Nail fungus can be embarrassing. This is because your nail becomes yellow, crusty, and thick and you don’t want to expose your toenails. Nail fungus infection is never a cosmetic issue. Toenail fungus which is medically known as onychomycosis not only changes the appearance but the general health of your nails. This nail condition may lead to more infections in other body parts.
Defining a Nail Fungus Infection
Your nails are made of two kinds of keratin. Keratin is the protein that the human body produces naturally. Fungi that naturally cause a nail fungal infection most often belong to the group known as dermatophytes. These fungi feed on keratin for them to grow and multiply. Fungi thrive well in a warm and moist environment like what is inside your shoes, in locker rooms, pools, saunas, and public showers. It is easy to get infected because a nail fungal infection is highly contagious.
Some of its symptoms include the following: crumbly nails, brittle nails, darker or discolored nails, distorted or misshapen nails, thickened nails, and smelly nails. This can infect one or more nails. It can also affect the fingernails although it is more prevalent on the toenails. People who suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, psoriasis, blood circulation problems, and a weakened immune system are more susceptible to a nail fungal infection.
Treating a Nail Fungal Infection
Nail fungal infections are quite difficult to treat. Early treatment is important to prevent the infection from spreading. The symptoms need to be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes a nail sample has to be sent to a lab to determine the exact cause. A nail fungus treatment will be prescribed by the doctor based on the cause and severity of the infection. More often this consists of an oral antifungal. An alternative would be a topical medication.
3All about Uziza
Uziza is a common vegetable that is native to West and Central Africa. It is also grown partly commercially in Nigeria, where it is a popular soup flavoring. Piper Guineense is the botanical name of Uziza. It is also known by multiple names such as Ashanti pepper, West African black pepper, Iyere, Benin pepper, Sorowisa, false cubeb, and Guinea cubeb.
The uziza is a relative of the black pepper we use for some of the most popular cuisines. It has a more herbaceous taste compared to black pepper. This African plant has seeds and fruits to use as spices and leaves that are beneficial to health. The health benefits of uziza leaves are the same as the health benefits of black pepper.
The uziza leaves are naturally pale green when fresh. They become dark when dried and as the leaves become older.