Fungal infections can be very unsightly and sometimes uncomfortable. they occur mostly in the toenails but also at times in the fingernails. If you have an infection that has only just started you may be able to hold off the symptoms by trying some of the following toenail fungus home remedies.
There are a few different types of fungus that can be found in the toes. Some of these fungi penetrate the nail bed while others work between the layers of the nails. there are several different situations that can breed the fungi easily and they can be made worse by a trauma to the toenail, for example, if the person has stubbed their toe badly.
The most obvious symptoms of an infection to this part of the body are easy to spot as they will be very visible. the nail will normally be yellow, thick, and often ragged and crumbly too. Sometimes the fungi can lead to lesions in unrelated parts of the body that will show themselves as a bad itch on the skin. this is a type of allergic reaction. If you develop an allergic reaction you should visit your doctor.
There are some different types of fungi that are thought to cause these infections. one type is thought to be caused when in close proximity to mice, while others like candida are linked to water. Some other fungi are found most commonly in tropical climates. Some types of mold manifest as fungi in elderly people.
People at higher risk of an infection include the elderly and those living in warm climates. it is also possible for a tendency to develop these infections, to run in families. those that take part in a lot of exercise and people that use public swimming pools can also pick up the offending fungi more easily.
In the early stages of this problem you can try some of these home remedies to try and clear it up quickly. the earlier you try to treat it, the easier it will be to get rid of it. you can try putting a few drops of tea tree oil onto the toe each day. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and fungicide. the toenail can then be scrubbed to remove the fungus. this treatment should be continued until all traces are removed.
You can treat the foot in a similar way with antiseptic mouthwash. this has the added ingredient of alcohol. For best results mix the mouthwash with an acid like vinegar or lemon juice as this can slow down the growth of the fungi. try to wash the feet in this liquid at least every day or you could even wear the solution around with you, by bandaging a cotton pad soaked in the solution to your toe.
These toenail fungus home remedies should be tried in the early stages of the infection. If you see no improvement within a couple of days you should visit your doctor. they will be able to prescribe some stronger anti fungal creams which could improve the situation greatly.
Marie is a foot health specialist focusing on cures for fungus on toenails.
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