Don’t be fooled by their diminutive size, the human nails have an extremely function in providing an indication as to the healthiness of the person. The nails of a person can be used to determine whether a person has problems with either their immune system or even their internal organs, and can be used as a first step in diagnosis for a person.
It is usually the toe nails that get infected most and most quickly, this is a direct result of their exposure to the floor and other damp surfaces, although this is by no means to say that the fingernails never get infected either. What are the symptoms of an infected nail then? Well, things to be aware of are discolouration/thickening of the nail, or an unpleasant smell. Whether out of embarrassment, or a failure to appreciate how serious they can be, many people end up delaying seeing their doctor and women are especially bad for concealing a nail infection by using nail polish to disguise it. This does nothing but worsen the infection, so ladies, swallow your pride and see the doctor. Your nails will thank you for it.
Don’t be worried, there are a number of different ways in which a fingernail fungal infection can be treated, there are non-prescription anti-fungal creams and lotions available at very reasonable prices. These are especially useful for people who are concerned with the possible side effects that tablets taken orally may pose.
An especially popular antifungal lotion is ZetaClear Antifungal Solution, because it is made entirely of natural oil, this means that there is no risk of harmful side effects nor will it cause any skin irritation or other unsightly blemishes. A common concern for men is that such lotions will smell too much like perfume, fortunately, there is no lasting smell with Zeta Clear, after all, who wants to end up smelling like an apothecary?
Whenever you use an anti-fungal lotion there are some basic steps you should carry out:
1. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, and scrub your nails vigorously with a brush to remove any dirt.
2. Cut and trim your nails so as to remove any loose nails, loose nails can cause cuts on your skin which dramatically increases the chances of infection.
3. Nail salons should be avoided altogether, the tools and instruments used in such places are shared, and more often than not (very worryingly) not cleaned properly.
4. Avoid using nail polish, the ingredients of such solutions tend to weaken and damage weaker nails.
Being proactive and keeping your nails in good order will dramatically reduce your chances of a more serious medical condition and concerns further in time. If you ever carry out any household chores will mean that the nails are exposed to water, chemicals or general solutions that will cause damage to the nails, make sure that you wear rubber gloves. The reason for the gloves is that chemicals and water can over a prolonged period of time affect the strength of the nails, compromising and weakening them.