• December 15, 2022

Fungus on the nails what it comes from

Fungus on the nails, what it comes from

The fungus on nails is the infection of one or more nails due to the presence of particular fungi: it manifests as a small white or yellow (or brown or green) spot affecting a small part of the nail’nail. Consider a visit to a specialist and a curative pedicure.

If mycosis is not treated

If the mycosis is left untreated, the fungus tends to spread and involve a larger and larger part of the nail, which as a result will tend to become thicker, crumble and then fall off, generating pain and discomfort.

Fungus usually occurs on the toenails because the warm and humid environment of shoes is the best condition for fungi to grow and spread, or it is mostly affected by sportsmen or those who frequent gyms, gym locker rooms and swimming pools.

In addition, toenails are often damaged by external trauma or by wearing tight shoes.

Fungal infections of the nails are generally caused by several fungi, including Candida albicans, Trichophyton and Epidermophyton.

Molds and yeasts (such as l’Aspergillus) can cause the phenomenon.

One notices the presence of fungi by certain symptoms such as:

  • increased brittleness of the affected’nail
  • nail deformation
  • spots and opaque lamina with different colors inside
  • inflammation of the tissues near the nail
  • elevations and detachments from the bed equal with consequent pain and emission of bad odor

To prevent the formation of fungi, some tips are to take care of the hygiene of hands and feet (and the latter keep them as dry and clean as possible, avoiding very hot and humid places), and make frequent foot baths also using essential oils or baking soda, vinegar and lemon.

Useful is to also keep nails short, dry and clean and wear socks that allow feet to breathe, and change them often, especially if feet tend to sweat excessively.

Remember not to cut the skin around the nails (as this makes it easier for germs to enter).