If you have asked yourself, “How do I get rid of nail fungus?” then you have taken the first step to getting the cure. Medications are the next and but not final step. Nail fungus also known as as onychomycosis, is a microscopic organism that does not require sunlight to live. Nail fungi infections are normally from a group called dermatophytes. In some cases, however, the infection can also be caused by a yeast or mold. It is estimated that over 10 million people in the USA and 2 million individuals in Canada have it.
Toe Nail Fungus Causes
A yellow or white spot may be observed at the tip of the finder or toe nail at the onset of infection. Warm moist environments promote the fungus. This by and large causes toe nails to be affected more then finger nails. Artificial nails can encourage infection by giving it a dark and unvented environment to thrive in. Pedicurists and Manicurists with poorly sanitized instruments can help it to spread. The infection tends to spread to other nails once it is contracted. Care needs to be taken that it doesn’t spread to fingernails when washing feet.
How do I know if I have it? (Symptoms)
If you have the fungi then you will know. Your nail will be flakey, thick, yellow or greenish in color and deformed. If deformed, the nail could also be raised from the nail bed (onycholysis) and the nail may rub against the inside of the shoe. If the nail raises and starts rubbing inside the shoe it can cause pain. White dry material may accumulate between the nail and the nailbed.
How to prevent Nail Fungus
*Wear open shoes or sandals.
*Sweaty socks should be changed immediately.
*Wearing natural fiber socks like cotton will help the feet breath and thus prevent sweating. You might want to use synthetic if you find you feet getting to wet in cotton socks. Synthetic blends may help wick the moisture away.
*Public lavatory floors spread the fungus so you should wear shoes at all times in them.
*Wear flipflops when taking a shower in a public stall.
*File and trim nails short and straight. Keep them dry and clean.
*Avoid faux nails and nail polish.
If you have diabeties or a weak immune system then you are more succeptable to nail fungus and should make sure you take preventive measures like using antifungal ointment.
Treatments for Nail Fungus
There are many cures but they all take a while to work. Medical experts suggest treatment with pills is most affective. Pills get absorbed by the body and kill the fungus BENEATH the nail from where it started. Pills also have the benefit of treating any other nails where it could have already been spread. Topical creams are used in concert with the pills to increase it effectiveness and decrease healing time. Powders and creams can help stop a repeat of the infection. Pills are usually taken for a few months to suppress the nail fungus until the healthy nail grows out.