Toenail Fungus Definition

Toenail fungus is defined as an infection of the toenail by a specific fungus called (Onychomycosis).

Fingernail Fungus Definition

Fingernail fungus is defined as an infection of the fingernail by a specific fungus called (Onychomycosis). Infact the same fungus infects both fingers and toes.

Information about Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis)

Toenail fungus (and also fingernail fungus) is called Onychomycosis (also known as "Dermatophytic onychomycosis" or "Tinea unguium") which means a fungal infection of the nail (toenail or fingernail).

Toenail Fungus infection is the most common disease of the toenails and constitutes about a half of all toenail abnormalities and toenail problems.

Nail Fungus can and may affect your toenails (toenail fungus infection) or your fingernails (fingernail fungus infection), but toenail infections are particularly common. The prevalence of onychomycosis in toenail fungal infections or fingernail fungal infections is about 6-8% in the adult population throughout the world. Although the disease is more common amongst some ethnic groups such as latinos, and is more common in some areas of the country with high humidity. Although colder parts of the country are affected particularly prone to nail fungus infection are people who wear closed toe shoes and do strenuous work, as the humiduty and dampness in the shoe provides a good environment for nail fungus to thrive.

Do I Have Toenail Fungus?

To determine if you have toenail fungus is to visit a Laser Nail Center podiatrist or dermatologist to evaluate your toenails. When examining your toenails or fingernails to determine if the toenail or fingernail is infected with toenail fungus or fingernail fungus, you want to look to see if the nail plate has a thickened, yellow, or cloudy appearance on the toenail or fingernail.

Your toenails can become rough and crumbly, and can separate from the toenail bed. There is usually no pain (discomfort) to your toes or toenails (fingers or fingernails) or other bodily symptoms, to indicate toenail infection unless the toenail infection is severe. Again, if you are unsure, consult a Laser Nail Center podiatrist or dermatologist they can make a determination of the infection and decide the best course of action, which may not always include laser nail fungus treatment.

Toenail Fungus Treatment Comparisons.

A common question about toenail fungus is: "Can you cure toenail fungus?". You can not strictly speaking "cure toenail fungus" because it is a fungus that lives in the environment, you can however kill the pathogens that cause toenail fungus and take steps to prevent toenail fungus from re-entering the toenail bed. Laser toenail treatment can eliminate the toenail fungus pathogens that have infected and penetrated the nail. Other follow up procedures will prevent reoccurence of nail fungal infection.

How do I treat Toenail Fungus

The most effective means to treat toenail fungus, is laser toenail fungus removal. Unlike Laser treatment for toenail fungus infection, most oral medicines to treat toenail fungus (such as Lamisil) have potential risks and side effects that can eliminate them from usage to treat toenail fungus infection. Topical toenail fungus treatments for toenail fungal infection and fingernail fungal infection also have significant precaution is that one should never use Lamisil cream for toenail fungus infections in children. It should not be used to treat toenail fungus in expectant and lactating women as well. Lamisil cream to treat toenail fungus contains some ingredients that are harmless to most people but can cause serious complications in very young children and unborn babies. You should of course consult with a medical professional about a course of action to treat nail fungus. A Laser Nail Center podiatrist or dermatologist can help determine a course of action which could include usage of laser nail fungus removal.

Information about Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments

Laser toenail and laser fingernail fungus treatments are the fastest, most effective way of treating toenail fungus without pain or discomfort. Lasers vary by manufacturer and location but all are specialy tuned to eliminate the fungus without harming any other tissue. After laser nail fungus removal, it may take time for your old discolored nail to grow out.

Longterm Treatement of Toenail Fungus

To prevent toenail fungus from reoccuring, one should eliminate all existing infected items which may have toenail fungus in them. Any item that has come in contact with the infected toenail or fingernail should be removed. Old socks could have toenail fungus if they were worn by a person with a toenail fungus infection, old shoes could have toenail fungus that is viable if they were worn by a person suffering from toenail fungus infections so by eliminating them, after you eliminate toenail fungus in your toenails would be beneficial.

The same would go for things like gloves which were worn by a person with a fingernail fungal infection or even items like keyboards which could have nail fungus pathogens on them if they were used by a person with a fungal infection in the fingernail.