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Ick! Toenail Fungus!

By Richard Miller
Nail’n’Toe Founder Group

Man's toenail infected by fungusIck! This is the normal reaction to the fungal toenail picture. Most people don’t want their toenails to look like this. The truth is: this is a picture of a moderately severe case. Discoloration, thickness, flaking, peeling… but not too bad!

A dermatophyte is a type of fungus which affects skin, hair and nails. You may be familiar with Digger the Dermatophyte from the horrifying commercial where Digger climbs under a toenail and makes a home with his buddies. But, Digger and the dermatophytes are not the only ones making homes, non-dermatophytes and yeast also can infect the toenails. The fungus causes the nails to first become slightly yellow or white and splotchy.

Later nails will thicken, and become very brittle. The shape begins to change and the discoloring can darken to deep brown. As the fungus worsens, the nails become thicker, more yellow or brown, more brittle (or sometimes much harder) and abnormally shaped.

About 30 million Americans are affected by toenail fungus. That is a lot of fungus! Men are twice as likely to develop fungus than women, athletes, seniors and the elderly are more at risk, those who have poor circulation or sweaty feet are more at risk, those with a compromised immune system are more at risk and those with poor hygiene and chronic foot fungus (athlete’s foot) are more likely to develop toenail fungus.

In the 1800s, fungal toenails were very rare. The increased prevalence is linked to the increased exposure to fungus through the use of hot tubs, saunas, showering facilities in gyms and public pool areas. There is an increase in use of nail salons, which help spread the pandemic, prevalent use of occlusive footwear, increase in obesity, diabetes and the age of the U.S. population.

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There is no easy way to treat toenail fungus. Once it works it’s way into the nails, it becomes extremely difficult to get out. At Nail’n’Toe we do not recommend the use of any home remedies, heavily advertised on the Internet. Over the counter treatments cannot be effective as prescription topicals, and require daily use for 6-12 months with mixed results. Oral anti-fungal medications are effective, but they have side effects.

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