You want to be sure you have the most accurate information to treat better and prevent the recurrence of nail fungus. Unfortunately, there are several myths about this topic causing people more harm than good.
Don’t let these 4 myths worsen your nail fungus
1. Covering nail fungus with nail polish controls the infection.
Applying nail polish to a nail fungus has the opposite effect. Nail polish creates an unbreathable layer on the top of the nail. Since fungi love dark environments, nail polish acts like a little shelter where they grow and eat away at your nail.
2. Only people with bad hygiene get nail fungus.
Bad hygiene habits do play a role in nail fungus, but it is certainly not the only factor. Those with weakened immune systems and or on certain medications like antibiotics are also at risk. In addition, athletes and those with sweaty feet can also see their fair share of nail fungus. Trauma to the nail also weakens its immunity towards fungi.
3. Nail fungus will heal itself.
Once a nail is infected with fungi, it is rare this issue will go away on its own. Luckily, there are several effective, inexpensive treatments if the nail fungus are caught early. There are even home remedies people have used for years with success. It’s best to consult with your doctor or podiatrist for treatment options as soon as you notice a fungal infection in your nails.
4. Nail fungus is not contagious.
Unfortunately, fungi can spread, especially if they are in a warm, dark, humid area where they thrive. Infections spread from nail to nail, skin to nail, or even person to person. If you have a nail fungus, make sure you don’t share shoes or socks with anyone. Also, use a separate set of clippers to cut the infected nail. Sterilize the clippers each time you use them.
If you struggle with nail fungus, it is best to consult your doctor or podiatrist to discuss the best treatment options. Treating this condition early and taking preventative steps to stop another outbreak will keep your nails healthy and fungus-free.