Treatment of fungus toenails

Beaches, public baths, swimming pools are all places where it is easy to be infected with onychomycosis. In addition, nail fungus may develop if you do not follow the initial stage of fungus hygiene, to wear uncomfortable or dirty shoes. At this stage of development of medicine there are tools that allow to effectively fight with the disease, but the treatment process is long and complex.

The classification of onychomycosis

The hell kind of nail fungus can depend on tactics, duration, and complexity of future treatment. It is therefore important to determine which scenario is observed in this case. There are several classifications of onychomycosis. The most popular are two of them that best reflect all the details of the destruction of nail fungus.

Classification of Russian scientists:

  1. Normotroficheskaya form of onychomycosis. Changing the color of the nail plate, the phenomenon there are longitudinal stripes and spots, located mainly in the lateral (closer Yes the cuticle) parts of the nail. The thickness and density of the nail in this form does not change.
  2. Form hypertrophic. The nail plate is thickened due to hyperkeratosis. Disappears healthy Shine of the nail, it becomes rough, thick, there may be flaking or crumbling on the sides.
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  4. Animalisticheskaya form. Observed atrophic changes in the nails that begin with the distal edge, are areas of delamination, which first appear as white areas. Nail plate color becomes dull and grayish.

The classification proposed by N. Zaias in 1972:

  1. Distal subungual form. The changes affect the nail tip, it becomes thinner, flaking, crumbling, you may experience abnormal growth and thickening (growing wave). The color of the whole nail becomes yellow, white or gray.
  2. Surface form. The detected change in the phenomenon of the appearance of white spots and stripes, which gradually increases, changing the structure and become darker.
  3. The proximal subungual form. Originates at the back of the nail shaft and extends in the proximal direction and the cuticle.
  4. Total dystrophic form. The entire nail becomes irregular in structure, thickened, changed its color, it is destroyed.

Externally onychomycosis in the early stages it is easy to take for regular nail injury or the manifestation of beriberi.

Treatment of nail fungus


First you must understand that nail fungus is a disease that will not heal itself, even if to eliminate damaging factors. For the treatment of nail fungus is most often treated and comprehensive therapy. The therapeutic actions are antimycotic funds. Based on hell and the extent of damage to the nail plate and form of the disease, can be chosen different tactics of treatment:

  1. Local treatment. Acceptable only in the early stages of the disease. The drugs are used superficially in the form of ointments, creams, nail Polish.
  2. The systemic therapy. More serious is required when significant damage if the onychomycosis affected more than half of the nail. In this case, in the course are, in addition to local funds, and even medications that are taken inside.

It's hard to choose one best remedy for nail fungus, so a common approach is needed. Note that the complexity of therapy takes into account some sanitary measures. In particular, when the diagnosis of onychomycosis treatment required disinfection of shoes, socks, gloves, clothing in contact with affected area, a thorough treatment of towels, personal hygiene. These actions are carried out in special disinfectants.

Systemic treatment: pills


Treatment is preformed by means of a system call, since the substance enters the body, absorbed into the bloodstream and current will flow and accumulate in high active concentrations. The system approach is particularly justified because it allows to prevent complications of the disease and extend full assistance "from all sides". In system tools there are a number of contraindications and limitations and use. For example, they should not be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, before applying required to see a specialist.

Local therapy: ointment

Topical treatment of onychomycosis is very effective because the fungus prefers a long time to remain on the surface. But only in the initial stages of the disease. Priceless advantages of local drugs phenomenon is that they immediately act directly on the lesion without circulation throughout the body. This means, the possible undesirable effects of such funds reduced Yes minimum. In addition to the antimycotic component to the ointment includes an antibiotic corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory element. It relieves local itching and irritation. All ointments should be applied to clean, dry skin not only at the site of injury, but and around, capturing the healthy areas. Treatment ointments is carried out for 2-8 weeks according to ad activity of the drug, the lesion and medical advice. Structure of the cream is not able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the nail and skin, so for effective application need to prepare the damaged area. The nail plate needs to be as cut off (so that the nail peels off and crumbles, it is easy to do and doesn't hurt). The cream is applied directly on the skin the pad under the nail and around the damaged tissue.

Local therapy: antimycotic nail varnish


Therapeutic anti-fungal nail polishes are another indispensable tool for local use. Of course, the varnish should be used in conjunction with creams or ointments. First and foremost, you should know the opinion of your doctor. Different funds may have different methods of application, about which you should inquire of the physician or the user and application. Most often, the lacquer is applied 1-2 times daily on cleansed nail. Treatment continued for at least 2 weeks.

The treatment of severe onychomycosis

In severe advanced cases of onychomycosis requires an integrated approach and therapy. In this case, the doctor selects the optimal combination of drugs local action and system tools. This approach may a lot of positive moments:

  1. It reduces the time of treatment (for example, instead of 18 months in the treatment of onychomycosis with griseofulvin stop – only year complex therapy).
  2. Reduces the risk of adverse reactions from the body (through the use of lower drug doses and redistribution of local and systemic tools that you need to drink inside).
  3. Greatly reduces the possibility of recurrence of the disease.
  4. The opportunity to affect not only the fungus that "on the surface", but also on the possible spread of infection to other tissues of the body.
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For the selection of complex therapy is required to carefully examine the medical history of the disease and to collect all data on the pathogen. Then the doctor will be able to choose the most effective in this case drugs that will have an immediate positive effect.

