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There are a few things you can count on: taxes, death, and mycotic (fungal) nails. You might be lucky and avoid 2 of these.
More than half of people over 50 years old have mycotic nails. It goes up every decade with 60 percent of 60-year-olds and 70 percent of 70-year-olds having these thick and ugly nails. Just throw in the towel if you make it to 100.
Don’t be fooled, though. This is not a problem only reserved only for the aged. It does not discriminate, and the longer you have it, the harder it is to attack. Early intervention can make a profound difference when it comes to treatment.
On average, people wait 3-5 years after they notice changes in their nail before they see a doctor. After months…
the fungus will own the nail.
A thick nail can be painful, but it can also be an embarrassment. If you want to wear sandals, go to the beach, or spend time with at your friend’s pool, it can also be a quality of life issue. It only contributes to the problem if you hide the unsightly nails under socks, shoes, and nail polish.
Recognizing a Fungal Nail Infection (Onychomycosis)
There are three stages of fungal nail infection. Let’s work backwards.
The thickness of the nail can be profound, 4-20 times thicker that a normal nail. The entire nail will be so dark that you cannot see the pink nail bed. Loose debris will build up under the nail. The nail will loosen from the nail bed and can periodically fall off.
Sorry for being a Debbie Downer, but the nail will grow back in the same way or even thicker.
The change in the shape of the nail can be dramatic. The term “gryphotic“ nail means “rams horn” and the nail will grow in an upward twisting pattern to resemble its name. The nail can also take a 90-degree turn from the toe.
Affected nails will have 30-100 percent of their surface area discolored and will be 2-4 times thicker than a fingernail. An extra strong nail clipper will be required to cut these nails. Separation of the nail and bed can be up to 25 percent. If a single nail has noticeable changes, you will probably see slight changes in other nails.
Less than 20 percent of the nail will show discoloration. It will be somewhat yellow, brown, or gray (the color of smoker’s nails). If a yeast infection is in the nail, there will be white patches or streaks. This may also show up at the end or sides of the nail. The nail will have normal thickness.