the foot and suppress a persons whole immune system.
A person with an existing serious medical condition such as diabetes are at risk if they suffer from nail fungal infections. Low blood circulation can be an existing factor which creates a greater risk for bacterial skin infection (cellulitis) to manifest.
The main point is, if you get nail infections, be quick to treat them, especially if you have a current and ongoing medical condition.
Prevention Of Toenail Fungus
Preventing fungal infections just means following a few simple every day habits:
- Wash your hands and feet regularly.
- Wash your hands after touching an infected nail.
- Moisturize your nails after washing.
- Trim nails straight across, smooth the edges with a file and file down thickened areas.
- Disinfect your nail clippers after each use.
- Wear sweat-absorbing socks or change your socks throughout the day.
- Choose shoes made of materials that breathe; Natural Leathers not synthetics
- Discard old shoes or treat them with disinfectants or antifungal powders.
- Wear footwear in pool areas and locker rooms.
- Choose a nail salon that uses sterilized manicure tools for each customer.
- Give up artificial nails.
Getting Rid Of Toenail Fungus With ZetaCLear
More than 30Mil people across the USA suffer from either finger or toenail fungus infections. It is a very serious issue for many and getting rid of the fungus is very difficult.
It is important to use the very best treatments and ones that have been clinically proven to work. That is why we recommend ZetaClear to get rid of your fungal infected toenails.