There are times when we notice some discoloration in our nails, but often times, we just disregard or take them for granted, thinking that it might be because of something that we touched or in cases of ladies who are wearing nail polish, it is caused by that.
Having the right knowledge about the nail fungus will definitely help all of us in treating the said ailment without the hassle of undergoing different types of treatment since this is something that when given attention at the first signs of it will be treated faster.
There is a type of fungus, which, once it enters any breakage or gap in our nails and starts to multiply can result to a person having nail fungus. The most common type of this fungus is known as Trichophyton rubrum. Nail fungus lives in dark and damp places, it don’t need the sun to survive. That’s the main reason why it is actually common to have nail fungus in our toenails.
Nail fungus can affect both our fingernails and toenails but clinical studies say that it is more common in toenails. It is also said that this type of ailment is more common in men with ages 60 and up. There are also other factors that make someone more susceptible to getting this type of condition.
There are several things that you need to be cautious about when it comes to having nail fungus. Having nail discoloration is one of the early signs of having this. The discoloration may vary depending on the condition or severity of the nail problem. It may range from white, green, yellow, brown or even worse black. Losing of our nails’ shine is also one of the early signs. Since this type of fungus feeds on the keratin found in our nails, it also affects the texture of our nails. Once infected with nail fungus, it will be observed that our nails will start to become brittle, may start breaking off and worse may even fall off from our toes or fingers. Changes in the shape of our nails, seeing crumbs or pieces of nails in the surrounding areas of our toenails or fingernails, thickening of our nails, and when the situation becomes worse, the person who has nail fungus may also experience itch, pain and may even experience having bad odor in either fingers or feet, whichever is affected.
For us to really tell if the patient’s condition is nail fungus or something else, it is still best to consult a doctor as there are some other types of ailment that seems like it’s nail fungus but is actually a different type of skin or abnormality in the nail.
Often times, doctors just need to carefully look at the patient’s nails and he’ll be able to tell right away if it really nail fungus, however in some cases, there’s a need to undergo tests or procedures just to make sure. There were instances when if the doctor is unsure about the condition, may need to get samples of the patient’s nails which will then be brought to a laboratory for further testing and analysis.