There are many types of nail disorders or nail disease.
The most common is fungal infections and it usually affects
the toe nail. With the correct treatment most nail diseases
can be treated and a new healthy nail will regrow
The ways to notice nail disease are: discoloring or
spots on the nail, if your fingers or toes become red
and swollen, if you notice pits, ridges or scars, if
lesions appear on the skin close to the nail, or if a
black or brown appears on the nails. The most common
cause of nail disease is infection, skin diseases, tumors
or malignant), and other
diseases of the body.
There are various risk factors that can cause nail disease.
If you have a family history of nail disease it is possible
that you will also have the same type of problem. If
you are exposed excessively to heat, humidity, and water
you run a risk of contracting a nail infection that could
lead to nail disease. Wearing shoes that are too tight
can not just be uncomfortable, but is also a risk factor.
If your body goes through a chemical change that also
can be the start of a bacteria change that could develop
into infections or nail disease. Diabetes is a huge risk
factor when talking about diseases of the nail. Skin
disease, over manicuring, habits that may cause you to
pick at the skin close to the nail is a risk factor for
developing nail disease. People who have Human immunodeficiency
are also at risk for developing nail disease.
If you have any of these symptoms or you do in fact
develop a nail disease there are ways to cure most these
types of infections. The infected nail can be removed.
There are medications that your doctor can prescribe,
some are taken by the mouth, and others are in cream
form that can be applied to the infected nails.
If you do develop a nail disease, remember the nail
will regrow and look normal again in most cases. Your
fingernails take 4 to 6 months to regenerate while your
toenails will take 8 to 12 months.
Preventing nail disease or soothing the symptoms comes
in different forms. Eating properly for the health and
well being of your body and nails is essential. Eat plenty
of foods such as nuts, whole grains, legumes, seeds,
fresh vegetables, sea vegetables, and cold water fish.
Stay away from refined foods, alcohol, caffeine, and
The use of massage therapy on your hands can also help
in the prevention of nail disease. When you massage your
hands it helps with transporting nutrients to the nail
bed. Washing and drying your hands when exposed to dirt,
chemicals, or any type of debris will aid in the prevention
of nail disease.