We all would like to avoid toenail fungus. Whether you’ve already treated an infected toe or or planning a laser treatment soon, it’s important to understand what caused the infection in the first place.
First of all, don’t be alarmed. Toenail fungus is incredibly common. There are certain risk factors that make you more susceptible to developing toenail fungus, however. Some of these things are characteristics you simply can’t control, such as:
- Infections are more common in men
- Older people are more likely to get a nail infection
- Genetics. Some families have a history of developing fungal infections
- Poor blood circulation
- An autoimmune disease, such as diabetes or AIDS
- Do your nails grow slowly? This can make them more susceptible to infection
- Heavy perspiration. Because fungus thrives in moist conditions, if you are someone who typically sweats more than average, this can create an environment that fungus can develop more easily.
Some of the risk factors are easily controlled by your behavior.
- Wearing socks and shoes that prevent ventilation also creates the dark, moist environment that fungus thrives in. Instead, wear breathable socks and shoes that have ventilation
- Going barefoot in public places, especially wet areas such as swimming pools, gyms and restrooms. These areas are often breeding grounds for fungus and when you’re barefoot, you can be more likely to catch an infection
- Tight shoes that cramp your toes can also increase your risk of developing toenail fungus
- Being in a humid or moist environemnet can also increase your risk.
- If you’ve injured your your skin or nail before, or do any kind of exercise that can regularly injure where your toe attaches to the nail, this can also put you at risk.
With all these risk factors, there’s no reason to be embarrassed by your toenail infection. But it is time to get treated! Call Clear Toes Clinic at (713) 570-6157.