So today . . . let's continue our discussion about "toenail" and "fingernail" infections
First question . . . So who is at "risk" . . . for getting a "toenail" infection???
Well . . . that would be . . . the aging or a person with a reduced blood flow (circulation), exposure to fungi, sweating heavily, a history of athlete's foot, walking barefoot in damp communal areas like swimming pools, gyms and shower rooms, having a minor skin or nail injury, having a skin condition like psoriasis, having diabetes and/or having a weakened immune system.
Now . . . what are the stages of "toenail fungus" we should be looking for???
Well . . . that would be . . . 1. color changes - with more pronounced discoloration becoming brown, gray or deeper yellow. 2. pronounced ridges - raised ridges running across the nail. 3. nail thickening - more severe thickening of the nail will occur and 4. scaly looking skin - near the nail.
And once we have this infection . . . can it spread to other parts of the body???
Well . . . that answer to that would be . . . "Yes" . . . if not treated . . . it can spread to the groin and hands.
And what about this question . . . how long can this "fungus" live???
Well . . . the lifespan of "toenail fungus" in our shoes can be anywhere from 6 months to a year.
Yup, yup, yup . . .
You see . . . this "fungus" can actually live on our "nail clippers" also . . . and what we "don't" realize is if we "don't" DISINFECT" our clippers after EVERY use . . . this can be a major reason that our "fungal" infection won't go away.
Because we're constantly "re-infecting" the area . . .
And these "fungal spores" have the ability to live on all kinds of surfaces including metal "toenail clippers" for months.
Same thing with those "comfy slipper" we love to wear after a long day on our feet.
So "disinfect" your slippers or with summer here . . . your flip-flops or sandals.
And for heaven sakes . . . change your socks EVERYDAY.
Next question . . . is "toenail" fungal "contagious"???
Yesssssssssssssssssss . . .
It can be spread to someone else through direct contact . . . or wearing someone's shoes, slippers, socks or using their "nail clippers".
Okay . . . so what about when you're sleeping with your honey bunny???
Well . . . unfortunately . . . yes . . . even then . . . due to sharing linens. So washing your sheets regularly can help to minimizes transmission.
So if you don't already . . . change your sheets "every week"!
So with that being said . . . tomorrow we'll talk about "natural" ways to help rid this "fungus" from our toes and fingers.
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