As you probably already know, nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a very gross looking condition. It causes your toenails to turn a yellow looking color, witch can be, very embarrassing. In fact, it does cause many to want to avoid wearing sandals or exposing their feet to the open. For some people it can be very hard to get rid of. I’m going to give you a complete breakdown as to what it is and how it can be removed from your toes.
Causes And Symptoms
Toenail fungus is simply a fungal infection of the nail. It is most common in the toenail, but it it can also be found on the fingernails. The main symptoms are yellow nails, cloudy colored nails, and even a thicker looking appearance. Most people will not experience any sort of pain from the condition or itchiness. However, the appearance does have a negative effect on most suffers self-esteem. In some cases it can be harmful to those who have a very weak immune system or diabetes.
The actual cause of toenail fungus does vary. It could be from a mold, Candida, yeast, or from being exposed to other fungus’s and infections. Most fungus likes to grow in moist, warm locations. This could be in bathrooms or public change rooms. As a general rule, it’s not a good idea to walk barefoot in many of these places. As you get older you can become more vulnerable to getting some of these fungus’s.
Preventing Toenail Fungus
There are some things you can do to help prevent toenail fungus or stop it from getting worse.
Do not let your bare feet hit the floor in public places. Things like change rooms and spas are loaded with fungus. You can do this by wearing flip flops.
– Using foot powder and keeping your feet clean is important.
– Keeping your toenails trimmed can help stop fungus from crawling underneath the nail.
– Try to avoid letting your feet get too sweaty.
– Store your shoes in a dry place. Keep them out of bags and lockers.
– Keep your shower very clean.
How To Treat Nail Fungus
There are lots of different ways to treat a toenail fungus. However, many of the treatments don’t work that effectively. If you suspect that you are getting a fungus, the earlier you treat it the better. You can start out by asking a pharmacist for any creams or lotions that he/she would recommend. If those don’t work, then it is time to see your doctor. In many cases even the creams your doctor can prescribe may not work.
For severe conditions doctors will often give you a prescription to a pill. There is no guarantee that it will work, either. In some cases they may even remove some of the nail to get rid of the fungus.
Natural Cures And Remedies
There are a large variety of ways to cure the fungus right from your home. Some products you can buy will contain natural ingredients. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to try them out or not. For now, here are some things you can try out.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This vinegar is used to help treat a wide range of different health problems naturally. It’s believed that the acid in apple cider makes it hard for the fungus to continue to live. You will need to soak your toes in the vinegar with absolute regularity. Overtime it should start to get rid of the fungus.
Tea Tree Oil: One of the first things you should try is tea tree oil. It’s highly effective for treating bacterias and fungus. Again, this is something you need to apply regularly to see good results. You might want to file down the nail and keep it trimmed too. This gets rid of some of the old buildup, and allow the new nail to grow. Some people also like to mix the tree oil with some olive oil.
Mouthwash: Some mouthwashes contain ingredients that may help reduce the fungus on your nails. One of those happens to Listerine. Like the other remedies you will need to soak your toes in it to see results.
Oregano: This wouldn’t be my first option. Some studies show its not that good for your skin. However, it is in many anti-fungus products. It does work for allot of people.
You might not be able to cure your fungus through food, but certain foods can help. It also needs to be noted that some foods can give your immune system a boost. The boost in your immune system can help fight off the fungus.
The ideal foods are ones with lots of antioxidants, probiotics, and good bacterias. Yogurt, lettuce, spinach, walnuts, and oily fish are some good examples. Eating some of those on a regular bases can help keep fungus from recurring.