Nail Fungus Can't Be Treated: True or False?
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Nail Fungus Can’t Be Treated: True or False?
What IS toenail fungus?
The medical term for Toenail Fungus is Onychomycosis. It is the most common disease of the nails.
There are different types of nail fungus that cause the nail to change. When a toenail is infected, it may become thickened, brittle, have white spots or patches, become loose and detached from nail bed, and produce debris under the nail. Infected toenails may be sensitive or painful as well.
The toenail may be yellow, black, green, or white. This can mean fungus, yeasts, molds, and/or bacteria are present.
How do you get Toenail Fungus?
The most common cause is plain old aging. Others ways you can get nail fungus are:
• Going barefoot in public places (swimming pools, gym locker rooms, etc.)
• Nail Injury or trauma (This includes nicks and cuts from getting pedicures)
• Weak Immune System (Diabetes Mellitus, people on chemotherapy, etc.)
• Sweaty feet (Hyperhidrosis) or being in a moist environment
How do you treat Toenail Fungus?
1. Topical Treatment
2. Oral Treatment
You can discuss the different treatment options with your Podiatrist to find out which one is best for you and the type of toenail fungus you have.
With any toenail fungus treatment, patience is key! It takes anywhere from 9 months to a year for your toenails to grow from base to tip. This means it could take just as long for total clearing of the nail from the toenail fungus.