Toe nail fungus is unsightly, disfiguring, embarrassing and can be painful. Nail fungus is not related to poor hygiene. It’s just a fact that our nails are located in a dark, warm, moist place where fungus can thrive- our socks and shoes.
Trauma to the nail also makes the nail more likely to acquire a nail fungus.
Decreased immunity in general, such as being weakened by sickness can cause the start of nail fungus.
Public areas such as spa, locker-rooms, etc. where there are warm puddles of water where the athlete’s foot and nail fungi can live, waiting for someone to pick up the spores. Toe nail fungus thrives in warm moist dark places. The nail itself acts as a protective covering for the fungus to thrive underneath.
It isn’t aging that causes toe nail fungus although there are a high percentage of older people inflected with a nail fungus. Over a life time there are more opportunities to acquire a fungal nail infection.
For people with diabetes, circulation problems or a weakened immune system, nail fungus can present serious risks.
Fungus nails must be aggressively dealt with or they can spread to all of your toe nails. The longer the infection is allowed to go unchecked, the more difficult it is to treat, and the more complications you have from it.
This disease is commonly misunderstood and left untreated for various reasons. nail fungus, in particular, is notoriously difficult to treat.
nail fungus is usually a chronic condition that progresses to involve more of the nail and other toes. Even if you lose the affected nail, the nail that grows back is usually also still affected by the fungus.
There are some internal medications available by prescription that help fight nail fungus, but they can have severe side effects such as upset stomach, headaches and liver damages. Also mixing these drugs with other medications can be extremely dangerous.
Not to mention the cost. Some of the nail fungus prescription medications can cost well over $1000 by the time treatment is complete. Studies show that there is only 35-50% complete cure rate after 72 weeks of using these prescription medications for nail fungus.
Topical medications are helpful in treating early small infections. They just aren’t capable of penetrating the nail to reach all of the fungi, so most prove unsatisfactory in helping cure nail fungus.
Surgery is also a treatment option for nail fungus. The procedure is not difficult but the removal of the nail is permanent. When the nail grows back, it has a good chance of still having a fungus, if it grows back. This is a last resort and unnecessary.