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Symptoms and causes of nail fungus

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Nail fungus is a very common condition. It generally starts as a white or yellow spot on your fingernail or toenail. Gradually the fungal infection worsen and it will complicate the situation. Discolouration of your nail may happen along with thickening and crumbling at the edges. And it may spread from one nail to another. If you have painful nail fungus and also have thickened nails, you will need treatment immediately. Sometimes the fungus main factor areas between your toes and the skin of your feet. In that case, it is called athlete's foot.

Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms of nail fungus include-

  • your nails are thickened
  • your nails have whitish to yellow-brown discoloration
  • nails are brittle, crumbly or ragged
  • nails become distorted in shape
  • some of the nails may receive dark color, caused by debris building up under your nail
  • some of the nails may smell slightly foul

Causes of nail fungus

Different types of fungal organisms or fungi can cause fungal nail infections. The most common cause is one type of fungus which is known as dermatophyte. Yeast and moulds can also result in fungal infections. Fungal nail infection can develop at any age. However, the problem is more common in older adults.

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In case of older adults, the nail ages as a result of that it can become brittle and dry. There may be some cracks in the nails through which the fungus may enter.

There are other factors which can result in nail fungal infection. Reduced blood circulation to the feet and a weakened immune system may also cause fungal infection possible. Toenail fungal infection can start from athlete's foot and it can spread. If you are suffering from fungal infection on one nail, it can spread to other nails as well. However, it is less likely that you will get it from someone else.

Risk factors

There are certain risk factors which can increase your risk of developing nail fungus. Such risk factors include-

If you are older, you are more likely to suffer from fungal nail infection. Because of your age, blood flow to your feet may reduce. Because of slower growing nails during old age, such infection may happen.

If you sweat a lot, that can also increase the possibility of fungal nail infection.

If you have a history of athlete's foot, then also the possibility of fungal nail infection may increase.

If you walk barefoot in damp communal areas such as swimming pools, shower rooms and gyms, then also the possibility of having a fungal nail infection may increase. That is why, you should be very careful to avoid the possibility of such an infection by taking the required safety measures.

If you're suffering from minor skin or nail injury or a skin condition like psoriasis, then also the possibility of having a fungal nail infection may increase.

If you're suffering from diabetes then also the possibility of a fungal nail infection may increase in your case.

People who have weakened immune system and have blood circulation problems may suffer from fungal nail infections.

If you are suffering from fungal nail infection, it can be very painful for you. If you want to get rid of fungal nail infection, that can be done easily with the help of Extra Strong Nail Fungus Treatment. It will help you to stop fungal growth and repair the damage caused by fungal nail infection. It is an effective fingernail and toenail health care solution for fixing broken, damaged, cracked and discoloured nails.