What is Toenail Fungus?

If you are asking what is toenail fungus, then you must have an infection or have noticed a change in your toenails. First of all, there are some very obvious symptoms that you either may have or have noticed, including:

*Yellowing toenails, or some other strange discoloration
*Darkness under your toenail (caused by a build up of the crumbling bits from your toenail)
*Redness or infection (in more advanced infections)
*Toenails are brittle, thick or have white edges and appear dull (not shiny as in a healthy nail)
*Foul odor emanating from your toes;
*Pus coming from under the nails (very serious) if you have a fever, go immediately to your local emergency room

Toenail fungus is caused by the same sort of fungus that causes athelete’s foot. It is generally spread through your foot coming into contact with a surface where the fungus was deposited by someone who is infected. This could be at a local pool or gym or even a hotel room where people who are infected may go barefoot. It is always advisable to wear flip flops or sandals when you are walking around with no socks or shoes on; not coming into direct contact with these kinds of surfaces is the best way to prevent the fungal infection. Always wash and dry your feet thoroughly if you suspect you have been unnecessarily exposed.

It is not something we all think about, but toenail fungus is everywhere. Preventing the contraction of this fungus is the first step; however, if you have been exposed, disinfecting and treating the fungus is your next logical step.

What is toenail fungus? It is a slow growing, difficult to eradicate fungus that can take over your nails without you even noticing until it is a well established problem. Take action the moment that you notice you are affected by the problem, or you will notice your symptoms growing progressively worse over time.

Your Nail and Fungus

Part of your overall health includes looking after your nail and fungus, keeping them clean and preventing infection. While you may be exposed to fungus in places you never even thought about, treating the fungus is something that many are hesitant to do because they think that it may be too harmful.

First of all, a fungus that is multiplying under your nail is harmful and treating it to prevent it from spreading further is a good idea. If you are concerned about the side effects of prescription drugs, you do not have to be, because there are other types of treatment that you can obtain that will not have the harmful side effects that prescription drugs do.

If you have already looked at the list of toenail fungus symptoms, and you are certain that you have a fungal infection, then the only thing that is left to do is to treat that fungus. Keep in mind that because the fungus is a slowly growing problem, it can also take some time to treat it. This means that you may not notice an immediate change in the appearance of your nails. It may be that the nail needs to grow out a bit before you notice a definite change.

Most people expect to see immediate changes when they start a treatment and are immediately disappointed when they see no improvement in a day or two. You should, realistically, expect to see some changes in a few weeks to a month   A day or so is simply not enough time to see the changes you are expecting to see.

Your nail and fungus will change over time. As the fungus is eliminated and killed, your nail will change and improve over the months that you continue to use the treatment. Be patient and stick with the treatment over the suggested course. Too many people expect that things will change immediately, and that is simply not going to happen.