Many people ignore-groomed nails on the feet, underestimated the possible danger. Onychomycosis (scientific name of nail fungus) – is a cosmetic defect, but a health problem. Constant exposure to the toxins, which eliminates the fungus, leading to chronic poisoning of the organism. As a result – increased fatigue, weakness, disturbances in the functioning of the immunity. Not to mention that the affected fungus nail they don't look aesthetically pleasing and give rise to resentment in others.


How dangerous is onychomycosis?

Itching, burning and discomfort during fungal damage to the skin caused by contact of the skin with Mikotoxinya. These foreign to the human body substances have toxic properties, cause inflammation and violate metabolism in the skin cells.

When the loss of the nail plate these symptoms are expressed less. Uncomfortable itching sensations arise only in advanced cases, when the fungus "gets" into the tissue under the nail plate. The fungus lives in the nail and multiply does not create the poison into the surrounding tissue. The body suffers from poisoning, and only the toxins penetrate into it in smaller quantities than in ringworm.

Launched onychomycosis is accompanied by cracking and damage to the skin around the nail – it is a gateway for other infections. Perhaps the appearance of wounds and suppuration, it is not excluded assault pseudomonas wand and golden Staphylococcus. Longer cohabitation with a sponge, it ends onycholysis – the complete destruction of the nails. The new plates do not grow back, so the surface of the fingers unprotected. Tissue under the fingernails are not focused on the friction, pressure, contacts with the surroundings. A man without a nail on the legs, experiencing pain. Wearing shoes becomes a torture. Appear uncertainty in yourself and complexes.

Onychomycosis is more difficult to cure than fungal skin diseases. Will the nail plate develop a yellowish greater density, but its essence is inside the dermis. The fungus is able to distribute their spores, which is difficult to remove, even with the help of strong drugs

How timely notice problems with your nails?

Mycobacterium are found only in the upper layer of the board. On it you can notice the bright dots and spots, easy to variety of designs, the lack of natural luster.

The process of developing nail fungus

At the second stage, the infection penetrates into the nail. It manifests itself by changing its color, shape, texture. Will the nail plate develop a yellowish stratifies, the plot thickens, loses its elasticity and becomes fragile. When trimming the nails break down and falling apart.

The third running phase is characterized by a complete change in the structure and appearance of the nail. It becomes whitish, yellow or greenish, it loses the transparency. The board repeatedly has thickened, trimming becomes more difficult. The shape of the nail bed changes – appear to ledges and hillocks. In the last stage of arise and other symptoms of fungal infection – skin, itching, soreness and burning, cracking and hangnail on the cuticles. Often the fungus "spreading" on the skin and nails are in the vicinity. In such a case, the dryness, itching and hyperkeratosis appear on the soles of the feet and between the toes. In the absence of adequate treatment, the damage matrix of the nail, it dies off and falls away.


Onychomycosis is more easily treatable in the early stages of development. To make timely notification of changes of the nail plate, for a pedicure is better to use a clearcoat. A week should make a "revision" of the nails on the feet – is to carefully watch, the nails, apply a new layer of paint.


Start the treatment of nail fungus as soon as possible. Ideally – from the appearance of spots. The spread of mold spores throughout the nail plate has influence on the speed of its growth. The affected nails grow slowly, which also complicates the process of treatment. The nails can be considered a cure later 1-2 months after complete replacement of the boards on the healthy. The longer the process of re-growth – the more pronounced the cost of treatment.

For the selection of drugs, consult with your doctor. The treatment of fungal infections deals with the dermatologist. A specialist will determine the degree of negligence of onychomycosis and prescribe a special tests. Laboratory studies scraping of the affected nail allow you to identify the type of mold, and its sensitivity to antifungal agents. Treatment specific drugs ensures complete destruction of the infection and prevention of recurrence. If you choose the drug the wrong way, its use does not effect. Under the guidance of a dermatologist treatment will be faster and more efficiently

The process of pharmacological treatment is to be monitored. In the process of application of drugs, the fungus is able to adapt – to get the resistance (resistance). Weak cure just "sleepy" infection. Visual recovery does not exclude the possibility that the spores of the infection remained on the board. Once a person stops the treatment, the fungus is activated again.

Therapy onychomycosis means the use of the funds to local action. It solutions, ointments, gels, pastes, varnishes. Acts on the surface of the skin and nail plate, killing the fungus. In more advanced cases it is necessary to use a fungicidal means of systemic action – the capsules or tablets. Sometimes in the complex therapy include vitamins and stimulants of immunity.

Medicine or folk medicine: what to choose?

The practice of folk medicine recommend dozens of different recipes against onychomycosis. They are often used in these foods, herbs, as well as a pharmacy means from the group of antiseptics. These "medicines" do not have a fungicidal action. They are not able to kill the fungus. In the framework of the possibilities of folk songs – stop the reproduction. It will grow healthy, natural nails plate. But the inside will remain mold spores, which are activated after the end of treatment.


The use of folk recipes from onychomycosis only suitable for the first stage of its development. When running the form the treatment will be very long and not give you permanent results.

