Nail Fungus


Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a condition that occurs when a fungus infects a toenail. Nail fungus can also be caused by a mold and yeast, rather than a true fungus. Anyone can get nail fungus, however infection is exceptionally more common in people over the age of 60, in diabetics and in those with compromised immune systems.  Nail fungus has been reported to be as high as 30% in the senior population. The affected nail can discolor, thicken and can split. Gradually over the years, more and more nails become affected, as well.While topical antifungal medications are readily available to treat nail fungus, they do not work very well because these products are only applied to the surface of the nail and do not penetrate deep within the nail bed, under the nail plate, which is where the fungus lives. To date, oral medications are the only available treatment that reliably cures toenail fungus. Some laser therapies can improve the appearance of the toenails, but at this time they have not been shown to be particularly effective at actually curing the fungus.

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