5 tips to prevent a fungal infection from spreading to other parts of the body
Fungal infections (unha encravada com pus) of the feet are more common than people think. Despite this, there are many people who still feel shame or embarrassment and therefore avoid going to a doctor to receive the appropriate treatment for this health problem.
This bad decision, coupled with poor hygiene habits, increase the risk of extending the infection to other parts of the body , said Columba Julieta Navarro Romero, dermatologist attached to the Regional General Hospital (HGR) 180 of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Jalisco The specialist warned that a fungal infection in toenails can spread to the face or other parts of the body if not treated in a special and timely manner.
"We always have to check the toenails because it is common for our lifestyle, we do not realize the damage they suffer. If there is an infection, as long as we do not solve it, it is going to be rekindled again and again and expanding to other areas such as the head, face or English, "he said.
Navarro Romero advised the population in general to check the toenails, because if they are infected by fungi their cycle will not end until the root problem is solved.
These infections are easy to detect, because their symptoms are usually obvious:
- Friendly foot nails (their contours or edges easily crumble)
- Nacing of nails
- Loss of brightness and whitish or yellowish colors on the nails
"Although there are certain predispositions, for example humid and hot environments, genetic factors also intervene, and is that for example in a couple who share a bathroom and even socks, one of the members may have fungal infection and the other does not" said the expert.
To achieve greater well-being and reduce the risk of expanding this infection, if you already have it, it is advisable to carry out basic personal hygiene measures, such as:
1. Take a daily bath and rinse your feet with clean water.
2. Wash your hands frequently, especially after having had contact with the area infected with fungi.
3. Cover fungal infections before going to a public place.
4. Keep feet dry. Athlete's foot and infections develop in wet or damp environments.
5. Always use sandals when visiting beaches, swimming pools or public baths.