What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus (or “onychomycosis”) is also known as tinea unguium. It is one of the most common fungal infections in the world. Toenail fungus is typically caused by dermatophytes, which are fungal organisms that feed on keratin. Nail fungus begins as a white or yellow-brown spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, the nail may discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge.
The most common symptoms of toenail fungus are listed below.
- Thickened nails
- Yellow, brownish, or discoloured
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged
- Separated from the nail bed
- Unpleasant smell
Toenail fungus is the most common fungal infection in the world
Approximately 10%-14% of the North American population is believed to be affected, particularly older individuals, males, and patients with diabetes or other conditions that affect blood circulation.
One aspect that is frequently neglected is the mental distress caused by sufferers of toenail fungus, as they incorrectly perceive themselves as “unclean” or deficient in hygiene. Toenail fungus is exceedingly contagious and persons living in the same household as an infected person are at risk to contract it.
Is ToeFX Right For Me?
Many ToeFX patients have suffered from this infection for years, even decades. One thing is for certain: left untreated, toenail fungus does not clear up on its own. The fungal organism is very hard to kill: once you’ve got it, it usually only gets worse and persists for years. If you’ve tried online remedies and are looking for something that really works, talk to your foot care clinician about ToeFX. ToeFX is clinically tested and evidence-based.