Our nails are susceptible to different kinds of infection that lead to abrupt changes – horrible and yucky, yes, that’s plausible. If your nails look different, there’s a huge percentage that it is caused by a fungal infection that is pretty hard to medicate especially if it has already inflicted a severe damage on your nails.
Nail fungus, commonly caused by as onychomycosis (also known as tinea unguium), or fungal infections that also lead to athlete’s foot, ring worm and jock itch, can be easily diagnosed by a professional medical practitioner. Unfortunately, during the initial part of the infection, the condition is quite subtle to notice, thus, when you get to feel and see that you already have it, it could probably be at its worst condition.
There are people who are more susceptible to the infection, such as:
- If you have weakened immune system
- If you have diabetes
- If you often wear tight shoes
- If your feet and hands are always damp, either due to water or sweat
- If you have a nail injury
- If you swim in a public swimming pool
- If you are above 60 years old
- If you have a medical condition related to blockage of the blood vessels
- If you use artificial nails
Nail fungus certainly looks different. Most common signs on the nails are:
- Loss of the nail
- Yellow or white streak (lateral onychomycosis)
- Yellow spot usually found on the bottom area of the nail (proximal onychomycosis)
- Sides and tips of the nails are crumbling (distal onychomycosis)
- Under the nails start scaling (subungual onychomycosis)
- Nail areas starts flaking white
If you think you have nail fungus, make sure that you only let a doctor treat it. Do not wait for it to aggravate because neglecting your condition will lead to severe damages in the future.
You should also wait for it to thoroughly heal before you visit a nail salon for manicure and/or pedicure. In choosing the right nail salon, you have to check how they sanitise their tools as fungal infections can also be acquired through this. Be very wary so you will not be sorry. Your nails may look good now, but you will surely not know what will happen afterwards.