Most nail disorders are due to fungal infections, which can cause the nails to become thick, discolored and brittle.
Preventing a toenail fungus may not seem important to you, but perhaps it should be. Fungi are nearly everywhere in our environment, and it is relatively easy to develop a fungal infection.
Getting rid of a toenail fungal infection can be difficult. It can be resistant to treatment, which can take months. Prevention is truly your best bet.
Fortunately, it’s easy to keep your nails healthy and prevent such infections.
Public places, such as gyms, pools or salons, tend to be breeding grounds for fungi that can lead to infections. Hence, it is important to protect your nails and feet in such public places.
Avoid going barefoot at the gym, in locker rooms and at public pools. If shoes or socks are not allowed, wear your own shower shoes.
In a moist environment, always wear your flip-flops or sandals. It is always a good idea to keep a clean pair in your car for emergencies.
Similarly, salons can be a hotbed for fungus, so before trying a salon for a manicure or pedicure, ask them what precautions they take to prevent the spread of nail fungi.
It is also important to keep your nails and cuticles properly moisturized.
Regularly applying moisturizer on the nails helps them grow strong and healthy. It also protects your nails from breaking, chipping, cracking and splitting due to a lack of moisture. Even your cuticles will start looking better.
When applying a moisturizer, make sure to rub it all over the top and bottom of your feet, including your toes.
Olive oil is one of the best moisturizers for healthy nails. For best results, apply it on your nails and cuticles before going to bed to help the oil penetrate deep into the skin. The oil also helps repair damage and soften the nails and cuticles, which in turn leads to strong and healthy nails.
Don’t Do Manicures or Pedicures Often
Getting a manicure or pedicure done once a month is good for your nail health. But getting them done more often, especially in a salon, can lead to dry and brittle nails.
In fact, frequent manicures can lead to chronic nail bed infections and puffy, reddened areas around the base of the nails.