Nail fungus or onychomycosis is the whitening or yellowing of the nail that causes the nail to crumble or thicken at the edge as the fungus goes deeper into the nail. Nail fungus may also cause discoloration and can either occur in the finger or toe nails. Once a fungus is identified, it is recommended that nail fungus treatment be administered immediately. If the fungus is caught in the early stages, home remedies and over the counter drugs can be used; however, if the fungus infection is a prolonged condition, more drastic measures will need to be taken and surgery may be your only solution.
10Types of nail fungus
To determine the best nail fungus treatment for your condition, it is good to know the different types of nail fungus in order for you to know what you need to treat. Some infections of the nail are easier to treat than others. Take for example the distal subungual onychomycosis infection. This infection is a lifelong fungus that requires time and patience when treating it; however, the white superficial onychomycosis is less aggressive and can easily be treated with the right medication. Yeast infection or Candida onychomycosis, to call it by its clinical name, and proximal subungual onychomycosis, PSO are the other two types of fungal nail infections that can affect either the hands or the feet. However, while yeast infection mostly affects the hand, PSO affects the foot and can be found more in HIV positive patients than anyone else.
Nail infections will not heal themselves; therefore, if you find that one or more of your nails have become infected, you will need to seek treatment; whether, home, over the counter, OTC or prescribed medicine.