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Top FAQs About Nail Fungus

Posted on April 24, 2021 by Tracey Bankos

Nail fungus, also known as Onychomycosis, is an organism that digests the keratin found in your fingernails and toenails. The fingernail and toenail are naturally built to be strong barriers, and resistant to parasites and other illnesses. But because of how powerful this barrier is, when the disease is present, it's sometimes quite difficult to eliminate.

How can I prevent nail fungus?

Among the most important measures in preventing nail infections is to maintain nails well trimmed, but not over trimming them. Cutting the nail too short can cause small cuts and tears, which might allow fungal organisms to penetrate your nail bed. To avoid toenail fungal infections, keep your feet as dry and clean as possible at all times. Change socks and shoes often. For those who have athlete's foot, then treat it regularly. Athlete's foot is a fungus which can spread to your toenails. Don't share nail clippers with anyone else, as it's likely to transmit the fungus.

How common is nail fungus?

No one knows for certain, but experts estimate that 30-35 million Americans are affected by this condition.

What are the symptoms?

Because nail fungus can affect the toenails' appearance, they are rather unsightly for an untrained eye. Usually people first detect the disease because of the nail discoloration. Nails may turn yellow or green, but in some cases they become an even darken color. Other rather frequent nail fungus symptoms may be: nails may get flaky, and cracked, pieces of"gunk" or debris may collect under your nails, your nails may smell bad, toenails may become so thick that wearing sneakers causes pain, discomfort from the disease may make it hard to walk, or perform other activities.

How can I cure my nail infection?

There are two primary ways of treating nail fungus. Topical treatments (liquids, creams) are widely used to treat less severe cases. These treatments are usually acid-based liquids or anti-fungal creams. Oral treatments are powerful anti-fungal medications, such as Lamisil or Sporanox. Prescription oral medications are usually used in more severe or difficult cases. Nail infections can be difficult to cure, but can usually be treated effectively.