Re: toenail growing thick and soft why
A fungus infection generally attacks the seal that binds the nail plate to the nail bed; usually at the portion where the nail plate becomes free edge. Fungal spores can live a long time on any contaminated surface and in plain old dirt. If you experience a cut, tear or break to the seal, these spores can enter the site, set up housekeeping and turn into a full blown infection. If you go barefoot in dirt, sand and even the grass, you can easily pick up fungal spores. If yhou visit nail salons where they do not properly sanitize their imlements and instruments, they can pass fungus infection from one client to another by using the same files on everyone.
Fungal infection is characterized by nail plate thickening, yellowing, crumbling and apparent debris in the area of separation. Thespores live deep within the soft tissues of the nail bed as well as in the many layers of nail plate. They need the moisture in the skin to gorw and eat the proteins in the nail plate for food. This is why they become thick and "soft" and will easily split, peel and crumble.
You need to soak your feet in very salty water and then clean out as much of the debris as possible. Rinse them really well, dry them really well and tehn apply one of the various over-the-counter treatments for nail fungus. You will need to apply the treatment at least two times daily for up to a full year to kill all the spores.
Your nail will continue to grow during all of this, so keep it short until the nail is completely normal again. If you miss any treatments or stop when you see th enail improving, it will just come back again since you didn't totally kill all the spores.