A lot of questions about toenail fungus are pointing towards the multi-billion industry of nail fungus treatments. In 2010, a study was conducted as to why there is still a general problem in eliminating nail fungus infection. If our technology is continually improving and we can send some space trips to study the stars and other planets, why isn’t there an ultimate way to stop this infection?
Causes of Nail Fungus
Nail fungus or Onychomycosis infected a person once there is an opening on his skin either through a cut or wound and exposed to an environment where fungi are active. Dermatophytes, molds, and Candida are the three types of fungi that cause nail fungal infection.
Fungi are more active in damp, warm, and dark places like your pair of sneakers. The spread of fungus spores is greatly facilitated when there is moisture or water vapor in the area.
Fungi are also immobile, so there is no reason that they could go after you. You can only get them when you go to places where they live or when someone else carries their spores near your wound. An example is when someone with fungal infection borrows your shoes, and you wear them without proper sanitation.
Those fungus spores are microscopic, so there is no way that you can avoid them using your bare eyes. The best thing to do is to stay away as much as possible from places or situations where there is an active fungal activity going on.
Once the fungus has finally entered the opening of your skin, it will slowly eat up some of the live cells. You will begin to see your nails becoming crumbly or flaky. Discoloration is also evident. You may be able to see a yellowish or a white build up on your nail plate. When this happens, it is best to see your doctor to get treatment for toenail fungus.
What Are The Options When It Comes To Nail Fungus Treatments?
There are basically two types of treatments that we can use against toenail fungus. One is taken orally, and one is applied externally.
Treatments that are orally taken are in the form of capsules or tablets. Since they are indirectly working on the spot of infection, they require a higher dosage. According to research, it takes 3-6 months to eliminate Onychomycosis with this method. However, most people do not want to use this treatment because there is a high risk of having serious and dangerous side effects on the liver. Regular medical monitoring by your doctor is needed.
On the other hand, treatments that are applied externally are considered the safest way to kill the fungus. Most of them are made from carefully formulated organic ingredients which make them free from side effects. Instructions should be followed correctly for these kinds of treatments to get good results.
How about laser treatment, is it reliable?
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is still an immature procedure. It was just recently approved as a treatment for nail fungal infection. There is a need for more research on this method.