Monday, June 11, 2012

Quick Facts about Unsightly Yellow Toenails

Toenail Fungal Infection Quick Reference Guide

Over the past few years, I’ve done extensive research on toenail fungal infection.  A few of my family members (including myself) have been plagued by this condition for many years.  I made it my mission to find out all I could about the condition and how to effectively treat it.

I’ve uncovered a multitude of facts about toenail fungal infection and have put together this article to share these facts with others who may be suffering from this unsightly “thick yellow toenail” problem.

·        Toenail fungal infection (medical term – Onychomycosis)  is a common problem.  Over 35 million Americans suffer from this condition.

·        Fungal infection of the toenail is caused by an organism known as a dermatophyte, which is a type of fungus – this type of organism also causes athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm.

·        The dermatophyte lives and grows under the toenail in the nail bed.
·        Symptoms of toenail fungus can include one or more of the following:

               -white spots on the nail in its earliest form
               -discoloration;  green, brown, or yellow toenails
               -brittle or crumbling toenails
               -thickened toenail
               -unpleasant odor
               -dull or rough appearance of the toenail
               -separation of the toenail from the nail bed

·        Dermatophytes thrive in moist, warm and dark environments – such as inside of shoes and socks.

·        It is very difficult to cure this condition once the fungus finds its way under the nail.
·        Wearing acrylic nails or nail polish to hide the problem just makes it worse – the toenail can’t breathe.

·        Topical over-the-counter creams or liquids are usually ineffective treatments for this condition except in very mild cases.

·        Oral medications are available by prescription for treating toenail fungal infection, but they are only effective in about 50% of all cases, and they can cause harmful side effects.

·        In severe, long-term cases of toenail fungus the nail may have to be surgically removed or there may be permanent damage to the toenail.

·        It can take from 4 to 12 months for a new toenail to grow in completely.  Patience and commitment is required to get rid of toenail fungal infection.

·        Even after successful treatment of this problem, recurrence of the infection is often the case.  You must take active prevention measures against re-infection.

·        By far, the best remedies for toenail fungus are natural remedies.

Get rid of those unsightly, embarrassing thick yellow toenails once and for all, and keep your toenails looking great! 


  1. such a great blog..i am also suffering of having a yellowish toenail and it made me shy of wearing sexy shoes..

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