One of the most commonly dreaded condition is having a nail fungus. Fingernail fungus is a very common infection that affects the nails, either the fingernails or the toenails, sometimes both. The fungus enters the skin when injured and resides in the nail and/or between the nails and the nail bed. The nail bed is where the nail meets the skin.
Q: How can I tell if my fingernails and toenails are harboring fungi?
A: It’s actually very easy to determine if you are suffering from this pesky condition. The most common symptom of a fingernail fungus is the change in color of your nails. Usually, the infected nails turn yellow or light brown. If you notice coarseness on the surface of your nails or if they have become a little flaky, then you can be sure that you have fingernail fungus.
Q: My feet smell bad all the time and sometimes the toenails itch but not really on the surface. I can’t really scratch it as the itch seems to be coming from under the nail.
A: The itch is actually coming from the nail bed which is also infected together with the actual nail. The foul odor you smell is caused by the bacteria that has also grown on your feet. These are all micro-organisms and because they’re very little, you cannot see them, which makes the conditions hard to totally cure.
Q: Are there any cures for this condition?
A: Doctors have prescribed medications such as Lamisil and Sporanox. Unfortunately, the FDA declared that these two poses great risk to the liver. You can try fingernail fungus home remedies such as baking soda, vinegar, and Vicks VapoRub. These are all commonly used remedies although no scientific studies have proven their effectiveness.
Q: How can baking soda help eliminate fingernail fungus?
A: The infection cannot be eliminated. A brand new nail has to grow in order to get rid of the fungus residing in the infected nail. If you are willing to take out your infected nail, then do so. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate which is an Alkali metal. Alkali reacts with bodily acids and releases carbon dioxide gas. This gas hinders the growth of fungus. Baking soda has been known to cure dandruff as well, which is also caused by a fungal infection.
The effectiveness of a fingernail fungal home remedy, as with any other topical creams created for fungal problems, depends largely on the frequency of use and not on the quantity of the remedy applied on the affected area. Prevention is the key when dealing with fungal problems such as nail fungi. Regular maintenance of the nails shall help in keeping fungi at bay.