Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a common nail infection that starts as a white or yellow-brown spot under the tip of the nail. As the infection goes deeper, the nail begins to change color, thicken and crumble at the edge, and may separate from the nail bed. Nail fungus can affect fingernails, but it is more common in toenails.

Fungal nail infection is highly contagious. It can be spread to other nails by clippers, scissors, or nail polish. Sometimes it can become painful if the infection has caused thickened nails. The fungus can also infect the area between the toes and the skin of the feet – this is called “Athlete’s foot”.

Symptoms of nail fungus include a nail or nails that are:

  • Thickened
  • Discolored
  • Smelly
  • Misshapen
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged
  • Separated from the nail bed

Natural remedies that can help treat a fungal nail infection are:

  • Apple cider or white vinegar diluted in warm water
  • Tea tree oil
  • Pau D’arco Tea
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Bicarb Soda
  • Listerine

If left untreated toenail fungus may cause permanent damage to the nail. It may lead to other serious infections that spread beyond the feet in people whose immune system is suppressed by medications or other conditions.

One of the reasons why nail fungus does not go away is that people cut their nails without sanitizing the clippers. It has been proven that, fungal spores can live on various surfaces for a very long time. Fungal spores can also live on clippers for months after use.

As part of the treatment, it is recommended to regularly disinfect the footwear with:

  • UV shoe disinfectant
  • baking soda
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • vinegar
  • tea tree oil

If the fungal infection does not heal, or if there is bleeding around the nails, difficulty walking, swelling, or pain around the nails, people with diabetes should see a doctor as soon as possible.

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➥ DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to replace medical treatment. The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.