Infants Can Get Nail Fungus Too!

Although most cases of nail fungus are found on adults, there are indeed quite a few instances where young infants contract a nail fungus infections.  Infants learn through touch and of course any direct contact with an active nail fungus infection is a very common way for the infection to spread from person to person.  If you have an active nail fungus infection and are a mother or father or someone who comes into contact regularly with infants, it would be wise to wear gloves or at the very least try to avoid making too much contact near the infants hands and feet.  Since infants do not have a fully developed immune system, they are not as able to fight of the infection once exposed as adults are.  So then, what should you do if an infant does get a nail fungus infection?

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Spot Nail Fungus Early

One way to never allow a nail fungus infection to get severe is to understand some of the symptoms of nail fungus and treat it immediately.  If a nail fungus infection is recognized early and a treatment is regularly applied, the treatment time can be shortened significantly.  Just like many other infections, if you can begin treatment before the infection has gotten entrenched, treatment times are shorter and success rates are higher.  Read on for some of the primary symptoms and signals that a nail fungus infection may be present.

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Your Diet Can Affect Nail Fungus Infections

veggiesThere are a number of ways that fungus can infect the human body.  Whether on your skin, nails or scalp – fungus is not a topical problem.  Fungal infections are systemic and although topical solutions can be effective as a nail fungus treatment, treating the problem systemically makes sense.  Oral medications can be effective, but are difficult to metabolize and can create a strain on your liver.  However, a wonderful alternative to medication is to adjust your diet.  Although a change in diet normally requires a larger lifestyle change, it is important to attack the infection from all angles.  And if you end up eating healthier and dropping a few pounds while you’re at it, then all the better!  Here are a few tips on how to tinker with your diet and get rid of your fungal infection:

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Trim Nails To Fight Toenail Fungus

Nails that are not kept clean or healthy are more susceptible to nail fungus infections.  Toenails are especially vulnerable since they often remain in socks and shoes for the majority of the day.  Nail fungus infections occur when a dermatophyte (the agents that cause fungal infections) is able to work it’s way into a damaged nail.  Nails that are chipped, cracked or dirty have a weaker “immune system” when it comes to fighting off the fungal agents.  It’s perfectly OK to wear longer length nails but it is critical to be sure that those nails are healthy in order to be at their strongest.  If you want to never have to worry about buying a toenail fungus treatment, we suggest keeping your nails clean and healthy as well as the skin around your hands and feet.

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Athlete’s Foot vs. Nail Fungus

Fungal infections are somewhat similar to one another because they basically are all tissue being attacked by fungi.  Athlete’s foot, jock itch, nail fungus and ringworm are a collection of fungal infections that start with the primitive organism attacking living tissue.  Nail fungus treatment, ringworm cream and other such solutions work to kill the fungi by creating an inhospitable environment.  The specific differences between athlete’s foot and nail fungus is discussed at greater length below.

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