One of the frequent infections of the toe nail is a fungus infection. It is a common organism found on our nails at all times and we have it with us constantly. Although that is true it does not mean that we will automatically develop an infection.
Any small crack or break of the skin or mucosa will allow the fungus to invade our bodies and set up shop. As with the best of infections an area that is warm, dark and moist presents the perfect atmosphere for the infection to multiply. The feet present more of a problem than the finger when it comes to awareness and then treatment. The infected nail will first show a red or yellow spot at the tip of the nail. This will be followed by a change in the nails appearance. It will become thick and flakey, dull in color and distorted in shape. The fungus will deposit sediment under the nail adding to its thickness. After some time, if treatment has not been started the infection may invade the surrounding tissue of the toe. The toe will appear red, swollen, may have a foul odor and be painful. At this point, even if the poor person suffering all this had not previously recognized the infection they will now. Any shoe, no matter how large, will cause pain. Often if it gets this far the patient will be unable to conduct his normal daily activities.
There are many over the counter medications available for use. The biggest problem is that the longer the fungus infection has been under the nail, the longer it will take to cure the fungus. So it takes commitment to continue treatment when you do not see any instant cure. Natural remedies have been more successful. You can find many of these products on this site.
There are those who are more abt of contracting a fungus infection. Men have a great incidence of a foot infection. Anyone suffering from a chronic illness as diabetes will find they are more prone to this type of infection. Diabetes, stroke and vascular complications are just three that make fungus more of a problem than it would be for a younger person. Nail polish is considered another catalyst for infection. There are some persons allergic to the preservative in nail polish and these will set that person up for an automatic fungus infection no matter what they try to do to avoid it. Keeping your feet clean, avoid sharing towels, sheets or any communal things with your family that may set them up for their own outbreak. Rotation of shoes is another good idea and dusting them with powder another way to keep your feet dry. Toe nails should be kept short and neat and if that is impossible to do yourself than have it done by another person or better yet, a podiatrist. As with any infection a good immune system will help prevent disease. A good balanced diet with an emphasis on vitamin C will help to prevent fungus infections or cure disease.