Fungal infections of a fingernail or a toenail can be very frustrating, as it looks very unappealing, sometimes it has a foul odor, and is very persistent.
Sometimes it takes months and years to get rid of a fungal infection.
Fungus infection of the nails, also called onychomycosis, can affect both fingernails and toenails, but it seems to be more common on toes. This is probably because the footwear provides a warm, damp environment that is perfect for the growth of fungi.
It is recommended to wear cotton socks that allow the skin to breathe and to always wear clean socks and shoes.
A fungal infection can be picked up anywhere but it most commonly happens in public showers and bathrooms and even in beauty salons if the equipment used for a pedicure is not properly sterilized.
The symptoms of a fungal infection include nail discoloration (yellowish, brownish, black), brittle and flaky nails and, sometimes, a foul odor.
There are many products available over the counter that promise to solve problems with fungus. However, most of them are ineffective because they are not able to penetrate the nail and reach the fungus located below the surface of the nail.
Home remedies like Vick’s Vaporub, beer, apple cider vinegar and similar, just do not work. Trying to fix a fungal infection with those remedies is a simple waste of time.
People who used several different antifungal treatments in tests have decided that the best products are Funginix, Zetaclear and E-Book Formula.
It is essential that a fungal infection is treated as soon as it is noticed. This is because fungi are extremely persistent and keep coming back, so it is best if they are attacked while they still have not spread.
Sometimes, if it is left untreated, fungal infections can lead to the loss of the nail. It may either fall off completely or it will have to be surgically removed.
Also, it is very important to apply the medicine in the prescribed dosage and to do it for as long as it needs for a new, healthy nail to grow. The infection can spread to other nails so they should be frequently controlled for any eventual signs of fungi presence.
Persons who wear nail polish should remove it every now and then because the polish can hide the symptoms of the infection until it is well spread out on the nail.
A person who has a fungal infection of nails should be responsible towards others and avoid using public showers and similar facilities in order to not spread the infection. They should also have their own nail clipper and other pedicure equipment. During the treatment of the infection, nail clippers, scissors, and files should be frequently cleaned and sterilized.