Monday, October 31, 2011

White toenail fungus

The truth is people suffering from white toe nail fungus experiences severe pain as a result of the toenails growing inward. The disease affects patients not only physically but also socially because the discomfort brought about by the disease makes it difficult to perform even simple everyday tasks such as walking and running. Not to mention of course that onychomycosis sufferers are usually embarrassed of their disease and are often afraid that they might spread it to other people. Having white toenails is a sign of a toenail fungus infection in most cases. Fortunately there are remedies and preventative measures that you can take before the condition worsens.

Signs of white toenail fungus
Occasionally, white spots on toenails or fingernails are a sign of something worse: it may be the early warning signs that a fungus has gotten in under the nail and is starting to grow. If the whitish area appears somewhere other than at the cuticle, especially at the other end, the tip of the nail, it bears close watching. If a fungus is growing, the discoloration should get larger and it will probably change color, darkening to shades of yellow or brown. The nail may separate from the nail bed as the fungus grows, and the nail will begin to get thicker and may start to come apart, flaking and splitting.

White spots on toenails or fingernails that are getting larger and aren't growing out with the nail should be seen by a doctor for a professional diagnosis. If it is a fungal nail infection (onychomycosis), it's a good idea to start treating it right away, before it becomes too advanced. The more it is able to spread, and the thicker the infected nail becomes, the harder it will be to get rid of the infection. Small white spots on toenails that are just beginning to spread may respond to treatment relatively easily

Other Symptoms Of White Toe Nail

Toenail fungus may start its development by a thickening of the infected nail. The nail may become foggy at this point and develop colored or discolored spots. Toenail fungus may be white, brown, black, yellow, and even green. At this point nails may become brittle and start flaking off. You may experience a slight pain in your toe as you apply pressure on it. You may also notice a little odor coming from the infected toenail.

Treatment for white toenail fungus
There are many traditional home remedies, over the counter treatments, natural healing products and prescription drugs that are recommended for the treatment of whitetoe nail fungus. Your choice will be affected by the extent of the infection, your level of comfort with prescription drugs that come with potential side effects, your trust in natural or home remedies, and, significantly, your budget. Prescription drugs for fungal nail infections tend to be extremely expensive, commercial products are in the mid-range, and home remedies can be virtually free. None are absolutely guaranteed to work. You'll have to decide how much it is worth to you to get rid of white spots on toenails.

Other alternative treatment that I found work best for treatment to white toenails was first take a warm shower. I did this so I could then easily file back my thick nail. This will increase absorption of the treatment. Make sure if you do this that you do not file the nail too much. After filing, soaked the infected feet in beer for 30 minutes twice a day. Beer has anti fungal properties and you'll be surprised how good it works. After my beer treatment, I applied a natural topical treatment.