Onychomicosis is the proper name for a nail fungus infection. When a nail is affected with a fungal infection it turns yellow and cloudy. In some cases the thickened nail can become brittle and even separate from the nail bed. This can be quite painful. There are a number of treatments for this infection. Some people swear by natural remedies while others prefer a more scientific approach.
The use of tea tree oil is said to be an effective remedy for nail fungus infection. If tea tree oil does not work for you try olive oil or almond oil as there are cases where these have also helped. For those who prefer a more scientific approach there are pharmacological treatments as well. Consult a doctor and he will prescribe drugs that will help treat the infection. Usually this infection is treated with the help of simple anti fungal drugs. The treatment is slow and can sometimes take up to a year because the infection is embedded in the nail and is difficult to reach.
Laser treatment to treat nail fungus infection has proved to be very effective. These lasers target the infected tissue in the nail. The healthy tissue around the infected tissue is left untouched. Thanks to the advances in technology doctors can be very careful with the lasers and this type of treatment is much faster than the others.
A popular belief is that nail fungus infection is simply a cosmetic problem and should just be ignore, but this infection can have a severe psychosocial effect on a person especially if the infects affects the fingernails. It can affect a person's confidence and self esteem. These infections should be taken seriously and treated accordingly. If you have this infection or know someone who is suffering from this infection than you should consult a specialist immediately.