Ever wonder why people (such as you) get unsightly, sometimes painful fungal nail infections? Well, we’ve compiled the TOP 10 REASONS for you!
Easy to Fix Reasons for Fungal Nail Infections
- Non-breathable shoes – Wearing shoes that make you sweat or make your feet hot, especially in a humid environment. You should wear good ventilated socks/shoes. Let them breathe!
- Walking barefoot in damp public places - Walking barefoot in damp public places like swimming pools, gyms and shower rooms. It’s not a phobic reaction but necessary since we overlook these possibilities.
- Wearing tight shoes and socks – Tight footwear that cause your toes to get “squished”. Don’t overcrowd the shoe even if you really want to buy it. The shoe should be comfortable.
- An Injury to the nail - Exercises that cause repeated minor trauma to the hyponychium (where the fingertip attaches to the nail). Wear workout gloves to ease any pressure or stress.
- Heavy perspiration – This can cause or aggravate the condition for nail fungus infection. Heavy perspiration should be followed by a shower with antiseptic soap. Also, make sure your workout clothes are regularly washed.
Slightly Harder to Fix…
Moving on, the following reasons may be a bit harder to fix, but nonetheless do significantly increase your chances for getting a nail fungus infection:
- Humid or moist work environment – Such environments are ideal for fungal growth.
- Diminished blood circulation – This can be caused by poor nutrition, chronic diseases, lack of exercise, smoking, wearing tight fitted clothing, or un-managed stress to name a few.
- Slow growing nails – If your nails grow very slowly, it may indicate a slight protein deficiency in your body or perhaps even a depletion of nutrients in your nails.
- A family history of fungal infection (genetics) – Self-explanatory but you should find out if you have a family history of nail fungus.
- Severe illnesses – Diabetes, AIDS, or a weakened immune system.
Do you know of any other reasons that can lead to fungal nail infections? Please share them with us below!
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