“Myths” and “truth” about the fungus

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Finally summer in the city! I want to wear sandals, clogs or sandals. But if strange cracks and spots appear on the nails, and suspicious itching, redness and peeling between the toes, it seems that you will have to give up open shoes … And also from a beauty salon, a beach and a gym …

You may not have thought about it yet, but such nail and skin problems can be dangerous to your health. These may be symptoms of a fungal infection, a disease about which there are a variety of (and often conflicting) myths.

Here are just a few the most common fungus myths:

Myth #1: “A fungus is not scary.” In fact, fungal infection is a serious disease. Without treatment, it will progress and lead to unpleasant consequences, such as, for example, deformation of the nails. At the same time, you will pose a threat to your family and friends every day, risking infecting them with an infection.

Myth #2: “To cure a fungus is easy.” Fungal infection is an insidious disease. Itching may disappear after a few days of treatment, but this does not mean that you are completely cured. The duration of treatment for the fungus can be up to 6 months, until a clean healthy nail grows back.

Myth #3: “The fungus is with you forever.” This is the opinion of people who tried to treat the fungus, but, having not received a quick result, decided that the disease was not treated at all. In fact, fungus can be curedif treated consistently and correctly following expert advice.

Myth #4: “A fungus is something to be ashamed of.” Many believe that the fungus is something unclean and are embarrassed to discuss their illness even with loved ones. In fact, there is no shame in the fact that you get a fungus. You are not ashamed of a cold, are you? A fungus is also an infection that is transmitted from person to person, and any of us can catch this infection. Rather, it’s a shame not to treat the fungus, but to hide problems with nails, for example, under a manicure.

We figured out the myths, and now – truth about fungus

The main fact that all experts recognize is that a fungal infection must be treated. Moreover, this should be done on time, upon detection of the first signs of the disease. And before you start treatment, you need to take tests and determine what kind of fungal infection you have: epidermophytosis (fungal disease of the feet) or onycomycosis (fungal disease of the nails).

You can get rid of the fungus only after completing the full course of therapy: the treatment of fungal skin disease lasts an average of 2-4 weeks, and nail fungus – up to 6 months. This duration of treatment is associated with the rate of growth of the nail plate – until the affected nail is completely replaced by a healthy one, the fungus cannot be considered destroyed.

If no more than 1/3 of the nail plates and no more than 2 fingers on the hand or foot are affected, it is recommended to use external antifungal agents. To date, antifungal drugs are presented mainly in the form of a cream. The cream is mainly used to treat fungal skin diseases. There are also varnishes, but they can only affect the nails, and besides, they lose concentration when they penetrate deep into.3

Among the well-established drugs against all major pathogens of mycosis of the skin and nails, the leader in salesone is an antifungal drug “Exoderil”, which helps to destroy the fungus directly in the lesion, as well as relieve inflammation and eliminate itching. The drug is available in the form of a cream and a solution. Cream “Exoderil” penetrates well into the skin, concentrating in its various layers, and contributes to the destruction of the fungus.

Solution “Exoderil” occupies a special place among antifungal drugs due to its unique form. Unlike varnishes, the solution penetrates deep into the nail plate2destroying the fungus directly in the lesion – this is its unique property.

Be treated with a solution “Exoderil” recommended as follows: the solution should be applied twice a day to the affected nail, capturing the skin around it by about 1 cm. Before each use of the drug, you should try to remove the affected part of the nail as much as possible with scissors or a nail file.

Also during treatment it is very important to observe the rules of hygiene. This will help make the treatment more effective, as well as protect family and friends from the fungus. Disinfect everything that the fungus comes into contact with: be sure to treat floors, walls, shower or bathroom inventory, as well as personal items: shoes, skin care and nails.

During treatment, use only individual slippers and towels. Don’t forget to change your socks, stockings and tights daily. And regularly remove the affected parts of the nails with nail clippers or a nail file, helping the medicines penetrate the nail and fight the infection.

Please note that in order to get rid of the fungus, you need to be treated carefully, strictly adhering to the recommended course of therapy. Even if the symptoms of the disease have disappeared, do not interrupt the treatment! Be patient – you will be rewarded with healthy nails and clear skin.

one Retail audit of finished medicines in the Russian Federation. The market for external antifungal agents. Period January 2011 – February 2012, market share 40%. IMS Health LLC

2 Sergeev A.Yu. et al. “New concepts of pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy of onychomycosis. Immunology, Allergology, Infectology”, 2007, No. 3.

3 Annemarie Polak, kinetics of Amorolfine in human nails, Mycoses 36, 101-103 (1993).

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There are contraindications for use. It is necessary to consult with a specialist.

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