As we are already familiar with it, infections as such do not have any specific preferences when it comes to their special target areas on the body. They can appear out of the blue and befall just about any area they feel like. The person's toe is not any different, especially its flesh or that area located under the toenail.
In terms of indicating manifestations, those most frequently occurring include such as swelling, irritation of the skin, redness and extremely awkward – a foul odor. In addition to these manifestations, fairly common are also discoloring and thickening of the nails, brittle nails, formation of the pus in the designated and infection befallen part of the toe etc.
Triggers and culprits
As already mentioned, at the bottom of every infection is a number of underlying factors. Those considered as most common and thus important to mention are such as cuts, scrapes, dry skin, as well as cracked skin. In certain cases, the infection can also be brought about by a rupture in the plate of a toenail. Also, those people who are fond of wearing shoes that provide little or no ventilation, are at a much higher risk of coming down with an infection than those people who avoid wearing such shoes. Furthermore, toe infections can, and in quite a number of cases are, brought about by specific bacteria and fungi.
To be on the lookout as well are pedicures, since a significant number of cases has been induced by improper pedicure service, namely due to the employment of tools that are not kept in hygienic conditions, thus being exposed to bacteria and fungi most of the time. Having this in mind, it is important and essential to do a most proper check up of the pedicure one is planning to visit in order to avoid any such undesired and unnecessary complications, as an infection.
How to 'remedy' the toe related issue?
In order to protect oneself from this unpleasant complication, it is important to keep one's toenails in perfect order. This means they need to be cut properly, removing the ingrown portion of the nails first. In case this is a bit trickier due to the fact that the nail has gone too deep, medical attention should be sought and as soon as possible, come to that. Other effective methods include soaking one's feet in warm water, mixed with a bit of salt, as well as keeping oneself well hydrated. If the infection is fungal in nature, then employment of topical ointments and anti-fungal powders is highly recommended.