Why You Need to Treat Fungal Nails Early
There’s a staggering amount of microscopic fungi in the environments around all of us and it’s easy to pick up these fungal spores.
If they end up under your nails, they find a very hospitable environment and the organisms begin to grow and multiply. This slowly damages the hard keratin tissue that makes up your nails.
Over time, the nail becomes thickened, discolored, brittle, ragged, and generally unsightly. Sometimes, the infection can even cause a foul odor as well.
Regarding your feet providing “a hospitable environment,” fungus needs warmth and dampness to survive. What it doesn’t need is sunlight or a dry environment. As such, warm, sweaty feet trapped in socks and shoes create desirable locations for this particular microorganism.
Since your feet contain hundreds of thousands of sweat glands, it’s easy to see how this can be such a common problem.
In addition to being a common infection, a case of fungal toenails is also a stubborn one.
The offensive fungus is not going away on its own. And why would it? It’s similar to if you having access to a free mansion with all the food and drink you could ever want, and no one cared if you trashed the place during your stay.
In this case, we aren’t talking about a mansion being trashed, but your toenails.
Due to the infection, they become discolored, brittle, thickened, crumbly, and distorted. It’s not a pretty picture.
The key to preventing a severe case of toenail fungus is to address the problem in the early stages. In fact, the success rate for treatment is significantly higher when the entire nail isn’t taken over.
That’s probably easy to see. (It’s a heck of a lot easier to kick 3 punks out of your mansion than 35,000.)
At this point it bears noting that, along with early intervention, consistency is key for successful fungal toenail treatment. It may take around a year to a year-and-a-half to completely clear the nail, but you must keep with the program.
Don’t Let Ingrown Nails Grow Too Far In
Having just talked about infection, let’s switch our focus to a condition that can contribute to it—ingrown toenails.
In this case, an edge or corner of a nail becomes wider and starts to grow into the skin, flanking it. As it does, the irritated or pierced skin provides opportunity for microorganisms to enter the body.
This is a concerning situation for just about anyone, but it can be downright dangerous for those who are diabetic.
Diabetes is a serious disease; one that compromises many body systems, including the immune system.
With a compromised immune system, your body has an impaired ability to fight off infections. You would normally rely on this system to attack foreign invaders, but this doesn’t happen with elevated sugar levels and the infection continues to worsen.
Another system often impacted by diabetes is the nervous system.
When diabetic neuropathy takes away your sense of touch in the lower limbs, you can’t feel when a toenail becomes ingrown. This highlights the importance of daily foot inspections in a proper diabetic foot care plan. (It also shows why I say “pain is a gift.”)