Causes of Toenail Fungus and How to Get Rid Of Them

Toenail fungus medically known as onychomycosis is an infection commonly found in athletes. The invasion of this fungus into the skin or nails causes toenail infection.

What is it?

It is a contagious fungal infection of the fingernails or toenails, caused by a fungus known as dermatophytes. The infected nails become brittle, develop bridges and could get wrapped or oddly shaped. Once your nails are infected, it takes 9-12 months for them to grow back.

How do athletes get infected?

Athletes are more susceptible to onychomycosis. This is often due to wearing improper shoe gear. There are other reasons as well, such as: moist environment, nail injuries, heavy perspiration, infected swimming pool, gyms and community showers.

How to treat it with tea tree oil?

Treatment is necessary as soon as athletes encounter toe nail fungus. Anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil are capable of treating toenail fungus. In order to be effective, apply tea tree oil twice a day on the infected nails.

Have a look at the infographic given below and know more about the causes of toenail fungus, its prevention and treatments.

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Herpes Skin Infection In Contact Sports

Skin infections are common in sports settings, usually in the form of viral infections. Even slight skin infections are infrequently threatening to training and competitions. One example of  sports-related skin infections is herpes, which is a viral skin infection. While wrestling, viruses can easily be transferred to some other wrestlers through skin lesions.

Herpes Can Significantly Affect Wrestling Athletes

Herpes viral infections are extremely contagious (spread by touch particularly in wrestlers). Athletes with close skin-to-skin contact risk gain herpes infection on naked skin. According to a study, wrestlers have 33% higher chance of  receiving this skin infection while sparring with an infected athlete in comparison of normal human beings.

Herpes is transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Living with herpes virus is very troublesome and embarrassing. In such cases, preventing herpes from spreading to other athletes becomes very important.

This makes hand washing and bathing with soap necessary for everyone. Remember these lines..

Minimize Risk of Infections to Maximize Athletic Success!

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