Nail Fungus Infection
What is Nail Fungus Infection?
Nail fungus infection or Onychomycosis is something you have probably seen. Have you ever noticed that some people have thick, yellow or dark toenails? Usually this is a fungus. Many people get this infection, because fungus breeds in warm and moist places, like inside your shoes when you sweat. When the fungal infection starts, it is just a white or yellow spot under the tip toenail or fingernail. But then the fungus spreads deeper, causes your nail to discolor, become thicker and develop crumbling edges. It can hurt as well as look unpleasant. In addition, the thick nail makes it hard to use medication, since the fungus is under the nail.
Although this kind of infection can be found on fingernails, it is more common in because the feet are usually confined to dark, warm, moist place inside your shoes, exactly the type of environment these kinds of fungi thrive in. Also, your feet are more likely to pick up the infection in shower room or other exposed places, so always wear sandals of some kind. If you cut your toenails too short, or get a break in the nail, infection can creep in.
Some women get this kind of fungal infection where they get their nails done in a salon. If the equipment is not clean, you can easily get the fungus passed on to you from a prior patron.
Products that Help with Nail Fungus Infections
There are just a few products which can help with this abnormality. Your doctor may prescribe a medication, or you can try a natural cure.
Zetaclear is an effective all-natural product. It is a treatment that you put on the infected nail which contains a strong natural anti-inflammatory agent that goes to the root cause of the nail fungus.
Zetaclear has both a topical and oral homeopathic combination, without the side effects of some prescription drugs.
Treatment for Nail Fungus Infections
It is not easy to self treat a nail fungus infection. Most of the people who get this kind of infection are over 40, and the older you get, the more susceptible you become. It is important to treat the problem in the early stages. Although, if you waited, still see your doctor. Although there are creams you can buy, they do not work very well. Your doctor may need to prescribe something stronger, especially if you are having pain. There are oral medications that may be helpful which allow a new nail to grow and replace the infected old nail. It will take a few months before the old nail is completely replaced. It is important to keep your feet dry so that you do not re-infect the nails. But these are strong medications and have a variety of side effects, including skin rashes and even liver damage. If you have a prior liver condition, you should tell your doctor. Do not try to treat it with bleach or other home remedies. But the natural products may be what you need.
If your infection is mild, and you have caught it early, your doctor may suggest an antifungal nail lacquer called ciclopirox or Penlac. You paint it on like nail polish on to the nails and surrounding skin. You need to follow the instructions carefully, but many people find this does help.
There are other topical medications which may help speed up the process. Although topical medications are not really a cure, they are often used with oral medications. Your doctor might file down the surface of the toenail to help the topical medication to absorb into the skin.
If the infection is really severe or very painful, your doctor may recommend removing the nail to allow new growth. This is a long process and usually done only in extreme cases. Medication will then be taken orally and put on the foot.
Prevention of Nail Fungus Infection
More is known now about prevention than ever before. And, you can do some things that will help you.
- If you ever get a manicure, insist on bringing your own tools. If you get a pedicure, also use your own tools, but make sure they wash the soaking tub with bleach.
- Allow you feet to breath. Go with sandals or barefoot whenever possible. Put talc in your socks and shoes.
- Do not wear shoes that are too tight on you.
- Keep your feet as cry as possible. Change your socks if they get wet. Do not wear the same socks and shoes that you work out in, or use for sports
- Wear sandals of some kind in locker rooms, pool areas and public showers.
When to See your Doctor for Nail Fungus Infection
See a doctor right away; do not wait for it to get worse. If you notice a tiny white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail, that should be looked at right away. But, if you have waited, and now your toe nails or fingernails are brittle, yellow and thick, it is still time to get help.
These are some reason to see a doctor right away:
- If your nail is brittle an looks like it will peel off
- If the nail is yellow or turns brown
- If you see debris under the nail
- If the nail smells bad.
- If the nail hurts or aches
- If the nail looks like it will all off or becomes separated from the skin