One of the best ways to minimize your chances of needing a nail fungus treatment to treat an infection is to take proper care of your nails so they are less susceptible. Nails that are damaged, cracked, peeling or dirty are more likely to open the door for an fungal infections than strong healthy nails. Read on for good list of tips for keeping your nails healthy throughout life.
Yes, you should:
– Always keep your nails clean and dry throughout the day. The clean aspect should be pretty self-explanatory. Clean nails are less likely to invite bacteria which will lessen the nails ability to protect itself. Keeping nails and the surrounding skin dry is a must for preventing nail fungus. Fungi thrive in damp, dark areas so by keeping your nails dry, you discourage the fungal agents. If you are prone to excessive sweating, change socks in the middle of the day and keep a towel handy to keep your hands from getting “clammy” and your nails from remaining damp.
– Keep your nails trimmed neatly and don’t allow for any chips or cracks to remain. An abrasion in a nail is all that a fungal agents needs to start imbedding itself underneath the nail bed. For people who work with their hands and/or work outdoors, keeping your nails constantly trimmed and filed is a bit of a chore. But strong, trimmed nails are much more resistance to fungal agents.
– Use your hand lotion on your nails and cuticles as well. Dry cuticles and nails are more likely to split, break of fracture. When you apply hand lotion, just rub a bit into each cuticle where it meets the nail to keep that area healthy.
No, you shouldn’t:
– Use your nails as tools. In other words, don’t dig or pry with your nails into areas that will cause damage. Find a screwdriver or other appropriate tool to spare your nails the damage.
– Chew on your fingernails! We’re assuming your mother told you this years ago but chewing on your nails not only isn’t good for the nail itself but also supplies additional moisture to the nail bed and cuticle which is only making a more hospitable environment for fungal agents.
– Pull or bite your hangnails off. Use clippers so that you don’t create a small cut or open wound. Once again, open wounds are access to the bloodstream for fungal agents. This will only increase your chances for developing an infection and needing a nail fungus treatment down the road.