What is Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus, sometimes known by its scientific names Onychomycosis or Tinea unguium, is made up of microscopic organisms that dwell around the toenails and fingernails. Most of the time, our toenails and fingernails operate as very effective barriers. They keep dirt, bacteria and fungi out-most of the time. While our nails are generally good at keeping superficial infections from entering and taking hold, sometimes they are overwhelmed. When fungi break the barrier, they tend to settle in for long-term residence. However, the barrier that usually protects us from infection also makes it difficult to treat infections that made it through. Nail fungal infections develop rather slowly, and can be difficult to treat. Once they have made it behind the barrier protection, they can be difficult to reach.

Over 35 million individuals are affected by nail fungal infections in the United States. The fungus thrives in the warm dark and protected environment behind the nail. Women who wear nail polish and acrylic nails are more likely to develop nail fungal infections. This is because plastic or acrylic nails can trap moisture and creating a moist and dark environment where fungus can thrive. Most of the time, nail fungal infections appear in the toenails. Socks and shoes keep our feet sheltered in a dark and moist environment that is also inviting for fungi. In fact, some doctors estimate that the nails are at least six to seven times more likely to developing a nail fungal infection. Fungal infections start at the base of the nail and then spread upwards. The nail may become brittle, crumbly in appearance, red, and irritated. As the fungal infection spreads, the nail may begin to grow irregularly. The nail may begin to change in appearance.
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Petaluma Argus Courier (blog)
No one likes to find out that that narly looking toenail which has been festering for months is actually a fungus. Toe fungus is more common than you think and like most medical conditions, has a long difficult to pronounce and spell name-onchomycosis.




SBWire (press release)
Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/26/2013 -- Zeta Clear is a natural product prepared with the natural ingredients to cure the nail fungus. The product has shown the best clinical results and has proven the highly effective yet the completely safe ...
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In medicine, just as in life, things are not always what they appear to be. Chances are that if you have a funky looking or off-color toenail, someone has helpfully informed you it is fungus. If they are very helpful, they even mentioned that your ...




PR Web (press release)
Adler Footcare of Greater New York recently conducted a clinical study involving more than 200 toes over a 14-month period, all of which tested positive for toenail fungus. After being treated using the LightPod Neo Nd: YAG laser by Aerolase the ...




SBWire (press release)
Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/21/2013 -- Zetaclear is designed to treat nail fungus caused by wearing tight shoes or working in humid environment. The product utilizes homeopathic and modern science to treat a wider variety symptoms associated with�...




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Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/20/2013 -- Zeta Clear is FDA registered homeopathic toenail fungus treatment formulated to help people regain their beautiful nails. This product is now available without prescription with a new dual step formula that ...




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GREENFIELD, Mass., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical aesthetics center New England Laser Options (NELO) offers both tattoo removal and toenail fungus treatment with the state-of-the-art Astanza Revolution Q-switched laser system. NELO provides�...




SBWire (press release)
Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/04/2013 -- Nail fungus is not a germ but it is a plant which grows under nail when favorable conditions are provided to it. What are those favorable conditions or factors which may cause nail fungus? Moist or humid ...




SBWire (press release)
Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/11/2013 -- Zetaclear is designed to treat nail fungus caused by wearing tight shoes or working in humid environment. The product utilizes homeopathic and modern science to treat a wider variety symptoms associated with�...




SBWire (press release)
Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/05/2013 -- Zeta Clear has gained a significant popularity among customers because it is the easiest solution against the irritating nail fungus. Health experts have also approved the product as safe for human health.


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