Early Nail Fungus Symptoms are hard to discover.
Generally the fungus has already taken hold and hidden itself away below your nail before you even notice you have any nail fungus symptoms at all.
Unfortunately once you have nail fungus you need to do something about, and the sooner the better.
Early Visible Symptoms
One of the only early visible nail fungus symptoms is a slight change is the appearance of the fingernail or toe nail.
You may notice slight discoloration of a yellowish or brownish tinge, or typically a white patch. The colour change is caused from the fungus byproduct as it grows.
Nail fungus symptoms often begin at the end of the nail where the nail grows out and separates from the nail bed.
How Does Fungus Get In?
Usually the fungi spores gain access under the nail from some kind of trauma to the nail such as a tear or lifted nail. The fungus slowly grows and multiplys spreading slowly through the layers under the nail towards the cuticle. Often it looks like the infection started at the cuticle when the nail thickens, however you have already had the fungus for some time.
If you paint your nails, or wear fake acrylic fingernails, the fungus will probably take hold long before you notice any symptoms at all.
Advanced Nail Fungus Symptoms
More advanced nail fungus symptoms occur when the nail thickens and starts to look deformed. The nail typically is thickened, discoloured and crumbly, having a white, yellow, brown, or even a black colour. Infections tend to spread to other nails by infecting the surrounding skin.
There are at least four types of common nail fungus having similar symptoms but have different appearances. If you have any symptoms in these pictures unfortunately you have a high chance of having nail fungus symptoms.
What Causes a Thicken Flaky Nail?
Your toenails and fingernails are made up of dead cells that are piled and stacked in tight layers similar to a pile of leaves under a tree. As more new nail forms at the root it pushes already developed nail out onto the nail bed.
As fungus begins to grow in these layers of dead cells, feeding on a protein called keratin, the layers begin to separate and the nail thickens. Thus a thickened flaky nail is one of the nail fungus symptoms.
Why Do My Toes Itch?
As well as our fingernails and toenails containing the protein keratin, hair and skin cells also contains keratin. This is why fungus infections can spread to the surrounding skin, and spread to other people.
This is why other symptoms of nail fungus are flaking, scaling skin, dryness, and even redness and inflammations around the toes and fingers.
Fungus Symptom Where You Have Swollen Painful Nails
If you suspect you have a nail fungus symptom where you have swollen painful nails, fingers or toes, or notice white pus, it is best to see your doctor as soon as possible.
More than likely you will have a nail infection caused by a yeast infection. This type of infection can be very painful and is treated by another method.
A bacterial growth under the nail can make the nail look deformed, black or green and look like onychomycosis.
Therefore it is best to have a doctor diagnose exactly what type fungus you may have before you begin treatment.
If You Suspect You Have a Nail Fungus Symptom
Unfortunately nail fungus symptoms are often overlooked. Apart from the only symptom of a slight change in colour the infection usually takes hold deep within the nail.
Most often it is not until the nail begins to thicken that people seek a diagnosis of nail fungus from your doctor.
Quite often a natural approach to help cure the fungus is a product called Zeta Clear.
Even when the nail has thickened the nail can be filed to remove much of the infection and Zeta Clear is still a very effective weapon.
There are many treatments available so you need to find one that suits you and your lifestyle.