A nasty disease is slowly becoming an epidemic and it strikes an important but often neglected part of the body. I'm talking about toenail fungus. Known scientifically as onychomycosis, toenail fungus is a very common disease. In fact, it is estimated that as much as one in every ten person in the United States have been infected with the disease for at least once in their lives. Fortunately, natural toenail fungus remedies exist which will be discussed later on.
The disorder remains largely unnoticed because people who have it are embarrassed to talk about it. This is because toenail fungus is a cosmetic disease that can really affect a person socially. The disease is characterized by a discoloration and distortion of the toenails that is simply too embarrassing and offensive to show to other people. Toenail fungus is also contagious so people who are suffering from it are always conscious about spreading the disease. Moreover, toenail fungus is accompanied by a very foul odor. Often, people with this disease would stay at home than go out and run the risk of being embarrassed in public or spreading the disease.
But if you think toenail fungus is simply a cosmetic disorder then think again. The distortion that comes with the disease can cause so much pain and discomfort for anyone suffering from the disease that simple mundane tasks such as walking or running becomes – literally – a pain to perform.
Timing is essential in treating toenail fungus. If you will be able to catch the infection before it reaches the inner parts of your nail, then you will have a good chance of eliminating the fungi that caused it. If the disorder is at its advanced stage already then you can expect a prolonged treatment that can last anywhere from several months to up to one year.
When looking for treatments to toenail fungus, it is wise to stay away from prescription medines that are made from synthetic ingredients that may be harmful especially when being exposed to it for a long period of time.
Be aware that there are many natural toenail fungus remedies that are more affordable, more effective and most importantly safer than commercially available medicines. Some of the most effective treatments for toenail fungus include tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, oregano, lavender oil and Epsom salt. You can apply these remedies either directly to the infected area or dilute them in water to use as a soak. Religious and diligent use of these remedies have produced great results for many toenail fungus sufferers.