Tim Faber asked:
Toenail fungus afflicts millions of men (and women) every year. A result of bacteria build-up under the nail’s surface, toenail fungus damages the nail – turning yellow and, and in worse cases, black – deforms and destroys keratin nail cells and underlying skin.
Heat, humidity, lack of circulation, and moisture are no friend, and often accelerate fungal damage. Toenail fungus can be effectively treated with ingredients clinically proven to eradicate fungus and heal the nail. Considering the growth rate of nails and the extent of damage to the nail and skin, recovery can be as short as 60 days, but often takes 3-4 months. And, though there are many “home remedies” out there, using products with active ingredients proven to kill the fungus, restore the nail, and heal underlying skin are your best bet.
What Causes Toenail Fungus?
As the name implies, toenail fungus is a fungal growth that targets the Keratin cells in the nail and destroys nail building tissue. The fungus grows, building on heat, humidity, dirt, oils, dead skin and inflammed tissue. Toenails begin by fading and discoloring – often pale, yellow-ish, and growing in darkness…losing their clarity. Fungus often begins with the nail but begins damaging tissue leading to infection, soreness and inflammation.
Toenail fungus can be painful and is more often embarrassing – especially with summer upon us and as sandals and bare feet become the norm. Outside the most obvious, toenail fungus can worsen – leading to nail loss, gross discoloration and shape, and the need for formal medical treatment coupled with an antibiotics regimen.
How To Avoid Toenail Fungus?
Like athlete’s foot or foot fungus, heat and moisture are the proving grounds for bacteria. Many of us have jobs or physical activites that confine our feet leading to sweating, heat and physical damage. Sores, dirt, oil and lack of proper and adequate air circulation compound the problem. How often have we seen a military movie where troops have suffered from foot fungus and sores caused by long days in difficult conditions while carrying 50 pounds of gear over rough, hot rugged terrain? Invariably, the platoon leaders requires everyone to take off their boots, clean and “air out” their feet. There’s a reason for this.
Infection and bacteria, once they start, are hard to stop. Careful attention to hygiene and treatment are necessary to stop toenail fungus and using targeted skin care helps in the effort. The top recommendations are, however, to keep your feet clean and allow for proper circulation so your feet can dry and lose the moisture. Like any wound or infection, drying helps the healing process and proper cleaning and sanitizing can be put you on the road towards healing.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
In the past several years, several credible active ingredients have taken a “foot hold” (sorry) in the war against toenail fungus. Most prominent has been Tolnaftate that is a complex formulated specifically for toenail fungus. Tolnaftate is used in a number of anti-fungal products for its anti-bacterial properties. It targets and destroys keratin damage (nail) and promotes renewed nail growth, while infusing natural, antiseptic moisturization – thus killing bacteria and helping to heal the skin and nail.
Many formulations are combined with Emu Oil. Emu Oil is a by-product and extract of the Emu – commonly found in Australia. For thousands of years, the Australsians have used Emu Oil for burns, cuts and lacerations, and to heal skin rash. It is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and is “transdermal” – meaning it penetrates deep into the skin and “carries” other active ingredients with it…often making skin care products more effective.
Toenail fungus can be destroyed and fungus eliminated using proper hygiene, taking care of your feet, and using an effective toenail fungus treatment. Nails can be restored to normal shape, color, and growth and underlying skin can be healed.
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