Fungi (in this case nail fungi – dermatophobic) are ubiquitous and are the cause of nail mycosis. They are usually invisible and can live and thrive in a variety of environments. However most fungi like warm and humid environments, such as bathrooms, closed rooms and gyms as well as other places where you usually walk barefoot.

Nail Mycosis So it’s not hard to guess where you can easily be infected with nail mycosis! Contagion is very easy and can happen in any humid environment where an infected person has walked and that we will follow without protection. Large and unhygienic nails are the most common way to allow contagion, not to keep the areas around the nails clean and dry, especially the toenails is the main cause of an environment conducive to the development of nail mycosis.

The nail mycosis can then easily spread to other nails of the same foot or hand, or even to all nails. The most common method of contagion is to cut an infected nail and then cut healthy nails with the same equipment. So if you have caught nail mycosis on some nail, be very careful with the equipment you use and always disinfect it before using it on healthy nails.

Nail mycosis is scientifically called onychomycosis, which is a very common fungus that attacks the nails, both the fingernails and the toenails, and feeds on the keratin of its constitution. Regardless of where it attacks this disease is very difficult to treat, and even worse, it is quite contagious.

The fungus is usually associated with the candidiasis fungus and other fungal diseases that like humid and warm environments. Like all other fungi it can easily multiply in this type of environment, but the fungus that causes nail mycosis is the worst of all because living under the nails is more difficult to eliminate definitively because the treatments are difficult to penetrate. That’s why avoiding nail mycosis contagion is essential and basically involves hygiene and a little common sense.

+Keep your nails short and clean

Keeping the nails short and not allowing debris to accumulate under the nails is essential to prevent the fungus from developing and starting to attack the nail. Be careful not to cut the skin around the nail when you trim it and do not share your nail clipper or scissors with someone who may be infected. Pretty nails

+Avoid walking barefoot in public places

Showers in public places like swimming pools, gyms and saunas are places where the fungus easily multiplies. Always wear sandals or any other protection and, if not possible, wash and dry your feet thoroughly before putting on any potential contagion.

+Don’t share shoes, socks, gloves, etc.

Do not share shoes, socks, towels and other clothing that come into contact with the feet or hands. Sharing these items will increase the potential risk of catching nail mycosis, and if you are already infected with nail mycosis then you should avoid sharing so as not to infect your friends or family.

  • Pay attention to cuts or sores on your fingers, especially near the nails.

Once again, pay attention to any cuts on a finger as it is an excellent entry point for the nail mycosis fungus that can develop and affect the nails nearby. If you have sores try to disinfect them and keep them dry, and if you practice gardening or cleaning try to use gloves to protect yourself from possible contagions of nail mycosis.

Shoes Nail Mycosis +Choice your shoes and socks correctly

Shoes and socks that retain moisture in the feet is an invitation to nail mycosis. Always prefer shoes and socks made of natural material in order to eliminate moisture. Especially in summer, prefer leather shoes or sandals to sneakers, which are potentially more dangerous, and always put on socks made of cotton or wool because they allow the feet to breathe better. If you sweat a lot try to change socks frequently in order to eliminate possible spores of the onychomycosis fungus, responsible for nail mycosis.

+Micures and pedicures

The beauty salons where you get your nails are another likely contagion point of the onychomycosis fungus. Pay attention to how these establishments disinfect their work instruments as they run a serious risk of nail mycosis contagion at these sites if they do not disinfect all instruments (including files) between each client. If in doubt, ask how the cutting and trimming instruments are sterilized, because it is better to ask a question than to get a nail mycosis infection.

Pay attention to cuts or sores on the fingers, especially near the nails.

Once again, pay attention to any cut on a finger as it is an excellent entry point for the nail mycosis fungus that can develop and affect the nails nearby. If you have sores try to disinfect them and keep them dry, and if you practice gardening or cleaning try to use gloves to protect yourself from possible contagions of nail mycosis.

Shoes Nail Mycosis +Choice your shoes and socks correctly

Shoes and socks that retain moisture in the feet is an invitation to nail mycosis. Always prefer shoes and socks made of natural material in order to eliminate moisture. Especially in summer, prefer leather shoes or sandals to sneakers, which are potentially more dangerous, and always put on socks made of cotton or wool because they allow the feet to breathe better. If you sweat a lot try to change socks frequently in order to eliminate possible spores of the onychomycosis fungus, responsible for nail mycosis.

+Micures and pedicures

The beauty salons where you get your nails are another likely contagion point of the onychomycosis fungus. Pay attention to how these establishments disinfect their work instruments as they run a serious risk of nail mycosis contagion at these sites if they do not disinfect all instruments (including files) between each client. If in doubt, ask how the cutting and trimming instruments are sterilized, because it is better to ask a question than to get a nail mycosis infection.

+Keep in mind your diet

Foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars are the preferred food of this fungus (like all other fungi that attack humans) so a correct diet is essential, especially if you already have symptoms of nail mycosis and want to control this disease more quickly. High blood sugar levels help in the multiplication of this fungus, because besides the keratin of the nails it also feeds on sugar.

+Do not bite your nails

Many people have a tendency to bite their nails, even unconsciously. If biting the nails causes small injuries around it is a gateway to nail mycosis so if it is your case try to eliminate this ugly habit. nail mycosis

+Conclusion

Nail mycosis is ugly, embarrassing and can be painful. Avoiding contagion is the first step towards beautiful and healthy nails, especially since nail mycosis is difficult to treat. However, if you have had the misfortune that you have already been infected with this disease you should try to eliminate it as soon as possible in order to avoid contagion to other nails or other people. There are several methods of treating nail mycosis and by clicking on the links below we show you some of the possible treatments.

Always keep in mind that any nail mycosis treatment you choose should be followed for as long as it takes for a healthy nail to emerge under the infected one. The treatment of nail mycosis is always very time consuming and it is a mistake to interrupt it as soon as the symptoms disappear because there is a strong probability that there are still traces of the fungus under the nail and that the nail mycosis will manifest again shortly after the interrupted treatment.