Toenail fungus often will cause a foul smell. The skin around the toenail will have a scaly appearance. The nail itself usually will become quite thick and difficult to cut. There also may be some yellow, brown or black nail discoloration. It is no coincidence that another condition, athlete's foot, is fungal in nature as well.
Signs of Fingernail Fungus
Fingernail fungal infections are similar in appearance to a toenail infection. There often will be nail discoloration and thickness, which sometimes will begin as a simple yellowish tinge visible underneath the nail. This is an extremely common fungus and can be a bit tricky to cure completely.
Frequently, nail fungal infections are treated with oral or topical prescriptions of the drug Lamisil (terbinafine). There is also a lacquer treatment called Penlac, which contains the anti-fungal agent ciclopirox. It is brushed onto and adheres to the nail itself.
For those who prefer a more holistic approach to nail fungus, tea tree oil has proved to be effective. Tea tree oil is from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree native throughout Australia. There is a cost benefit to using this product, particularly for individuals who lack adequate prescription drug coverage.
On occasion, the fungal infection is not caught quickly enough or is simply resistant to topical or oral remedies. In these cases, the nail may be surgically removed. Once the area has healed from this procedure, you are left with a toughened area directly over the nail bed itself. This procedure is often performed on an outpatient basis.
If you try Lamisil therapy, it is important to mention to the prescribing physician if you are undergoing treatment for allergies, immune system disorders, liver disease or any autoimmune conditions, such as psoriasis or lupus.