What is Nail Fungus
What is Fungus?
Nail fungus (referred to by doctors as Onychomycosis) is a condition created by the presence of a fungus living in and underneath the nail bed of a finger or toe.
The first sign of nail fungus is that the nail plate turns yellow, dark and cloudy. It’s important to address the fungus problem at this step, because the fungus can multiply quickly, causing nails to thicken, become brittle and break.
The dark, moist and protected area underneath the nail provides the perfect environment for dermatophytes (fungi that cause skin, hair, and nail infections) that live within the nail bed. Our breakthrough applicator and viscosity make it easier to target dermatophytes where they live.
When combating nail fungus, nails should be treated 2-3 times daily for a minimum of six months to help ensure the fungus has been eliminated. New nail development combined with daily treatment is the key to healthier, clear nails.
Understanding The Four Classic Nail Fungal Infection Types
Understanding nail fungal types can help you take preemptive action against the infection, helping you to determine the best nail fungus treatments for your situation.
Distal Subungual Onychomycosis: We’ve observed this to be the most common type of infection. aused by Trichophyton rubrum, a type of fungal parasite that causes persistent infections in the nails by invading the nail bed (F) and the nail plate underside(A).
White Superficial Onychomycosis: Powdery, white speckled patches caused by fungal invasion of the superficial layers of the nail plate(A).
Candidal Onychomycosis: Typically affects people with a compromised immune systen and/or candida infections who frequently immerse their hands in water.
Proximal Subungual Onychomycosis: We’ve observed this to be the least common of nail fungal infections. This infection is unique in that it starts in the nail base (B, C) and continues toward the nail tip (H0, penetrating the newly formed nail plate (A) as it develops.