What is Onychomycosis?

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Onychomycosis is exactly like athlete’s foot. However, instead of infecting the skin at the base of your toes, it infects your nails. Fungi are actually very small organisms; sometimes you could barely see them with a microscope. And although they are not really “bugs”, they do like warm, moist environments. OHR Medical provides modern treatments to help you fully recover from this toe nail fungus. Consult with an expert physician on time before the infection increases

Causes for Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis  causes disfigured or distorted nails. The most common form of Onychomycosis is Onychomycosis granuloma, which basically means the Onychomycosis fungi have multiplied and made themselves into a hard white powder. The most serious Onychomycosis is Onychomycosis cambium, which has the ability to spread throughout the entire nail plate and eventually infect all the nails, even those under the nail surface. Onychomycosis solutions are often used in cases such as Onychomycosis granuloma and Onychomycosis cambium.

Onychomycosis is caused by a spore that contains a single copy of an organism’s genetic material. That single copy then spreads to form Onychomycosis spores. Spores can also contain non-genetic material such as dead skin cells, hair, oil and bacteria. Spores are then released from the spores and can land anywhere. The fungal infection then spreads through the entire body. If not treated, the infection may spread to the lymph system and other body organs such as the colon, lungs and skin.

Treatments of Onychomycosis

Although there are several treatments for Onychomycosis treatment and prevention, most doctors recommend avoiding Onychomycosis. The reason being, is that it’s not fully understood yet exactly how Onychomycosis fungi infect human skin. This makes treatment a bit difficult. For instance, most Onychomycosis experts believe that the primary cause of Onychomycosis is when white blood cells (panicles) gather on a site of infection. When the body starts to produce antibodies (for example in response to infection), it triggers the production of white blood cells which in turn destroys any Onychomycosis fungi.

The majority of Onychomycosis symptoms are very mild and may include redness, swelling, itchiness, blisters or open sores at the site of infection. Most people will experience one or more of these symptoms at some point. Treatment for Onychomycosis can vary depending on the type of fungi involved, but generally includes at least one anti-fungal drug (tetracycline, Metronidazole, Atovaquone) and ultraviolet light. Some doctors recommend the use of oral liquid nitrogen to freeze the fungi off. Onychomycosis is treated differently according to how aggressive the infection is.

Fungal nail infections such as Onychomycosis are treated exactly the same way, with Onychomycosis antifungals like Terbinafine and Itraconazole. Some of these products have also been combined with oral medications. Many doctors prefer oral medications and topical treatments because they do not have side effects and are very quick acting. Oral medications tend to work best right after an infection has appeared and have become established. Topical treatments have to be continued regularly to maintain effectiveness over time.

There are other types of fungal nail infections that are not related to dermatophytes or yeast. One of them is called onychomycosis complex and is caused by dermatophytes. This type of Onychomycosis is much more serious and is often caused by severe underlying illness such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, tumors, kidney disease and other disorders of the immune system, including cancer. Some patients even have recurring Onychomycosis. While it can easily be cured, Onychomycosis is chronic and progressive so patients who get it once can also get it again.