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Fungus on Toenail

Nail fungus is quite a common foot illness, so if you have picked it up from somewhere you are not the only one. Fungus on toenail is not hard to avoid, nor is it hard to treat, you just need to know how.

Fungus on toenail is an infection that can be passed from person to person and because bacteria that feed the fungus breeds best in dark, damp areas, your feet are one of the most susceptible areas on your body to get a fungal infection.  It can also be caused by poor hygiene of the feet and toes, a weakened immune system, nail trauma or bad circulation to the feet.

Avoiding fungus on toenail is simple enough – just try wearing protective footwear around the poolside and in changing rooms when you go to a public swimming baths. Ensuring your feet are clean and dry after a swim, a bath or a shower also prevents bacteria collecting under your toenails. Simply by wearing clean cotton socks you can allow your feet to breathe and stay healthy.

If avoiding fungus on toenail hasn’t worked however, you might get a discolouration of the toenail, the nail itself may become thicker with the build up of bacteria beneath it, or it could become brittle, and therefore painful.

If this is the case, treating fungus on toenail is not difficult, but it can take some time. Treatment for fungus on toenail comes in a variety of forms including creams, oils, pills and nail varnish (!). Pills which contain itraconazole are great for protecting your nails from contracting any further infections. Pills with Terbinafine in their ingredients are similar to an antibiotic treatment which gets rid of the infection over a course of medication.

Antifungal nail varnish can help catch fungus on toenail in the early stages of an infection, but if you are worried that you have caught fungus on your toenail, speak to a doctor or pharmacist to see what they say about treating your condition.