Toe Nail Fungus
Toe Nail Fungus is also know as Onchyomycosis.
Toe Nail Fungus affects 2 percent to 18 percent of all people worldwide and 3 percent to 5 percent of people in the United States. Although it is relatively rare in children the incidence increases with age affecting about half of Americans by the age of 70.
It is rarely seen in children. The fungus grows in the nail bed and feeds on keratin, the protein them makes up the hard surface of the nail, then spreads to the warm and moist environment inside the patient's shoes and socks.
Due to its chronic condition that gradually progresses involving more of the nail every day, the toe nail fungus rarely heals on its own and it is difficult to treat and eradicate because toenails grow more slowly.
A fungal infection in nail is one of the most difficult nail conditions to cure. We should keep cutting the nail back and clean the dead tissue thoroughly. There may be little nail left. When the new nail grows, let it grow. We should continue the treatment until the nail is completely regrown. Symptoms of toe nail fungus include a peculiar color from brown or yellow to white, thickening, swelling or crumbling of the nail, streaks, spots and even complete loss of the nail. This fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as shower stalls, swimming pools or public gyms. It is contagious and also can be spread from one toe to another or other parts of the body including the fingernails.
Causes of toe nail fungus
Onychomycosis is caused by a fungus. Toenail fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools, and can be passed among family members.Often a person has had athlete's foot for a long time prior to the development of onychomycosis. Sometimes trauma or damage to a nail predisposes to the development of onychomycosis.
Treatment and remedy of toe nail fungus
Medications for onychomycosis fall into two categories; topical and oral. There are any number of effective topical medications available over the counter. Topical medications are most helpful in treating early, small infections and for maintaining clear nails. Since, toenails grow so slowly the complete process will take a year or more. Lactobacilli taken internally is a beneficial bacteria needed to inhibit bacteria needed to inhibit bad bacteria and fungus. The lack of sufficient friendly bacteria in the body can result in the growth of fungus under the around nails. The appearance of the nails can be improved by brushing with undercylenic acid. In severe cases it might be necessary to remove the infected nails surgically, just remember that prevention is better than the cure.