How to Handle Toenail Fungus
Tinea unguium, also known as onychomycosis an infection that lives in cracks formed in your nails or toes skin. The symptoms may be yellow discoloration, thickening of the nails, separation of the nail and sometimes pain. Fungi are normally present in the body, but when it overgrows, it can turn into an infection.
The main reason for this is the perfect environment formed in your feet: constant humidity and warm are key conditions for the fungus to grow there, still, it can grow anywhere in the body.
There are also other reasons that can affect your skin and nails: an abnormal skin pH, compromised immune system or diabetes.
Using the same shoes for several days
Is completely normal that our feet sweat during the day, even if we are just sitting at work typing on a computer. The closed space into our shoes make it hard to refresh the air around our toes and the temperature starts raising. The natural way of our body to regulate heat is producing sweat.
For this reason, you should not be using the same shoes every day, because you do not give them time to dry. In consequence, your shoes will always be damp and fungus will be happy there. The story just gets better if you use the same work out sneakers every day.
Showering without sandals
If you like showering immediately after working out at the gym, you are already doing something right to keep your feet clean, but if you are not using sandals during your shower, then you are making a disgusting mistake.
Public showers are one of the favorite places for fungus, as they are being used all day long, they never have time to dry. When you get there barefoot, your skin will be having contact with an immense quantity of full-grown fungus that will attach to you and start accommodating in its new home: your nails or your skin. As a horror movie, as it sounds, it is true! Therefore, I strongly recommend you to use sandals in the shower all the time.
If you already lost those battles and your nails are a trench zone for fungus fighting for survival, let me tell you that you haven´t lost the war yet; some powerful weapons that you can still use to outflank onychomycosis remain in your arsenal.
To avoid or cure the nail fungus, the first step is to understand the most common daily actions that we can be doing to give a warm and comfy home to this fungus to live and grow.
One of the fastest ways to put an end to nail fungus is using pharmacy pomades or aerosols. They attack fast, reduce the itch and pain, and completely kill the infection.
Terbinafine, itraconazole, fluconazole and griseofulvin some of the most common antifungals used in commercial products. You can get them in any drug store or supermarket.
The common way to use them is applying the aerosol or pomade directly over the affected area after washing it with soap and water once a day. Then you should let it dry for some minutes before covering it. You should start noticing improvements since the second or third day of treatment. It is very important that you finish all the treatment for as long as the product instructions say (it can be up to 30 days). If you do not do it, there is a big chance that the infection will come back stronger than ever because what does not kill you makes you stronger.
Eucalyptus oil ointments have demonstrated to have a lot of medical properties. One of them is an antifungal and skin regeneration reaction. Thus, you will suppress the symptoms immediately and it will fight the infection. For this remedy, just apply the ointment over the affected area once a day.
Snakeroot extract has similar effects as ciclopirox. Just apply it over the affected area. You can get snakeroot extract online.
Thymol contained in oregano oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can also be bought online. Apply it twice a day over the infection with cotton and you will start having results is just a few days.
Vinegar is believed to help in this treatment and is such an easy and safe remedy to try at home. Just soak the affected area in a solution of two parts hot water and one part vinegar for 20 minutes a day.
Mouthwash has menthol and eucalyptus ingredients that share the antifungal properties. You would have to soak your nails in a blue colored mouthwash for only 30 minutes a day.
Garlic has been proved to have some antifungal properties. The easiest way to apply this, but maybe the stinkiest, treatment is placing crushed garlic cloves over the affected area for 30 minutes a day.
Home remedies should not be used in dangerous situations as if you suffer from diabetes or if you have a week immune system. I strongly recommend you to visit a doctor to assess your case.
Remember there are a lot of causes for nail fungus to overgrow and the first step is for you to evaluate your daily activities. A good hygiene is key in the combat against this infection and it will make it easier for you to improve it. Choose a treatment for your specific situation and always go with it until the end. If you don’t, you may get the worst infection with the worst symptoms and better resistance.