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Nail Fungus:How to deal with it

Posted by Biobella.gr 15/03/2022 0 Comment(s) Health - Well Being,

 

 

 

 

Nail fungus is a very common problem, which also affects women and men.
Especially during the summer, onychomycosis is also an aesthetic problem for women who want to care for their toenails and wear their summer shoes.

According to iatropedia.gr (http://www.iatropedia.gr/ygeia/onichomikitiasi-etia-metadosi-tou-mikita-therapia-ke-tropi-prolipsis/42711/) on the onychomycosis, the dermatophytes, which are related with fungi of the genus Trichophyton, Epidermophyton and Microsporum, are the most common types of fungal disease and are responsible for 90% of the infections of the nails.


Onychomycosis is not a simple aesthetic problem. One or more of the toenails or legs may be affected and more often this happens in the legs. This infection (fungus) causes nail thickening (due to the accumulation of loose material under the nails), discoloration (the nail changes color, becomes yellow, brown, black), and onycholysis (cleavage of the nail from healthy skin).


The better one is for proper nail hygiene, and the sooner you start treatment, not trying to cope with it, the sooner you get rid of this troublesome problem.

 


Why do we get onychomycosis?


Anyone can be afflicted, but it is more common in people with diabetes or circulatory disorders (angiopathy). In children, onychomycosis is rare.


The fungi are transmitted either by direct contact, from human to human, from animal to human, or indirect. It is possible, for example, to be transmitted from the ground, sand and towels to man.

This is why it is preferable to avoid direct fall on the sand or the ground during the summer months, without the use of a mat or towel, which will be used exclusively by the same person at a time or by people who are of course aware that they are not in some form mycosis. Also if fungi infection has developed on our own, it is better to use a mat instead of a beach towel, which, in fact, should be washed with water before each use.


What helps in the growth of fungi is humidity and elevated temperature. If, for example, often wear boots, which make your feet warm and wet, then a fungus can begin to grow around the toenails.

Also, if you are used to walking bare feet in gymnasium changing rooms, you can "stick" a fungus from the warm and wet floor. They can also be transmitted to humans from animals, particularly dogs and cats, so contact with unknown or stray animals should be avoided.
People who often have their hands (for example, housewives, dishwashers in restaurants, cleaners) are more likely to be affected by fungal infection.

 

What to always be careful about


1. To protect your hands from moisture, when working wet (eg dishwashing), wear 100% cotton gloves and upper waterproof gloves.
2. Thoroughly wipe your hands and take care of them once a day with a nourishing and moisturizing cream. The harder your nails are, the more difficult they will be onychomycosis.
3. Cut your nails small and clean the areas that are thickened.
4. Do not use the same tools (eg nail clipper) in the affected and healthy nails. If your nail care is done by a professional, you can give it your own personal tools, especially during the treatment period. Nails that are injured, either by a blow or by cutting them too close, can be affected more easily by fungi.
5. Wear shoes with anatomic support and with wide tread (not narrow). Do not wear pointed shoes that press your toes.
6. Preference for cotton socks. Immediately change your socks when you are sweating or when your feet are wet. Wear clean socks every day. You can use a form of talc in the shoes to absorb moisture and keep your feet dry.
7. Diabetics or those suffering from psoriasis belong to the high-risk groups of the disease. All those involved in sports activities are also susceptible to the disease. The wet environment (eg sports shoes) is the most conducive to creating fungi.
8. Avoid walking with bare feet in public places, such as changing rooms in the gyms.

 

Remember that onychomycosis is now one of the most common problems for a large part of the population.
But following these tips and using the appropriate natural-organic formulations, it is treated in a timely manner and is treatable.

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