Let’s Talk About the Pink Elephant in the Room.... Your Toenail Fungus Infection!
With Globalization, there has certainly been a lot of progress, and damage... Today we want to talk about the progress portion of it.If you are reading this article, is because you may know somebody that has a fungus infection and is afraid to talk about it, or maybe that person is you? Whichever the case it is.... Welcome to the new era of openness, acceptance and conversation.
While Toenail Fungus Infection is a lot more common than you think, many of us refuse to talk about it, walk barefoot with our significant others worried about “turning people off” , or let alone get a pedicure, or wear sandals in the summer afraid of what others may think... Let’s put a stop to this... NOW.
Did you know that 2.4 million Canadians suffer from toenail fungus infections? According to a study, About 10% of us (including 20% of people over 60 and 50% of people over 70) suffer from fungal nail infections. Trust me when I tell you, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. So why do we get them, and does it matter?
What Is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is an infection that gets in through cracks in your nail or cuts in your skin. It can make your toenail change color or get thicker. It can also hurt. Because toes are often warm and damp, fungus grows well there. Different kinds of fungi and sometimes yeast affect different parts of the nail. Left untreated, an infection could spread to other toenails, skin, or even your fingernails.While Men are more likely to get it than women. The older you are, the better your chances are, too. People who have diabetes, athlete's foot, or a weak immune system, who smoke, or whose family members have it are also at a higher risk. If you spend a lot of time in the water or you've injured your toenail, your odds for getting toenail fungus go up.
Your Toe Nails Feel the Winter Blues Too
While we daily use boots during the winter, our feet are exposed to wet-damp conditions. Consequently, the toes and toenails can become more susceptible to conditions such as:
Cracked, split, or peeling cuticles/nails
The main challenge? simply keeping our feet warm and dry; this is quite a challenge when we find our days filled with foot-deep snow, parking lots covered with thick slush and puddles, and heavy rainfalls.
As these types of weather conditions cannot be controlled, there are several steps that people can take to properly care for their toenails over the winter months; these will include:
Wash the feet and toes on a daily basis and dry thoroughly
Apply moisturizer to the toes and cuticles before going to bed
Keep nails short; trim often (to prevent cracks/ingrown toenails)
Avoid footwear that compresses the toes – choose comfort over style
Raise the humidity level of the air inside the home (invest in a humidifier)
Routinely inspect the toes and toenails for the possibility of fungal infection
Indulge the feet, toes, and toenails – soak in a foot bath on a frequent basis
Remove wet footwear and socks as soon as possible and dry the feet and toes
Let toenails ‘air out’ at home by removing slippers and socks and elevating feet
What to do when the damage is done?
So we have a case of toe nail fungus you say?
Step 1: Get a diagnosis! and no, this does not mean google it! although googling it might bring you to this article and then direct you to the next step ;) No, but honestly, find a skincare clinic or a podiatrist. Treatment may not be required if the infection is minor. The severity is judged by looking at the degree of discoloration, nail thickening and pain.
Step 2: Inform yourself. Get educated on the subject and severity of your case. Whatever it is... Do NOT panic! We have a solution! You may start with topical creams, or directly jump into a laser treatment that removes the damaged area of the nail or skin with a few sessions and be done with it! Only in the worst case scenario will you need to proceed with surgery.
Step 3: Show off your feet!
Voila! If you thought there was more to it, well... there isn't! There is no need to make a big deal out of an ordinary situation. If this is currently you case, give us a call! or visit our website to book an appointment online to check ! It won’t cost you a dime...We hope this article helps you. Better yet! Share it with those you care for and stop the stigma.
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