Oh no! I have a fungus on my nails!
Many changes in fingernails or toenails may cause people to think they have a fungal infection of the nails, medically known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium.
Some conditions can easily be mistaken for fungal nails, like lines and ridges, senile nails, white or yellowish nails, red or black nails, green nails, pitted nails or swelling and redness around the cuticles.
In normal, healthy people, fungal infections of the nails are most commonly caused by fungus that is caught from moist, wet areas.
Communal showers, such as those at a gym or swimming pools, are common sources. Going to nail salons that use inadequate sanitation of instruments (such as clippers, filers, and foot tubs) in addition to living with family members who have fungal nails are also risk factors.
Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails.
Keeping nails trimmed and filed can help to reduce the amount of fungus in the nails and is highly recommended. This also provides pain relief when thickened nails cause pressure-related pain.
Vinegar is a commonly recommended home remedy. Some people apply various oils such as tea tree oil, coconut oil, essential oils, and oil of cedar leaf (such as Vicks VapoRub) to their nails as well.
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