Toenail Fungus, or specifically Onychomycosis is feared, little understood, and as anyone knows who has it, very difficult to get rid of.
In these two articles you will find all you need to know about Onychomycosis, or fungus of the toenails (and fingernails)
Popular Misconceptions about Onychomycosis
Many times we may think we have Onychomycosis, and it is nothing of the kind. Here are some nail conditions that are mistaken for Onychomycosis.
o Your nails have become yellow or dead white color.
This condition is called onycholysis, and its means your nail has become separated from the skin. This is not fungus but just air and light getting in.
o Your nails have become green.
This is caused by a bacteria called pseudomonas. The bacteria have made a home under your nails. This happens when a nail has become separated from the skin.
o Your nails are full of ridges and lines.
This is not fungus but a condition caused by diet and a variety of circulation problems.
o Your nails are black or red.
This is caused by a local blood clot called hematoma. It was caused by some accident.
o The skin around your nail(s) is swollen and irritated. This is a condition called paronychia. This is a semi-fungus infection, but specifically by yeast. The yeast has infected your cuticle. This is cured by topical creams.
o Your nails appear pitted. This is usually a condition when you have psoriasis. This may also be caused by other skin ailments as well, but is not a fugal infection.
What Then is Onychomycosis?
The most common fungus infection of the nails is caused by a fungi called Trichophyton rubrum.
Trichophyton rubrum will attack not only Fungus Clear the nail, but the skin around the nail, and is recognized by the following symptoms:
1. There is always something called a “moccasin” effect. Toenails with fungus infection usually have as a side-effect some scaling around the foot (looking like a bootie) or moccasin. Caution, this is NOT dry skin as most people believe. This is clear cut sign of toenail and foot fungus.
2. The nails of your hand are very seldom infection unless your feet are first, and both feet, and not just one foot.
3. After both your feet are infected, expect one hand to be infected first. This phenomenon is not clearly understood.
How Onychomycosis Infects
The popular belief that Onychomycosis is caught from locker room floors, public showers and public swimming pools is not exactly correct, as the same fungi are present almost everywhere.