Nail Fungal Infections: Myths vs. Facts

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If you’ve ever experienced a fungal nail infection or tried to carry out any research on the subject, you’ve probably seen that there is a lot of conflicting foot care advice out there on how to treat them. We’re here today to help distinguish myth from fact.  This guide will cut through the thicket of old wives’ tales to help shed light on the genuine narrative of nail fungal infections. 

Myth-Busting Mode

Myth 1: Toenail Fungus is Only for the Unhygienic

Debunking the Myth

Surprise! Toenail fungus isn’t picky. It’s an equal-opportunity annoyer that can target anyone, regardless of how many times they scrub their toes. Fungal spores are lurking everywhere in the environment, waiting for the right opportunity to take up residence under your toenails.

Practical Tips

By all means, maintain good foot hygiene – wash regularly, and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes. But if toenail fungus does appear, don’t beat yourself up. It’s not a verdict on your cleanliness. Sometimes, it’s just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regularly disinfecting your footwear and changing socks daily can also help in keeping fungal infections at bay.

Myth 2: Fungus is a Sign of Poor Health

Debunking the Myth

If toenail fungus were a true marker of poor health, then many of us would be in trouble. In reality, these infections are more opportunistic than indicative of overall health. The truth of the matter is that toenail fungus can sneak up on anyone.

Practical Tips

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle – think a balanced diet rich in nutrients, regular physical activity, and adequate hydration – can bolster your body’s defences, it’s not an impenetrable barrier against fungal infections. Your best bet is a combination of general wellness and targeted foot care.

The Nail Fungus Facts

Fact 1: Fungus Thrives in Warm, Moist Environments

Fun Fact

Fungi are the ultimate fans of warm, humid conditions, making your sweaty shoes a tropical paradise for these organisms. 

Practical Tips

To stop fungal growth in its tracks, make sure your feet and shoes are as dry as possible, let your shoes and feet air out. Opt for breathable footwear and socks that wick moisture away. Regularly changing shoes and allowing them to air dry can significantly reduce the risk of fungal colonisation.

Fact 2: Not All Thickened Nails Are Fungal

Fun Fact

Thickened nails can be mysterious – they’re not always a signpost for fungus. A variety of factors, including nail trauma, long-term pressure from ill-fitting shoes, or even underlying medical conditions like psoriasis or diabetes, can cause nails to thicken.

Practical Tips

If you notice your nails undergoing dramatic changes – thickening, yellowing, or changing shape – it’s wise to consult with a healthcare professional. They can determine whether it’s a fungal infection or something else entirely and advise you on the best course of treatment.

Flexitol Fungal Nail Treatment 

Introducing Flexitol™ Anti-Fungal Liquid – it’s effective formula is clinically proven to treat topical fungal infections.

Powerful Formulation to Treat Fungal Infections

Our Anti-Fungal Liquid is an innovative treatment formula that targets the root causes of fungal infections. It combines the strength of antifungal agents with nourishing ingredients, ensuring not just treatment but also care for your nails and feet.

Flexitol Anti-Fungal Liquid contains 25% Undecylenic Acid (Maximum Strength Without Prescription) clinically proven to target and treat topical fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis) and to treat fungus growing on the nail bed by painting under and around the nail of the affected toe.

Fortified with Urea, Aloe, Vitamin E, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils, this non-greasy formulation provides effective relief from itching, scaling, cracking, burning and discomfort which may accompany these conditions.

Why Choose Anti-Fungal Liquid

Anti-Fungal Liquid effectively fights off fungal infection with its user-friendly application, it has an easy to use, brush-on applicator. It’s a no-fuss, no-mess solution for those who want to maintain their nail health without the hassle of complicated treatment regimens.

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