Recommended TreatmentFungal Nail Renewal
The most common cause of all nail problems is nail fungus, but unsightly and discolored nails can also be symptoms of nail psoriasis, dry nails or superficial damage. A dry nail can break, flake and often turn yellowish in color. Nails can also harden and become thick, making the care of the nail more difficult. While as many as half of all nail disorders are caused by fungal disease, it is not unusual for there to be fungus and psoriasis in the nail at the same time.
Since nail infections are usually painless at first, many people ignore the symptoms of damaged nails or are not aware that they are affected. But if left untreated, nail infections can cause discomfort and cause the nails to fall off. In some cases, toenails can grow so thick that wearing shoes become uncomfortable. Of course, the unsightliness of infected nails can also cause emotional distress and significantly diminish quality of life.
Nails that are damaged by fungal nail infections or nail psoriasis can be challenging to treat, since the infection is embedded within the nail. Therefore, it is important to start treatment for damaged nails early and continue until the infected nail has been completely replaced by new nail growth, a process that, for a big toenail, can take as long as a year.
Damaged Nails Due to Fungal Disease
Fungal infections of the nails, also known as onychomycosis, affect approximately 10 percent of adults and 50 percent of those who are older than 70 years. It is at least three times more common in swimmers, and it often affects people who frequently use public swimming pools, showers and gyms. Nail fungus is also common among athletes and other people who sweat a lot, as it thrives in warm, moist areas. It often follows a fungal infection of the skin, for example athlete’s foot.
Nail fungus, which is more common in toenails than fingernails, lives on dead tissue in and around the nails and can cause thick nails and brittle nails. Another common sign is discolored nails, which often turn yellow or greenish. Other symptoms of damaged nails include changes in nail shape, loosening of the nail, crumbling of the outside edges of the nail and loss of luster and shine. Although the condition is not life threatening, it can result in pain and discomfort.
Nail fungus is contagious and can spread to other nails or even other people if left untreated.
Although nail fungus can be hard to treat, there are effective treatments available. For mild to moderate infections, where the nail matrix is not yet affected, topical treatments like Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal™ are generally recommended. Severe fungus infections that cannot be eliminated with topical treatments are usually treated with prescription medications that are taken orally; however, these drugs have been associated with serious side effects. In some cases, laser treatment or removal of the nail may be necessary to get rid of the fungus.
Damaged Nails Due to Nail Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body to produce too many skin cells, which build up and form scaly sores and blisters. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body and among people who have the disease around 50 percent have it in their nails. Symptoms of nail psoriasis include pitted nails, discoloration, deformation, and nail bed separation (called oncholysis). It is also common for the nails to crumble as the structure that supports them starts to weaken. If a fungal infection is present as well, the nail may become thicker than normal.
Although psoriasis is not contagious, it can lead to functional and social problems if it is not treated. Nail psoriasis cannot be cured but the appearance and function of the nails can be greatly improved with treatment. Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal™ promotes healing of deformed nails caused by nail psoriasis and reduces discoloration. By smoothing the outer layer of the nail, Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal™ quickly and visibly improves the nail appearance, often within one week. Kerasal® Fungal Nail Renewal™ has also proven to be effective when the nail psoriasis is accompanied by a fungal infection, since it treats both the appearance of the nail and the fungus that is causing the infection. More severe cases of nail psoriasis are sometimes treated with steroid ointments that are prescribed by a doctor, or injections into the nails. If nothing helps, the infected nail may have to be surgically removed.
Do you Have Damaged Nails?
Damaged nails are often caused by a fungal nail infection or nail psoriasis. But there is no need to live with nails that are brittle, flaky, dry, thickened or discolored – they can be treated!