The technical term for a nail fungus infection is Onychomycosis. Let’s break this word down: 'Onycho' means the nail, and 'mycosis' means fungus. Onychomycosis makes up half of nail disorders by most estimates and affects around 7% of adults at any one time. The tiny microscopic fungal organisms take hold in the nail and feed off keratin - the proteins in the nail. Some of … [Read more...]
Is Losing a Fingernail Painful?
What is the function of our fingernails? Most of us think that fingernails are useless. However, these portions of our skin actually come with a purpose. Fingernails are used in order to grip on things more easily. The nails are also present in order to strengthen the ends of the fingers as well as provide protection. As we all know, the tip of our fingers are always placed … [Read more...]
Why do I have Pitted Fingernails?
Nails are considered important parts of our skin. Aside from being a protective covering to the sensitive tips of the fingers, fingernails are also used for griping and scratching purposes. Unfortunately, our fingernails can also be affected by many problems. One of this is called pitted fingernails. But what are pitted fingernails? Most of us may not have heard of the medical … [Read more...]
What Causes Thick Toenails?
Toenails are the hard protective covering of the dorsal portion of the terminal phalanges of toes in humans. These parts of the skin are hard in nature in order to provide efficient defense on the sensitive portions of the tip of the toes. Unfortunately, these toenails can also be afflicted with many disorders or abnormalities. Although it is thicker than any area of the skin, … [Read more...]
What Causes White Spots on your Fingernails?
There are a lot of myths surrounding the mysterious white spot on the fingernails. There are beliefs that say that the white spots are a symbol for money. When it gets to the tip of the fingernails, it falls off the ground and becomes money. While there are theories that say that these white spots are signs of mineral deficiency in the body such as calcium or zinc. Whatever … [Read more...]