Thick toenails are often assumed to be caused by the growth of fungus under the toenails and in the toenail itself. In many cases, this assumption is correct, however there are other things that will make a toenail look thick and distorted - injury to the root of the nail can do it temporarily, while severe or repeated injury can permanently distort a nail. People who engage in sports such as soccer can experience this kind of damage.
Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema will distort a nail as well if the area around the nails is affected. This is because thick toenails are really made up of dead skin cells that have been stacked together very tightly. Just as the skin becomes inflamed and irritated by a skin condition, the tissues around the root of the nail where the nail is produced become inflamed and this can be the cause of thick toenails.
Thick toenails are often associated with a toenail fungus. Usually toenails will develop other symptoms such as crumbling or brittleness in the nail, they might become thick, foggy, brittle, or perhaps gain a yellow or brown discoloring of the nail.
Best Ways to prevent thick toenail
If your toenails are thick as a result of a fungus there are some basic preventative measures you can take.
1. Make sure your shoes aren't too tight. Tight shoes can build up moisture causing fungus or can cause a thickening of the nail with irritation.
2. Wear sandals in public pool area, spas, locker rooms, and in public showers. Toenail fungus is often spread in moist public environments.
3. Make sure you do not cut your nails too short. Cutting your nails too short can lead to toenail fungus.
Effective Thick Toenail Treatments
Over the counter solutions are generally ineffective at treating thick toenails with fungus. The reason is because the treatment cannot get under the nail well. Overall these treatments are a big waste of money.
Prescription drug treatments for toenail fungus are dangerous, expensive, and more often than not prove ineffective. These drugs put toxins into the body possibly leading to liver damage.
One of the most effective ways to cure thick toenail fungus I've found was by using regular beer and dipping my infected nails into them for about 30 minutes per treatment twice a day. I combining this treatment with a natural treatment and gently file the nails so the treatment could be absorbed better.
Topical treatments for fungal thick toenail infections are often not very effective because they don't soak into thick toenails very well. The challenge is to get the nail as thin as possible and then apply a preparation that has superior ability to penetrate down through the layers and contact the fungus. Some commercially available natural essential oils and other topical products have been found to have better penetration qualities. These include Tea tree oil and other essential oils such as oregano oil. These and other natural remedies may be the home cures of the future for fungal nail infections.