Fungal infection can affect anyone and create embarrassment, pain and damage to the fingernail or toenail in which it infests. Nail fungus is a microorganism that is caused by dermatophytes; a group of fungus. They are harmful because they work their way under the nail and into the nail bed benefit where they feed off of the keratin that makes up the nail. Once the fungus eats away the keratin the nail becomes weak and damaged and otherwise treated can cause irreparable damage as well as significant pain. While nail fungus can attack both the fingernail as well as the toenail it is often harder to treat on the toenails. This is due to the feet being the ideal breeding ground for nail fungus. The environment of our feet is usually dark and moist which is ideal for the growth of fungus. Tight shoes can rub our toenails weakening them and making them intolerable to fungal infection. For the same reasons that the feet are ideal for the growth of fungus, it is more difficult to treat the fungus effectively and a continuous effort must be put forth to get rid of and prevent further outbreaks.
Symptoms of a fungal infection include a thickening and or discoloring of the nail. Left untreated at this point the nail will continue to thicken often becoming embarrassing or creating discomfort when wearing shoes. As the nail weakens debris can get used in the damaged areas of the nail as well as under the nail and the debris will begin to deceit creating odor and infection. It is important to treat the fungal infection at the very first symptoms when it is easiest to successfully treat.
Natural home remedies for nail fungus treatments include ingredients commonly found in the home as well as special oils that can be found in many health food stores. One of the more common treatments that are effective at the early stages of a fungal infection is apple cider vinegar. The vinegar creates an acidic environment that is not compatible with the fungus. If the fungus has worked under the nail the nail will protect it from the treatment. Tea tree oil is effective for a nail fungal infection and is readily available. Mix tea tree oil with a few drops of olive oil and apply directly to the infected nail and rub in every day. Soaking your affected nails in Listerine mouthwash every day is also an effective fungal home remedy and will leave the nails looking healthy.
Home remedies such as tea tree oil mixed with lavender oil and oregano oil with olive oil in addition to the remedies already mentioned are some of the most effective natural treatments available without prescription or purchase. Altering your diet is also a remedy that is simple and easy to do at home. Including more probiotics (good bacteria) into your diet can help your body's natural efforts to fight the fungal infection. Kefir and yogurt are natural sources of probiotics; however, probiotics are also available as a supplement.