Fungal Toenails

Fungal Toenails

A group of fungi called dermophytes easily attack the nail, thriving off keratin, the nail’s protein substance. When the tiny organisms take hold, the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown or darker in color, and foul smelling. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate, white marks frequently appear on the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin, or even the nail bed. Injury may make the nail more susceptible to all types of infection, including fungal infection. Those who suffer chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to fungal nails. Other contributory factors may be a history of Athlete’s foot and excessive perspiration.

 

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Causes & Treatments

 What should I know about Nail Fungus?

  • A Fungal Nail Infection  is a condition that can also be referred to as Onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis) or Tinea Unguium.

  • The first sign of nail fungus may appear as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail. As the fungus grows, it may cause your nail to discolor to yellow, green, or black, thicken, and crumble around the edge.

  • Most nail fungus is caused by microscopic organisms called fungi that do not require sunlight to survive. Some of these same organisms also cause Athlete’s Foot.

  •  Fungi thrive in warm, moist places.

  •  Nail Fungus and Athlete’s Foot are contagious.

  • Without treatment, the toenails can become so thick that they cause pressure, irritation and pain, and can spread to adjacent nails and skin.
     

What are the treatment options?

  • Topical Over-the-Counter Medications

  • Topical Medications Dispensed only by a Physician (Tolcylen)

  • Prescription Only Topical Medications

  • Prescription Only Oral Medications

  • Laser Treatments

  • Surgical Procedures

  • Combination of the Above Options

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Tolcylen™ is the first antifungal, cosmetic, and nail renewal treatment, all in one product. It is available without a prescription and dispensed exclusively through physicians. Tolnaftate 1% and Undecylenic Acid 25% can prevent and cure fungal infections while acting as a cleansing/emulsifying agent and organic preservative. Urea, Lactic Acid and Propylene Glycol softens, thins and lightens brittle and discolored nails while acting as a penetrating agent for the other ingredients. Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E moisturizes and revitalizes nails, while promoting healthy nail appearance and growth. The patented delivery system is user friendly and the applicator tip controls flow while effectively dispensing medication on/ under the edges of nails. Also available: Tolcylen™ Skin Cream and Shoe Spray.

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