I am sure most of us have sometime in our life suffered of nail fungus. It is a very common affection that normally has no further consequences, other than bad smell in our feet, a change in our nail's color or shape, and sometimes the feeling that our feet are not very comfortable.
Nail fungus is caused by invisible organisms (bacteria or fungi) that live in absence of sunlight and wet conditions. This happens to be the situation that occurs to our feet most of the times. When we wear shoes, boots and socks, our feet spend lots of time in the darkness, and if we have an active life, it is mostly sure that our feet will sweat inside our boots or shoes. This combination of factors exposed above, together with the fact that sometimes we do not wash, clean or dry our feet properly, can lead to the development of nail fungus.
You may have a nail fungal infection if one or more of your nails are:
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged
- Distorted in shape
- Dull, with no luster or shine
- A dark color, caused by debris building up under your nail
Infected nails may also separate from the nail bed, a condition called onycholysis. You may even feel pain in your toes or fingertips and detect a slightly foul odor.
Nail fungus can become a painful damage for your nails, and you should ask your doctor if you suffer diabetes, or if you are taking medications that affect your immune system. This would help to avoid further complications. Sometimes, people turn to traditional home made remedies because current treatments can take a long time to work and are not always effective. There are two remedies that have proved to help nail fungus infections: vinegar and Vicks VapoRub.
Vinegar. Right now there's no evidence that a vinegar soak can cure nail fungus, some studies have shown that it can inhibit the growth of certain bacteria.
Experts suggest soaking your feet for 15 to 20 minutes in a mix of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts of warm water. Please be sure to rinse well and dry your feet well when you're done.
VapoRub. Same as with vinegar, there are no verified clinical reports to assess the effectiveness of Vicks VapoRub on nail fungus, but there have been numerous anecdotal reports stating that Vicks VapoRub works.