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The Most Important Facts You Need to Know about Toenail Fungus Today

What To Know

  • It’s crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter, and it would be wise to be patient, as toenail fungus can take a few months to clear up.
  • But even a young person can have it, particularly if they have been exposed to it – since the condition is highly contagious and is caused by a fungal infection that invades the toenails.

Toenail fungus (known by its scientific name as onychomycosis) is a common condition around the globe, especially for those suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes. When people age, they tend to develop fungal nail infections as well. But even a young person can have it, particularly if they have been exposed to it – since the condition is highly contagious and is caused by a fungal infection that invades the toenails. It often results in thick, discolored, and brittle toenails, and it can even spread to the hands, although this is quite rare. While it may not be life-threatening, toenail fungus can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and it can cause significant discomfort to the person who has it. So what else should you know about toenail fungus, and what can you do to prevent it? Here are the most important facts about toenail fungus: what you need to know today.

  • Risks and causes

Toenail fungus is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. You may already know that these fungi thrive in moist environments (such as the inside of socks, shoes, and sweaty feet). When a person has tight-fitting shoes, poor hygiene, and certain medical conditions (such as diabetes and a weakened immune system), it can increase their risk of developing toenail fungus.

  • The signs and symptoms

 The most common signs and symptoms of toenail fungus include thickened nails, nail discoloration, a foul odor, and brittleness. In more severe cases, the nails separate from the nail bed, which causes pain and discomfort. If you suspect you have toenail fungus, it’s important to seek medical attention right away to prevent the infection from spreading and worsening. The doctor can then prescribe the appropriate fungal nail medication for treatment.

  • The treatment

The treatment for the fungal infection may involve over-the-counter antifungal creams, prescription medications, or even surgery if the case is severe. It’s crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter, and it would be wise to be patient, as toenail fungus can take a few months to clear up. You can also prevent the fungus from recurring by keeping your feet clean and dry and avoiding sharing nail clippers or other grooming tools.

  • Home remedies

 While many over-the-counter and prescription medications are available, some prefer to try home remedies first. Some popular home remedies for toenail fungus include tea tree oil, as this natural antifungal can be applied directly to the affected nail. Others have also tried vinegar, and they say that soaking your feet in a mixture of vinegar and water may help kill the fungus. Garlic is another popular home remedy; you can apply crushed garlic directly to the affected nail or take it orally as a supplement. Lastly, coconut oil is another popular treatment for fungal infections, and this natural antifungal can be applied directly to the nail.

It’s important to remember that while these remedies may be effective for some, they are not a substitute for proper medical treatment. You should seek medical care if your fungus does not improve with various home remedies.

  • Prevention

The best way to prevent toenail fungus is to practice good foot hygiene. This includes keeping your feet clean and dry and avoiding being barefoot in public areas. You should also avoid sharing nail clippers, towels, or other tools used for grooming.

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