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Are UK Residents at Greater Risk for Fungal Nail Infections?

Are UK Residents at Greater Risk for Fungal Nail Infections?

If you live in the United Kingdom, you could be at a higher risk of developing a fungal nail infection as compared with people who live in other parts of the world.

According to some statistics, 3 in every 100 UK residents suffer from fungal nail infections.  In fact, people who live in countries where the weather tends to be cold or wet are often more prone to developing fungal infections as compared with people who live in dryer climates. A U.S. study recently found that almost 50% of the people who walked into a doctor’s office complained of a fungus related problem.

What Makes Some People More Likely to Develop Fungal Nail Infections?

There are several reasons due to which certain people are more likely to develop nail fungus infections as compared with others.  These could be:

  • Walking around bare-foot in damp places such as a locker room or public shower
  • Wearing tight, non-breathable shoes
  • An injury to the skin surrounding the nail
  • Very sweaty hands or feet
  • Bad health or a weak immune system

However, the reason that so many people in countries such as the UK develop fungal nail infections has to do with damp hands or feet. Fungi thrive in warm, damp environments and this is no different for nail fungus.

Many UK residents come right out of the shower, and don’t bother to dry their feet properly before putting their socks on.  This greatly increases their chances of developing nail fungus. Coupled with this, if you like to wear heavy boots, or non-breathable shoes, you could be asking for trouble.

This also means that if you have a job where you constantly come in contact with water – such as washing dishes – you need to be extra careful!

I Live in the UK – What can I do to Prevent a Fungal Nail Infection?

If you live in the UK, there are many precautions you can take to prevent a fungal nail infection.  Some of these include:

  • Keeping your hands and feet dry as much as possible
  • Wearing synthetic socks
  • Keeping your slippers on when walking in the locker room or public showers
  • Avoid biting or picking at the skin surrounding your nails

For more information on how to protect yourself against fungal nail infections, you might want to read up on: How do I Prevent a Fungal Nail Infection.

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