What is a fungal Nail?

A fungal nail is a fungal infection of one or more nails of the feet and / or hands. It is also called “fungal nails”. It is a disfiguring condition, which is sometimes a bit painful but can actually live with. The medical term for a fungal nail is “onychomycosis”. Although the nail nail problem only really took on great forms when humanity switched to wearing footwear, fungal nails are a problem of all times and of all peoples. To this day, however, few people know that these fungal nails are almost always the result of a fungal infection. “Nails” are often fungal nails. In the US, an estimated 2 to 13% of the population suffer from fungal nail. Men and women are at about the same risk of getting fungal nails. The chance of an infection increases as you get older. It is still relatively rare in children, but 15-20% of people between the ages of 40 and 60 suffer from a fungal infection of the nail. Often the toenails are the bobbin, but fungi also know the nails of the hands to find.

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How does a fungal nail develop?

Someone with healthy skin and healthy nails usually has a good defense against fungi. Fungal infections occur mainly in poorly growing nails, in moist nails and in damaged nails. Under these conditions, the “spores” of fungi take their chance to spread further. The spores of fungi are found everywhere in our environment and we can easily get in contact with them. Especially communal showers of changing rooms, swimming pools, sports halls and saunas are notorious. When you walk around there barefoot, you almost inevitably come into contact with fungal spores. If you then do not dry your feet sufficiently, slip into plastic socks and pinching shoes, and also sweat excessively, the germ is laid for a fungal infection. Then you yourself are a source for new infections.

What does fungal nail look like?

If one nail turns white or yellow, it is usually an alarm signal. A mold may therefore probably be active. If the infection gets worse and penetrates deeper into the nail, the color changes to yellow-brown. The nail is thickened, bumpy and friable and sometimes partially or completely loosens. A fungal infection can occur both on the nails of the feet and of the hands. The condition on the feet, however, almost always starts with the big toe. If no treatment takes place, the fungus will continue on an adventure and the other toenails will also become yellow and affected. Often there is at the same time “swimmer’s eczema”: another term that actually suggests the wrong. There is also a fungus in swimmer’s eczema,

How is fungal nail detected?

Usually the abnormalities of a fungal nail are so characteristic that the diagnosis can be suspected on the naked eye. These deviations are sometimes misleading for the diagnosis. The nail abnormalities can also fit within the framework of various chronic non-contagious skin diseases, such as psoriasis, lichen ruber planus or an eczema. The “crown” on the diagnosis “fungal nail” is the detection of the fungus via a culture. To do this, your doctor cuts a small amount of nail material and then sends it to the laboratory. The result of a nail culture is only known after a few weeks.¬†At least 2 weeks before a nail culture is used, it is important to stop using all internal and external anti-fungal agents. If you do not do this there is an increased chance that the culture will produce a false negative result.

How men can take care of their skin

The men’s skin is slightly different than the women’s skin. But do you also need a different kind of skin care?

In the past five years, European men have spent as much as 45 percent more money on skincare. This is shown by research by the British research agency Mintel, carried out among 50,000 consumers in the five largest European countries. This research shows that men want to look young and attractive and are prepared to treat the men’s skin, which increases the demand for skin care products.

If you have to believe the commercials, men and women each need their own skincare line. Just for men is the slogan of many male creams and lotions. It is apparently no longer enough to occasionally borrow a lick of cream from your girlfriend. But does the male skin differ so much from that of the woman, that it needs a separate care line?

Skin clearance

After your 30th, the skin begins to age visibly. At micro level, the metabolic process slows down in the cells. Less new skin cells are added, so that the skin becomes thinner. Due to loss of collagen, elastin and adipose tissue, the skin becomes softer and less resilient. In short, the skin becomes thinner, weaker, drier, less elastic and less resilient.

Fatter and thicker

In men, this aging process is slower, because testosterone increases sebum production and thus ensures a smoother skin. A men’s skin is about 20% thicker, fatter and a lot more acidic than that of the woman. The fact that the aging process in men is biologically slower does not mean that the skin is less susceptible to sun , a lot of smoking and alcohol. In men, these are just as baddies for the skin as for women. The UVA rays of the sun simply pass through the outer skin layer to the dermis. There they destroy the collagen that ensures firmness. The sun also damages the elastic fibers that guarantee the elasticity of your skin. This will cause wrinkles and subsidence in the skin.

Skin care

Even though the men’s skin is thicker than that of the woman, most skincare products are almost the same for both sexes. Apart from the packaging and the fragrance that is added to the products. Yet differences can be found here and there. Male wash gels contain scrub components more often. These are fine granules that change the pores and remove dead skin cells from the epidermis. In men the skin pores are coarser, so they are more likely to store fat and dirt in their pores. If grease and grime are not removed, it can cause impurities such as pimples or blackheads .


Opinions are divided about the effect of creams on male skin. Because the men’s skin is generally pretty greasy, greasy face creams would have a minimal effect. Wrinkle creams do not have a lasting effect anyway. But they can limit certain damage to the skin. Certain substances can chemically work against aging, but that does not mean that they also do so as part of a cream. It depends on the concentration and whether the substance does arrive at the place where he has to do his work, namely the subcutaneous skin. If you want to have a cream effect, then the ingredients must go further than the horny layer, because it only consists of dead skin cells.

What does help

Dehydration of the skin can be prevented by applying a moisturizer after showering. Damage to the skin due to exposure to the sun can only be partially repaired. The skin will never be the way it was anyway. That does not mean, however, that skin creams are useless for men. The motto for the facial skin is: better prevent than cure. Therefore, use a nurturing day cream with at least one Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 added. If you spend the day outside in the sun , use an anti-sun cream with at least SPF 30. If you have oily skin, it is wise to choose oil-free anti-sun creams.

Tips for a beautiful male skin:

Do not be stubborn and go smear with anti-sunburn
Drink water for a good metabolism
Go running
Healthy eating (important vitamins for the skin are A, B2, B5, B8, C and D )
Quit smoking
Wash your face after grinding and coat it with cream
Limit your alcohol consumption.