One of the most common questions i get asked as a Foot Health Practitioner is what does toenail fungus look like and how did i get toenail fungus in the first place.
Onychomychosis – Fungus of the nails
Is a bacterial infection that originated in our nail beds and you can get fungal toe and finger nails
Your Toes With Fungus Will Look
Nails become very thick especially on the nail tips
Discoloured in appearance
(White lines and spots)
(Black/ Brown Lines and spots)
(Large white patches)
Toenails become flaky and heavily calloused
White stuff under the toenails
Ridged and growth is upwards rather then outwards
Toenails become very thick and hard to cut with regular clippers
Thickness of nails may cause pressure and pain on your nail bed
A Foul Odour or Smell is caused by the bacteria
Toenail Fungus can spread to other toenails
Toenail may fall off from soft mushy dead fungus growth
Further infections to the skin and blood supply
Diabetics should seek immediate advice from a Foot Health Professional or Doctor to prevent infections to the foot.
The causative pathogens of onychomycosis are all in the fungus kingdom and include dermatophytes, Candida (yeasts), and nondermatophytic molds.
Dermatophytes are the fungi most commonly responsible for onychomycosis in the temperate western countries; while Candida and nondermatophytic molds are more frequently involved in the tropics and subtropics with a hot and humid climate. Resource wikipedia
The 3 most common reason for toenail fungus i believe are:
Poor foot wear that is made of plastics or non breathable material
Sweaty feet and athletes foot infections
It is possible to have a microscopic biopsy using scrapping of your toenails but a visual diagnoses is the most common.
And this is what i do.
Also to be honest if your toenail shows the signs and symptoms as listed above i would say you most likely one of the 10% of the population that have toenail fungus.
Photos of Toenail Fungus
So you have toenail fungus infection what can you do today to solve and treat the problem.
I would suggest you take immediate action and this is my personal treatment options i give to my patients.
But I would always recommend you talk to a health professional if you have any long term illness or conditions such as diabetes.
I like this treatment option because it is non aggressive and contains a strong powerful mixture of natural ingredients that will penetrate deep in the toenail bed and kill off the fungus from the root.
As the toenail is treated your nail may either fall off if the nail has lots of soft fungus underneath it or you will notice as the new nail grows a pink healthy one coming from the cuticle.
You apply the oil 2 times a day and quickly the discolouration goes.
Other options to treat toenail fungus include using Vicks Vapour rub !
Yes apply to the toenails daily for 3 weeks and see a visible difference, the only problem this may cause the nail to lift off as it softens the bed quickly.
A new nail will grow if this happens. Oh and it stinks of Viks!
Also if you just have a mild case of toenail fungus i like to try my patients on a bacterial cream like Daktarin or Mycota these are for Athletes foot conditions.
Ignore the instructions as such! rub the cream into the nails and around the skin of the toe. Max 10 days.
This is a good treatment when you have toenail fungus caused by acrylic nails and toenail varnish.
It draws out the discolouration fast.
Always read the instructions before applying.
Also make sure when you are treating the toenail fungus in your nails to trim and keep the nails short.
This will help cut out and encourage the nails to grow quicker.
Please don’t expect miracles fungus takes many months to grow before you start to notice it on your nails.
It may take weeks and even months to totally heal so be patient.
So choose a product and plan that is easy to apply to your daily routine and one that will not only kill the fungus but protect you from the fungus returning.
I hope you have found this information helpful but if you have further questions or comments leave them below
Do your nails have white stuff under the toenail ?
Well don`t panic but it sounds like you have Onychomycosis = Fungus Infection
What is the White stuff under my toenails
Dead flaky skin ….like dandruff its just hard calloused skin
White Dots and Lines on the nails is the fungus from within the nail bed
Extra thick toenails become thick due to the build up of calloused nail from the fungus this is what causes the SMELL!.
When Fungus is present the toenails may appear:
Discoloured Yellow/ Brownish
White dots on the Nail
Build up of thick white callous around the nail sides and under the toenail tip
Smelly a nasty smell is just the bacteria build up and can be easily solved
The toenails become thick and calloused and become difficult to cut with normal clippers
A white line may appear from the tip to the cuticle (this is the fungus growing under the nail bed)
What can i do to treat the white stuff under my toenail?
In my 14 years experience treatingDiscoloured and Fungus Toenails two common problems that cause the white stuff under toenail is caused by;
1/ Nail Varnish
For all the ladies out their who have regular pedicures and manicures, Nail varnish causes ours nails to sweat and not be able to breath. The varnish acts as a barrier and suffocates the nails especially the professional heavy duty varnishes that the nail bars use.
My advice to my patients is to remove and change the varnish on a regular basis do not leave on until the varnish grows out with the nail.
Use a barrier oil and allow the nails a 3 month period every year without varnish.
2/ Sweaty Feet
We all get hot and sweaty feet ! but some feet defiantly sweat more than others and this will be down to either to activities like sports or the type of shoes you wear.
Running, Football, Basketball are all high intensity sports which will have you running around like crazy getting hot.
Wearing breathable good quality trainers and sneakers and socks is so important to prevent sweaty feet.
Athletes foot is a bacterial infection of the skin on the foot and appears in-between the toes and under the soles.
It is a red rash in appearance itchy and red.
Using a a Podiatry recommended Foot Deodorant And Bacterial cream will solve this infection in 3-5 days easily.
Also i find heavy duty boots especially steel capped boots builders and factory workers have to wear also cause hot sweaty feet,
this usually causes the toenails to then become thick and difficult to cut discoloured and infected with fungus.
Lets get to to important stuff!
How to get rid of the nasty white stuff under your toenails
Daily good foot hygiene routine.
8/10 patients admit to not drying their feet and in-between their toes after they bath or shower.
Leaving your feet damp will encourage bacteria growth so dry your feet well.
Change your socks daily / twice a day if you suffer from sweaty feet
Use a Foot Deodorant and Anti bacterial barrier cream to prevent smelly feet and this will totally STOP sweaty and athlete feet conditions
Wear shoes and trainers that allow your feet to breath, cheap plastic made shoes will cause fungus and bacteria growth.
Keep your toenails trimmed and clipped short to encourage nail growth
Apply a topical anti fungal treatment to your nails daily. The stronger solution the better.
This is not going to be an overnight result the nail will need to grow out as you are treating the fungus and white stuff under toenail so be patient.
As you use the treatment you will see the white stuff under toenail and its discolouration disappearing as a new nail grows naturally and healthy looking.
I personally recommend to my patients to use H Nails Fungus Oil as it is a natural treatment that will heal the fungus from the root of the nail bed.
If the toenails are giving of a foul odour or smell i would recommend you apply anti fungus foot soak this removes the dead callous naturally.
Prevention is the best protection!
If you are on your feet for hours at a time or play a lot of sports i would advise you to apply a foot deodorant spray or cream daily which will acts as a barrier on your skin and prevent athletes foot infections and also nail fungus conditions.
It takes seconds to apply and really is the best preventative action to stop white stuff under toenail.