- What is Nail Fungus?
Nail Fungus is one of the most common infections caused by certain types of fungi that affect the nails. This type of ailment though is more common in toenails than the fingernails.
- Who can get infected with a nail fungus?
Anyone can actually have this; however, based on clinical studies, older people are more susceptible to this kind of ailment.
- What are the early symptoms of having nail fungus?
One of the things that we need to watch out for is the discoloration in our nails, may it be in our fingernails or toenails. Once you notice the change in the color of your nails, it is advisable to consult a doctor. The discoloration of the nail varies, they can have white specks, can turn to yellow, green, brown or worse, to black. Losing of shine in ones nails may also be an early sign of having nail fungus. Brittleness and the thickness of the nails are also considered as early symptoms of this type of ailment.
- Is athlete’s foot a type of nail fungal infection?
No. Athlete’s foot is a skin and not a nail infection that is caused by fungi. If the said condition was not treated early, it may spread through the toenails though and might lead to having nail fungus.
- Is it true that if a person has diabetes he is more prone to getting nail fungus?
The decrease in a person’s immunity which is being caused by diabetes is the main reason why he is more susceptible to getting nail fungus. Diabetes is not the only disease that causes this but any ailment that targets and lowers a person’s immune system like psoriasis, AIDS and people who have cancer and in undergoing chemotherapy.
- Does a person need to undergo tests before he can be diagnosed of having nail fungus?
Some doctors who might think that the discoloration, brittleness and thickness of the nails may be caused by other types of fungal infection, therefore, some patients may be required to undergo tests by getting a sample of nails which will be sent to a laboratory for further analysis.
- What is the main cause of nail fungus?
There is a type of microorganism known as Dermatophytes which thrives in wet and moist places. Once it enters our nails through a breakage or space, it will feed on the nail’s protective covering known as Keratin and if during the early signs of having nail fungus and it was left untreated, it might get worse and it will affect the other remaining nails that you have.
- Is it true that wearing stilettos causes a person to have nail fungus?
As long as the type of shoes that you are wearing has enough ventilation and will not hinder air from passing through, and it is not too tight, regardless of the type of shoes that you are wearing is okay.
- Is it true that only older people can have nail fungus?
Anyone can have this type of ailment; however, it was observed based on clinical studies that this is more evident to people as they approach the age of 70 so this is not common in children.
- Is it true that the treatment of fingernails is easier than that of the toenails?
Yes, most especially that the nails in our toes grows slower than that of our fingernails and they are more susceptible to nail fungus because of the shoes and other footwear that we are using.