Means for painless removal of the affected nail

In today's world, when google + is hard to find time to walk Yes, the doctor's office, people used to use the methods for self-treatment. One of them was painless app removing the affected nail fungus. It should be understood that this does not equate exactly to the nail fungus treatment. Rather, it is a temporary postponement of treatment and an alternative to surgical intervention. The basis of the compositions of such preparations include propylene glycol, urea and various acids and oil. This complex of substances has a few steps:

  • anti-inflammatory, analgesic and reduces swelling;
  • softening effect on the nail, which contributes to its detachment;
  • protivotoksicheskoe action;
  • an antiseptic effect.

After the diseased nail is removed, you should use a cream to accelerate the growth of a new nail plate. It disinfects open the fabric and creates favorable conditions for the growth of the new nail. Mind you, if you feel discomfort at the site of application of the cream, burning, pain or itching, you should immediately remove the poultice, rinse the site of application. If you experience discomfort, burning or itching in the treatment area to immediately remove the patch, wash with soap and water and apply and specialist.

The treatment of onychomycosis in children

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Treatment of any disease, including onychomycosis in children should be under strict medical supervision. The child's body may of its features which limit the application by some means. For example, the child's organism is still not fully formed a powerful immune system. The child of a certain age continued growth and development of almost all organs and systems. Given the high toxicity of many antifungal substances, their use in children is strictly limited. For the treatment of onychomycosis in children hours prescribed creams for local application. On the one hand, they are safer because they do not have systemic action, but on the other – may cause an allergic reaction, which many children tend. Therefore, the appointment of antifungal drugs should be a doctor who is familiar with the anamnesis of the child.

Effective methods for the treatment of onychomycosis with traditional medicine

Folk remedies for home self-treatment is unlikely to help to cure the disease completely. However, they can remove the unpleasant symptoms – itching, burning, pain, swelling, redness. Yes they can become another link in the complex treatment of nail fungus. Folk remedies is the most budget app treatment and recovery during and after illness. In the ranking of the most proven effective methods of treatment of onychomycosis includes the following methods:

  • hydrogen peroxide;
  • vinegar;
  • units;
  • tea tree oil;
  • various essential oils.
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All these methods proven hours and a large number of people. Yes besides their effectiveness can be easily explained from the medical point of view. Most of the drugs of modern medicine contain in their composition of these components. So, of course, folk remedies have the right to exist.

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has a strong antibacterial action. It can be found in the home medicine Cabinet of almost any family. And buy in the pharmacy, it easier simple, because it is sold without a prescription. For the treatment of onychomycosis hydrogen peroxide is used as a compress on the affected area feet or hands. First you need to thoroughly wash the area with soap under warm water, steam the nails with the addition of soap or soda. Thoroughly dry the area so it remained liquid. Dalia is hygienic care of the nails is to cut it as briefly as possible and file the nail file. Of cotton wool and bandages, preparing cotton-gauze pads which need to be impregnated with hydrogen peroxide. The basis of compress Yes apply the affected area, and fix several layers of bandage, knotted (not to pinch the blood flow). The top is wrapped in plastic wrap. This compress is held 30 minutes, after which it must be removed and washed with warm water affected area. This procedure is done every day but the phenomenon of the appearance of the effect.

Adawya of an application

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The situation with iodine is about the same as with hydrogen peroxide. He is almost in the skin house, in which case it can be expensive to buy at the pharmacy. Ed has fungicidal properties, while inhibited the growth and reproduction of the fungus, die off the cells. Skin and nails it works, relieving inflammation and itching. Before the procedure, thoroughly rinse the site of injury with soap and water, to treat a cosmetic way, and wipe dry. You also need to prepare a container of soda solution. Then you can apply physical damage on the nails, cuticles and the skin between the toes. Then dip your feet in a soda solution for 30 minutes.

This method has several contraindications and side effects:

  • Can occur individual intolerance of iodine.
  • The presence of thyroid diseases and requires consultation with a specialist before the procedure.
  • Possible local irritation, pain.

Essential oils

There is some scientific evidence that essential oils effectively fight fungal infections. In particular, the essential oil of cinnamon can be used against onychomycosis. Cinnamon is able to regulate the content of sugar in the blood is the main "food" mushrooms. Preparation before use of essential oil of cinnamon similarly to steam leg, using the nail scissors and nail file, wipe dry. Cinnamon oil should be spread on the nail and RUB into the cuticle area immediately after that. In order to make it work, nails should be steamed.

Foundation for the prevention of onychomycosis


To the fungus have not touched you and your family members and you should follow the simple rules of hygiene and rules for the use of public places:

  1. Careful hygiene of the feet every day wash with soap and water, wipe. However, it is recommended to trim the nails and treat the cuticles.
  2. Shoes should be comfortable, not to push, not RUB. The foot should not sweat. If this happens – choose shoes made of natural materials.
  3. Trying on shoes in stores, you should definitely use a one-time deal.
  4. Being in public – the Spa, pools, hotels, beaches – do not walk barefoot. Slates will provide enough protection to your feet.
  5. After visiting public places you should wash your feet with soap and water.
  6. Come with the mind and choice of manicure and pedicure. All materials and tools must be treated and disinfected before skin visitors. Best using personal or disposable materials.
  7. You should use a good emollient cream for the feet, no cracks and burrs.

These simple rules will help you not to get infected with nail fungus. And in the case of illness not to spread it to other people as soon as possible to recover.