What by weight and size is the largest organism in the world? If you guessed Blue Whale then you are close but still off. The largest organism in the world is a honey fungus, living in Blue Mountains of Oregon. Stretching for miles underground and weighing more the any other creature, this particular fungus sets a number of records. However, the honey fungus is not the only fungus setting records.
Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus is among one of the most wide spread detrimental fungi that millions of Americans have to deal with annually. Turning a regular day into a chore and presenting a worrying range of symptoms, nail fungus needs to be treated when it is discovered.
The problem, however, is that many people don’t realize they have onychomycosis or will try to ignore it instead of seeking help. With that in mind, lets take a moment to learn more about nail fungus. In particular, we will look at what fungus and nail fungus is, where it will appear in the nail, signs that you can look out for when determining whether or not you have nail fungus, and a list of types of nail fungus that you can watch out for. While fungus in general plays an important role in our ecosystem and can be impressive, it is best to take action and learn how to remove it if you become infected.
3What Are Some Signs That I May Have Nail Fungus?
If you are like me, then what you really want to know is whether or not you may have some signs of toenail fungus. Truth be told, it can be surprisingly challenging to figure out what the cause of nail discoloration is, as several different things can result in similar nail problems. Some of the potential causes of discolored nails include onycholysis, pitted nails, paronychia, hematoma, and pseudomonas bacteria. Abnormal nails can result from many things, and you may need to see a podiatrist to be certain. At the very least, check online images of these conditions to see how closely your case reflects what these conditions look like. Also do an image search for onychomycosis to see how your nails compare.
One of the biggest characteristics of onychomycosis is that it will gradually become worse over time. It will begin as a relatively minor discoloration and slowly change over months or years. The quality and color of the toenail may slowly get worse over time. In addition, you may begin experiencing pain whenever pressure is applied to the toenail. Without some kind of assistance, these conditions will worsen with time.
Better toenail hygiene can go a long way to suppress and even turn back the effects of nail fungus. You can file off any white markers or areas that have particular discoloration. You can also work to keep your feet dry and away from moist environments. There is also over-the-counter remedies that can be used to help attack the fungus directly. Anything with an antifungal agent may work. The challenge you will experience, however, is that as onychomycosis can be caused by many different fungi and the intensity of the infection can do a lot to start or stop it from being cured, you may have limited success. Ultimately, you may have to either see your podiatrist or your primary care physician for a more long lasting cure.
Your doctor may suggest you take newer oral anti-fungal pills that can work through your blood stream and fight the fungal growth. Topical treatments can also provide some relief as well as slowly fight back the fungus you have. As a final note, surgery may be your only option. If the onychomycosis is bad enough, then you will have to remove the infected nail. More often then not, surgery is only held as a last resort option when the pain of the infected nail is unbearable.