Now, healthcare isn’t something we typically cover here at GroomingMail but we decided that its about time us men stopped getting embarrassed about all our health issues and started facing up to them. More importantly, to start treating them. Today we start with fungal nail infection.
The Reality of Fungal Nail Infection
Fungal nail infection is obviously a fungal infection that affect the nail, typically the big toe but can easily affect the rest of the toenails and the finger nails too.
The reality is that most people will have fungal nail infection at some point in their life, often having the condition without realising. The condition isn’t normally serious or painful but at times can be unpleasant and hard to treat.
Fungal nail infection can affect both the toenails and fingernails but is most common in the toenail. This is due to the fungal infection resulting from the fungi that causes the common foot condition athletes foots. The fungi thrive in moist, warm and dark places like the feet.
Fungal nail typically affects adults and your chances of contracting the fungal infection increase by age. Around 25% of adults will be affected by fungal infection by the time they are 40, increasing up to 50% for senior citizens.
Statistics On Fungal Nail:
According to toe-nail-fungus.info, fungal nail infection has affected up to 2-18% of the worlds population, around 35 million people will have been affected by fungal nail infection. Statistically speaking, you could say that is you’re in a room with more than 6 people then at least one of you will probably be suffering or would have suffered from fungal nail infection.
Did you know that Athlete’s Foot and Fungal Nail are caused by the same fungi in the majority of cases? Therefore, if you have fungal nail consider checking your feet for signs of Athlete’s Foot to help you clear your fungal nails quicker.
How Do I Know If I Have Fungal Nail Infection?
Fungal nail infection often presents itself with the discolouration, distortion and thickening of the toe nail. Here’s a brief overview of the symptoms of a fungal nail product:
- Pain or discomfort: pain or discomfort may be experienced when pressure is applied to the affected toe or finger.
- Nail discolouration: the affected finger or toe nail may experience a change in colour. The nail can become black, white, yellow or even green when infected.
- Thickening or distortion of the infected nail: the fungal infected nail can change shape, becoming irregular and thick and brittle.
- Secondary skin infection: fungal nail infection can sometimes be accompanied with itchy, cracked, red or swallow skin surrounding the infection.
Top 3 Fungal Nail Infection Treatments Brands
We’d love to tell you that treating fungal nail infection is fast and easy, but if we did we would be lying. Treating the infection is relatively easy, it can be treated by simply painting the infected nail with a solution but you have to do it for around 9 months with most fungal nail treatments. This is due to the fact that you have to treat the nail as the nail grows, so the new growing nail isn’t infected.
Most people fail to maintain treatments for this period of time and therefore the fungal infection returns to the toenail.
There are several brands on the market for treating a fungal nail infection, read about the best 3 brands below; Nailner, Excilor and Canespro.
1. Nailner Review
Nailner is by far one of best fungal nail treatment brands here in the UK. Nailner have up to 6 products within their range, covering brush/solution, pen and spray formats. The 2 in 1 brush is by far the most common and popular treatment within their range, so we’ve reviewed this specific Nailner product below:
Nailner 2 in 1 brush works by treating the fungal nail infection and whitening the nail at the same time to improve the nail’s appearance. This product is different to any other fungal nail treatment on the market as most simply just treat the infection and have little affect on the colour and look of the nail.
Apply the solution twice daily using the brush, for up to 4 weeks and follow by applying once daily until the healthy nail has replaced the discoloured, infected nail.
The treatment couldn’t be easier, taking 2 minutes daily. However, as we mentioned, it’s important not to give up like many people do.
There is now a new, breakthrough product within the Nailner portfolio which addresses the common issue of fungal nail – it takes so long to treat and the nail looks so ugly! Nailner Treat & Colour has a breathable nail varnish which essentially hides the ugly, infected nail while you treat the condition.
Nailner have recently introduced a new product to their range, the Nailner Treat & Colour . This new products allows people to treat their fungal nail whilst disguising the ugly toenail under a nail varnish. All other treatments aren’t compatible with a nail varnish, as the varnish prevents the treatment from penetrating the toenail. This product really is great for ladies suffering from fungal nail who are looking to hide the nail whilst on holiday for example.
Where should you buy Nailner? Well we recommend buying the product from trusted pharmacy based retailer like Boots. Pharmacies have strict guidelines regarding medicines, so you can take faith in the fact that the product is save and is distributed safely from the manufacture to stores. You can pick this up fro Boots for £29.99 but the product is often on promotion – plus you get adcard points too if you’re signed up to their loyalty scheme. Adcard points come in handy when you’re spending over £20 on a product.
2. Canespro Review
Canespro, from the makers of Canesten, only have 1 fungal nail treatment product within their portfolio so read our Canespro review below:
Canespro fungal nail treatment is the fastest fungal nail treatment on the market, as treatment only takes up to 2-3 weeks.
Treatment involves soaking the nail in water and the provided solution for up to 24hours. Then using the nail scraper provided, you physically remove the infected nail, repeating daily for 2-3 weeks until all parts of the infected nail have been removed.
It may not be the prettiest of fungal nail treatments but its the fastest.
3. Excilor Review
Similarly to Nailner, Excilor have several products and formats within their fungal nail treatment range; solution, pen and spray. The pen and solution essentially contain the same active ingredient and treatment with the delivery of the treatment varying.
The review of the Excilor fungal nail infection pen below will also apply to the fungal nail solution – if anything the solution will generally be better than the pen due to the brush being a more preferred delivery method.
Excilor fungal nail pen is one of the easiest ways to treat fungal nail infection. The fungal nail treatment simply involves painting the nail with the device which resembles a highlighter. Excilor requires applying twice a day, once in the morning and once a night… maximum of 1 minute a day. The action of the treatment deeply penetrates the nail and creates an environment which inhibits the growth of the nail fungus helping to treat the condition and improve the look of the nail over time.
Excilor also have a fungal solution that treats fungal nail infection using the same active ingredient as the fungal nail pen above. Again, the product is really highly reviewed on all the online reviews.
Best Place To Buy Fungal Nail Products?
We recommend buying fungal nail treatments from trusted pharmacy based retailer like Boots. Pharmacies have strict guidelines regarding medicines, so you can take faith in the fact that the product is safe and is distributed safely from the manufacture to stores.
Another reason to buy fungal nail products from Boots is because you get ad-card points if you’re signed up to their loyalty scheme. Ad-card points come in handy when you’re spending over £20 on a product.
Preventing Fungal Nail Infection
Fungal nail infection can be prevented by following the below tips and advice:
- Keep your feet clean and dry
- Don’t walk bare feet in public spaces like changing rooms, showers and gyms
- Maintain healthy nails, if nails become damaged then be conscious of any physical changes in the nail.
- Maintain a healthy immune system
- Be conscious of changes in your feet if you have diabetes, psoriasis or peripheral arterial disease.
- Dry your feet fully after bathing or showering or coming into contact with water