Wearing tight-fitting shoes and layers of nail polish increases the risk of developing toenail fungus. If the nail becomes very thick and makes wearing shoes and walking painful, you should see a doctor.
You can help to prevent toenail fungus by:
* Washing your feet daily, drying them thoroughly, and using a good-quality foot powder
* Keeping your toenails trimmed
* Avoid applying layers of nail polish
Toenail fungus, is a relatively common condition that disfigures and sometimes destroys the nail. Sometimes the nails have crumbling edges. Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow more slowly.
Some other factors that causes toe nail fungus are:
* Poor hygiene of the foot,
Some are the common symptoms of toenail fungus includes :-
* Swelling of nails.
* Yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail.
* Toenail color can vary from brown or yellow to white with toenail fungus.
* Even complete loss of the nail.
* Wearing nail polish on the toes is not advised because it can seal in fungus and allow it to grow.
If you do develop toenail fungus, see your foot doctor:
* Toenail and athlete’s foot fungi like to grow in warm, moist areas, which include public areas such as spas, swimming pools, locker rooms, or showers.
* Some public swimming pool areas have small wade-through pools which help to keep the toenail and athlete’s foot fungi in check.
* Washing and thoroughly drying your feet really helps. Because toenail fungi likes warm, damp environments, if you keep your feet dry, the fungus will find it hard to survive.