Nail Fungus or Toenail fungus is an infection that develops when you have cracks in your nail or the skin around and under your nails. The symptoms of this condition include a change of color of your nail, Your nail getting thicker and even pain. If this condition is left untreated, it can easily spread to other nails, your skin and can be very unsightly. It can also in severe cases give a found odor and make you feel very uncomfortable.
Even though this condition is not a life or death situation, it is best to get it treated before it spreads to other areas. If you think you have this condition, you should treat it immediately with a solution such as zetaclear.
In severe cases, your nail will become thicker and may become oddly shaped or warped. The nails will often look yellow in color and break easily. If you let the fungus build up, it has the potential to loosen the nail from its bed and will then start spreading on the skin. Since the toes are places that are often warm and damp, fungi can grow easily and fast.
Men are in fact more likely to get this condition as they wear more closed shoes than women. Further, the older a person gets and if they have medical conditions such as athlete’s foot, diabetes or a weak immune system. For people who smoke or have other people in the family who suffer from such a condition are at a bigger risk of contracting this condition. If you live near an area close to water like a lake or river and spend a lot of time in the water, you have a chance of getting this condition as well, especially if you have injured your toenail and go into the water.
Nail fungus can often be confused with other condition and, therefore, you may want to consult a doctor who specializes in feet and the skin like a Podiatrist or a Dermatologist. When you visit your doctor, he may scrape out a little bit of the fungus and have it tested at a lab to find out what the fungus is.
There are many treatments to curing this condition that may include a cream, liquid or in some cases removing the nail and the skin that is affected. The best option is to treat the condition early on so that it does not spread and can be contained and taken care of early.