A friend once told me her nails are short and stump, and that she is very ashamed of them. I told her, “I have seen nails much worse.” Working in a Spa has its perks specifically a boost of self esteem once you find out secret details from the rich, beautiful and seemingly perfect customers. Not that I have great nails or anything, but they perfectly fine for my taste, I think.
To tell you the gory details, I had this customer once who looks like a supermodel. With luster wavy, brown hair, small oval face with big round eyes, small hips and long slender legs, she is near to perfection. The saddest part here is, when you look at her toes, there it is: hideous pale brownish, and what looks like thick, frail toe nails complete with streaks of off-white lines in the middle. I don’t understand how she got this, but one thing’s for sure; she will not like to display those things in public. I’m sure I would.
Wanting to know why nails can become like this, I did research and to my surprise, it is a common nail abnormality called Nail Fungus. The culprit, as the name of the condition implies, is fungi. Not the type you see in the wild, or the mushrooms sold on markets, this is a different fungus. They call it “dermaphyte”, the same fungus that causes Athlete’s foot and that lodges to nail beds, thriving from moisture, warmth and protection of the nails. This organism slowly eats up your nails, so the nails become darker than the original, thickened and somewhat brittle. On later stages, the fungus leaves a rather empty portion of the nail, the part des and gets cut off the rest, emitting a foul smell.
How do we contract nail fungus anyway? According to my research, people exposed to wet places like public market and public shower cubicles are at risk to nail fungus condition. This is the reason why toe nail fungus is more common that nail fungus. There’s also a possibility that a person contracts both toe nail fungus and nail fungus. Statistics also say that older people have the greater risk in getting this disease since they have low immune system and vulnerable to infections. There is also the skin to skin transfer, where the inactive fungus lodged to another part of your skin, but by direct contact, gets transferred to your nail bed causing the fungus to be active. Nail fungus is a scary condition. Since it’s an infection, Nail fungus treatment is hard as it grows on your body.
With this disease out there, it’s important to know how to prevent and treat it. We should not assume that it will disappear on its own. Nail fungus treatment entails a list of effective medications that can be purchased over the counter. Some doctors may prescribe anti-fungal medications either oral or topical; however most rely on home remedies. One home nail fungus treatment I know is the solution of Apple Cider Vinegar and Listerine, where 4 -5 drops of this mixture every day can help. There’s a catch though – with nail fungus treatment, the infected or dead nail must go. It may be scary to have your nails fall off at first, but on the bright side, a new nail, which is fungus-free, can grow.