Nail fungus is a persistent and troublesome problem. The fungi responsible hide between the dead layers of keratin, where they are inaccessible to the immune system and where drugs have difficulty penetrating. There is a pill for nail fungus, but you have to take it for 3 months and it may cause liver problems. Fungi love warm and moist environments to grow in. Tight footwear especially when used for exercising, provides an ideal breeding ground for fungi. Communal showers are another place that fungi are commonly growing and being passed between various peoples feet and toenails.
Causes of nail fungus:
Nail fungus occurs when fungal organisms are able to get under the nail. This usually occurs when there is a break in the nail itself, or a separation between the nail and the nail bed. Common causes of nail fungus include:
* The toenail can become weakened from wearing shoes that are too tight. Also, wearing the same shoes every day increases the chances of getting toenail fungus.
* Trimming the nails too short can result in small cuts allowing the fungus to penetrate. Nail biting can also weaken nails and damage protective layers.
You may get Toenail fungus in moist areas, such as public gyms or swimming pools. Toe nail fungus can easily spread from one toe to another or to other parts of the body. The athletes or people, who wear tight-fitting shoes face a greater risk of developing toe nail fungus. However, you can also develop toenail fungus due to an irregular pH level of the skin, or not wiping off your feet after taking bath or exercise. Therefore, ensure that you take more precautions at public places. Remember to wash your feet properly and dry them using a dryer to remove moisture.
There are multiple home remedies that exist for toenail fungus cure. For example, you can use tea tree oil, which is a natural fungicide with natural antiseptic properties. Tea oil is a natural cure for toenail fungus. You just need to mix pure tea tree oil with olive oil and apply this to the affected toe nail. Otherwise, you can also put few drops of tea tree oil on the affected toenails and massage it thoroughly. This is one of the most practiced and successful cure for nail fungus.
Another natural cure for nail fungus is using lukewarm water along with natural apple cider vinegar. You just need to soak your toenails for 20 minutes in the water in the solution. However, dry your feet properly afterwards. You can also mix 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tablespoon of olive oil, and use this mixture as a natural cure for toenail fungus.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is good at fighting finger nail fungus. One draw back is if you stop taking the medicine the fungus will be back within a week. The fastest way to get rid of fingernail is vinegar mixed with a 3% hydrogen peroxide. The mixture is fifty fifty. We should be adding it with a dropper. Some people will feel as slight pinch after awhile.This should be followed by getting the hands soaked in Clorox bleach. For mild infection use one cap for half glass of water and leave your finger with fungus for about a minute. If you have severe fungus then try one cup Clorox to four caps water and again leave for about a minute.
Avoid sharing towels, washcloths, shoes or any other personal items of those people who have already contracted this disease