Toenail fungus is unsightly, persistent, nasty, embarrassing, and most of all aggravating! Toe fungus is a parasitic infection in the nail of the toes and fingers. Big toes and the little toes have the highest risk, because they are exposed to friction from your shoes.
Nail fungus is also known as Onychomycosis, ringworm of the nail. Nail fungus infections involves a group of fungi called Trichophyton rubrum and trishophyton mentagrophyted. They thrive on keratin, the protein in your nail.
Nail fungus is a relatively common problem. Though many people are unaware of the condition, it is estimated that 12 million Americans have this disorder. Men are twice as likely as women to have a nail fungus, and incidence appears to increase with age. Those with diabetes or HIV are also at greater risk, as are those who tend to perspire a lot from their feet and or have a history of athlete’s foot. Other factors that add to the risk include poor circulation and hot, humid weather.
Your doctor will attempt to remove as much of the affected toe nail fungus as possible. He may trim the nail with clippers, file it down, or he may dissolve it with Bifonazole and Urea paste. If you are fortunate and the infected toenail area is fairly small, he may prescribe a medicated nail polish containing Ciclopirox (Loprox). This fungus remedy is great for people who are unable to take anti fungal drugs.
Toenail Fungus usually involves more than one nail, so your doctor may prescribe an antifungal drug that is taken orally for several months. The reason for this is that your nails grow in slowly.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Once the nail is infected there may be a good deal of pain. stage two is the nail separates, which leaves you with a nasty, smelly destroyed yellow toenail. Next your toenail will fall off. When the old toenail falls off a new toenail will grow back, but the new toenail will grow back with the fungus. Without Toenail Fungus Treatment, nail fungus will persist.
Chamomile, echinacea, and goldenseal have antiseptic properties. Echinacea boosts the immune system, plus helps to fight off infections. Look for topical creams for toenail fungus treatment containing these natural herbs and follow the directions.