Finger and Toe
The most common signs of
* Thickened nails
* Brittle, crumbling nails
* A mis-shapen, dull appearance
* Discoloration – yellow, brown, green or black
* Seperation of the nail from the nail bed
* An ‘off’ or ‘foul’ odor
Yellow Nail Syndrome
Yellow nails are sometimes caused by a condition known as “yellow nail syndrome”. The chances that you actually have this condition are very slim, especially if this is the first you’ve heard of it because it is accompanied by several much worse symptoms: Swelling of your lower extremities, pneumonia and bronchiectasis. If, however you’re one of those people who absolutely hates going to the doctor, and any of these additional symptoms sound familiar to you – get your butt in gear and get to your doctor ASAP! This is not a condition that heals on its own.
A Note to Diabetics
If you have diabetes, you should see your doctor at the first sign of toenail
Finger and Toe
Fungal nail infections aren’t usually dangerous, but they are pretty unsightly and can sometimes even be painful. If left untreated they usually do not go away on their own so depending on your unique perspective (and/or lack of health insurance) you may opt for one of several effective treatments for finger and toe
Oral Medications for
Oral antifungal medications will need to be prescribed by a doctor, and include Itraconazole (Sporanox), Fluconazole (Diflucan), and Terbinafine (Lamisil). Because the
Home Remedies for
There are quite a few home remedies for
Here are two popular and inexpensive natural remedies:
1. In a small tub or bowl just large enough to submerge the infected nails completely, mix equal parts Listerine mouthwash with white vinegar.
2. Soak the infected nails in this bath for at least 15 minutes, twice daily. You can re-use the same liquid for up to a week before replacing with a fresh mixture.
3. As your nails grow, keep them well groomed. Use nail clippers to cut them short and a file to rough the surface up. Store your grooming tools in a container filled with the same liquid you use for the daily soaks.
4. Wash your hands after every treatment.
* Alternative #1: Apply the mixture directly to the infected nails using a sponge or Q-Tip at least twice a day.
* Alternative #2: Roll up a paper towel, saturate it with the mixture and then wrap it around the infected fingers or toes for 15-20 minutes, twice daily.
Coat the infected fingers and toes with Vicks VapoRub at least twice daily and right before bed. Wash your hands after every treatment.
This is an extreme solution, and is only prescribed in cases where the infection is severe or painful. Removing the nail allows the infection to be treated directly and cured quickly – but is painful. Your nails usually grow back too, and in case you hadn’t guessed – this is something ONLY your doctor should do. 😉
Here are some tips for keeping the environment around your
* Thoroughly wash and dry your hands and feet after bathing, including the areas between your toes.
* When you wash your nails, scrub them with a soft bristled brush to remove dirt and dead skin.
* Trim your nails and keep them short.
* Clean any dirt out from underneath your finger and toenails with a toothpick.
* Wear only shoes and socks that allow your feet to breathe. Change your socks during the day if they routinely become moist.
* Regularly apply anti-fungal powder to your feet and footwear.
* Don’t go bare foot in public locker rooms or share footwear with others.
* Refrain from wearing fake nails.
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