What are the risk factors for fungal nail infections?

If you have a fungal nail infection, risk factors include poor circulation, diabetes, high blood sugar levels, smoking, the over 65 age group, or a weakened immune system.

If you’re in one or more of these groups and think you have a fungal nail infection, take it seriously and consult your Doctor.

How does poor circulation affect a fungal nail infection?

If you have poor circulation, the reduced blood flow could compromise your bodies natural ability to fend off the fungal infection, leaving you susceptible to further growth and the infection may perhaps spread to other nails.

What complications could arise?

Complications mainly affect those living with diabetes and for those, this is a stark warning. It is not uncommon for diabetics to have poor circulation, which may slow or prevent healing of any cuts, leg ulcers or other wounds. Combined with other factors which increase risk like high blood sugar levels and smoking can further deteriorate healing. Wounds may not heal at all, leading to gangrene and even leg amputation.

Such wounds could become infected from fungus from athletes foot or a fungal nail infection. This is why it is so important for those with diabetes to take care of their feet and inspect them every day.

Prevention is better than cure

Especially when it comes to potential amputation. So how do you prevent such a health catastrophe? The answer is straightforward. Remove or at least reduce poor health choices like smoking. If you’re diabetic, keep your blood sugar under control and pay attention to your diet. Get your circulation going regularly with regular exercise. Don’t forget to give yourself proper rest, good quality sleep is important to the healing process.

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