Fungus is like the major toenail disease today, most especially for women. They often sneak between nail beds and causes the toenails to become dark, bumpy and can also lead to smell. Anyone can get a toenail fungus, although some people are at a higher risk of being affected.
Thus, here are three common causes of toenail fungus and how to prevent it and keep your feet healthy.
Tight and closed shoes can cause fungus, especially the shoes that are narrow in the toe box. Zinkin said “It can lead to injury to your toenails, which can weaken your nails and make them progressively helpless to a fungus infection”. If and when you have to wear closed-toe shoe, pick shoes that have plenty room or allow your feet to breathe without a pinch so as to allow air circulation.
We love nail polishes and always want a pretty toe but, nail polish can cause fungus. This is because heavy nail polish prevents light which creates a conducive environment for fungal growth. Hence, it is advisable to take a break from nail polishes from time to time. Also, note that fungus can be transmitted through nail files & clippers, so make certain that the tools are properly sanitised if going to a salon for pedicure.
Toenail fungus can be hereditary. So, it’s possible that your family might be prone to it or not. So, if you have a family history of fungal infection, you must take time to inspect your feet often and see a doctor if you suspect strange seeing.