Onychomycosis or toe nail fungus, as the name suggests, affects the toenail, leading to its disfiguration and destruction. Children are rarely affected by this condition, but adults are much more likely to get infected. By the 70 year of age, more than 45% of people have had toenail fungus on at least one toe in their life.
What Should You Know about Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is very common among people wearing several layers of nail polish and those wearing tight shoes. This condition is also highly contagious and can be spread from one infected person to another, if they happen to share shower or even locker rooms. Patients suffering from some chronic diseases like diabetes or HIV are exposed to even greater risk of catching toenail fungus than everyone else.
The toe affected with the fungal infection usually changes in color and become yellow or brown. In most cases, the toe grows out of proportion, becomes extremely thick and starts to smell. Thickness of the nail can pose a problem for wearing the shoes in some cases, while other times patients’ may experience crumbling and complete falling off of the toenail.
To diagnose the problem, your doctor may need a sample of your toenail. He or she will send the sample to the lab and get it tested for infections and fungi.
Toenail Fungus Treatment Options
First symptoms of fungal infection are usually yellow spots on the toenails, which may progress further and cause thickening and cloudiness of the toenails. Crumbling and/or splitting of toenail edges are also quite common in these patients.
As the solution, your pharmacist or your doctor may recommend Zetaclear. This is supposed to be natural treatment for fungal infections of the toenails, which should resolve your problem. This product is made of ingredients approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), such as almond oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, lemongrass oil and some other components. Zetaclear is on the FDA list of homeopathic treatments, which should say enough of its safety. According to the manufacturer, it has been proven safe to be used and it should give results after two months of constant use. Even though some might find this product to be extremely slow to work, this could be natural and safe alternative to some medications and treatments available on the market.
Prevent Toenail Fungus
Make sure to wear clean hosiery and comfortable shoes every day. When using public showers or locker rooms use flip-flops or sandals to avoid fungal infections. Wash your feet every day, keep your toenails trimmed at all times and avoid coating your toenails with layers of nail polish.