Know more about your nail (1) – What is Nail Fungus?

February 7, 2008 at 6:18 pm (Let's Discuss) (, )

Nail fungus is made up of tiny organisms (Tinea Unguium) that can infect fingernails and toenails.

The nails of our fingers and toes are very effective barriers. This barrier makes it quite difficult for a superficial infection to invade the nail. Once an infection has set up residence however, the same barrier that was so effective in protecting us against infection now works against us, making it difficult to treat the infection.
The fungus lives underneath the nail. The nail provides a safe place for the fungus and protects it while it grows, since fungus like dark and damp places. This is why it’s hard to reach and stop nail fungus.

Nail polish and plastic or acrylic nails can trap moisture and fungi. Most often, nail fungus appears in the toenails because socks and shoes keep the toenails dark, warm, and moist. The toenails are 6 to 7 times more likely to be infected than fingernails.

Fungi often cause the area around the base (and the sides) of the nail to become red and irritated. At first, the edges or base of the nail is affected. As it spreads, the nail and nail bed show changes. There is often mild discomfort, itchiness, or even pain around the cuticles (flesh surrounding the nails). Bleeding or detachment of the cuticles may occur. The nail can become discolored-yellow-green, dark yellow-brown, and sometimes white spots are seen. The nails thicken and develop abnormal grooves, lines, and tiny punched out holes.

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1 Comment

  1. jim said,

    hi,
    here are my symptons. i have deep irregular grooves on my thumb and first fingers. the skin is very dry around the nails. on the opposite side to my thumb nails is always flaky and dry. i don’t have any other symptons like pain ,sorness or itchyness.
    is it finger fungus.

    hi, i used to have the same problem myself thus i went to search for the answers everywhere.
    its commonly know to be due to the reason of lack of moisture around the nails, & washing chemicals are the prone culprit for the caused of it.

    something that i tried to reduce this problem:
    – sock fingers in warm milk (yes, fresh milk, but i did heard that salted water would also do the trick) for a few mintues
    – remove the side dead skins around nails
    – apply moisturer on the hands & area around nails
    – (MUST*) wear the cotton gloves after doing all these as it will retain the moisture as much as it can & maximize the speed of re-growth of the skin

    sounds complicated? normally since its troublesome to do all these, i would skip all the steps & get on with the moisturer (rich one of cause) & wear those gloves to make sure i get those fingers moist.

    try it but if it still persist after a week, it could be best to opt for doctors advise

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