Nails are the natural canvas where the feminity dabs the color, reflecting the beauty of her sense. It is believed that nails are a vestigial organ, means they don’t serve any purpose in human beings so they are supposed to say farewell in the next phases of evolution but wait then what happens to sisters of womanhood, where would they splash nail polish?
While this concern baffles the head, the tiny pathogens got a hefty work to be done on your nail, turning it into a potato. Yes, the nasty invaders are the fungus, they live on your nail, feed on it and gives a horror looking non-lustrous icky nails.
Fungi’s like warm, moist and cool environment, sadly our nail bed and curves ring the perfect spot usually they tent there, but if they plan to settle then it’s a nail infection folks. Let’s go a little deep.
Well, there are nearly more than 20 types of fungal nails, but our concern revolves around just four most common types seen on ladies.
Though it sounds scary, don’t be worried this is the most common type of nail infection. If you see a pale yellow, distorted, brittle and clumsy nail there you go, you got a DSO. This happens when that fungus gets under the nail living on the skin right beneath. The infection saga starts from the top and finally leaving a nothing over the nail bed but the worst case scenario is that you feel discomfort wearing shoes.
2) White superficial onychomycosis (WSO):
WSO ranks second most common types of nail infection seen in the United States. At first, there starts appearing tiny white spots on the nail but wait, don’t confuse these spots with those lucky spots, this is a different story, and here it appears a bit chalky and flaky. Finally, they spread over the entire nail, causing nail thinning, flaking and sticking to the nail bed.
3) Candida onychomycosis:
Though not very common this infection is in fond with fingernails than toenails. They affect the nails as a whole, once started they go like predetermined orders from stage to stage, initially turning to brown, then forms cracks on the edge, divorcing the nails from bed making it vulnerable to further infection. Finally, they turn black and go painfully.
4) Proximal subungual onychomycosis (PSO):
This nail infection is more prominent in patients infected with HIV, it starts from the base of the nail initially thickening the basal skin finally separating it from the nail. Nails seems to have blown away from the skin, after this its turn for fungi to act up and cause nail discoloration depositing a white extra membrane layer.
What Should I Do If I Find Any of These?
No waiting, go straight to a dermatologist or physician because the best remedy is useful only if diagnosed with the correct problem. In the case of nail infection, almost all symptoms look somewhat similar, so self-diagnose has less chance for a success. Your Doctor is likely to prescribe terbinafine, fluconazole, itraconazole, griseofulvin etc.
Prevent it rather than curing it!
Spend one-third of the time you fight with your hair, that’s more than enough for a healthy nail. Always make sure that you don’t damage the skin while grooming your nails. Try the below for alleviating nail problems
• Dry your feet and fingers after shower
• Wear socks that are less moist, change them frequently
• Get manicure or pedicure using sterile and clean tools
• Avoid fake nails
• Don’t walk over dirt with barefoot
Though nail diseases are not life threatening they pack enough punch to give a shot that could spoil a day or even a week in pain. So always care for your nails like you do with your mobile!