Onychomycosis is characterized by the presence of fungal nail infections which may cause the development of thickened, brittle, or crumbly nails or toenails. The infection may be painful and the nails may separate from the nail bed. The nails may also change in color to yellow, green, brown, or black in color, and they may emit a foul odor.
Skin fungal infections present on the skin are caused by fungal organisms. These fungi are mostly unharmful to humans however if the spores begin to reproduce and spread conditions such as Candida, athletes foot and other fungal conditions can occur. The ideal environment for these fungi to multiply and cause complications is in a dark, moist, and warm environment. Disease-causing fungi may enter the body through the skin, nose, vagina, nails, or mouth. If left untreated it may lead to further complications of immunity, liver dysfunction, skin conditions, systemic Candida and overall health due to spreading to other parts of the body, however if treated appropriately an individual can experience a complete recovery.
There is a strong direct link between the presence of Candida overproliferation and nail or skin fungal infections, this is because health and vitality begin within. If there is an environment which supports the growth of detrimental microflora (damp, acidic and sugar) then the complaint moves from the digestive tract to other areas such as the skin. Therefore for complete resolution a thourough cleanse needs to be performed.
Best results to eradicate this condition are be seen when the full range of areas are addressed (immunity, liver function, anti-fungal treatment, diet, anti-oxidant status). It will pay to persist and address this condition for at least a period of 3-6 months to reduce the chances of it re-occuring later down the track.