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What does toenail fungus look like?
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.
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
- Nail Varnish
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.
a topical solution such as the Amoils Nail Fungus Treatment.
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.
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