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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:

Trench foot

Ingrown toenails

Morton’s Neuroma

Toenail fungus

Cuticle infections

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: