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Nail Ringworm

One of the most common nail disorders that can happen to humans is nail ring worm infections. Nail ringworm, otherwise known as onychomycosis, is a kind of skin infection in which the skin under and around the nail are infected with fungi.

Despite its name, nail ringworm is not actually caused by the ringworm organism. It is rather caused by fungi which results in a brown or reddish patch of bumpy skin that forms a ring as the color changes from darker around the edges to lighter at the center of the diameter of the bump.

There are a few signs that tell when a ringworm infection has set in on the nails. Usually, the symptoms are felt on the skin around the nail or under it. There can be pain and swelling of the skin with heat and visible redness. The skin will also be warm to the touch and red streaks may extend from the area of infection. There may also be discharge of pus and whitish, greenish or yellowish discoloration under the nails. In sever cases, the person with a nail ringworm infection can experience fever and have swollen lymph nodes in the groin, the armpit or the elbow.

Nail ringworm infections are common among those who are constantly putting their hands in water. It can also be caused by any injury to the fingernails of the hand. Nail biting is another common cause of ringworm infection. Often times, when the nail is lifted of from the skin underneath it and the gap can be exposed to dirt and moisture which can be excellent breading grounds for fungi.

Nail ringworm infections can also be caused by a skin infection in the immediate area around the nails. It can also be caused by serious infections such as skin cellulitis, bone osteomyelitis and septic arthritis of the joins. In a few cases, nail ringworm appears as a result of a sepsis of the entire body.

Viral infections such as herpes simplex and bacterial infections such as staphylococcal whitlow can also cause serious skin infections in the tips of the fingers which can destroy a substantial amount of skin tissue in the area and affect the whole of the body as well.

There are several remedies for a nail ringworm skin infection. Most remedies involve antifungal medicines such as itraconazole and terbinafine. There are also other natural alternatives such as applications with tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract and white vinegar.