About Nail Fungus
Nail fungal infections make up nearly half of all nail abnormalities, making it the most common nail disease. Fungal infections occur on both fingernails and toenails and affect roughly 24 to 36 million Americans. Infections usually appear as nail discoloration (a white or yellow spot), as the fungus spreads it may cause the discoloring of the nail, as well as thickening, or crumbled edges or the loss of one's nail. Left untreated, the infection may persist indefinitely, become painful, and eventually cause permanent nail damage.
Although anyone can have nail fungus, it affects men more than women and the elderly more than the young.
What causes nail fungus infections?
Fungi (microscopic organisms) cause nail fungus infections. These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and do not need sunlight for survival. The most common group of fungi are dermatophytes. To a lesser extent, some molds and yeast also cause fungal infections.
Usually, infection occurs when fungi enter skin through tiny cuts or small gaps between the nail and nail bed. Other factors raising infection risk include:
- Blood circulation problems
- Genetics (family history of fungal infections)
- Heavy perspiration in the hands or feet
- Humid or moist work environment
- Tight, improperly vented footwear
- Walking barefoot in damp public places (e.g.: swimming pools, gyms)
- Injury or infection to the skin or nail (e.g.: psoriasis, athlete's foot)
- Weakened immune system (e.g.: diabetes, AIDS)
Prevalence of Nail Fungus
Nail fungal infections make up nearly half of all nail abnormalities, making it the most common nail disease. The prevalence of nail fungus among adults is 30 times more than among children. Nail fungus disease afflicts approximately 24 to 36 million Americans. Only about 2.6% of children below the age of 18 suffer from nail fungus infection. Among the elderly population groups about 90% of them have onychomycosis.
Symptoms of Nail Fungus
Infections usually appear as nail discoloration, often in the form of a white or yellow spot. As the fungus spreads it may cause discoloration of the entire nail. The fungus then begins to thicken the nail and cause crumbled edges. If left untreated, the infection may persist indefinitely, becoming more painful, and eventually causing permanent nail damage.
Toe Nail Treatment
Conventional treatment of nail fungal infection using topical ointments has a low cure success because the ointment might fail to penetrate the skin and reach the areas underlying the infection. Oral medications also have only a 50% chance of succeeding in completely healing the disease. Furthermore, these treatments have significantly adverse side effects that include skin disorders and gastrointestinal problems as well as liver function.
Home Remedies for Toe Nail Fungus
Different home remedies for toenail fungal infection have been recommended by various individuals. But because they are not clinically proven to be safe or effective one should exercise caution when applying them. Some of the statements claimed by home remedy vendors have not been approved by the FDA.
Natural Toe Nail Fungus Treatment
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