Toenail Fungus & Yellow Toenails - Treatment & Antifungal Information
Toenail fungus is an infection of the bed and plate underlying the surface of the nail. You should treat toenail fungus as soon as it appears. Nail fungus feeds off keratin, a type of protein found in non-living tissue. Yellow toenails are a side effect of the presence of toenail fungus. The more discolored the nail, the further along the infection. We offer a variety of Dr. recommended treatments for toenail fungus including tineacide and a tea tree oil wash Fungasoap.
Other Symptoms of Nail Fungus
Other than turning yellow, nail enamel that is infected with nail fungus may also develop the following symptoms:
Nail may begin to thicken
Nail may be brittle, crumbly, or ragged
Nail may lose its natural luster and shine
Treating Toenail Fungus - Tips and Recommendations:
Toenail fungus should be treated as early as possible. It becomes more difficult to get rid of the farther it has spread towards the cuticle. People suffering from toenail fungus, particularly in its more advanced stages are strongly advised to get a diagnosis from a podiatrist. There are a variety of different types of toenail fungus. One common toenail fungus is the same fungus that causes athlete's foot. Many toenail fungi will respond to a combination of good foot hygiene habits and non-prescription antifungal products; however, there are some types of foot fungus that will only respond to prescription oral treatment.
To treat toenail fungus and yellow toenails you should:
See a podiatrist immediately if you have diabetic feet or weakened foot circulation! People with these conditions are at the highest risk of toenail fungus complications.
Wash your feet daily with an anti-fungal foot wash, preferably one that contains tea tree oil such as FungaSoap. If you have had toenail fungus in the past or work in a moist, humid environment where you are at a higher risk of developing toenail fungus this is also a good preventive measure.
Don't use a commercial nail polish when you are suffering from nail fungus. Commercial nail polishes will provide a protective, watertight layer over the nail trapping moisture in, keeping topical medications out, and maintaining a perfect environment for nail fungus to grow and fester. If you would like to wear nail polish while treating a fungal infection wear an antifungal nail polish such as Dr. Remedy Nail Polish with tea tree oil or Clearstat Antimicrobial Nail Polish.
Use an extra strength antifungal cream such as Tineacide or Mycocide to kill the fungus before it does further damage to your nail enamel. (Although both antifungal treatments are effective, Tineacide tends to be the antifungal product Dr. Hurless' patients most frequently prefer.)
Once the fungus has been eliminated your nails will probably remain yellow until the healthy enamel replaces what has been damaged. Medical strength nail gels and polishes are available to aid the nail in its rebuilding process and help prevent toenail fungus from recurring.
Toenail fungus is very hardy and may recur if it is not killed completely. Be sure to use all toenail fungus products for the full duration directed on the packaged instructions even if nail fungus symptoms improve.
To prevent toenail fungus and yellow toenails you should:
Trim your toenails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe. The tip of the nail is the most vulnerable to infection.
Dry your feet thoroughly after you get out of the shower or bath.
Never go barefoot when showering in a public use facility such as a gym or spa. Always where shower shoes or spa slippers.
Sweaty feet are at an increased risk of contracting toenail fungus. Keep the inside of your shoes dry and free of bacteria by wearing moisture wicking socks and sprinkling your feet and the inside of your shoes with antibacterial foot powder.
When getting a professional pedicure it is best to bring your own nail tools to minimize the risk of infection. Use only licensed and accredited nail salons and ask questions about the salon's sterilization practices before making your appointment.
Have other toenail problems? Read our foot care article: The Most Common Toenail Problems and How to Treat Them.
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