Signs of Nail Fungus

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Nail fungus infection is occurs when a fungi infect one or more of your toenails or fingernails. This condition is also referred to as Onychomycosis, which is caused by tiny fungus that can easily grow anywhere. Over two million people in Canada have nail fungus infection while 10 million people in the United States have contacted the disease.

A fungal infection may start as a white and yellow spot on your nails. The yellowish or brownish discoloration of the fingernail may go unnoticed, especially when a person is wearing nail polish. However, the color will change as the fungus grows as it releases various pigments as it grows. The fungus is underneath the nails. As the nail fungus grows, the condition is worsened and may cause your nails to thicken, discolor and develop crumbling edges, which is an ugly sight and problem.

Nail fungus infection is quite hard to detect while it is on its early stage. However, the infection became visible when they are fully established on the nails and there is a yellow spot that seems to grow that indicates the spread of the infection until it affects the whole nail and sometimes the whole set of fingernails and toenails. It is easy for the fungus to grow and proliferate in the nails as the nails present favorable environment for the fungus. Infected nails may also separate from the nail bed or a condition that is also called as onycholysis. There is also pain on the toes or fingertips accompanied by a foul smell from the infection.

One of the more advanced symptoms of nail fungus infection is when the nails start to come apart. Actually, fingernails and toenails are made up of dead cells that pile up and hardened. However, when the nail fungus grows on the roots of the nails, it affects the nail's growth. The nail fungus infection also grows on the surrounding skin and may cause the skin to be flaky and inflamed.

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of nail fungal infection or "onychomycosis". Visit your physician if one or more of your nails are:

  • Thick
  • Brittle or ragged
  • Distorted
  • Dull
  • Dark colored
  • Separated from the nail bed or also referred to as onycholysis
  • Painful toes and fingertips
  • Have foul odor

The infection may be quite difficult to treat and the infections may recur. However, medications may help in clearing the nail fungus. Learn more information about the ZetaClear Nail Fungus Relief and have those beautiful nails!


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Anne Downes is a health enthusiast and passionate of helping others. Take care of your nails with Zeta Clear Nail Fungus Relief.

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This article was published on 2010/12/05