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Updated on June 13, 2012


Toenail Fungal Infection Quick Reference Guide

Over the past few years, I’ve done extensive research on toenail fungal infection. A few of my family members (including myself) have been plagued by this condition for many years. This condition, once contracted, is very difficult to get rid of. I made it my mission to find out all I could about the condition and how to effectively treat it.

I’ve uncovered a multitude of facts about toenail fungal infection and have put together this article to share these facts with others who may be suffering from this unsightly “thick yellow toenail” problem. While this problem is mostly cosmetic, it can become a "medical" problem if left untreated for too long. The toenails can get so thick that they can cause pain when wearing shoes. Also secondary infections can become a problem in severe cases.

· Toenail fungal infection (medical term – Onychomycosis) is a common problem. Over 35 million Americans suffer from this condition.

· Fungal infection of the toenail is caused by an organism known as a dermatophyte, which is a type of fungus – this type of organism also causes athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm.

· The dermatophyte lives and grows under the toenail in the nail bed.

· Symptoms of toenail fungus can include one or more of the following:

-white spots on the nail in its earliest form

-discoloration; green, brown, or yellow toenails

-brittle or crumbling toenails

-thickened toenail

-unpleasant odor from the waste products of the dermatophyte organism.

-dull or rough appearance of the toenail

-separation of the toenail from the nail bed

· Dermatophytes thrive in moist, warm and dark environments – such as inside of shoes and socks.

· It is very difficult to cure this condition once the fungus finds its way under the nail.

· Wearing acrylic nails or nail polish to hide the problem just makes it worse – the toenail can’t breathe.

· Topical over-the-counter creams or liquids are usually ineffective treatments for this condition except in very mild cases.

· Oral medications are available by prescription for treating toenail fungal infection, but they are only effective in about 50% of all cases, and they can cause harmful side effects.

· In severe, long-term cases of toenail fungus the nail may have to be surgically removed or there may be permanent damage to the toenail.

· It can take from 4 to 12 months for a new toenail to grow in completely. Patience and commitment is required to get rid of toenail fungal infection.

· Even after successful treatment of this problem, recurrence of the infection is often the case. You must take active prevention measures against re-infection.

· By far, the best remedies I could find for toenail fungus are natural remedies.

Get rid of those unsightly, embarrassing thick yellow toenails once and for all, and keep your toenails looking great!

Beginning toenail fungus picture
Beginning toenail fungus picture
Advanced toenail fungus picture
Advanced toenail fungus picture

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      sweatytoes 4 years ago

      cureyellowtoenail, this is great information about recognizing the beginning of toenail fungus. I was reading an interesting article about laser treatment for toenail fungus at http://www.beauchampfootcare.com/treatment/toenail... which I think is great for people who have diabetes and obtain toenail fungus because it allows them a valuable treatment option when other remedies don't work. What do you think?

      Thanks for posting...

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