Have you ever wondered what causes nail fungus? Whether you have them on your toenails or fingernails, it’s definitely going to be an unpleasant business you have to deal with. This guide will help us get through that. As much as we take the time and effort in beautifying our nails, our nails’ health shall also be our main priority.
Nail Fungus: Treatments & Everything You Need To Know About Them
Most of us ignore our nails’ health even if something seems unusual with them. As early as having discoloration of the nails, you should know that this is a sign of fungal infection. If the condition is mild and is not bothering you, you may not need treatment just yet. But if the nail fungus is quite painful and has resulted to thickened nails, home-care medication can help.
To know more about the treatments, here’s an infographic from toenailfungusreviews.org:
Nail Fungus? Everything you need to know…
Nail Fungus Prevalence:
Nail fungus is a condition that affects 1 in every 4 people over the age of 50. The-not-so-good-news? You’re getting older. The better news, nail fungus is treatable.
The older you get the more likely you will have to deal with infected yellowing, brittle nails.
Oral prescriptions can be taxing on the kidneys and liver, so be cautios if you want to do this.
Topical treatments are effective with a turnaround time of one or two months.
Surgery is expensive and generally seen as a last resort.
Laser is also an expensive treatment generally not covered by most insurance.
Choosing a treatment
Topical nail fungus treatment will successfully remove the majority of nail fungus infections. We suggest using it as your first method of treatment and that you choose a topical ointment containing the following active ingredients:
Undecylenic acid is an FDA approved ingredient used to treat fungal infections. Effective at 10% concentration.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is a natural oil extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia.
Sunflower Seed Oil
This oil extracted from Sunflower and contains vitamin E, A, D, and fatty acids penetrates deep into nail bed.
Camphor reduces irritation, pain, and swelling associated with fungal infections.
Always avoid going barefoot in public places and wear open toed shoes or sandals when appropriate. Below are common sources of fungal infection:
Fun fact: Nail fungus infection is also called onychomycosis