From: Judy Foreman
The fungus that lives in toenails loves dark, moist places - like sweaty feet. Luckily, there are lots of ways to outfox this little critter.
HOST READS: Toenail fungus, ALSO CALLED onychomycosis, is VERY common. It affects three to five percent of Americans. How to get rid of it? Here is Nationally Syndicated Health Columnist and Health Talk Live! Radio Host Judy Foreman.
Toenail fungus often starts with simple athlete?s foot, which is a fungal infection that, if you leave it untreated, can lead to infection deep into the nail matrix, from which the nail grows.
The microorganism that causes toenail fungus is called a dermatophyte. This little creature lives on the protein, called keratin, that nails are made of. The dermatophytes thrive in the dark, moist, warm environment of sweaty feet.
As toenail fungi grow, the nails become thicker and may smell foul. The thickened nails can then press into the nail bed, causing pain, especially in tight shoes.
Luckily, there are lots of...
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