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This week I want to chat a little more about what is out there for people with difficult nails. 
 
Summer is here (well it was, it’s pouring now) and many men and women are embarrassed about getting their toenails out. 
• People with fungal nails or nails destroyed from chronic fungal nail infections. 
• People with nails totally or partially removed through surgery or trauma. 
• People with thickened and distorted nails from major or minor trauma. 
 
You may feel that you are alone, but you are not and there is a very effective solution to this problem which can be used short term – over the holidays or reapplied to look great all year round. 
Finally, there seems to be a way of successfully treating fungal toenail infections!!!!  
 
Well I say finally but there was a detailed description written in 1978 and like most great ideas it took decades to be an overnight success. 
 
The fungi and flora that usually live harmoniously on our feet (yum) under the right circumstances e.g. warm, dark footwear can develop into athlete’s foot and then start to invade the nail. There are three nail layers and the infection can be limited to the lower layers causing discolouration. Over time this can progress into the whole nail causing thickening and distortion of the nail. Topical application of anti-fungal treatments struggle to penetrate the nail. 
Topical treatments from the chemist can work well especially if the infection hasn't reached the base of the nail.  
 
These are usually applied daily or weekly and the trick is PATIENCE and DO IT!!! 
 
Be prepared to treat until the affected nail grows out, a big toenail can take a year to completely replace itself. It is worth treating the skin for athlete’s foot at the same time if this is present, Canesten is great for this but athletes foot will recur while you get rid of the fungal nail. So, keep on top of it. 
 
If you are having no luck using topical treatments and you know that you have a fungal infection your GP can prescribe an oral antifungal. 
Fungal nails are very common, so don't worry you are not the only person in the entire universe with a wonky nail, or two. 
 
They don't all look the same, some are white, yellow, brown or black. Some are thick and some are crumbly. But no matter what they look like, once you know that you have a fungal nail if you decide to treat it you will be in it for the long haul, so buckle up and be diligent. 
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