Nail fungus makes our hands and feet look awful. The bad thing is that treatment is extremely difficult. If you wait too long and the fungus penetrates too deep into the nail matrix, the appearance of the nail may never recover even after successful treatment.
What else should we know about nail fungus?
Fungi nest and multiply thanks to moisture
Fungal microorganisms are moisture-loving. They do not nest in dry places on the body for the simple reason that dry skin does not nourish them.
Fungi thrives best in skin folds and places that sweat more profusely. The toenails are in the most risky position because the feet sweat quite profusely, especially in closed shoes made of artificial material, artificial socks, intense training.
Often the infection from the feet is transferred to the hands by touch and especially if the hands are not washed thoroughly afterwards.
Washing both hands and feet with warm water and soap is of great importance in the prevention of fungus.
Nail polish can't save you
Many women mistakenly think that keeping their nails permanently polished will protect them from possible fungal infection.
Specialist dermatologists advise to give breaks of a day or two between the different varnishes, and not to apply varnish immediately after removing the old one. This gives the nails the opportunity to regenerate and maintain their he alth.
Very often the fungal infection "works" under the varnish. The patient does not know that he is infected and notices only when the nail already has lesions.
The nail polish does not protect the nails, because the infection can enter under it from the tip of the nails, from their base in the case of damaged cuticles, especially if they are often cut.
Learn to read the signals
Registering the fungal infection at the very beginning is of great importance for its successful control.
A nail infected with a fungal infection first changes its color, turns yellow, begins to take on a wavy shape, wrinkles, and in advanced infection begins to thicken and even peel off from the nail plate.
Don't wait even at the first signs, go to a dermatologist right away!
Treatment takes a long time
Fungal nail infections are among the most persistent. Their treatment can take months, even years. In case of advanced fungal infections, combined treatment with ointments, ointments, medicated varnishes and oral medications is necessary.
There are also new laser technologies that also successfully affect fungal infections, but they are quite expensive. Conservative treatment is also not cheap considering its duration.
Medications that are taken orally are a double-edged sword because they have a harmful effect on the liver, stomach and kidneys.
In general, the earlier the infection is caught, the better and easier the treatment.
Nail fungus is contagious
Although nail fungus is more difficult to transmit from person to person, it is by no means impossible, on the contrary.
are among the most contagious, but nail fungus is also transmitted by touch.
Be careful and observe strict hygiene. Do not share towels and bedding if there is someone infected with nail fungus in the home. Disinfect your workplace and especially your computer keyboard regularly.
Wash hands with soap and water or antibacterial wipes immediately after touching contaminated public surfaces such as public transport handles, for example.