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  • Fungal Nails

    Fungal Nails : Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

    So many things can go wrong with the feet and while they may not all be painful occurrences, they can be troublesome. They can affect the way you walk and even interfere with your daily activities. Aside from the actual feet themselves, one also has to be concerned about the condition of the toenails. One of the most common problems affecting the toenails is fungus.

    Nail fungus can be really embarrassing for many people especially for those who like to wear sandals during warm weather.

    Signs and Symptoms

    When it first starts, it may not be noticeable as it is just a small white or yellow spot that can be seen under the tip of the nail. When you decide to clean the nail, you will notice that a soft particle can be removed. Another sign that you have nail fungus is that when your nail has become quite brittle or when it has thickened. The nail will also begin to discolour and may even look as though it has been lifted from the nail bed.

    In a Fungal nail infection, a microorganism affects the nail plate, nail bed and the root of the nails. What has actually caused the microorganism to appear can vary. It can be a result of something physical like the nails being exposed to too much water or harsh detergents. The nail may have been previously damaged without you knowing it. Then some health conditions such as cancer and diabetes can be contributing factors as well.

    If the fungus becomes very severe, the nail can actually come off.

    Treating Nail Fungus

    There are lots of over-the-counter treatments for nail fungus. The best course of treatment is to see your healthcare provider first, who may refer you to a Podiatrist. The fungus, which normally starts on the surface of the nail, can spread and penetrate deeper if untreated. This, in itself, makes it even more difficult to treat.

    One of the biggest problems when treating nail fungus is the length of time it takes to see the results or improvement. It can take up to a year and half before it completely goes away. If the treatment is successful, you will notice that the infected nail is slowly being replaced by new and healthy nail.

    Often, nail fungus doesn’t create any discomfort but that is not always the case. If it does become painful, you may want to try wearing shoes that do not put pressure or rub on the affected nail.