What are Fungal Nail Infections
Did you know that fungal nail infections are common? In fact, some studies show that 13% of people across America suffer from these infections in some way. Nobody is free from having a fungi invasion on the toes or fingers.
A fungal nail infection is an infection of the nail by a fungus. It is also known as Onychomycosis, its medical term. The fungus spreads once it is able to penetrate the barrier that provides the nail. This is a powerful barrier, but once it has been breached, it makes difficult to wipe out the fungus.
Fungal nail infections appear most of the time in adult people, and are not commonly contagious. You run the risk of getting infected not because someone with fungus has taken a bath in a shower, for example, but because showers often provide the perfect environment for nail fungus to appear. Nail fungus infections appear quite often in people with a weak immune system, that end up helping the fungus to spread. This can be avoided by taking proper measures like keeping your feet dry, avoiding close shoes, or wearing sandals in showers.
You will notice, if you have nail fungus, that your nail does not look healthy anymore. The color turns yellow, the edges are crumbling and the texture is not the same. Any of these symptoms reveal there is fungus in your nail bed. The recommendable thing to do is to visit a doctor. A doctor will be able to give you a treatment, and inform you about the type of fungus you have.
Nail fungus infections treatments are long. It is not unusual to have to wait over 12 months for a fully recovered nail. Even if you think your nail looks normal, you run the risk of a fungus reappearance, which means starting the treatment all over again. However, if you don’t have a nail fungus infection, you still have time to start taking care of what you do in order to avoid the infection.