Fingernail Fungus – Fast Facts and How to Get Rid of It

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By Hot Health November 17, 2016 20:45
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Fingernail Fungus – Fast Facts and How to Get Rid of It

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Removing Fingernail Fungus

Fungus is a very important part of the human body. Well not important, but it is a part nonetheless. Our skin nails and other parts of the body host a number of fungi which when present in increased volumes can potentially disrupt the proper functioning of the body. Onychomycosis is one such condition which occurs due to the fungus present in our fingernails. Though commonly known as the fingernail fungus, it affects fingernails and toenails equally. In Onychomycosis, the living fungi attacks your fingernails and if not addressed to immediately can worsen to a stage where it might be impossible to treat.

Our nails are supposed to be the barriers that keep infections and other bacteria from spreading to our body through our hands. But in the cases where extreme volumes of fingernail fungus are present, it is these nails that hinder the treatment of the condition.

Fingernail fungus usually occurs in three stages, which may sometimes be referred to as the three types of fingernail fungus.

  • Distal Subungual Onychomycosis
  • Proximal Subungual Onychomycosis
  • White Superficial Onychomycosis

While it may seem like fingernails affected by a fungus cannot have very adverse effects on the body, it has been found that the extremity of fingernail fungus can restrict one’s movements or hamper manual dexterity.

How to get rid of fingernail fungus?

You must have heard the proverb, Precaution is better than Cure. That is one proverb which should be taken very seriously when it comes to fingernail fungus. However, since fingernail fungus is not very noticeable one of the best ways to avoid getting affected by it is keeping a clean and healthy hygiene. You can also pay attention to avoiding keeping your feet and hands soaked in the water for prolonged times, avoiding public areas or avoiding dust-full places with an open wound. Fingernail fungus also grows in dark areas, therefore it is advised to not cover the nails with nail paint for prolonged periods of time and expose them to sunlight as and when possible.

If not catered to in the initial stages, fingernail fungus can cause thickening, unusual softening and unsightly coloring of the finger or toe nails. The most extreme solution to fingernail fungus infection is to undergo local incision or remove the affected area partially or completely.

Fingernail fungus can also be treated via several medications and/or home remedies. One of the most famous home remedy for fingernail fungus is mixing equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide and then dipping the nails in the solution for at least 45 minutes. Chemical medications for fingernail fungus removal are mostly available in the form of creams and other oral medications. Most of these require a physician’s prescription but some may be available over the counter.

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By Hot Health November 17, 2016 20:45
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