You can plainly say that it is difficult if you have fungal nails, also called nail fungus. It is not life-threatening but not attractive, painful and often difficult, because you may have to deal with crumbly nails, ridges or stripes. What can you do about it and how can you prevent it?
What is a fungal nail?
A fungal nail is usually the result of a fungal infection, which is usually under the nail (usually starts at the end and can spread towards the nail bed if not treated). The fact that the fungus is under the nail also makes fungal nails difficult to combat. Just take a decent period of time to combat the fungal nail. And it certainly doesn’t look nice.
White spots often appear on the nail and this can turn into brown spots and the nail crumble or it may fall off entirely. Stripes and ridges may also appear on the nail.
Prevent fungal nails
The fungus can establish itself because the skin has come into contact with fungal spores. Someone else may have infected you, but it is not necessary that this was through a human. This also means that you can infect someone else with a fungal nail.
How can you prevent an infection?
- It starts with sufficient resistance, which comes from within. The better your resistance, the less chance you have of an infection (this applies to all infections).
- To prevent your bare feet from coming into contact with the fungus, wearing slippers in public areas is not an unnecessary luxury. Consider, for example, the swimming pool or other public space with a decent temperature (because that is where the fungi thrive best).
- Don’t wash your feet too often with normal soap.
- Plastic is by definition not good for your feet, but it is also better not to wear plastic shoes in order to prevent fungal nails.
- Wear clean socks (preferably cotton) or stockings every day and change shoes.
- Avoid shoes that are too tight (not to mention the fact that they are uncomfortable).
- Always dry washed feet thoroughly and do not forget to dry between the toes.
Treating fungal nails
If you have not been able to prevent fungal nails, make sure you take a number of things into account as mentioned above. Clean socks, leather shoes, allowing feet to breathe and drying washed feet thoroughly is actually basic hygiene.
What to do?
- There are medications to take, but these also fight the good bacteria in the body, so not really recommended. Yet it is the means that often have the fastest results. So consult with your GP, who must prescribe any medication, whether it is better to do this or not.
- Foot baths are good for the feet and add apple cider vinegar to them, it is also good against fungal nails. Do it daily, otherwise there will be no results.
- Nail markers are also possible. You then have to apply the marker to the nail and it penetrates the nail to make the nail fungus-free again.
- There are all kinds of tinctures on the market that slowly but surely rid the nail of fungus. This is a method that requires a lot of patience (often about 6 months).
- The pedicure has special equipment to make the nail thinner and smoother. A layer of the nail is then sanded, which makes the nail appear “normal” again. You can also get started with such a device yourself, but only do it if you are somewhat skilled. Combine it with, for example, apple cider vinegar and a good vitamin-rich diet.
Prevention is better than cure, but if it still bothers you, there is plenty you can do about it. Daily basic hygiene is good for the foot and certainly to get rid of fungal nails.