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Nail Infections - Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Jun 11, 2008
Sometimes it can be quite difficult to spot that you have a nail infection. Often the only outward sign that there is a problem with your nails is that they become slightly discolored. Normally during the early stages of a nail infection the nail itself will start to turn yellow.

The problems only become much worse if you decide to ignore these first warning signs. If left over time the strength of your nail will become weakened and they not only become discolored but thick also and in some cases the nails may begin to break up.

So if you want to prevent this problem occurring to your nails then there are certain things that one will need to do. Below we look at what 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. When it comes to preventing nail infections on your feet you should make sure that they remain cool and dry at all times. Plus as with your hands the nails on your feet should be regularly maintained. The fungi which can cause a nail infection likes warm, damp areas to grow in and feet provide the perfect habitat for it. So as well as keeping your feet clean make sure the socks and shoes you wear are clean and well maintained as well. If you do find yourself suffering from a nail infection to your feet there are some good quality over the counter nail infection medications that can help to treat the condition before it comes any worse.

It is not only your own nails that can suffer from infections, but those who wear artificial nails are just as prone to suffering from such infections as well. Certainly if you do not take care of your artificial nails in the same way as your real ones then artificial nail infections can blight the look you are trying to achieve.

You need to be careful just what bonding agents you use when wearing artificial nails as these can cause damage to the soft tissue of your real nails. There are chemicals in these bonding agents which can in fact cause the soft tissue to disintegrate and this could in turn lead to fungus being able to get in underneath the artificial nail and grow.

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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