Treat Toenail Rot Fungus Early for Best Results

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails and fingernails that people sometimes refer to as “toenail rot” or “nail rot.” In situations where nail fungus has been allowed to thrive, the resulting appearance of the nails does make it look like they are rotting. Thickened, dark colored, splitting nails are unsightly and can be painful. If not treated, the infection can lead to loss of the nail.

Fungal infections can occur in both the fingernails and in the toenails, but toe infections are more common. A fungal infection of the nails is usually easy to recognize by thickened, brittle nails that lose their luster and become discolored – yellow, brown, black or even green. “Toe nail rot” is not an accurate description, even though that is what it may appear as to the toe nail fungus patient.

The fungi that cause the infection invade the skin through small cuts or separations between the nail and the nail bed. Infections usually take hold after repeated exposure to warm, moist environments. Sources of infection can include public showers and swimming pools, old shoes with closed toes, or even home showers that are not cleaned often enough and that are used by other people with fungal infections. athlete’s foot is caused by the same types of fungi from the same sources as the fungi that infect the nails, but athlete’s foot infections are limited to just the skin of the feet.

Early treatment of fungal nail infections results in better outcomes than trying to treat a severe infection. Your physician might prescribe expensive and harsh pharmaceuticals for treating your nailrot, but you may see good results from natural fungus remedies before you resort to those. Click here for information about natural nail fungus treatments.