White Toenail Fungus Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

White Toenail Fungus

Part of your toenail recently fall off and exude an aroma that can only be described as a combination of belly button lint and sweat? You might have white toenail fungus. While sharing symptoms with other common toenail conditions, toenail fungus symptoms are easy to identify, and once you have determined that you may have a fungal infection, you can begin to discuss treatment options with your doctor.

White toenail fungus is caused by, you guessed it, microscopic fungi that enter your nail cavities via an open spot and there they settle in. The tiny soldiers that turn your toes from pristine to gnarly are found everywhere, and everyone is susceptible. Having toe fungus doesn’t mean you are dirty. It means you frequent places other people frequent, thereby making it easily contractible.

Symptoms of toenail fungus vary, but can include any of the following: A tiny white or yellow spot under the nail, a new thickening of the nail, brittleness, a change in shape, breaking of the nail, a foul smell, toenail discoloration or crumbling of the nail edges. White toenail fungus is common, but toenail fungus can also be yellow or greenish, or even brown.

Wondering how to get rid of toenail fungus? Go see your doctor. He or she will work with you to develop an infected toenail treatment plan based on your specific condition and severity of your condition. The options for white toenail fungus can include any of the following, or a combination of any of the following: Oral anti-fungal medications, topical anti-fungal treatments, nail polish with anti-fungal properties, surgical removal of the nail, or even laser therapy.

The most common treatment for toenail fungus is oral therapy with anti-fungal medications, sometimes in conjunction with the fungus killing nail polish. Should your doctor wish to explore laser therapy with you, be prepared, as the costs associated can be astronomical.
Home remedies are numerous, and include everything from vinegar to bleach. These should never be used, especially without consulting your physician. Should you choose to experiment with a home remedy for toe fungus, discuss it thoroughly with your doctor. He or she may have concerns about interactions with existing treatments and potential health hazards.

Toenail fungus is a nuisance, but it’s rarely serious or painful unless neglected and untreated. At the first symptoms of an infection, and trip to your health care provider should be first on your list of things to do. While treatable, it can take up to a year to have completely clear and healthy nails again, but with proper care, and steps to prevent recurrence taken, it is possible to completely eradicate your toenail fungus.