One of the most common fungal infection known to date is the nail infection. This is more commonly known in the medicine world as Onychomycosis. This is considered as the most common disease and comprises about half of all known abnormalities of the nails. The said condition normally affects the toenails of the fingernails but it is more commonly seen in toenails. According to medical studies conducted, people who are over the age of 55 are the ones who are more commonly affected by the nail fungus. According to experts, the older a person gets, the more they become prone to having nail fungus.
This condition is being caused by a type of fungus and it usually enters wither the tip or the side of the nails and will continue to grow under the nail if not treated immediately. Once a person gets infected with nail fungus, the nails starts to thicken and changes its color to either white, black, yellow or green and the nails starts to crumple as well. If the infection becomes worse, that’s when the nails will start to become more brittle and will even come to the extent of falling off from the toes or fingers completely.If the person who has this kind of disease disregards the situation and will not treat the nail fungus right away, the skin around the toenails or fingernails will become inflamed and the person will experience pain both underneath and around the infected nail.
There were also reports made where the person who has nail fungus experiences to have yellow or white patches on the nail bed or has experienced having scaly skin around the toenails or fingernails which was infected with nail fungus. There were also times when the nails become soft and starts to crumble. The nail may break off bits by bits. If the person has nail fungus in the toenail, he may also experience difficulty in walking. In more severe cases, if the nail fungus will not be treated immediately, the infection may also be accompanied with unpleasant odor while the nail starts to decay. One of the other known symptoms of having nail fungus is the distortion of the shape of the nails. There were also instances where you will notice debris under the nail.
There is also a skin condition known as Dermatophytids which is a cuts or scratches that a person infected might notice to form which is often a result of a fungus infection. It can be noticed as either a scratch or an itch in an area which is not infected with the nail fungus. In layman’s term, this is actually an allergic reaction to the fungus.
Normally, during the early stage of having nail fungus, the person will not experience any pain or any kind of symptoms, unless the situation becomes severe. Often times, the person also experiences problems with socializing with other people due to the appearance of their nails, most especially if what they have is the one in the fingernails since it is more visible and cannot be easily kept unless the person will wear gloves.