Nail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a fungal infection of the nail. This infection occurs more commonly in elderly adults, however it affects people of all ages. Men are more likely to obtain this infection than women and it is more likely to occur on the toenails than fingernails.
Nail fungus is often a slow infection, making it difficult to notice immediately. As a result, people are less likely to notice that they have developed a nail fungus until it has already gone to a deeper stage of infection or infected a number of nails. Others tend to ignore the signs and believe that it may go away on its own; this is a sure way to guarantee a spreading and worsening infection. Nail fungus does not go away on its own and can spread rapidly not only to your other nails but also to other people, especially those you share a living space with.
The infection typically begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail. As this infection deepens, the nail color may become discolored, begin to thicken, and/or crumble. if you have a case of athlete’s foot this can also cause a nail fungus to form so it is crucial to treat that immediately before the fungus can tackle the nails.
Preventive measures are crucial if you would like to stop nail fungus from occurring or reoccurring. Avoid public walking around in public showers, pools, and gym locker rooms without wearing sandals. Make sure to wash your socks after each use. Avoid nail salons or take your own instruments making sure they are disinfected before use. Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible, especially if you frequently perspire in this area.
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