There’s a saying that we don’t understand the value of our teeth till the time we have it. Similar is the case with nails. Nails are nothing but cluster of dead epithelial cells that grow from the ends of fingers and toes. Most often we think that nails don’t play any major role other than the purpose of beautification in women. But that is hardly the fact. Nails aid in protection and help us in picking up small objects.
Factors Instigating Nail Infection
Fungi thrive in warm and moist environment. Sometimes our nails serve as appropriate hosts for fungi to grow. Fungal infection of toes and fingernails affect men more than women. Factors that accelerate the chances of having fungal infection on nails are many, which are as follows:
1. Diabetes is one of the most common factor that causes nail infection.
2. Poor blood circulation, which is a common phenomenon in the older generation can be another factor.
3. It can also be contracted from someone else who has/had fungal infection and you come in contact with the person.
4. Manicures and pedicures in unhygienic and non-sanitized equipment used in salons can be a major risk factor.
5. Wearing non breathable socks and closed tight shoes for prolonged hours provides a hospitable environment for fungi to reproduce.
Treatment of Nail Infection
For fungal nail infections prevention is better than cure. But if you are already affected by one then here are few solutions.
1. The best thing to do is to rush to a doctor. Treatment isn’t a guarantee to get rid of the infection completely as there is a high probability of the infection to recur.
2. Visit our HSMC clinic, we take good care of your nails by keeping them trimmed and clean. We provide world class podiatry services under perfectly sanitized conditions in our clinic. Our team of doctors may prescribe an oral anti-fungal medication such as Lamisil or Sporanox.
3. Depending on the type of infection and the severity of the wound, you may have to use medications for a few months.
A fungal infection can be severe to the extent that it might result in complete loss of the nail, therefore it is advisable for diabetic patients to be more careful.