What’s Toenail Fungus Infection?
Toenail fungus is a potentially contagious infection that affects over 8% of the adults in the USA.
It’s chronic and can have significant impact in your social life, especially when it spreads over your fingernails, which is quite common, since it can lead from ugly looking nails:
yellow, green or black thick and with claw-like shapes or other forms.
There are many different types of fungus that can affect the toenail, however the most common one, affecting a large number of the population, is the Onychomycosis.
However, depending on the exact fungus affecting your toenails symptoms and progression of the infection can vary slightly.
Nail fungus starts with very modest symptoms, normally a small white spot on your nail.
After that the spot will grow and can become green, yellow or black.
You will see it spread deeper in your nail until it can affect the entire nail and the nail bed as well.
This is particularly bad, since the nail bed is the area where the new nail is produced, causing all new nail growth to be infected as well.
Common Symptoms of Toenail Fungus:
- Bad odor.
- Nail edges crumbling.
- A discoloration patch under the nail that typically is white, green or yellow by the edge of the nail.
- Scaly skin around the nail area.
- Sore, painful and sensitive nails.
- The nail shape can become distorted to a very visible extent.
- Inflammation, swelling and redness may appear under and around the nail.
- In some cases, the nail may separate from the nail bed.
Common Causes for Toenail Fungus
Many people can get Toenail Fungus by using contaminated pedicure equipment.
It’s not uncommon that pedicure shops are a point of infection when utensils are not correctly disinfected after each use.
Files, clippers, separators and other equipment can transmit the different kinds of fungus that cause Onychomycosis.
Once you are infected the nail fungus can become a chronic problem.
Since toes and connected by proximity and we tend to cut our nails without taking care if one of them is infected, normally the infection spreads easily throughout all your toenails.
That’s why it’s recommended that if not all your nails are already infected you should take care and use different clippers for infected and healthy nails, so you can avoid infection.
There are other factors that can increase your risk of toenail infection, such as compromised or week immune systems, persons who are on immune suppressant medications, such as individuals fighting cancer, auto-immune disorders, organ transplants, patients with psoriasis and other similar conditions.
Of course, if your toenail fungus is widely spread and you see it as a potential threat a visit to your physician is strongly advised.
How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus
As with many health-related problems, the best option is to treat the problem when it’s starting and the affection is still incipient.
When the fungal infection has already colonized the nail bed it can become hard to treat since the nail will be produced and become immediately infected.
Sometimes a removal of the entire nail is necessary together with treatment. If the treatment is suspended before the toenail has recovered from the infection, the treatment can be unsuccessful and the infection may recur.
When the entire nail is infected it can take up to a year to completely replace the nail.
Many treatments can be effective in killing toenail fungus, however most of them require effort and commitment from the patient, discipline to keep the treatment going trough weeks and months without stop.
This is a List of Different Methods on How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus
- Clotrimazole, Terbinafine and Triconazole are prescription drugs specific to combat Toenail fungus, they are called Systemic anti-fungal medications.
- Topical medications. Their antifungal properties together with systemic anti-fungal treatment can bring good results. The topical medication can be applied on the nail even twice a day to generate better conditions to cure infected toenails. The most typical topical drugs are: amorlofine, butenafine and ciclopirox.
- Laser treatments, by heating and killing fungus infections several laser therapies such as Pinpointe-type, Noveon-Type and Fox Diode have proven effective in treating Toenail fungus.
- When a delimited section of the nail is infected, surgical removal of such section can be effective on treating the problem.
- When patient’s health is at risk due to chronical recurrent toenail infection a surgical destruction of the nail matrix is possible. Preventing the toenail from ever reappearing.
Natural home remedies to treat toenail fungus
- Vick Vapo Rub is said to help treating nail fungus when applied every day before wearing your socks. However, a common way to treat toenail fungus at home, there’s no scientific evidence of it’s worth.
- Tea tree oil nail fungus treatment is a natural antimicrobial and should be applied to unpolished nails two times a day. However, there are no scientific studies to prove it’s efficacy.
- Snakeroot extract is proven to be effective in some test labs, it’s a suitable alternative to ketoconazole.
- Vinegar: A common way to treat toenail fungus at home is to soak your feet in a water and vinegar solution for half an hour before going to bed. This method reduces the Ph of your toenails effectively stopping fungus from growing. However, the treatment should be followed with discipline to make it effective.
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Ways of helping your body getting rid of toenail fungus:
- Push back your cuticles to avoid infection on the skin.
- Clip infected nails as much and often as possible
- Take vitamins and other supplements to boost your immune system. Giving your body better chances to kill the toenail fungus.
- Massage your feet twice a day. You will increase blood circulation around your nails, making it easier for your body to stop the toenail fungus infection.
Seek assistance from your doctor if symptoms persist.