Nails, which protect finger and toe tissue, can be an indicator of overall health. Healthy nails have consistent color with a smooth texture. Traditional medicine has relied on nail inspection for medical diagnosis to detect such things as nail fungus infection.
Buying an attractive pair of shoes or digging out a fashionable pair from yesteryear may have seemed like a savvy fashion move. However, the right style and color may have required a snug fit. Fashionable but snug footwear may have taken a turn for the worse.
Toes may hurt, itch, blister and develop sores. Feet and nails may have become infected. It becomes challenging to be fashionable while limping or displaying unattractive nail fungus.
When it comes to preventing fungal infection, medical experts offer footwear tips. Wear non-plastic lined shoes made of natural material such as leather. Footwear should be well ventilated and fit properly. Avoid closed-toe shoes. Alternate shoes or air them out every 2-3 days. Avoid snug hosiery or socks. Wear clean socks that wick away moisture. Change shoes, socks, or hosiery more than once daily, and as often as necessary to keep feet dry. Wear shower shoes when using public restrooms.
Besides following footwear tips, exercise caution when handling hangnails. Yanking a hangnail may have seemed like a quick treatment to tidy toes. However, that small sliver of missing skin opens doors for bacteria or fungi to cause infection.
Healthy nail care routines can be prevention steps. Nail maintenance is safer and easier following a bath or nail soak Clip toenails short and straight across to prevent nails extending beyond toe tip. Do not cut or remove cuticles, instead push them back to retain infection barriers. Use an emery board to smooth and round edges.
If nail fungus self care is ineffective after one month seek medical assistance.