Toenail Fungal Infection Quick Reference Guide
Over the past few years, I’ve done extensive research on toenail fungal infection. A few of my family members (including myself) have been plagued by this condition for many years. I made it my mission to find out all I could about the condition and how to effectively treat it.
I’ve uncovered a multitude of facts about toenail fungal infection and have put together this article to share these facts with others who may be suffering from this unsightly “thick yellow toenail” problem.
· Toenail fungal infection (medical term – Onychomycosis) is a common problem. Over 35 million Americans suffer from this condition.
· Fungal infection of the toenail is caused by an organism known as a dermatophyte, which is a type of fungus – this type of organism also causes athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm.
· The dermatophyte lives and grows under the toenail in the nail bed.
· Symptoms of toenail fungus can include one or more of the following:
-white spots on the nail in its earliest form
-discoloration; green, brown, or yellow toenails
-brittle or crumbling toenails
-dull or rough appearance of the toenail
-separation of the toenail from the nail bed
· Dermatophytes thrive in moist, warm and dark environments – such as inside of shoes and socks.
· It is very difficult to cure this condition once the fungus finds its way under the nail.
· Wearing acrylic nails or nail polish to hide the problem just makes it worse – the toenail can’t breathe.
· Topical over-the-counter creams or liquids are usually ineffective treatments for this condition except in very mild cases.
· Oral medications are available by prescription for treating toenail fungal infection, but they are only effective in about 50% of all cases, and they can cause harmful side effects.
· In severe, long-term cases of toenail fungus the nail may have to be surgically removed or there may be permanent damage to the toenail.
· It can take from 4 to 12 months for a new toenail to grow in completely. Patience and commitment is required to get rid of toenail fungal infection.
· Even after successful treatment of this problem, recurrence of the infection is often the case. You must take active prevention measures against re-infection.
· By far, the best remedies for toenail fungus are natural remedies.
Get rid of those unsightly, embarrassing thick yellow toenails once and for all, and keep your toenails looking great!