What Is Fungal Infection in Nails and What Causes Onychomycosis
Several fungi species affect human nails, specifically onychomycosis. Almost 10 percent of the global population suffers from this nail fungus condition that is a quickly rising pandemic condition. Unfortunately, a fungal nail infection often remains undertreated and becomes a chronic condition that is estimated to be responsible for 50 percent of all nail diseases.
Onychomycosis can develop slowly without immediate noticeable signs at the onset and then manifest itself when it’s already too late to address the issue easily. So, how do you understand if you have this infection before it becomes deeply chronic?
Fungal nail infections can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, and occupation. Yellow or white spots under the tip of a nail are the first signs of dermatophyte fungi. These symptoms might be inadequately defined as people may overlook warning signs. However, as the infection develops, nails begin to lose their colour.
Fungal infections need a dark and moist environment to thrive. If you excessively sweat while wearing socks and shoes, you are at risk of developing onychomycosis. A tropical island climate such as in Singapore also makes you more vulnerable to infection. Apart from growing on damp parts of your body, fungi can also be contagious and spread from one person to another.
How Can I Prevent Fungal Nail Infections
What are the fungal nail infection causes? These days more and more people strive to live healthier lives by being more active and fit. But whether you are lifting weights at the gym or burning calories on elliptical machines, it is crucial to pay attention to personal hygiene.
Active exercising makes you sweat, creating a favorable environment for fungal infection growth. Public swimming pools, steam rooms, and shared showers at gyms might be places of increased risk for fungi contamination. Also, make sure not to walk barefoot in public areas to prevent toenail fungus infection.
Since there are so many factors that facilitate onychomycosis’ development and spread, like poor hygiene, increased sweating, and damp environments, we are all at risk. However, people who have diabetes, psoriasis, or any other immune system disorders that decrease the blood flow to the limbs, are more vulnerable to the disease.
Adults and particularly men have more chances to develop nail fungus than children and females. It is worth noting that onychomycosis is easily spread between those who live under the same roof. If a person has the infection, it’s generally transmitted to other family members. Another essential fact about onychomycosis is that it can be easily mimicked by other fungal illnesses. That’s why the best way to detect and treat this infection in the early stages is to visit a qualified specialist.
Why Is Onychomycosis Difficult to Treat
While mycosis is easily diagnosed by specialists, most people fail to recognize the symptoms on their own. The infection often takes a chronic form that is challenging to cure due to a lack of effective treatment approaches. The quick spread of disease also hinders the healing process. There is a naturally-derived onychomycosis topical treatments available from The Foot Practice, but it’s better to prevent the nail fungus from spreading than to treat it.
Preventative measures include maintaining good hygiene, keeping skin clean and dry, and changing socks every day. It is also recommended to wear shoes that allow air circulation to reduce the risk of infection.
What Should I Do if I Have Onychomycosis
If you observe any of these changes, make sure to visit a podiatrist to start treatment immediately. Please note that onychomycosis is not a disease that goes away on its own but progresses into a chronic condition. It tends to spread quickly to other nails, becoming more challenging to treat. So, consult a podiatrist as soon as you notice the disease’s first symptoms.
A fungus disease should be treated at the early onset to stop its spreading. However, the absence of evident symptoms makes it almost impossible. When addressing the infection too late, the fungi further develops passing onto other nails.
Our nails are made of protein keratin that provides cell and tissue growth and protects them from external damage. The nail plate is formed from approximately 50 layers of keratinocytes, which makes nails strong and resilient. But when there are fungi cells, they systematically replicate and replace the keratin, spreading deeper into the nail bed, bypassing the protective layers.
The fungi growth will lead to the deterioration of the nail plate and the nail bed. If your nails become yellow or white, get thicker, and separate from the nail bed, there’s a likely chance that you have fungal infection. Although the condition can affect the fingernails, onychomycosis of the toenails is more prevalent.The disease can have even more drastic consequences like the nail crumbling on the edges or affecting your walk due to pain in toenails.
Even though hundreds of drugs are designed to treat fungal nail infections, many of them are not effective in dealing with onychomycosis. A dedicated specialist may prescribe oral medications like antibiotics or remedies for external use. However, a treatment plan may last several months.
The up-to-date treatment options include topical antifungals like creams, sprays, and gels. These medications should be applied for at least 48 weeks, and may result in irritation in the area around the finger and toenails. What’s even more disappointing is that such treatment’s efficiency is relatively low as only around 20 percent of patients fully recover from the disease. Thus, you may wonder if there are any other treatment approaches available on the market that show more successful results.
Is there a Natural Treatment for a Fungal Nail Infection
So what are my options for treatment of onychomycosis in Singapore at The Foot Practice? We offer our patients a safe and natural onychomycosis topical treatment that is highly effective. This remedy reduces the negative impact of nail fungus infections, relieving the disease’s symptoms quickly. It has little-to-no side effects in most patients and can be used daily without irritating.
We’ve come up with a unique remedy application process that works by harnessing Spirulina’s fungicidal power to kill nail fungus once and for all. You might have heard about the incredibly nutritious superfood Spirulina – that typically comes in powder form or that people ingest daily in tablets that can be found at any Watsons, Guardian or any grocery store throughout Singapore. The same natural anti-fungal properties are used in our treatment to repair damaged nails by recovering the infected nail bed.
If you’re fighting onychomycosis, don’t hesitate to visit our clinic to benefit from the first-in-class substance with natural fungicidal properties. Act fast and contact us today to prevent nail fungus from spreading or becoming a chronic condition.