How is nail fungus treated?
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.
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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.
This article is taken from Dermik Laboratories Website, used with permission.
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