Do you have discolored or diseased toenails? If you have a fungal infection, it can be very disconcerting to see the discoloration of your toenails. The problem is that, if left untreated, this infection or fungus can spread. The two most common fungal infections are Candida onychomycosis and white superficial onychomycosis.
There are many treatment options, including:
*Oral medications prescribed by a medical professional
*Topical treatments and ointments
Which course of treatment you choose largely depends on the level of the diseased toenails, meaning how far advanced the infection is. If you are noticing a bit of discoloration then it may not be something that you need to worry about. If you have redness, pain, notice pus or have problems walking, then you should certainly see your doctor.
Many topical treatments that are available in drug stores are not very effective because they do not permeate the nail and get to the root of the problem underneath the nail into the nail bed. This is why you may try a treatment, solve the problem temporarily and then notice some months down the road that you have a recurring infection or fungus problem.
Regular maintenance and treatment are required, and you must be vigilant to prevent a full-blown infection. Just as you care for your fingernails, pay the same amount of attention and care for your toenails. Wash your feet and toes with warm soapy water, dry them thoroughly and ensure that you remove any debris from under the toes and around the nail beds. Never use anything sharp that can pierce the skin under the nails or cut the skin around your nail beds. Any cuts or exposure of the skin can help to speed up the rate of infection.
If you regularly care for your toenails, you can prevent infection or fungus. Try not to use nail polish on your toenails, this can prevent air from circulating under the nail bed by clogging up all of the pores in your nails. Always disinfect all tools you will be using on and around your toenails.
There are other conditions that can mimic nail infections, including eczema, psoriasis, Reiter's syndrome, pachyonychia, Darier disease, and Lichen planus. If you have any of these conditions, you should rule out the symptoms of those before attributing them to a nail infection.