Nail infections usually progress along the fingernail or toenail’s edges which is referred to as paronychia. It is considered as the most common kind of nail infection and, if it is left untreated, it may perhaps develop to a much more grave contagion of the whole toe or finger.
Regularly Trim And Clean Your Nails. Nails are really easy to maintain. The only thing that they require from you is that you clean and trim them regularly. It will help you a lot if you have a system or schedule in trimming and cleaning your nails.
Make sure that the areas under your nails are free from dirt because this is where bacteria and fungi could lurk. By the way, your fingernails are not the only things that need to be taken care of, you also need to make sure that your toenails are also looked after.
Some of the preventive measures of fungal infection of nails are discussed here
1. Maintain good personal hygiene. Keep your nails trimmed and keep your hands and feet dry. Dry you feet (especially in between toes) properly after bath.
2. Use proper footwear (such as socks). Use cotton or woolen socks and keep your socks always dry. Change socks frequently, before they become damp and moistened. Take off your shoes occasionally during the day and after exercise to allow your feet to dry. You can also sometime use open-toed shoes, which help to keep your feet dry.
3. You can use anti fungal powder to keep your feet dry and safe from infection. Sprinkle anti fungal powder inside your shoes.
4. Do not injure skin around your nails while trimming them, as it may predispose fungal infection.
Try using rubber gloves to protect you hands from overexposure to water and turn the rubber gloves inside out to dry from time to time.