Fungal nail infections account for a large percentage of all nail conditions treated in dermatology clinics across the U.S. Dermatophytes, the most common type of fungus responsible for infecting toenails, is the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot on the skin of the feet. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers frequently asked questions about toenail fungus and athlete’s foot.

Anyone can develop a toenail fungus, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Toenail fungus occurs when there is an overgrowth of fungi around or under the nail. This causes one or more nails to become brittle, misshapen and discolored. Fungi thrive in warm, dark, moist places. Shoes, particularly ill-fitting ones, often make a perfect environment for fungi to grow. You can also get a fungal infection from coming into direct contact or sharing personal items with someone with toenail fungus or athlete’s foot. Getting a pedicure from a salon that did not take proper sanitary measures between customers and walking barefoot at public pools and showers can put one at risk for fungal infections as well.

Though the elderly are more at risk to develop toenail fungus than other groups, anyone can develop an infection at any time. Other groups who are at risk include diabetics, those who struggle with chronic athlete’s foot, those with psoriasis and those with compromised immune systems.

Choose Zeasorb products, personally recommended by Dr. Joel Schlessinger, to treat athlete’s foot and stop toenail fungus.

Preventing toenail fungus could be as easy as treating athlete’s foot before it spreads. LovelySkin.com offers a selection of products to treat athlete’s foot that come personally selected and recommended by Dr. Schlessinger.

If you lead an active lifestyle, you’ll need Zeasorb Prevention Powder. This powder absorbs three times as much moisture as regular talcum powder to stop bacterial and fungal growth in its tracks. If you’ve already found yourself battling a case of athlete’s foot, try Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment Powder for Athlete’s Foot  to help cure it in as little as four weeks with 2% miconazole nitrate.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses ways to prevent toenail fungus.

With proper hygiene and a few precautionary measures, it’s easy to prevent athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash them thoroughly every day and be sure they’re dry before putting on socks and shoes. Avoid cotton socks and shoes that are too tight or that don’t provide proper ventilation. Don’t share personal footwear or nail tools (including polishes), with others and always wear sandals or water shoes in public pools or showers.

Do you have a question for Dr. Joel Schlessinger about toenail fungus or athlete’s foot? Let us know in the comments section.

Posted Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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