Des Plaines, IL (PRWEB) June 5, 2008
Nail fungus is the most common cause of discolored, thick, and deformed toenails and fingernails. Toenails are affected by fungus more often than fingernails because the fungi causing this disease thrive in the dark, warm, moist environment found in our shoes. The first sign of an infection may be a yellow, white, or green discoloration of a small area of the toenail. If untreated, the entire nail may eventually become discolored, thick, and flaky.
Most healthy people have a natural immunity to the organisms that cause fungal nail infections, and they can successfully destroy the fungi before it takes hold. Those who don't have this immunity are among the millions of Americans who suffer from onychomycosis (fungal nail infections).
Dr. Paul R. Kasdan, medical director for OurHealthNetwork.com (http://www.OurHealthNetwork.com), provides the following tips to help prevent fungal nail infections:
- Purchase your own tools to have utilized on your nails in nail salon procedures. Infectious particles can be transmitted on tools if they're not properly sterilized.
- Do not have your cuticles cut during pedicures. Cuticles keep your nails healthy by preventing germs from attacking the cells that produce the nail.
- Do not walk barefoot, especially in public places. Toenail fungus can be picked up in public showers, hotel rooms, or any other communal area when you walk barefoot.
- Use foot powder to keep your feet dry and smelling good. Fungi need moisture to survive. People who have sweaty feet or practice poor foot hygiene are more susceptible to fungal nail infections.
- If you plan to wear nail polish all summer, purchase an all-natural nail polish that protects the nails from fungal infections. Dr. Remedy's Natural Nail Polish colors the nails beautifully without dangerous chemicals, and protects nails from fungal disease.
- Visit http://www.OurHealthNetwork.com/conditions/FootandAnkle/NailFungus.asp for more great tips.
Those who already have toenail fungus can follow these tips from Dr. Kasdan to treat it:
- If the nails are thick or deformed, thin them down with an emery board. If they are unusually thick and hard, a product like the Artemis Woman Heel Smoother is tough enough to do the job. If you'd rather try an all natural nail thinning gel, NonyX Nail Gel is a safe and effective way to thin down the nails. Both of these are available at OurHealthNetwork.com.
- Wash your feet daily with a soap or cleansing wash that specifically targets fungus organisms. Pedifix FungaSoap naturally washes away fungus and bacteria with tea tree oil.
- Use an anti-fungal cream that kills fungus and promotes growth of new healthy nails. Tineacide Antifungal Cream softens hard/brittle nails, and creates micro-portals of entry to the nail bed for increased penetration of active ingredients.
- If topical treatments fail, your doctor may be able to suggest an oral medication. These medications require a prescription, and in some cases may produce serious side effects.
Treatment of fungus nail infections can be very frustrating; don't ignore the early signs. The sooner treatment begins, the faster the nail will return to normal. For more information about onychomycosis, visit http://www.OurHealthNetwork.com .