Posted in Lifestyle on July 30, 2009

toenail-fungus-nailFirst Case of Nail Fungus

The first case of nail infection was of the subungual type, with the nail being soft, brittle, and opaque. This characterizes onychomycosis due to Microsporum racemosum, and was detected in 1997 from a 60-year-old housewife. The patient was diagnosed at Servicio de Dermatologíca del Hospital Universitario “Puerta del Mar” in Spain and was successfully treated with itraconazole (100 g/day).  Itraconazole was administered orally for 12 weeks and to which the patient responded positively; the patient was then discharged.

Toenail Fungus Statistics

1-3% of the population is affected by Onychomycosis. Both men and women have revealed pain and uneasiness as well as a burden to the appearance. In 1997, podiatrists disclosed that 54% of their patients had experienced toenail discomposure; 36% had strain while walking; and 40% had been bounded for wearing shoes.

Toenail Removal Necessary in Extreme Conditions

Toenail fungus cure may start by consulting a podiatrist or foot doctor. A foot doctor can get rid of toenail fungus trimming the infected nail with clippers, filing it down, and by providing prescription-strength topical medication or a paste that contains urea and bifonazole (this treatment usually lasts 12 weeks). Your doctor may prescribe an anti-fungal cream or a medicated nail polish containing either amorolfine (Loceryl) or ciclopirox (Loprox) if the infection is mild and confined to a narrow area of your nail. You should put on the nail polish twice a week until your nail is cured. In very serious cases, it may be necessary to remove the nail surgically- the only attested permanent solution to fungal toenail infections. This is an extreme condition wherein the infection is already resistant to toenail fungus remedies. The afflicted nail will be eliminated and over time will be naturally replaced with a thick layer of skin.