Treating Finger, Toe & Athlete's Foot Fungus
The more you know about fungal infections, the better you'll be able to treat them. For more information, you may view our informational video on how to eliminate fungus.
What are fungal infections?
Fungal infections can reside beneath the finger or toe nail surface and can affect the areas on or around your fingers and toes such as the cuticles and the skin under and around the nail edges and tips. Fungus can spread to healthy skin or nails, so quick treatment to kill the fungus is important.
Fungal infections such as athlete's foot and toe fungus are contagious. The tiny organisms that infect your body can spread from one person to another. They can spread when one comes in contact with or shares objects that have come in contact with the fungus such as; socks, shoes, towels, nail care sets and even shower floors.
How fungal infections develop
Moist skin, such as skin that is not properly dried after heavily sweating or bathing, can greatly increase the chances of developing a fungal infection. Certain occupations or hobbies that may cause the hands and/or feet to remain wet or damp for prolonged periods of time can also increase the chances of developing an infection.
Fungal infections such as toe fungus or athlete's foot can also be caused by wearing the same shoes every day, especially if they are closed and do not allow for easy ventilation. Since fungi are commonly found in damp and moist areas, places such as public showers, locker rooms and gyms can be breeding grounds for fungal infections; therefore walking barefoot in any of these places increases the likelihood of contracting a fungal infection.
Since fungi thrive in environments where the air is moist and humid, such as shower stalls, bathrooms or locker rooms, it is recommended that you wear shoes when present in these environments to decrease the likelihood of contracting a fungal infection.
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