Nail Fungus, also known as Onychomycosis, is a fungal infection of the nail. This condition can affect fingernails, but is most commonly associated with toenails. This is due to the warm, dark and moist environment favorable to fungal growth. Nail fungus is common to 6 – 8% of the adult population. It causes the nail plate to thicken, become rough and crumbly, separate from the nail bed and develop severe discoloration.
Causes and Prevention of Nail Fungus
The actual infection is caused by a type of fungi known as dermatophyte. The nail plate can have a thickened, yellow, or cloudy appearance. The nails can become rough and crumbly, or can separate from the nail bed. There is usually no pain or other bodily symptoms, unless the disease is severe.
Because fungi like to dwell in dark, moist environments, the insides of your shoes can breed the bacteria, making your toenails more susceptible to fungal infection.
Here are some tips on how to prevent toe fungus.
* Avoid wearing tight shoes.
* Wear dry socks (preferably cotton) and regularly change them.
* Keep your feet clean and dry.
* Treat athlete's foot whenever you see it.
* Avoid synthetic shoe materials if you have sweaty feet (wear leather or canvas).
* Trim your nails straight across.
* Avoid cutting or digging into the corners of your toenails.
Despite your best efforts, you may still get nail fungus. Getting rid of toe fungus can be difficult because the fungus is embedded deep underneath the nail. Most oral medications have potentially serious side effects for the liver and are generally not recommended for anyone with liver disease. When doctors prescribe these oral medications for nail fungus, they also advocate a liver test before starting treatment and during treatment. While pharmaceutical remedies for nail fungus have become more effective in recent years, they carry risks to your liver and offer no guarantee that they will work.
That is why more and more people are turning to natural nail fungus treatments and home remedies. Some of the more popular toenail fungus treatments include:
* Soaking your feet in white vinegar
* Soaking your toes in a bleach and water mixture
* Soaking your toes in mouth wash
These remedies have proven effective for some, but more often than not they are just not successful. If you have a serious case of nail fungus, you should consider using a natural fungus control made up of homeopathic medicines and certified organic plant materials designed to safely treat even the most stubborn fungus, heal damaged skin, and restore nails to their natural color.