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Nail Fungus – a quick guide

By James Hunaban

So, how do you know if you have nail fungus? Well, the signs to look out for are brittleness, thickening, discoloration, crumbling, and a nail that has changed shape. Nail Fungus also named Onychomycosis is stated to be caused by tiny organisms (Tinea Unguium) that reside deep under the nail at the base. This fungus is usually found among older people because their nails grow more slowly and become thicker with age, which means they are more susceptible to an infection.

Nail fungus is not an easy condition to treat and can cause permanent damage to the affected nails and maybe even nail loss. Nail fungus is quite common and is more likely to appear in the toes; but it can further spread to the patient's finger nails. Toe nail fungus is passed on and thrives in warm, moist surroundings especially in places like swimming pools, and locker rooms. This type of fungus is pretty rampant and will not discriminate when looking for its next victim. One thing to remember concerning nail fungus is that it's more of an aesthetic issue than a health one

This fungus definitely needs treatment with the correct medications, once it has established itself in your nails, as I am afraid it will not go away on its own. These days, one of the most well known treatments for nail fungus is called Lamisil (terbinafine). Also one of the most promising alternative remedies for treating the dreaded nail fungus is tea tree oil, apparently extracted from the Australian tea tree. A thing to note regarding the treatment of nail fungus is that the process may not be very quick.

If your doctor knows the cause of your infection then this will help determine the best course of treatment. Unfortunately, just cutting and filing your nails is not going to be a cure for nail fungus infection. You need your doctor or podiatrist to make the correct diagnosis and decide on the best course of action. In a few cases, surgical treatment of nail fungus is the best way forward. Luckily we now have the internet which is a great source of information; you will find plenty of remedies and treatment ideas for nail fungus there. As it is a persistent condition, even after successful eradication, nail fungus has been known to make a reappearance.
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James Hunaban is the owner of a site dedicated to Nail Fungus information.

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