If your toenails are flaking, yellowed, and generally unappealing to look at, you could be battling a toenail fungus infection. And you are not alone. There are millions of people with this persistent infection that makes going to the beach downright embarrassing.
But do not give up; there are a lot of different treatments that you can take advantage of. The bad news is … a toenail fungus can be a very tough critter to kill off. This means that you need to be religious with treating the infection on a daily basis and controlling the environment that allows the infection to grow.
A fungus infection can gain access to your nails through a trauma to the nail or even by a simple break in your skin somewhere on your foot. A nail trauma caused by bumping your toe or if the nail is accidentally lifted creates easy access for the infection. Immediate treatment to the nail by a thorough cleaning with an antibiotic soap and disinfectants, followed by wrapping the toe will help reduce the possibility of an infection taking root.
Toenail fungus also thrives in a moister rich environment. Allowing your feet to breath and keeping moisture away from the toenails will help. Avoid synthetic foot ware including both shoes and hosiery. Leather shoes and cotton or wool socks allow your feet to breathe better and pull moister away from your feet. This again reduces the environment that a fungus likes.
Depending on the severity of your infection, there are main natural treatments that you can try.
– A vinegar for soaks 10-20 minutes after showers or baths
– A turmeric powder pastes applied a couple times a day.
– Applying tree tea oil twice daily
– Vick's Vapor Rub
– Over the counter treatments like ZetaClear
No matter what treatment your try, the best think you can do is to try to catch the infection as early as possible. Curing your toenail fungus infection is not a overnight process and can take months of persistence to achieve. So the sooner that you start you treatment the faster you will be able to proudly go barefoot again.