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Many people tend to take nail care for granted, but if you don’t take care of your nails properly, you could end up with problems that require the attention of a medical nail technician. For example, one of the things you’ll want to try to avoid is the growth of nail fungus.
What is nail fungus?
Nail fungus is one of the most common nail diseases. In fact, more than half of nail abnormalities are caused by nail fungus. Nail fungus can be spotted by the discoloration as well as thickening of your toenail or fingernail – although it tends to occur in toenails more so than fingernails. Nail fungus is more common than you might think too. It is estimated that between six and eight percent of all adults suffer from nail fungus.
How does nail fungus develop?
Nail fungus tends to be more common in the elderly. Individuals who have a diminished blood circulation, a family history of fungal infections, slow growing nails, heavy perspiration, previous nail injuries, diabetes, circulation issues, AIDS or a weak immune system are all more likely to develop nail fungus. Basically, pathogens will enter the skin through small separations or cuts between your nail and your nail bed, where they will cause a fungal infection.
How can you avoid developing nail fungus?
Because nail fungus develops better in humid areas, you’ll want to avoid humid or moist work environments and make sure that your feet get proper ventilation. This means that if your shoes and socks don’t provide proper ventilation, it can cause your feet to become sweaty, creating a moist atmosphere that’s perfect for the growth of nail fungus. Keep your nails short and clean, don’t use nail polish and avoid biting or picking your nails. You can also use antifungal powders or sprays to reduce the risk of developing nail fungus.
If you do develop a nail fungus, you should schedule an appointment with a medical nail technician. There are plenty of ways to treat nail fungus, including topical nail fungus treatments, but its best if you obtain professional advice first.
Caring for your feet is more important than you might think. In fact, your feet can tell you a lot about your overall healthy, which means it’s important to keep an eye out on them and to not ignore any possible issues. The following are a few signs that there is something wrong with your feet:
Foot cramps – If you are experiencing a lot of foot cramps, it’s usually because you aren’t drinking enough water or eating enough potassium. These are easy issues to fix: consume more water and potassium!
- Cold feet – Sometimes your feet are just cold. But if they are always cold even when it’s not particularly cold around you, then you could have hypothyroidism, which means that your thyroid glands aren’t making enough of a specific hormone. This can also lead to fatigue, hair loss and weight gain.
- Swollen toe – If your toe is more bloated than usual, you could have gout, which is a form of arthritis that occurs when certain acids build up in your body.
- Numbness – If your feet often feel numb or they feel tingly, it could be a sign of diabetes. It could also be a result of bad circulation, which can often be fixed by removing a blockage.
- Hairless toes – Toes should have a bit of hair on them. If you don’t have hair on your toes, then you may have circulatory issues. The hair requires a constantly renewed supply of blood. If not enough blood is getting to your toes, it means that you probably can’t grow hair on your toes.
- Unhealed sores – If your feet exhibit sores that won’t go away no matter what you do, it could be because you have diabetes. This could also cause you to see sores and wounds without feeling them.
- Rounded toes – If your toes are rounded, then you may have digital clubbing, which means that you could be suffering from lung cancer, cystic fibrosis or pulmonary disease.
Caring for your feet is important. If you experience these issues, see a doctor about them right away.
Contrary to popular belief, hospitals are not a “safe-zone” for catching an infection. In fact, infections transmitted in health-care facilities kill at least 80,000 Americans each year. What’s the common culprit? The germ-spreading handshake.
According to a recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control, a fist bump could be a much safer greeting between physician and patients. David Whitworth, a biochemistry lecturer at Aberystwyth University in Wales, “found that the handshake transferred 10 to 20 times more bacteria than a fist bump,”
“Adoption of the fist bump as a greeting could substantially reduce the transmission of infectious disease between individuals,” Whitworth and colleagues report in the American Journal of Infection Control.
It’s debatable whether knocking knuckles can stand in for the familiarity of an open palm. Mark Sklansky, a pediatric cardiologist at the University of California at Los Angeles, has doubts. “Some people feel it’s not appropriate in a medical setting,” he says. “I find squeezing someone’s shoulder a nicer interaction.”
Whitworth also found that a high five transfers half as many bacteria as the handshake (though it’s perhaps best appreciated by pediatric patients).