infectednailsThe treatment of toenail fungus has previously been very difficult due to the location of the fungus both underneath and inside of the nail. As many as 10% of Americans suffer from unsightly nails that prevent them from feeling comfortable with bare feet or toes in public.

The most common form of onychomycosis is distal subungual onychomycosis usually caused by Trichophyton rubrum, a dermatophyte that invades the nail bed and underside of the nail plate.

Due to the location of the infection, topical creams are frequently ineffective for many patients and oral medications lead to health risks, liver enzyme testing, and are only effective in a small percentage of users. Many patients undertake years of ineffective treatment at great expense, all the while suffering in silence and hoping for something better to treat their yellowed, brittle, thickened toenails.

The side effects of toenail fungus include not only the appearance of the infected nails themselves, but the confidence and mental health of the patient. The desire to attend pool parties or share a hot tub with friends and family can be destroyed, and a self-consciousness when changing at the gym, getting into bed with their partner, and fear of exposure at the beach can all gnaw at the psyche of the patient and leave them constantly fearful of exposure.

What causes a fingernail fungus?

Nail fungus is more common in males than females. They are also more common in older people rather than younger. There are many traits that lead to fungal infections of the fingernails:

-Low blood circulation
-Nails that grow slowly
-Heavy sweating
-Surroundings (wet environment)
-Old injury to the skin or nail

Fingernail Fungus is mainly caused by fungi that does not need light to survive. A lot of times, yeasts and molds also cause these horrible disastrous fungus’s .

fingernail fungus –  the symptoms:

-Nail has a yellow, brownish tint
-Nails become very thick. So much so that it is are hard to trim.
-Soreness and sensitivity disturb daily activities like walking or even situating regular shoes.
-Little white or black spots all around nail
-Nails are scaly, brittle, and chipped.
-Fowl odor coming from nails.


Fingernail Fungus Treatment :

Here are a few reminders to help stop the spread of fungus.

-Make sure the nail stays dehydrated. The hardest part when ridding a fungal infection is to keep the nail away from moisture. Water just adds to the moisture of the nail and will maintain humidity in the nail bed, making it a wet breeding ground for fungi. Fungi grow in moisture. So when you’re in the bath, it may be best if you keep your hands out of water. Keeping them in a elastic shopping bag or some latex gloves, making sure that air can still get in so that the hand does not sweat (sweat is a horrible place for fungi to grow). When washing dishes, washing the laundry or any other action concerning liquid, you must keep hands out of water at all times. Protect them the same way, with a rubber glove or free fitting plastic bag.

-Take off every bit of nail polish. In Fingernail fungus treatment, the nail must stay visible to light. Fungi mostly cultivates in dim, damp spaces. So if you have color on the nails make sure you remove it all straightaway till you are completely healed.

The Procedure and Its Effects
The laser kills the nail fungus by passing through the toenail and directly targeting the fungus. The treatment itself is painless and only causes a warm feeling in the nail. Treatment times can vary. While previous treatments for nail fungus have had limited efficacy, laser treatment is safe and effective, with no side effects.

The great news is that there is no recovery time following laser treatment. Immediately following treatment, you can resume all your normal activities. For results, the nail needs time to grow out.  The number of treatments your condition requires is dependent upon the severity of your case and the number of digits affected by fungus. In eight to 10 weeks, you will start to see results in the form of a healthy nail.

Follow-Up Care
Because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment, there is a chance of recurrence of nail fungus. Good aftercare at home reduces the chance of reinfection.

To help prevent nail fungus and reduce recurrent infections, practice good hand and foot hygiene.

  • Keep your nails short, dry and clean. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas. Thoroughly dry your hands and feet, including between your toes, after bathing.
  • Wear appropriate socks. Synthetic socks that wick away moisture may keep your feet dryer than do cotton or wool socks (you can also wear synthetic socks underneath other socks). Change them often, especially if your feet sweat excessively. Take your shoes off occasionally during the day and after exercise. Alternate closed-toe shoes with open-toe shoes.
  • Use an antifungal spray or powder. Spray or sprinkle your feet and the insides of your shoes.
  • Wear rubber gloves. This protects your hands from overexposure to water. Between uses, turn the rubber gloves inside out to dry.
  • Don’t trim or pick at the skin around your nails. This may give germs access to your skin and nails.
  • Don’t go barefoot in public places. Wear shoes around public pools, showers and locker rooms.
  • Choose a reputable manicure and pedicure salon. Make sure the salon sterilizes its instruments. Better yet, bring your own.
  • Give up nail polish and artificial nails. Although it may be tempting to hide nail fungal infections under a coat of pretty pink polish, this can trap unwanted moisture and worsen the infection.
  • Wash your hands after touching an infected nail. Nail fungus can spread from nail to nail.

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