Toenail fungus is a very common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail.
There is different medications and treatments for it which include anti-fungal drugs, cream or even nail removal.
To avoid getting it, there is a few mistakes to watch out for:
- Wearing small or heavy, thick shoes: Practice to wear looser shoes with breathable material. Even better if you can wear open-toe shoes. Very tight shoes can add a lot of painful pressure on you toenail and if worn for a long time could cause unwanted bacteria which forms the fungus. Thick and heavy shoes normally get very moist and also can also cause toenail fungus.
- Not cleaning your shower or bathtub often enough: A good habit of disinfecting your shower with bleach or other disinfectant products lowers the risk of getting it. Toenail fungus usually forms warm and moist places. So make sure you scrub it!
- Ignoring it: If you don’t act right away, it won’t heal itself. Toenail fungus is a chronic condition and if not taken care of it could only spread to your other toes
- Not wearing shoes at public pools and showers: Public pools or the shower at your gym or local beach are the most fungus-infested places. These places normally get cleaned daily but have a high level of traffic which is the best breeding places for fungus
- Clean your nail trimmer before using it: Nail trimmers can also hold a lot of unwanted bacteria that helps form the fungus. Try cleaning it before you use it, it takes less then a minute!
- Trim toenails straight across: Always trim your nails straight across. Avoid rounding the edges, they will start to curve and hold the bacteria underneath