To dispel doubts about the presence or absence of a fungus, offer to find out what it looks like nail fungus at different stages. This photo nail fungus began to hit the edge of the nail bed. Look: the lateral edge of the nail and the free edge acquired a yellowish color, and she became an opaque plate (the base of the nail is not X-rayed). Sometime between the nail plate and bed looked through the gap where the "live" pathogens, fungi and other microbes. Doctors call this defeat distal-lateral form of nail fungus.
In the next picture the initial stage of nail fungus of the same shape, but with subungual hyperkeratosis. Hyperkeratosis - a phenomenon when nail fungus responds to enhanced keratinization of the nail bed. The deeper the fungus penetrates the nail plate, the nail becomes thicker. The final stage of the distal-lateral form - the defeat of the entire nail involvement of the matrix (the place where the nail begins to grow), nail dystrophy.