To treat nail fungus it is necessary to pick up special medicine. However, the modern pharmaceutical industry offers a universal tool – fungistatic and fungicidal substances with a broad spectrum of action. Some of them are able to kill more than 10 species of fungi at the same time. With the aim of prevention of chronic onychomycosis, in the course of the therapy it is better to replace the drug 2-3 times. In more advanced cases, the financial resources of the local action is not enough. Guarantee a cure, only a comprehensive approach – welcome to the tablet and outdoor use drugs.

If you violate the treatment plan, apply medicines or folk medicines regularly, not to treatment until the end – the sponge will remain where it was. In addition, the infection becomes stronger and will be harder to succumb to the influence of fungicidal substances.

How to prepare the nails?

Treatment of onychomycosis on the big finger of the foot is quite problematic. Here the largest, the densest and the fat will be nail plate develop a yellowish. On the large homogeneous surfaces, the fungus multiplies and spreads faster. Affected nails sometimes reaches 5 mm thickness, which makes it difficult the penetration of medicinal substances.

Preparation for the treatment of

Before using medicines or remedies of folk medicine, an ailing motherboard, you need a special way to prepare:

  • thoroughly wash your feet and nails from the economic or antibacterial soap;
  • place the legs in a frying pan with hot (bearable temperature) soda-saline solution (for 1 l of water add 1 tablespoon of soda and 2 – salt) for 10-15 minutes;
  • soak your feet personal towel;
  • to the maximum cut free edges;
  • reduce the affected, may the natural nail plate before the advent of sensitivity;
  • dry your feet into the air, and start manipulating with the cure.
type of mold

Such manipulations have to be repeated every week, until the removal of the entire affected part of the nail.

Before starting treatment it is necessary to prepare several pairs of new socks, a separate towel for the feet. When their use is the need to wash as often as possible, I'm sure iron iron. Throw the bottle with formaldehyde, and also a big pack of cotton wool. Before starting therapy it is necessary to moisten the 2 dumpling cotton wool in the solution, put into the shoes. Shoes should be wrapped in a bag and put on a night on the balcony. In the morning the cotton wool shall be taken, and shoes the air in the course of 2-3 hours. Such processing spend a week. After complete cure of the mold of the normal and the inside of the shoes should be replaced with a new one.

Select the drug

Turning to the pharmacy for anti-fungal means, it is necessary to ask drugs, specifically from the nail fungus. Standard ointments and creams can not penetrate into the deeper layers of the nail plate. For the treatment of onychomycosis, suitable preparations are in the form of solutions and special varnishes.

Solutions are applied to the nails twice a day – morning and evening, after the hygienic processing of the feet. Means of a drip on the lunula (bright land at the base), as well as under the free edge of the plate. In the first month of treatment are better at the same time to process the skin on the whole finger, as well as the neighboring nails. Flushing or wash solutions not to be.

Therapeutic varnishes is applied 1-2 times a week. After drying, the composition forms a dense layer on the surface of the nail, which continuously acts against the mold.

Treatment with folk methods rather cumbersome. Some of the funds that you need to cook, put on a certain time, setting the cellophane, flushing. Do all of these procedures should be every day for 2-3 times a day. Below are listed the most simple and affordable folk ways to treat nail fungus.

  • Tea tree oil. It has antibacterial and antifungal activity. Can be applied only with a good tolerability. The broadcast used in pure form. 3 times a day spread on the prepared nails. The drip tray on the base plate and under the plate. Treatment continue until the complete regrowth of the nail.
  • Iodine. Pharmacy alcohol solution of iodine is applied to the nails twice a day, to fully follow its surface cotton wand. Of the drawbacks – coloring of the plates and the skin around them.
  • Vinegar. Apple cider or wine vinegar impregnated with a ball of cotton wool. His insert a nail, served polyethylene, firm bandage or patch. They leave an impact for 3-4 hours, then peel off the tape and wash off the remnants of vinegar. In the treatment is to be monitored, to avoid burns on the skin. With good endurance bandage is applied on the whole night.

Other known means – grated garlic, onion-honey mixture, mash of of propolis and alcohol, mix aloe juice and mustard. All of these products can be used in the lighter forms of mold. Dermatologists recommend the use of folk remedies only, in addition to drug treatment.

How long to wait for the result?

the progress of mold and mildew

The duration of treatment is purely individual. The terms are dependent on the degree of damage to the sponge, its square, the presence of complications in the form of tinea or immunodeficiency. From mild forms of mold and mildew on the big finger of the foot you can get rid of in 3-4 months. The deeper lesions to heal in about a half a year. In advanced cases, the treatment lasts up to a year. Even after full healing of onychomycosis remains a risk of recurrence of the infection. Exclude him, it is necessary to apply a preventative tool, regular and quality care for your feet.

When excessive sweating is the need to use talc, special deodorants. Shoes must master the antifungal solutions, regularly change the inserts, qualitatively dry in the open air. The same principles should be applied for the prevention of onychomycosis. The key moment – the use of protective shoes, socks and towels in public places (spa, sauna, pool, massage).

To began to treat fungal diseases of folk remedies, it is important to know what he's afraid of nail fungus. Depends on the success of intensive care, clinical outcome. The main thing – to stop the disease process of reproduction of the infection, to stop a heart attack. To productively win the nail fungus folk remedies, it is necessary to turn to a dermatologist and undergo diagnosis, especially exceed to the intensive care unit