When you notice that your nail becomes thicker than usual and it becomes more difficult to cut, it’s more likely that you are suffering from a nail fungus infection. The nail also turns whitish brownish, or yellowish, aside from being dry and crumbly. Once the nail fungus affects the nailbed, it can become painful and swollen. Some nail infections are caused by yeasts and molds.
It’s always best to avoid getting an infection with nail fungus. You can follow some precautions that will allow you to stay fungus-free. Keep in mind to wear flip-flops when you go to warm and moist places like public lockers and swimming pools. Make sure to wear clean and dry socks all the time. Using an antifungal powder on your feet before you wear shoes can keep your feet dry and prevent fungus. Cutting the nails short and straight across can also help prevent the fungus from entering the nailbed. And to go with that, make sure to sanitize the nail clipper and not share it with anybody. Keep your feet clean and dry all the time, and if you notice that you have an athlete’s foot, treat it immediately for it may spread to the nails. Use a moisturizer on dry skin especially the feet. The fungus can gain entry through dry skin.