You feet are subject to many mistreatments throughout your life. You stub your toes. You wear hot sweaty socks and shoes. You clip the toenails too short on occasion and even rip the nails into the nail beds causing the toe to swell and be very painful for several weeks.
Toenail fungus occurs when the feet are exposed to the fungus in public places or anywhere that the fungus is living. This can be the common areas of the apartment complex such as the swimming pools spas bathrooms and gym and even at home if someone has the foot fungus and does not have footwear to protect the surfaces of the floor.
Always wearing some form of footwear in all public places is the best method of reducing the risks of getting the foot and toenail fungus.
Keeping the feet and toes dry and clean is another step to take to reduce the risks. Avoid wearing any shoes that cause the feet to sweat. Wear socks that allow the feet to breathe to reduce any chances of sweating where the fungus will seek to invade the flesh of the feet.
Add inserts or powders to the footwear that will absorb any moisture. Allow the footwear to dry out completely before wearing it again.
Wash the feet and toes with antibacterial soap daily. The soap will kill the bacteria that promote the toenail fungus.
As the fungus spreads it will gradually go into the underneath areas of the nails between the toes and into any crack or crevice in the skin surrounding the toes and feet.
The fungus can become infected causing the feet to become warm or hot to the touch. Redness is another sign of infection and fungus.
Toenails that have the fungus under the nails will become discolored tender and brittle. Eventually the fungus will slowly destroy the nail beds of the toes causing a long term and permanent deformation of the shape of the toenails.