Fungal diseases of the nails, the scientific term – onychomycosis, is a common problem among millions of people in the world. Nail fungus does not go away by itself, to solve the problem you have to see a doctor. It is important to identify the disease in its earlier stages. As longer the fungus grows on the feet, it’s more difficult to reduce.
Factors affecting the development of fungal nail diseases:
- The climate : Fungal nail diseases on the feet often develop in countries with temperate and cold climate, where people wear tight shoes which create favorable conditions for the development of infection.
- The age: Most often, middle-aged and elderly people suffer from onychomycosis. The older the person, the higher the risk of contracting a fungal nail infection.
- Gender: Men are 1.5-3 times more likely to have fungal nail disease.
- Profession : More often the fungus appears due to a large number of various harmful factors: dustiness, gas contamination, high temperature and others.
Symptoms that need to be addressed to the Clinic for the treatment of nail fungus as quickly as possible:
- Change the color of the nail plate (it can become brown, dark green, black, gray or dark yellow).
- Cracks in the interdigital folds.
- Thickening on the skin.
- Burning sensation.
- Thickening, brittleness or thinning of the nail.
Where can I “pick up” the nail fungus?
Infection of the nail fungus has a high ability to survive, as it can survive for months on dead tissues and easily tolerates low temperatures.
However, raising the temperature to 70-80 degrees kills the infection, which, undoubtedly, can be used as a preventive measure of the disease and disinfection of the premises. Infecting fungus can be literally everywhere where a man’s footsteps, but especially this risk in places such as baths, gyms, shower cabins (moisture is a beneficial environment for the reproduction of infection), locker rooms and others. Often, the disease is transmitted through common shoes, for example, inside the family.
In addition to high survivability, the nail fungus perfectly resists the medicine that treats it, and if the first time you did not cure this disease to the end, and then there are all chances that this medicine will not be so effective the next time.
Symptoms and manifestations of fungus nails and feet:
The first manifestations of the fungus appear on the skin of the legs or in the interdigital folds, where there is peeling, accompanied by itching or burning. If you ignore these symptoms and do not take immediate action, then there may be blisters that later turn into ulcers and cracks. Only after this the fungus spreads to the nails.
External changes include changing the color of the nail (white, yellow, gray), which becomes opaque, thickens, and then begins to crumble and collapses. Gradually the fungus spreads throughout the nail, the infection spreads to the skin around the nail, the skin of the foot, so even removing the nail, the fight with the fungus does not end.
People suffering from fungal infection, note the decline in the overall quality of life. In addition to physical discomfort, people feel a negative emotion, which leads to psychological disorders.
In addition, the fungus of the nails and feet reduces the overall immunity of the body and provokes the penetration of other infections, including bacterial infections. Because of a fungal infection, such diseases as bronchial asthma, allergic dermatitis, rashes are aggravated.
In our days, people who suffer from nail fungus are the latest antifungal medicines, which, in addition to actively destroying the infection itself, can be absorbed into the nail tissue for a long time, which increases the effectiveness of treatment. Treatment times have also declined. So, if before treatment took an average of 6-12 months, but now about 3-4. Antifungal varnishes for the local treatment of nail fungus are applied only 1-2 times a week. For severe forms, new external forms are combined with the treatment of capsules or tablets. There have appeared such combined preparations, where antifungal components are combined with components that soften the horny masses. This makes it possible to fight with nail densification. With this task are also coping with the recently emerged devices for hardware processing – modified drills with special cutters for nails. The doctor selects the specific treatment plan each time individually.
Remember that nail fungus is a very serious infection requiring immediate and professional treatment. If you find the first symptoms of the nail fungus immediately contact a specialist in the clinic and do not try to engage in self-medication, because it can significantly exacerbate the course of the disease.
In “Skin Clinic” there are all conditions for effective treatment of nail fungus and feet – qualified personnel, new and high-quality treatment methods, an individual approach to the treatment of each patient. Come to us and be assured that your health is in safe hands!