Nail fungus is unfortunately not as much discussed as other skin diseases such as cellulites. Yet it can potentially be even more harmful than the cellulites of other skin disease. This is because it exposes the nail and makes it open to attacks by other forms of fungal infections.
The warning signs can come too abrupt. It usually starts from slight change in coloration of the nails. This would depend on the color of the individual and the type of fungi that has attacked. This is where you need to be to tell whether the color change is a consequence of an activity you got involved in or a fungal attack.
There are three main types of fungi that would cause nail fungus attacks. These include the candidas, dermatophytes and non dermatophytic moulds. They each vary in the climatic zone that it would be dominant. For example, the candida is common in the tropics where the temperatures are higher while the dermatophytes are common in the temperate areas.
Yellow green is often the color of danger for the fungal infection of the nails. This can be followed by frequent breaking of the nails and eventually a rugged and completely broken finger or toe nail. If not taken care of the situation arrested, they may proceed to a point where they actually lead to painful nail grooves.
This is enough evidence that you need to check out nail fungus infection. This may ether take a consideration of the symptoms as discussed above or have a laboratory test of potassium hydroxide which is smeared on the affected nail and the color reaction from the fungal activity observed.
A confirmation of the fungal infection of the nails would demand that an immediate action to stop further spread to other nails be made. This will also include preventing other in the household from having this problem.
Immediate remedy is to improve on hygiene and aeration. This is done by having regular cleaning of the nails including the toes or fingers. They must be dried thoroughly to avoid providing ideal condition for development of the further fungal colonies.
Treatment is usually slow in reversing the condition of the nail because of the deep rooted nature of the fungal colony. They have affected the inner vesicles and nerve system and made them impermeable to the medications. Therefore part of the treatment should include dietary management and use of pharmacological products. An example of active ingredient is ciclopirox which is a topic application.
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