Toe nail fungus is also known as onychomycosis. The nail is infected with a fungus (usually a so-called trygophyton or candida fungus) or yeast. It often occurs because a skin fungus has spread to the toenails.
Usually, the infection does little evil by itself, other then being ugly, but sooner or later the nail fungus may spread to other toes or other parts of the body, so it is important to do something about it.
Causes of toe nail fungus
Some people are more susceptible to mold than others, probably due to small differences in pH and resistance of the skin condition. Total prevention is difficult, but you can using preventive antifungal resources and avoid walking barefoot in damp areas like swimming pools. Also dry your feet well and wear breathable footwear .
Toe nail fungus is characterized as follows:
- Superficial discoloration of the nail, sometimes with a slightly streaky pattern.
- More severe cases of toenail fungus come with horn formation under the nail.
- In other more severe cases, the toenail can get fully released.
Onychomycosis and fungal nails can sometimes be treated with superficial means, but these are often insufficient to penetrate the nail. Even after months with retention of the treatment result is not guaranteed. Orally taken drugs are often more effective, but side effects may occur here. Always consult a doctor or dermatologist.
Athlete's foot is often better and treat quickly. Many OTC drugs work reasonably well, and also a GP or dermatologist prescribe drugs that often have sufficient results after 2-4 weeks.