How to Treat Nail Fungus
You can suffer from nail disease and other nail irregularities at any age. Some result from nail trauma while others are infections by bacteria and fungi. Skin disease such as eczema and psoriasis can also affect the nails causing discolorations and texture loss. If you have any questions concerning nail symptoms you are suffering it is important that you seek out a doctor or dermatologist as they could be a sign of serious health issues. Some of the more common nail problems are set out below.
Fungal infections – This is a highly contagious disorder where a fungus enters the nail and start to spread. The first signs are a yellowish discoloration. Over time the nail will start to thicken and lose texture. Toenails are particularly susceptible as they spend more time than fingernails in dark, damp and airless conditions in which fungi flourish. Nail fungus treatments with popular nail therapies such as Funginix or Zetaclear nail fungus relief can take many months.
Bacterial infections – Most bacterial infections take hold in the skin around the base of the nail, an area known as the proximal skin fold. If you injure this area you are more susceptible as the tear or cut provides an easy entry point for bacterial infection. Prolonged exposure to water can also increase the risk of infection.
Nail trauma – If you catch you nail in a car door or wear tight fitting shoes for longer periods of time you are likely to do damage to the nail. Nail hematoma where blood is trapped under the nail plate causing a black discoloration and ingrown nails are common problems that can result.
Brittle and splitting nails – This occurs more as we age and the level of natural oils in our nails falls off. Having constantly wet hands or exposure to harsh chemicals can also cause nails to split and crumble and nail layers to separate.