Fingernail fungus is common in many people today. Yet, many who are suffering from the infection are often unaware that they have it. This is because many people overlook the symptoms of the infection.
It may seem alarming to most people, but fingernail fungus affects more women than men. The fungus grows under the nail and can spread quickly if neglected.
There are many symptoms of the infection. The earliest and most common symptom is discoloration of nails that are infected. These nails usually become pale white, yellow or a shade of brown.
This is often mistaken for an excessive use of nail polish and therefore, no care is given to the nail, causing the fungus to spread. Other common symptoms of fingernail fungus are thicker nails that are flaky and nails that chip easily. This is a result of the fungus spreading through the nail causing layers to peel off, weakening and enlarging the nail. You may also have the infection if your nails smell bad.
In order to prevent fingernail fungus you can do a variety of things. One thing would be to not share items like nail clippers, nail polish and nail flies. The fungus can spread through these items and you can get infected by sharing with someone who has been infected already.
You should not share items like towels with other people. Therefore, the infection will not be able to spread that way. You should also be careful when taking care of your nails. Make sure that you do not injure the skin that attaches your finger to the nail while trimming and shaping your nails.
You should not wear nail polish on your fingers all the time. This will enable sunlight to expose itself to the nail and prevent fungus from growing under your nail. Washing your hands regularly and keeping them dry will prevent fingernail fungus as well.
If you are suffering from fungus there are ways of getting rid of fingernail fungus by using a one of two main methods, you can take oral tablets for several months. These tablets usually require a doctor's prescription and have serious side effects like liver damage.
Or you can choose to use natural treatments. These treatments contain natural oils that kill and prevent the fungus from forming again. These oils do not have any side effects and will get the job done better than oral tablets. Therefore, it is the popular choice among many people who suffer from fingernail fungus.
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