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Nail Fungus
By Dermik Laboratories
Jun 11, 2003, 20:26

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Keywords: nail fungus, toe nail fungus pictures, onychomycosis treatment, fungal medications
How is nail fungus treated?

For those who are suffering, the appearance of hard, yellow-brownish nails can be embarrassing, whether on the hands or the feet. Today, however, there are many good treatment options you and your doctor can chose from to help clear up onychomycosis:

  • Systemic treatments (taken by mouth in a pill form)
  • Surgical and chemical treatments
  • Topical treatments
  • Nail lacquer

See your doctor if your nails looks discolored, abnormally thick, if you have swelling on the skin surrounding the nail, or you have a nail which appears to have separated from the nail bed. Only your physician or podiatrist can make the proper diagnosis and treatment regimen.

Since treating nail fungus can take some time - up to six months - be patient! Follow the advice of your doctor and, most importantly, stick with the treatment regimen he or she prescribes. The end result - healthy, clear nails - are well worth it.

Click here for information about Dermik products which treat nail fungus.

What is nail fungus?

It may seem like you're the only who's got it, but you're not! Nail fungus is a common problem, affecting almost 30 million Americans. Anyone can become infected, but most are between the ages of 40 and 65. It is usually seen most often in the toenails of men and the fingernails of women.

What causes nail fungus?

Onychomycosis is caused by a fungus. It digests keratin, which is a tough, protein, component of the nail. The fungus may enter between the hard nail plate and the nail bed which is the softer tissue underneath the nail. As the infection progresses, organic debris accumulates under the nail often discoloring it. Other infectious organisms may be involved. If left untreated, the nails may appear similar to those at the bottom of this page.  The nail plate may separate from the nail bed and crumble off. The nail may also become thick and/or misshaped. Onychomycosis is not a problem to be ignored - it will not clear up on its own! In fact, if left untreated, it can spread to other nails and make everyday activities, such as walking or writing, painful and difficult.

How do I avoid nail fungus?

Those who become infected vary by occupation. Generally, people who work or play where their hands are continually exposed to moisture are at greater risk. Also, if you have a relative who had it, you are more likely to get it, as are those with certain types of immune diseases.




Case study images courtesy of William Philip Werschler, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine

This article is taken from Dermik Laboratories Website, used with permission.

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