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Excessive Sweating and Nail Fungus

by James Chambers on May 30, 2009

in Expert Answers, Nail Fungus

If you have an excessive sweating problem and nail fungus, there is probably a link between the two. A toenail fungus infection often begins because your toes are continually exposed to warmth and moisture inside your shoes. Typically, the problem starts on the toenails and can move to the fingernails over time.

Fungi thrives in dark, warm, wet environments. Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is more of a problem for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) sufferers. It is especially an issue for those that suffer from plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the feet).

Unfortunately, anxiety and nervousness triggers sweating for many, and when one is nervous that others will see their nail fungus infection, the sweating increases.  It’s a cruel cyclical problem for those with sweat problems. 

How do you know if you have a nail fungus infection? Look for the following as possible signs:

  • Chalky nails
  • Yellow nails
  • White nails
  • Black nails
  • Green nails
  • Thick nails
  • Hard crusty nails
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Discolored nails

Once nail fungus is detected, take immediate action to remove it. It can, and usually does spread from nail to nail and from toenails to fingernails or fingernails to toenails. Once toenail fungus infections set in and advances, painful ingrown toenails are likely to begin occurring.

I highly advise you to deal with your nail fungus issues and your sweating issues quickly to avoid/stop a frustrating, painful cycle.

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