Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fungus under nails

Symptoms of fungus under nail usually begin with discoloration of the nail. You may also notice that your nail is dull and less shiny than your non-infected nails. Nails may also thicken or emit a slight odor. If you have any of these symptoms, you may have nail fungus and it is important that you treat this as soon as possible.

Fungus under nails is about the last thing that anyone would want; yet fungal nail infection is not at all uncommon. Fungal fingernail infection happens when fungal spores get in under the fingernails and start to grow there. Before long fungal hyphae (slender branching stalks of fungal growth) are wending their way back from the tip of the nail toward the cuticle, flourishing in the warm moist environment of the nail bed and deriving nourishment from the finger nail itself. Not all fungi produce a black color however: a yellow or brown color is even more typical.

Ways To Prevent Fungus Under The Nail
Shoes - Wearing closed, non porous shoes can help promote the growth of fungus under toe nail. If you are fond of wearing shoes like these, be sure that you set aside days when you wear only open shoes. If it is an absolute necessity for you to wear closed shoes, then set some times during the day when you air out your feet.

Avoiding Nail Polish - If you already have a fungus under toe nail problem, do not paint your nails. Nail polish can seal more moisture in and make fungal growth worse.

Open Wounds and Injuries - You should also avoid other forms of foot injury. Do not wear shoes that are too tight and uncomfortable. If you are wearing open shoes, make sure that you do not accidentally hit your toes on sharp edges or objects. Again, fungus under toe nail could develop due to wounds.

Surefire treatment for fungus under the fingernail
There are natural home remedies that can be used to treat fungus under toenail. Below I have listed 3 homeopathic methods for clearing up the symptoms of nail fungus.

Tea Tree Oil-Apply tea tree oil into your infected nails using a cotton tipped swab. Tea tree oil has been used for centuries to get rid of fungus under nail, and it works well. This technique should be repeated several times daily. Tea tree oil acts as a natural antibiotic.

Vicks VapoRub- After bathing, be sure to get your hands and feet are completely dry. Then lather Vicks VapoRub all over your affected nails. Make sure they are well covered with the medicinal rub. Do this every day and you should begin to see results after a few weeks

Antiseptic Mouthwash -Make sure nails are clean and dry. Then soak them thoroughly in mouthwash for 20 to 30 minutes. The germ killing power of the mouthwash will also work to kill the fungi as well. After soaking, rinse and dry hands.