Nail fungus, or medically referred to as onychomycosis, is not only difficult to treat, but difficult to make it stay away as well. Although fungi in the nails are usually harmless, there are instances when they signal more serious health complications.
Standard treatments for onychomycosis include surgery, as well as topical and oral treatments that target the fungi infection. Although their effectiveness varies, all require follow-up and continuous treatment application to prevent the fungi from returning. But is there any other way to stop the fungi from infecting the nails? Perhaps a different approach can be as effective, if not even more, in combating nail fungus.
As nail fungus infection can be a recurring problem, then perhaps the treatment approach should come from within. A lifestyle change could help avoid nail fungi infection or at least prevent them from coming back.
Nail fungus can be caught from the environment. However, how a person can be infected easily can be due to their overall health. Their immune system could use improvement. It’s possible that they also have poor circulation. If these are the case, then a lifestyle change is in order.
1. Adopt Healthy Dietary Practice to Prevent Nail Fungus Infection
Lack of healthy diet and nutritional supplements can exacerbate a skin and nail condition such as nail fungus. What a person digests reflects on their physicality. It’s important that the person should also consider improving their dietary health when treating their nail fungus infection.
A healthy immune system is the body’s defense against bacteria, viruses, and even fungi. Take vitamins and antioxidants that can boost your immune system and help improve the health of your nails and skin.
What you eat greatly affects your physical condition. This includes how you are able to resist germs, bacteria, fungi, and other organisms that can harm you. Without proper nutrition, your ability to resist nail fungal infection will be greatly diminished.
2. Change to Active Lifestyle to Strengthen Body from Nail Fungi
The body is more susceptible to fungus infection if it is less active. A sedentary lifestyle leads to poor circulation in the extremities of the body, and in turn, leaves hands, fingers, feet, and toes vulnerable to diseases. The body won’t be able to defend itself from threats. What should be healthy skin and nail growth will be hindered, which will allow fungi to infect nails without difficulty.
Even just daily walking or light jogging can invigorate the whole body. For more vigorous activities, try doing sports or activities such as swimming, running, dancing, and yoga.
Either avoid it or stop it altogether. This is perhaps the most difficult to do out of all the suggestions here. However, putting a stop to your smoking habit, even if done gradually over a period of time, can make a big difference in your overall health. Your body will be free of toxic chemicals which constrict the blood flow to the heart and brain, as well as weaken the lungs. A weakened body is at risk of incurring diseases and fungi.
Part of changing to healthier lifestyle is practicing more hygienic habits as well. The body’s immune system can help protect it from harmful organisms, but for double protection from nail fungi, it’s best to practice clean nail habits.
Fungi thrive in moist places, and those include wet hands and feet. Keep your body dry as often as possible. Use socks, preferably 100% cotton, to keep your feet dry. Change socks as frequently as needed.
As much as possible, don’t go barefoot in communal places such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and spas. Use your own flip-flops or any other appropriate footwear. Fungi can lurk in moist places such as those mentioned, and therefore it is recommended that you wear your own footwear.
Wear shoes that fit properly and comfortably as well. Shoes that are too tight can press your toes in uncomfortable manner, and will therefore aggravate the infection.
To reduce the pressure on the nails, trim your nails regularly. Smoothen out the edges as well with a nail file or buffer.
Make sure the nail salon or spa that you frequent sanitizes their tools and equipment after every use or uses disposables. If in doubt, it is best to bring your personal nail kit or tools.
Sandy Getzky is the executive coordinating editor at The Global Nail Fungus Organization, a group committed to helping the 100+ million people suffering from finger and toenail fungus. Sandy is also a registered Herbalist and member of the American Herbalist’s Guild.
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