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Nail fungus - how to deal with it?

Onychomycosis affects mainly elderly people suffering from diabetes, psoriasis, lichen planus, cancer, with reduced immunity, and more and more often it also appears in young people. It most often affects the nails of the feet.


How to recognize her?

The nail is discolored (brown, yellow, black), brittle, unnaturally thickened, has an unpleasant odor, is often furrowed and has pits.

It is best to perform a laboratory test to find out what kind of fungus we are dealing with and whether our nail plate has actually been taken by the "enemy". Mycosis develops for a very long time, and its early symptoms are imperceptible.


Causes:

- infection with dermatophytes, molds or yeasts,

- favorable conditions for development is a dark, warm and moist environment,


How to prevent a fungal infection?

- wear flip-flops in sports centers (swimming pools, showers, locker rooms),

- do not borrow ski boots, bowling alleys, skates,

- wear properly selected footwear and socks made of natural materials.


What does mycosis treatment look like and how long does it take?


The duration depends on on the severity of the disease, side effects and drug interactions, and the type of pathogen that caused the infection.

Therapy can last from several weeks to several months. After performing mycological tests in the laboratory, it is best to visit a podiatrist.

He will match the appropriate topical agents, then clean the nail plate of pathological changes. They will also recommend appropriate home actions.

Remember that getting rid of a problem is a process.

It requires several visits to the office and consistency in following the recommendations given by the specialist.


Never underestimate the fungus! It can lead to serious complications, e.g. cause:

- permanent nail loss

- the spread of the infection to other areas of the body and sometimes into the bloodstream.

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