Nail Fungus Treatment and Preventionn
Learn what is toenail fungus, its cause and cures including the best home remedies
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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==== ====Nail Fungus Cause and Cureswww.nailfunguscauseandcures.com==== ====Nail fungus treatment is very important. The sooner you begin treatment the better. If leftmuntreated, nail fungus can become very painful and unsightly. Unfortunately many people ignorenail fungus until the symptoms worsen.It is estimated that three to five percent of the population suffer from nail fungus. Most often, nailfungus appears in the toenails. This is because socks and shoes keep the toenails dark, war, andmoist. This is a perfect place for the fungus to grow.Before discussing the best nail fungus treatment, we will go over what nail fungus is, and how toprevent it.What is nail fungusNail fungus (also called onychomycosis) is made up of very small organisms that can infectfingernails and toenails. These organisms are called dermatophytes. Fungi are parasitic plantorganisms, such as molds and mildew. These parasitic organisms lack chlorophyll and thereforedo not require sunlight for growth. Nail fungus is very common. More than 35 million people in theUS have it under their nails.Once the nail fungus moves in under the nail, it is difficult to reach and stop. The nail provides asafe place for the fungus and protects it while it grows. This is why basic prevention is soimportant.Nail fungus can sometimes spread from one person to another. These organisms can live wherethe air is often moist and peoples feet are bare. Common places that fungus can spread include:shower stalls, bathrooms, or locker rooms. It can also be passed along when you share a nail fileor clippers with someone who has a nail fungus infection. Nail fungus may also spread from one ofyour nails to others.What causes nail fungusThe fungal organisms that cause nail infections are present almost everywhere. Once they getunder the nail bed they can be difficult to cure. Anything that damages a nail can make it easier forthe fungus to move in. Examples include an injury to the nail such as getting a finger stuck in adoor, or tight shoes that pinch the toes.A weakened immune system can also make it easier for a fungal infection to start. Many medicalprofessionals believe that having a strong immune system is essential for preventing fungusinfections.
Nail fungus preventionBy following common sense precautions, including proper hygiene andregular inspection of the feet and toes, the chances of the problem occurring can be sharplyreduced, or halted.Tips to avoid nail fungus:-Wash your feet regularly with soap and water.-Remember to dry your feet thoroughly after washing.-Properly fitted shoes are essential; an astonishing number of people wear shoes that dont fitright, and cause serious foot problems. A shoe with a firm sole and soft upper is best for dailyactivities.-Shower shoes should be worn when possible, in public areas.-Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of thetoe.-Use a quality foot powder -- talcum, not cornstarch -- in conjunction with shoes that fit well andare made of materials that breathe.-Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture.-Wear socks made of synthetic fiber, which tend to "wick" away moisture faster than cotton or woolsocks, especially for sports activity.-Disinfect home pedicure tools and dont apply polish to nails suspected of infection. Signs of aninfection include toes that are red, discolored, or swollen.With proper prevention, your chances of getting a nail fungus are greatly reduced. If you dodevelop a fungus, you must start a nail fungus treatment before the condition worsens. We willnow go over the best nail fungus cure.Nail fungus treatmentOne of the biggest mistakes we see in nail fungus treatment is trying a home remedy for nailfungus. Many patients spend months trying treatments like vinegar, bleach, rubbing alcohol andeven Listerine. Unfortunately except in rare cases, these home remedies dont work. And sinceyou are wasting time trying them, your fungus can actually worsen.The two most popular prescription medications are Sporanox capsules and Lamisil tablets. TheFood and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory in May 2001 concerningSporanox (itraconazole) capsules and Lamisil (terbinafine hydrochloride) tablets for the treatmentof nail fungus. You need to discuss this with your doctor before starting any medication.For further information, please visit our nail fungus treatment site.
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