Most people do not actually realize that they have a nail infection until it is too late. The most common sign of a person having any kind of nail infection is that the nail itself has begun to change color. Rather than being its normal white tip and pink lower part the nail has begun to turn a yellow color instead.
If you decide to ignore the first warning signs that you possibly have a nail infection this could actually lead to the strength of the nail being compromised. As the infection develops the nail will discolor more the nail will begin to thicken and in some cases will eventually begin to break.
Therefore if you want to prevent your nails from becoming infected then there are certain things that you need to do. Below we look at just what some of these are.
1. Firstly, and probably the most important of all the things to do in order to prevent nail infections is to keep your nails clean, trimmed and well maintained. The cleaner your nails are the less chances there are of bacteria growing underneath and causing an infection.
2. If you do injure your nails at any time then make sure that you get the appropriate treatment for them as soon as you can. Again through the right course of treatment you can help to prevent the buildup of bacteria or fungi underneath the nail.
3. To help prevent the nails on your feet from getting infected it is a good idea to make sure that the remain cool and dry and that you regularly clean them. Remember a fungus likes to grow in warm, dark, damp places and as well as keeping your feet clean, make sure that your shoes and socks are that you wear. There are certain nail infection medications now available over the counter which one can use to help such problems from arising.
People who wear artificial nails should also be aware that they can be extremely prone to suffering from nail infections. Certainly you need to care for your artificial nails in the same way as you would your own if you want to prevent such infections from occurring.
One of the first things to be wary of when having artificial nails fitted is what bonding agents are being used. Unfortunately some of these contain chemicals which can be detrimental to the structure of your nails soft tissue. Once applied these bonding agents can actually damage the soft tissue of a nail and allow the chance for fungus to then breed and grow under the nail that has been fitted.
Again the only way to ensure that such an infection does not occur is by ensuring that you keep your nails in good order. If at any time you notice an artificial nail beginning to lift rather than trying to make a repair yourself arrange for a professional to do so. They will be able to inspect under the nail to ensure that no other damage has been caused and also ensure that the area is properly cleaned before the nail is then replaced or stuck down again.
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