Nail Bed Infection

Often a nail bed infection can continue to grow and spread, unabated and unnoticed by you until you have pain or other symptoms that you can no longer ignore. You may not notice that you have a nail bed infection until it is well advanced and has taken hold deep within the nail bed.

There are plenty of options to treat a nail bed infection. The most important thing is that you begin treatment as soon as you notice that you have a nail bed infection. It might take you some time to see that there is an infection to treat, and by this time, it is probably well established.

Topical treatments can be effective for infections that are around the edges of the nail bed, and these are a lacquer type of substance that is spread on top of the nail. If you have a serious nail bed infection, though, these treatments may not get to the deep root of the problem because the nail may be very thick at this point, making absorption of the treatment slow and ineffective. This kind of treatment is usually used for mild or moderate infections.

This is the main reason why people turn to oral medications or treatments. Oral treatments work from the inside out and can be very effective in attacking the fungus and terminating the spread of the fungus.

Once you have treated your infection effectively, you will want to prevent further infections and the re-occurrence of fungus growth. There are many ways that you can be proactive in prevention and these include:
1. Wearing cotton socks that are dry and if your socks become wet, changing them often.

2. Using shower sandals in public pools, gyms or showers and ensuring they are dry between uses.

3. Not sharing tools that you use on your feet, such as clippers or files.

4. Quitting smoking.

5. Washing and drying your feet and applying powder to them after they have dried.

6. Taking care not to cut your nails too short and avoiding injury to your nails.

Most people do know when they have a nail bed infection, but it is not always obvious at first glance. This is why it becomes important to take a good look at your feet after showering and to take the time to inspect your toes, looking for any signs or indications that there might be an infection.

Toe Nail Problems

Often people who have toe nail problems are slow to treat them because they are used to the pain and symptoms and have learned to live with them. The main issue with toe nail problems is that they are slow to develop and before you know it, you can have a very serious infection that can spread to each and every toe and even to your other foot.

The main and determining factor of the severity of an infection is early detection. This means regularly inspecting your toes to keep an eye on toe nail problems. Caring for your feet is essential and taking the time to properly trim nails is of the utmost importance. Nails should never be cut at sharp angles or torn off. They need to be carefully trimmed, straight across. In addition, you should keep your eye on the coloration of your nails. If you notice that they are a strange color, including yellow, brown, white or black, this can be an indication of an infection.

Once toe nail problems develop, they can be difficult to treat. Topical ointments may prove effective because they can be absorbed through the nail and into the nail bed. The reason they are so effective is because the nail may be thickened due to the infection. There are also oral medications that can be very effective, but the ones prescribed by a doctor can have some very serious side effects, and require close monitoring by your medical professional.

Toe nail problems, such as serious infections can be difficult to get rid of, and require a longer course of treatment, sometimes up to three months, to ensure that the fungus is completely eradicated. Even after treatment, it is important to keep a watchful eye on your toes for reinfection.

It is common for older people (over 60) to be very susceptible to toe nail problems. Also, if you smoke or have diabetes, you will be prone to infections, more so than people without underlying conditions. Often, toe nail problems are an indication of underlying diseases that may be undiagnosed. This is a very good reason to seek professional help for a proper diagnosis if you are unsure about what you are suffering from. This may mean that your doctor will take a sample of your nail and test it for various tests. Toe nail problems should never be left untreated, they will only worsen and become painful.

Symptoms Of Ringworm

Do you know what the symptoms of ringworm are? Ringworm is a type of skin infection which is caused by a fungus that can affect many areas of the body. Some of the areas that can be affected are the groin jock itch (tinea cruris), body (tinea corporis), head or scalp (tinea capitis) or your feet (tinea pedis) which is commonly known as athlete s foot, hands (tinea manus).

There are many symptoms of ringworm, including:

*Patches of skin that are red and itchy. These areas may be raised, they may ooze and they may have edges with very distinctive definition. They have the appearance of a ring and the skin coloration is noticeably different from the surrounding skin.

*If you have an infection on your scalp, you may notice bald patches.

*If your nails are infected, they can thicken, become powdery, crumbly or discolored.

*Scaly, crusted, itchy rash.

The main term for ringworm is tinea and the second part of the definition is largely dependent on the location on the body where the infection is located. The main cause of ringworm is a skin fungi variety referred to as dermatophytes. Some of these varieties of fungi live on the skin, while others can be picked up from countless sources, and it may be difficult to identify exactly where the infection originated.

When you notice symptoms of ringworm, it is already at the point where you require treatment. Once you have had a diagnosis, you can seek treatment. Prevention is the best option, and the best way to prevent infection is to keep your body areas dry and clean. Common beliefs are that men should avoid tight fitting underwear and women should avoid pantyhose, but these are not completely proven.

If you have symptoms of ringworm, your doctor may take a skin scraping for analysis. They will simply take a sample of your skin and then examine it under a microscope to determine if you have an infection. Once an infection has been diagnosed, then treatment can begin to eradicate the fungi. Some types of fungus do not respond to topical treatments, including scalp fungi and nail fungi. In cases such as this, oral medications are often used to treat the infection.

The symptoms of ringworm can be quite mild, or they can become much more severe, but the main thing is to identify that you have such an infection and then to seek treatment to prevent the spread of the infection.

Infected Ingrown Toenail

Having an ingrown toenail is an annoyance that some people can live with, but having an infected ingrown toenail is a serious issue. Prevention is generally the best way to deal with this kind of infection and this means wearing proper shoes to protect your feet or sandals in gyms and public swimming pool, for example.

It is important to take good care of your feet, keep them clean and dry and to wear socks and shoes that do not cause your feet to sweat profusely. Wearing nail polish can seal the fungus in, allowing it to grow and spread under the nail and then to move to other toes.

It is important to identify that you have an infected ingrown toenail, firstly, and secondly, to treat it as soon as possible. If your infected ingrown toenail is left untreated, it will continue to worsen and become much more painful and unbearable. Often, trimming and filing the nail can help to reduce the affected area s infection, and then it is important to follow up with some sort of treatment.

Treatments for infected ingrown toenail symptoms are often lengthy, because it takes a great deal of time to get rid of this kind of fungus. It is important to find a treatment that is not only effective, but eradicates the infection, because if this infection is left untreated, it can cause damage that is permanent to your nail bed and your toe nail.

Make no mistake, though, leaving an infection like this untreated will not make it go away, it will only worsen and become more painful and infected. Sometimes people are not sure if they actually have an infection, but these are symptoms to help you identify an infection:

*The surface of the nail has spots or streaks that are usually white.
*The nail softens and can become powdery or crumbly.
*The nail can become thick, discolored and broken.
*Debris builds up around the nail and under the nail in the nail bed.

Although an infection can take a very long time to develop because of the rate of growth of the fungus, the rate of growth can vary on a number of factors, including your health, overall, the climate you live in, and the area of the infection. Toenails tend to be more likely to be susceptible to an infected ingrown toenail because of their slow rate of growth.