Damage to your nails can lead to Fungal Nail Infections. This happens due to the invasion of fungus under the nail bed. Without early treatment this fungus can develop and grow, especially in warm, moist environments such as your shoes and socks.
Symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- Discolouration of the nail.
- Complete loss of nail.
- Disfigured nails.
- Streaks or spots around the sides of the nail.
- Pain and discomfort.
- Thickening or crumbling of the nail.
Fungal infections are even more common in toenails to fingernails due to their growth speed being a lot slower. The complete removal of fungus is very challenging and that’s why preventing such an infection is important. Here at Feetlife we offer a wide range of products to help prevent Fungal Nails.
Keep nails trimmed and tidy
- Patient Nipper– A professional nail nipper for cutting and trimming nails, with a large grip handle for easy use.
- Podopro Diamondeb Nail File 6”– This file is simple in design but effective in performance; with its rough surface and smooth handle you can file nails down with accuracy and control
Practice daily foot hygiene
- Gehwol Foot Bath 400g– this Gehwol Foot Bath helps aching, sore and sweaty feet. It helps to revitalise the feet and helps to eliminate soreness. Gehwol Foot Bath also deodorises the feet over a long period of time helping to keep them fresh and prevent infection.
- Gehwol Caring Footdeo 150ml– Gehwol footdeo revives and stimulates the feet with a long-lasting deodorising effect. For daily hygiene, simply spray onto the feet, particularly in-between the toes to keep feet fresh and supple.
Keep feet comfortable
Keeping feet comfortable throughout day to life can be the best way to prevent fungal infections. Wearing moisture wicking socks and properly fitting shoes allows air to circulate around the feet.
- Thought Socks–
Made from an incredibly soft bamboo and organic cotton blend, these sustainable socks are naturally breathable, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-static so your feet (and the planet) stay happy and healthy.
Bamboo has antibacterial properties due to an antimicrobial bio-agent called “bamboo kun”, which is found naturally in the fibre. Bamboo fibres help to drastically reduce foot odour. Only our organic cotton is organic, all our other fabrics are a mix of natural, sustainable or recycled.
Wave goodbye to rubbing, chafing and discomfort. Bamboo socks help the foot stay dry and reduce the risk of fungus on the toenails or Athlete’s Foot
Avoid wearing harsh Nail Polish for long periods of time
The danger with keeping your nail polish on too long is that the pigment in the nail polish can soak into the top few layers of the nail and dry it out. When that happens, fungus, yeast, bacteria, mould and mildew can develop underneath the nail plate, which can lead to long-term problems such as Fungal Nail infections.
Dr.’s Remedy wears similar to a commercial nail polish. With normal activity, polish should last between 5 to 7 days. A pedicure with Dr.’s Remedy will last up to 1 month, but this is not recommended. Podiatrists advise their patients to remove or reapply toe nail polish after 7 to 10 days.
Dr.’s Remedy nail products contain a blend of organic ingredients that help strengthen nails and improve your natural nail colour—without harsh chemicals. Sourced from the highest quality actives, their unique formulation contains nourishing vitamins, natural extracts and essential oils that work together to improve the health and vitality of your nails. These nourishing ingredients are:
- Tea Tree Oil: a potent essential oil known for its exceptional antiseptic and anti-fungal qualities.
- Garlic Bulb Extract: a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral agent that works synergistically with Vitamin C to help kill harmful germs.
- Vitamins C & E: nourishing antioxidants, known to help strengthen both skin and nails.
- Wheat Protein: a vegetable derived, high quality protein with stellar moisture-binding capabilities that helps to naturally boost your nail’s natural shine.
It is important to seek care when you notice any signs of infection. If you think you have already developed a fungal nail infection and are displaying any of the above symptoms, speak to your local podiatrist before treating.