Treatment of fungus on the nails of the hands
Nail fungus on the hands is a disease of an infectious nature that is transmitted from a sick person to a healthy one through close contact or use of common household items( utensils, personal hygiene items, etc.).
The fungus that affects the nail plate can be of three kinds:
- Yeast fungi that provoke the development of a disease such as onychomycosis. Get rid of this type of fungus is very difficult, since it affects not only the nail plate, but also the soft tissues that surround it and are under it. Most often this type of fungal damage is observed in men.
- Fungus of dermatophytosis. This is the most dangerous type of fungus, which parasitizes due to the protein found in the nails and hair. Its manifestations can be observed not only on the nail plates of the hands, but also on the legs and scalp. Its manifestations require immediate treatment, as it leads to the destruction of the external tissues of the body.
- Shingles( or as it is also called a fungus, manum).This type appears in the form of scaly rashes on the palms, near the edge of the nails and between the fingers. It is accompanied by severe itching, swelling and reddening of the skin.
Infection with fungus can occur as a result of ingrown nail plate in soft tissue. Defeat the disease in this case helps only a competent manicure and the use of special antifungal and antiseptic drugs. It should also be noted that the fungus is most common in people who suffer from psoriasis, eczema and red lichen.
The main feature of fungi is that they begin to actively parasitize absolutely in all dark rooms, where it has high humidity. At the same time, he chooses with his "place of residence" precisely those places where there is a suitable level of Ph and, of course, a nutrient medium.
A man of this kind is ideal for fungus. Getting on his skin, he quickly penetrates the epidermis and begins to actively multiply in it. In this case, when a sick person touches any objects, it leaves on them the pores of the fungus, which have a high threshold of resistance to external factors. And because easily get on the skin of a perfectly healthy person, it is worth it just to touch these subjects.
It is for this reason that it is so important not to use other people's things and constantly observe the rules of personal hygiene. Regular washing of hands is the only sure way to prevent reproduction of the fungus on the nails.
It should be noted that the signs of the development of fungal infection are very often similar to the clinical picture of other diseases, the development of which has no relation to fungi. Symptoms such as discoloration and shape of the nail plate are also characteristic for pathologies of the cardiovascular system and some skin diseases. In addition, such a symptom may appear as a result of prolonged use of any drugs. Therefore, recognizing the presence of fungal infection in the initial stages of its development in some cases is very difficult.
Symptoms of fungal nail infection on the hands of
Symptoms of nail fungus on the hands are as follows:
- burning sensation;
- skin peeling;
- appearance of white plaque;
- change the color and shape of the nail.
However, they do not appear immediately. At the initial stages of its development the fungus is very rarely manifested by itching or burning. Its main symptoms begin to appear only after the fungus "inhabits" soft tissues, located around the nail plate and under it.
And then the nail begins to change its color and shape. It can acquire a white or yellowish hue, less often black. After that, the nail plate begins to separate and crumble, and also its surface becomes rough and uneven.
Most women make a very big mistake - they go to the beauty salon and try to "mask" the manifestations of the fungus with various varnishes and gels. However, they do not even suspect that they make themselves worse only.
After all, when applying varnish or gel, favorable conditions for reproduction of fungi are created. As a result, the situation is only aggravated. Therefore, remember once and for all, as soon as you notice signs of fungal nail infection, immediately seek help from a doctor.
After all, a fungus is a disease that is very progressive. And to get rid of it completely it is possible only under condition of timely treatment. Since the types of fungi that inhabit the nail plate are many, then the treatment of this disease occurs in different ways.
For an accurate diagnosis, the doctor needs to scrape the affected area to determine the type of fungus and further treatment tactics. Self-activity in this case can only do much harm.
People have an opinion that if you get a fungus, you can not get rid of it. This is not true. Today, there are a lot of antifungal drugs that "perfectly" fight the fungus and its symptoms. Therefore, you should not believe such statements, but it is better to seek medical help immediately.
It should be noted that if you identify a fungal infection in the early stages, then its treatment can take only 1-2 months. In severe cases, this period can last up to six months.
Treatment of nail fungus
How to treat nail fungus in the hands? Unfortunately, we can not give an exact answer to this question, since treatment of such diseases is carried out individually in each case.
However, if we talk about the overall treatment of fungal infection, then it includes:
- use of oral medication;
- use of ointments and gels for topical use.
Taking medications inside is required in order to eradicate the fungus from the inside. After all, if it appeared outside, it does not mean that it is not inside the body. Since the fungus, penetrating the nail, is in contact with the blood and penetrates through the capillaries into the internal organs. And the use of ointments and gels is required only in order to reduce the manifestation of the symptoms of the disease.
It should be noted that both these and other medications should be prescribed only by a doctor. Do not listen to the ads and advice of grandmothers, who have repeatedly struggled with this problem. All medicines are selected only on an individual basis.
In this case, treatment of fungal infection can occur continuously for several months or short-term courses( pulse therapy).Here everything depends on the type of fungus and the degree of its manifestation.
Traditional medicine in the fight against fungal infections
At home, you can remove the symptoms of the disease and traditional medicine. However, remember that they eliminate only a symptomatic picture, they can not destroy the fungus themselves. Therefore, it will be best if you apply folk remedies in combination with the basic treatment that your doctor will prescribe.
The first folk remedy for nail fungus on hands, which we would like to tell you about, is the use of ordinary garlic. You can use it as inside, which will be very useful, especially for immunity, and externally in the form of applications. To do this, take a pair of cloves of garlic, grind them and put them on the affected area, and top with polyethylene.
Leave such a compress for the whole night, and in the morning replace it. Continue to carry out similar procedures daily, changing the compress every 8-10 hours. In this case, take breaks in 1-2 hours.
You can also use apple cider vinegar. Dilute it with water in a ratio of 1: 1, soak a cotton swab in it and treat the affected surface. Then let the hands dry by yourself. To conduct such a procedure should be throughout the day every 2-4 hours, until the manifestation of the fungus completely disappears.
Remember, a fungus is an infectious disease that spreads from person to person. Therefore, at the time of your treatment, it is desirable that all members of the family also treat the fungus. Otherwise, even after a full recovery, you can again become infected with this ailment by simply spending time with your loved ones.