In case you’re one of the fortunate ones who haven’t had this problem before and have no idea what this is, nail fungus causes nails to thicken and become discoloured. While infected nails are thicker than usual, they become more brittle as the infection progresses, causing some parts to break or come off completely.
This infection is caused by the same fungus that’s responsible for athlete’s foot and ringworm. People with this problem often have low self-esteem and experience psychosocial problems especially if the infected nails are visible.
Who Are at Risk?
Also known as onychomycosis, this nail fungal infection is reportedly affecting 30 percent of the senior population.
As you grow old, you become more susceptible to this infection due to diminished blood circulation and slow growing nails. Studies, however, show that nail fungus affect more men than women.
Young ones are also at risk. Perspiring heavily, for instance, or being in humid places all the time makes you susceptible to infection. You are also prone if you suffer from athlete’s foot, weakened immune system, diabetes or circulation problems. You are at risk as well if you have a nail injury. Other risk factors include going barefoot on damp public places like swimming pools and gyms.
While there are a lot of over-the-counter products to treat this fungus, doctors admit they may not be that effective since the fungus in this case lives in the nail bed. They explained that topical treatments will be unable to penetrate beyond the nail plate. Doctors say systemic medication may work better since this will target the affected nail bed by way of the bloodstream.
Just Wait a Year?!
Yes, you read that right. Doctors sadly admit that the most common way of clearing your nail bed of this fungus is by waiting for the old nails to grow out. Unfortunately, this will take around a year. For a person who is self-conscious, this seems forever already.
The Moroccan Argan Oil
The key, experts say, is by feeding your nails with treatments that will promote faster growth. One such product is Argan oil. This miracle oil from Morocco is rich in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that’s great for blood circulation. Good circulation means even distribution of nutrients all throughout the body, including nails. Sufficient nutrients mean faster nail growth. Hailed as the liquid gold, Argan oil also helps strengthen nails. This is very important for people suffering from nail fungal infections since the fungus usually makes nails brittle.