What is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is a common type of nail infection that causes your toenail to appear black or yellow showing the worst form of toe fungus. As the toenail fungus spreads rapidly, it goes deeper and deeper in your toenail causing a bad fungal toenail infection. It makes the nail getting discolored, thick, and much disintegrated.
Toenail fungus has another bad impact on your feet. When the fungus starts spreading between your toes and feet skin, it is known as the Athlete’s foot. Both of these conditions including the toenail fungus and athlete’s foot are equally disastrous and harmful if not controlled with proper medication and fungal nail treatment.
Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
The nail fungus can affect one or more nails. It can affect all nails but damage to the toenails is more common. If you observe the following symptoms you must rush to a fungal toenail specialist at the earliest for your fungus treatment. These symptoms include
- Thickened nails
- Crumbled or disintegrated nails
- Discolored or de-shaped nails
- Nails separated from the nail bed
What is an Athlete's Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a type of nail fungus chronic infection that spreads between the nails and the feet skin and it may spread to the bottom and sides of the foot. It usually occurs among the people living in warm and moist areas and most commonly when people walk around barefoot majorly in public showers or swimming pools.
The Athlete’s foot can result due to two major contributors. One of these contributors is the environmental factors including unhygienic conditions of socks, feet, or shoes and heat and humidity. The other contributor includes weakened immunity due to any disease for example diabetes.
Chronic fungal infection is common in adults while acute or mild fungal infections are observed commonly in children.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
- Scaly, peeling, or cracking skin between the toes
- Itchiness especially with socks or shoes
- Skin inflammation
- Burning or stinging between the toes
When a fungal infection progresses, it may infect one or more nails, turning them yellow, green, black, or other colors. Fungal nail infections can cause nail thickening, inflammation, or sensitivity.
FACTS ABOUT FUNGUS INFECTION ON NAILS:
There is no local treatment effective for nail fungus infection. Although nonyx can clear the fungus nail and make it clear Treatment is only by oral pills (one week in month) for at least 6 months (finger Nails)- 12 months ( Toe Nails) depending on which nails are involved .
DR. SEP recommends Lamisil 250 mg 1 time every other day for 6-12 months for your fungus nail treatment.
is mild Nausea, abdominal pain, Weakness. Lamisil may cause liver function abnormality (that is the reason that your doctor will check your blood frequently while you are on this medication to make sure medication is safe for you).
What Can I Do About Fungal Problems?
Dry Carefully- Always dry your feet thoroughly after you bathe or shower. Be sure to bathe between your toes. Foot powders can also help absorb moisture.
Change Socks– Wear natural- fiber socks and change them often, especially if you play sports.
Beware of Bare Feet– Wear sandals or thongs in public areas such as pools, showers, or locker rooms.
Alternate Shoes- To help avoid fungus-causing perspiration, alternate the shoes you wear so they have at least a day to dry out. Also, try to wear shoes made of breathable materials like leather or canvas.
PREGUNTAS SOBRE LAS INFECCIONES DE HONGOS EN LAS UNAS
1. No hay tratamiento local effectivo para la infeccion del hongo.
2. Tratamiento es solo con pastillas tomadas (todos los dias o una por mes) por 6- 12 meses. Dependiendo en la clase de medicina que escoje.
3. DR. SEP recomienda Lamisil 250 mg, 1vez al dia cada otro dia por 6-12 meses dependiendo de su stado.
4. Efectos Secondarios: Muy poco dolor de estomago, nausia y debilidad. Lamisil puede causar dano en el hijado. (por eso es recomendable examines de sangre quando esta en medicametios.
Que puedo hacer sobre el problema del hongo?
Sus habitos diarios juegan gran parte en ayudar a prevenir los problemas de hongos. Sigua las recomendaciones suigientes y vea a su doctor si tiene mas problemas. Seque sus pies con mucho cuidado- Siempre sequelos despues del bano. Asegurese de lavarse entre los dedos. Talco puede ayudar a absorber humedad. Cambie Calcetines- Elija calcetines hechas con fibras naturales, asegurese de cambiar los calsetines seguido especialmente si juega algun deporte. Cuidado con pies delcasos- Siempre use sandalias en areas publicas como albercas, banos, y cuartos de cambio. Zapatos Alternos- Para evitar prespiracion que causa hongo, zapatos alternos pueden ayudar para zapatos usados anterior se sequen por un dia. Trate de usar zapatos que sean hechos de material respirable como piel o canvas.