There are several things you can do to avoid fungal nail infection. Simple things like making sure you always dry your hands and feet properly and keep beneath the nails clean is a very basic step.
Some people are more prone to fungal nail infection due to their jobs or leisure activities particularly if the hands or feet are exposed to water a lot. For example:
- Swimmers or surfers
- Car wash attendants
- Gardeners or landscapers
Nail fungus is contagious so there are some measures you can take to reduce your risk and avoid fungal nail infection.
- Don’t share plastic, rubber or latex gloves
- Don’t wear other peoples shoes or socks
- Keep the shower area cleaned, particularly if you know another member of the family has an infection.
- Don’t share towels
With an estimated 35 million people in the US suffering from nail fungus avoiding this infection is important.
If you have to wear protective gloves always make sure they are dry inside, if water leaks into the glove, remove the glove immediately, wash and thoroughly dry your hands before putting on another pair of gloves. Discard the leaky or wet gloves.
People who have to wear heavy work boots or gum boots tend to be very prone to nail infections they can provide the ideal conditions for the fungus to grow i.e. Warm and moist.
Damage to particularly the toe nail caused by heavy work boots or the working environment can also leave the toe nails open to a nail fungus infection.
Ladies who have false nails can be very vulnerable to fungal infection as water can get behind the acrylic nail allowing fungus to grow and infect the nail.
A few simple precautions can help you avoid fungal nail infection. It is worth remembering that fungal nail infections are contagious, which means they can be spread for one person to another, it also means that it can spread from one nail to another, so it is important if you think you have a fungal infection you start treatment right away to avoid it spreading.
Keeping the hands and feet dry is the most important thing to remember in your fight to avoid fungal nail infection. The fungus loves warm moist conditions, and as its diet consists mostly of keratin, the protein the nails and skin are made from, it is very happy to take up home under your nails.