(Onycho which means nails and mycosis thus implying fungal infection) is a fungal infection of the fingernails or one’s toenails. The actual infection is of one’s bed of the nail and of the plate under the surface of the nail.
Onychomycosis is also referred to as Dermatophytic onychomycosis, Ringworm of the nail, and Tinea unguium.
This condition may indeed affect toenails or fingernails, but toenail infections are particularly common. The prevalence of onychomycosis is about 6-8% in the adult population.
Causes of Onychomycosis:
Onychomycosis is indeed caused by three types of fungi such as 1) dermatophytes, 2) yeasts, and 3) non-dermatophyte molds.
Fungi are rather simple parasitic plant organisms that do not need sunlight to grow. Toenails are of course especially susceptible because fungi rather prefer dark damp places. Swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers do typically harbor fungi.
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, problems with the circulatory system, or even immune deficiency disease are risk factors. A history of athlete’s foot, as well as excess perspiration, does happen to be also risk factors.
Symptoms of of Onychomycosis:
Onychomycosis is indeed a fungal infection that does cause fingernails or toenails to thicken, discolor, disfigure, and split. Depending on the type of fungus, one’s nail may turn yellow, gray, brown, or black. The nail may also become brittle as well as crack. It may separate from its given bed. The surrounding skin may also be red, itchy or swollen.
The nails of people with onychomycosis are rather initially a cosmetic concern. Without treatment, however, the nails can indeed become so thick that they can press against the inside of the shoes, causing pressure, irritation, as well as pain.
Onychomycosis can also be identified by its appearance, microscopy, and culture of nail specimens.
Onychomycosis is indeed very difficult and also sometimes impossible to treat, and therapy is often long-term. Therapy does consist of topical treatments that are indeed applied directly to the nails, as well as systemic drugs such as griseofulvin and ketoconazole. Oral drugs are not so effective on account of low serum concentration of the drug at the site of the infection.
• Keep the feet clean and dry, and washing with soap and water and drying thoroughly
• Keeping the nails cut short and wearing shower shoes whenever walking or showering in public places
• Daily changes of shoes, socks or hosiery are also helpful.
• Manicure and pedicure tools should be disinfected after each use.
• Nail polish should not be applied to nails that are infected as the water or moisture collects under the given surface of one’s nails.
• O not cut or tear the skin around the toenails as this can lead to infection.
Homeopathic treatment of Onychomycosis:
Homeopathic medicines do not really kill the fungus. It, in fact, enhances the immunity of one’s body so that the body can also fight against the fungus and then resist it. With regular use, Homeopathic medicines do help to restore the nail and prevent recurrent infections.
After starting homeopathic medicines, natural healing does take place. The nail, if rather mildly damaged, needs to be repaired. If largely damaged, it does fall off and the new nail which comes is healthy and generally can withstand the fungal infection. At Ankireddy, We provide best homeopathic treatment in Hyderabad for Onychomycosis with our homeopathy experts with intensive care and advise