Nail fungus occurs when fungi infect nails of hands and feet. This infection is also known as the ‘Onychomycosis’. For the fungus to grow and thrive it is necessary to find dark, moist and warm environment. This is why you will find toenails being affected with nail fungus rather than the hand nails. Studies have revealed that there are at least 35 million people in the world who suffer from such infection.
Fungal infections take time and effort to get rid off. There are several methods you can use to get rid of it. However, all remedies will take time. Instead you should try and prevent growth of any type of fungal infection; this can be done by maintaining proper hygiene. Toenails are susceptible because of the environment, it is necessary to use comfortable footwear, so that the feet are properly ventilated and there is less chance for fungus to grow.
If you want to get rid of nail fungus it is necessary to know correct and effective medication. At times there are OTC drugs that can help you. However, when these medicines cannot remove fungus you should try and use more effective medicine, there are several medicines that can affect the fungus directly.
What does nail fungus do to the nails? Nail fungus will make nails weak and chapped. Affected finger and toenails will look darker than they do normally. As the nail fungus becomes older nails will keep on darkening. You will find your nails are becoming thicker and flakier. You will find the hardening begin from nail bed, making it difficult to cut the these and maintain hygiene.
Nail fungus can be particularly irritating when it starts spreading. You will find that once one nail has been affected other nails also start getting affected if no efforts are made to stop and curb the infection. Though nail hardness generally prevents growth of nail fungus, it is not completely successful in stopping it. Our nails have some empty spaces at the sides and between skin and the nail; it will start invading these spaces and eat into keratin that covers the nails.
Fungi are living organisms with an ability to multiply quite fast, therefore you need a targeted medicine for fungal infection. First symptom that your nail has been affected with fungus is the discoloration that occurs immediately. When more and more nails get affected you will find them starting to discolor.
Nail fungus can be killed and controlled when it comes into contact with any solution of acidic nature. Amongst all home therapies it is said that the vinegar therapy and acidophilus beer recipe are the most effective therapies. Vinegar avoids growth of the fungus and at the same time it can kill the fungal infections.
There are over-the-counter drugs which will help you get rid of the fungus, however, there are some time tested and tried natural cures that target the fungus directly and manage to kill and cure it. Complete cure for nail fungus takes about 2-3 weeks depending on how deep the fungus has reached and the stage of the fungal infection.