Nail Fungus! What Is It Exactly?
What is toenail fungus and fingernail fungus?
Onychomycosis is the medical word that almost all Americans call toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is a living thing that feeds off the keratin that is found in your fingernails and toenails. It is generally brown or yellow in color. Your nails are made to be difficult to penetrate naturally so diseases, fungus and other infections can not enter your body through your toes and fingers. This is fine in the majority of cases, but somewhat works against you in the case of nail fungus. While the nail holds things out, it also holds things in once they penetrate. This is the case with toenail fungus. It is tough to eliminate after it penetrates the natural barrier of your nail.
How common is nail fungus?
Close to 10% of the population of the world is infected with nail fungus.
What are the symptoms?
Toenail fungus is easy to detect because the signs are obvious to even the untrained eye. The appearance of the nails is a give-away. Discoloration, generally yellow or brown and sometimes green, is a common indication of toenail fungus. The nail may appear thick and be flaky. It will appear as if something is building up under the nail. There is probably going to be smell associated with toenail fungus as well. Usually, there is no pain present with nail fungus but in some instances, it can get painful to wear shoes and it might even be difficult to walk. It depends upon the severity of the infection and how it is being treated. fungalor preț
How do I treat toenail fungus?
There are a number of treatment options if you have nail fungus. If you see a Dr., he/she is probably going to prescribe a medication where you will need a prescription. The highly severe cases of nail fungus almost always require a prescription medication. Drugs taken internally are capable of treating nail fungus from inside your body because they are circulated throughout your body. Over the counter treatments generally are topical. Topical oils and creams are not near as effective because of the barrier of your nail protecting the nail bed. The creams and oils are acidic and create a hostile environment for the fungus that kills it. Home remedies include acid based substances and soaking your nails in vinegar. The majority of home remedies do not work well. You certainly should not be soaking your fingernails in any substance that is harmful to you. Remember, chemicals penetrate the skin when you soak your feet and you could receive harmful doses of a chemical if you attempt a radical home remedy.