What is nail fungus?
Toenail fungus is the general name for a nail infection caused primarily by a class of fungi called dermatophytes. The infection can affect any part of your nail, including the nail plate, bed, and root. However, 85% of nail fungal infections occur under the nail plate, on the nail bed. Fungus on toenails occurs seven times more often than on hands.
If you have a toenail or fingernail disease, you should start testing and treating it immediately. A fungus is an infection that can even enter the bloodstream and cause a number of unpleasant consequences in the form of diseases.
Fungal nail infections are highly contagious. They can be easily caught in places where you go barefoot, such as changing rooms or swimming pools, or on unsterilized equipment in nail and beauty salons. If you touch an infected person and forget to wash your hands, an infection can easily develop. Sharing contaminated items such as towels, sheets, and clothing can also spread the infection.
Signs of nail fungus
Fungal nail infections (known medically as onychomycosis) usually start with a white or yellow streak under the tip of a toe or toenail. As the infection spreads, you may begin to feel discomfort or pain – an infected nail usually changes in appearance, becomes brittle, discolored, and crumbles easily.
Fungal nail infections are contagious, and while it can be uncomfortable, it is important that you treat them as soon as you notice symptoms because they will not go away on their own.
Nail fungus, symptoms:
- White or yellow stripes on the nail;
- Thick, rough, or brittle nail;
- Loss of shine and radiance;
- Crumbling or jagged nails;
- Weakening or lifting of the nail;
- Changing the shape of the nail.
Who can be involved?
Anyone can get a fungal nail infection, however some people are more at risk for a fungal nail infection than others, and these include:
- Elderly people (over 55) and children;
- Diabetics (twice as often);
- Persons with sweaty feet;
- Athletes and people who frequent gyms and pools;
- Those who live with someone who has a fungal toenail;
- People who have a damaged nail;
- People with psoriasis;
- Those with a weakened immune system;
- People with peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation).
Causes of nail fungus
Fungus, microscopic organisms, most likely caused by dermatophytes. The most common is Trichophyton Rubric, which causes fungus.
This fungus grows best when the nail creates the ideal environment for it. They penetrate through cuts or delamination in the nail where it is most suitable and can grow due to moisture and heat. Some people should avoid sweating, walking barefoot and poor hygiene in certain conditions, and in general, people should be aware that different environments can cause these types of infections.
Variety of fungus on the legs
In each case, nail fungus can be divided into the following types of subtypes:
- Distal lateral subungual onychomycosis is the most common. This type is the cause in many when it affects the nail and the skin underneath. More commonly found on toenails than fingers. This usually occurs as a small discolored spot in the corner of the big toenail, which then slowly spreads towards the cuticle. Other symptoms are yellow streaks on the nail bed, discoloration and thickening of the nails that may begin to separate from the nail bed. Dirt can get stuck under the nail and cause it to be brown and ugly, as well as an unpleasant odor. This infection can also cause the nails to become brittle, soft, and start to crumble.
- PSO is a less common subtype of proximal subungual onychomycosis. This is very similar to the previous explanation. This infection starts in the cuticle and spreads to the tip of the nail, whereupon the tip of the nail begins to lift up from the toe. This type of fungus is quite rare and is usually diagnosed in people with low immunity.
- Superficial white onychomycosis is, as the name suggests, a type of fungus that causes white spots or streaks to appear on the top of the nail. They can become soft, dry, and powdery as the infection spreads. Over time, the nail can become damaged, crumble, and turn brown or gray.
- Yeast onychomycosis caused by the yeast Candida causes an increase in nail thickness, discoloration (yellow, brown and white). These are normal symptoms of a fungal nail infection. Some people suffer from yeast infections on the nails and yeast infections in the mouth, or suffer from chronic paronychia, which is a condition of the nails. This is one of the most common types of skin infections.
Diagnostics of nail fungus in MC Altimed?
If you have suspicions of a subungual fungus on your hands, we recommend that you contact a specialist for confirmation or refutation. Without in-depth diagnostics, based on visual signs, it is difficult to assert for sure.
In our center, painless diagnostics are carried out, revealing the presence of a fungus in the body. You will immediately get results that are 100% accurate.
For diagnostics, we carry out:
- Functional screening to determine the functional state of the patient’s body.
- ATM Vega Test is a very in-depth diagnostics, during which cause-and-effect relationships and possible hidden diseases are revealed. You can find out which organ is affected, how and what.
Even if there is a suspicion of nail fungus in children, come to us and we will quickly determine if this is so.
When do i need to contact MC Altimed?
Fungal nail infection is a common problem. In some parts of the world, most adults have a fungal nail infection. This usually starts after the nail is damaged and the spores of the fungus enter the keratin / protein of the nail. Fungal spores can be found in the environment such as locker rooms and old shoes.
The fungus grows slowly in the nail and causes it to thicken, discolor, and harden. The affected area may be so hard that it is difficult to cut, or it may “crumble” when attempted to cut.
If you notice nail fungus on your hands or feet, you need to contact a specialist for diagnosis and confirmation of the diagnosis.
Treatment of nail fungus is very important, as it indicates the need to examine the entire body. The infection can invade tissues, skin and even enter the bloodstream, causing many problems.
How does the treatment process in MC Altimed?
Since there are different types and stages of nail fungus, this means that there are also different ways to treat this infection. It is best to have your nail examined by a specialist to find out which type of fungus is causing the infection.
Nail fungus and its initial stage usually go unnoticed, and are reversed even when there are obvious signs.
For our patients in the hospital, we prescribe a course of antifungal therapy – a selective effect on the fungal flora. For this we use devices of our own production Lanta Z and Lanta Zl.
To restore organs and systems, passive (endogenous therapy) is used. With its help, it is possible to restore balance to the cells.
We also use ATM TP transcranial therapy. It strengthens the immune system and eliminates the consequences of stress, overwork. By acting on the cerebral cortex, it activates the work of endogenous opioid peptides.
Finally, we perform hardware detox and lymphatic drainage to remove toxins.
For home treatment, it is recommended to use one of the Lanta devices. The device is effective for antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, antiprotozoal, antifungal therapy. It acts selectively with electromagnetic oscillations of a given frequency and amplitude on various sources of infections.
We guarantee that if you follow all our recommendations, you will notice tangible positive results in the first few days.
The principle of work is the normalization of rhythms, the generation of healthy frequencies that will help the body to recover on its own and cope with the infection.
If you have nail fungus on your hands, the treatment will last 10-14 days, depending on the prescribed course after diagnosis.
If you periodically undergo a course of therapy with our devices, this will be the best prevention of nail fungus.
Why is it worth to go for treatment of nail fungus in MC Altimed?
Our medical center is engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases using our own devices. This allows us to guarantee recovery, provided that all recommendations are followed.
People turn to us because we have:
- Affordable prices.
- Individual approach to each client.
- Experienced and understanding professionals.
- Diagnosis and treatment without pain or discomfort.
- A modern approach to therapy, without side effects.
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