Understanding Nail Fungus: Causes and Treatment

Nail fungus is a prevalent infection that commonly affects the nails. It typically begins as a white or yellow-brown spot underneath the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection progresses, the nail may become discolored, thickened, and crumble at the edge. Nail fungus can impact multiple nails simultaneously.

If your condition is mild and not causing any discomfort, treatment may not be necessary. However, if your nail fungus is causing pain and has resulted in thickened nails, there are self-care measures and medications available to help manage the infection. It’s important to note that even with successful treatment, nail fungus often has a tendency to recur.

Nail fungus is medically known as onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis). When the fungus affects the skin between your toes and the feet, it is referred to as athlete’s foot (tinea pedis).

Recognizing Nail Fungus:

Common Symptoms and When to Seek Medical Attention.

Nail fungus presents various symptoms that can indicate its presence. These symptoms include:

  • Thickened nails
  • Discolored nails
  • Brittle, crumbly, or ragged nails
  • Misshapen nails
  • Nails separated from the nail bed
  • Unpleasant odor emanating from the affected nails

While nail fungus can affect both fingernails and toenails, it is more frequently observed in toenails.

It is advisable to consult a healthcare provider if self-care measures have not been effective and you notice the following concerning signs:

  • Increasing discoloration, thickening, or misshaping of the nail
  • Suspected nail fungus in individuals with diabetes
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • Swelling or pain around the nails
  • Difficulty walking due to the affected nails

Seeking prompt medical attention can help diagnose the condition accurately and provide appropriate treatment options to address the nail fungus effectively.

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