Fungi can creep underneath nails on the toes and fingers, causing an infection. While this problem usually can be treated with a prescription medication, keeping nails clean and dry can help prevent it in the first place.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these warning signs of a fungal nail infection:
A nail that is brittle and crumbles.
A change in the way the nail is shaped.
A thick nail.
A change in the color of the nail.
A nail that is dull, or is separating from the skin.
A nail that appears to have particles beneath it.
Health Tip: Jump Rope for Fitness
If you're tired of the gym, going for a run, or home exercise equipment, you may want to opt for jumping rope.
The American Council on Exercise suggests these tips to help you enjoy a safe, fun workout by jumping rope:
Keep a firm but gentle grip on the handles at the end of the rope.
Tuck your elbows in near your body, and relax your shoulders.
Slightly bend your knees, and use your wrist to swing the rope in a smooth arc over your head.
Keep your head up and your back straight as you jump. Don't curve your back forward.
Don't jump too high, which can adversely affect your ankles and knees.