Having a yellowish toenail is very dragging. Some insurance companies will pay for some or all of the treatment if presented with documentation of a secondary medical infection or problem. Simple lifestyle practices can help prevent fungal nail infection. Unfortunately, topical medications result in a disappointingly-low cure rate of only about 6% to 9% of patients treated.

Before application, patients should be advised to file down the affected nail surfaces using a single-use nail file, clean the nail surface with the supplied swab and dry the nail surface 16 Patients should be reminded that this process should be repeated for sequential treatments; a step that is commonly missed out.

Signs and symptoms of a nail infection include discoloration of the nail - usually green, brown, or yellow toenails - caused by debris building up under the nail, distorted nail shape, nail that is dull - no shine, brittleness of nail, crumbling of nail, nail detaching from the skin underneath and gradual thickening of the nail.

Despite all the aforementioned causes of toenail discoloration, the most common cause is toenail fungus. Advancing age, poor health, trauma and wearing shoes that don't allow air circulation to the feet can all contribute to contracting toenail fungus. In rarer cases thick toenails may be caused by skin diseases.

Toenail fungus is highly contagious and, if you have a fungal infection on your foot, the fungus can spread to one or more of your nails. If you notice your nails becoming thick, dry and eventually starting to crumble you may have a toenail fungal infection.

People pick up these fungal infections when walking barefoot on contaminated floors and object. Chronic mucocutaneous disease (disease of mucous membrane and regular skin) involves the nail plate (fingernail or toenail) and eventually the nail fold (the skin fold behind the cuticle, where the nail meets the finger or toe).
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