Wednesday, 24 June 2015

All That You Needed To Know About Fungal Toenail Treatment

The fungal nail infection occurs when the fungi damage the nails on the toe with constant exposure to sweat or if working in moisture rich or damp set up. This infection can develop as a tiny spot in white or yellow shade beneath the toe nail and then spread deeper affecting the nail bed, the nail’s root or the nail wall. This can make the nail to lose its colour, become very thick and have brittle edges which would crumble easily. In short, the fungal toenail infection can leave your toe nail look ugly and unattractive and will also have pain associated when you try to move around.

Causes of Fungal Nail Infection

Fungi are small organisms that can be found with the help of a microscope and love those areas that do not have any sunlight and damp. While some fungi are useful, these fungi can cause infections under your toenails. Generally a fungi group called as dermatophytes causes this infection. Sometimes, moulds and yeast can also be the culprits behind these nail infections. Toe nails are a favourite for these microorganisms as it tends to be in warm, dark and moist, which makes it a perfect spot for thriving.

Treatments for Fungal Nail Infection

Fortunately, you can avail effective fungal toenail treatment to get rid of this infection and to restrict from coming back on your nails. The treatments are discussed below.

Antifungal drugs

These drugs are a great find to help in replacing the affected nail and to support the growth of a healthy new nail in its place. For some these drugs can cause liver issues or rashes on the skin as side effects. This is why doctors do not prescribe these drugs to those patients who suffer from a liver ailment or heart issues.

Antifungal lacquer                     

Your doctor will prescribe nail paint for your toe nail if the infection level is moderate or mild. This can prevent the infection from spreading on to the skin and other areas of the nail nearby.

Topical medicines

Sometimes, the doctor would ask you to apply some creams or lotions available as OTC drugs as the presence of urea in it can help in quicker healing process. It can also be coupled with other oral medicines and can lower the infection to a great extent. 

You also have surgical procedures to remove the nail and to help the re-growth of the new nail. 


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