Toenail fungus can infect one or more nails. The fungal infection may begin as a white or yellow spot underneath the nail. As the fungi grow, the toenail will become more discolored and the infection may become painful.
Toenail Fungus Causes
Fungi live in areas that are warm and moist. The fungus can enter your body through a small cut or separation between the toenail and the nail bed. Fungal infections are more common in the toenails because the environment in the shoes allows the fungi to thrive.
Fungal Infection Symptoms
The fungal infection can cause several different symptoms. These can cause the infected toenail to become thickened, brittle, discolored, ragged, crumbly or distorted in shape.
Treatment for Toenail Fungus
The use of hydrogen peroxide to treat toenail fungus is also known as oxidative therapy. Dipping the infected toenails in a mixture of water and a 3 percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide several times a day will cause the cells to break down. The hydrogen peroxide interferes with the respiration process causing the cells to die.
Preventing a Fungal Infection
Some methods to help prevent a fungal infection can include using an antifungal spray or powder in your shoes, soaking your toenails in hydrogen peroxide once a week, keeping your nails trimmed and dry, and not going barefoot in public places.
Any fungi that was not killed can continue growing. If you continue using the hydrogen peroxide mixture for a week or two it can help guarantee that the fungal infection is gone.