Nail fungus very often starts from a fungal infection on the skin, especially on the feet. Since many people don’t take regular care of their feet, fungal infections on the feet are common. The fungi simply wait for an imperfection, crack or damage to a toenail and then will spread through the damaged area to the nail bed. And although skin fungus is a challenging infection to eliminate, the toughest battle is to cure nail fungus once the fungi have settled in.
Fungal skin infections are generally marked by dry, flaky patches of skin on the area in question. Ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot are three regular kinds of fungal skin infections that are found in different locations on the body. The three of them have slightly different looks buy the itchy and dry aspects are quite common. Fungal infections on the feet are often found along the perimeter of the feet and not on the soles or the top. This area will often be very dry although probably not especially itchy. The reason for this is the skin on the feet is often dead tissue which prevents the infection from itching. This is also why man people who have skin fungal infections on the feet are either unaware of it or are able to ignore it.
Once a nail that is near an area of skin infected with fungus is damaged in some way, the fungal infection has a way to attack to nail. This is a major reason to keep your nails trimmed and cared for. The moment that the fungus has found it’s way into the nail bed, the infection will settle in and the battle has begun. It is critical to begin treatment as soon as the infection is detected and so you should be sure to know what the first symptoms are (visit the Symptoms page on this website for detailed information on nail fungus symptoms). If you are able to start treatment at the early stages of the infection, a topical toenail fungus treatment is probably the best option. There are a handful of reputable treatments available and topical solutions are often the easiest and least expensive method.
But the best method for preventing toenail fungus is to care for your feet, keep them clean and avoid getting a skin fungus infection in the first place. This will not only lessen your chances for getting a toenail fungus infection but also keep your immune system running efficiently.