August 30th, 2010

A toenail fungal infection is medically labeled onychomycosis. This infection can begin totally unnoticed as a spot under the nail that is yellow or brown. It may also just look though the toe nail is a little thick… and before you know it, they are thick and yellowish. And if the infection becomes bad enough, it may appear brownie-golden in colour.

Please also realize that not all thick nails are fungal-ridden nails. If a person has psoriases for example, it is not uncommon to have thick toe nails… or even flaky toe nails, and thick or flaky finger nails.

Yikes… where could I get this fungus from?

You could come into contact with a fungal toenail infection by going barefoot in public showers or around public pools, hotel rooms/showers, and school change room floors. The fungus lives in warm, damp areas.

Toenails are usually more commonly affected than your fingernails due to our custom of wearing of shoes, which create a dark moist place for this fungus to spread.

Other factors that can encourage this condition include heavy perspiration of the feet, socks that do not allow ventilation or absorb moisture, or having other conditions such poor circulation, athlete’s foot, diabetics, psoriasis, a weak immune system or an injury to a nail or skin. The nails can even have a foul smell to them.

Treatment

There are some over the counter products available to treat fungal toenail infections, but most times they are not very successful in treating the problem. Some people even say Tea Tree Oil can kill the fungus but it is only effective for the odd person.

Soaking your feet daily for 15 to 20 minutes in a solution of two parts warm water and one part apple vinegar is yet another popular home-remedy.

An application of Vick VapoRub® has been suggested as well, after roughing the nail slightly with a file; however there is no evidence that any of these remedies will help this fungal condition.

Oral antifungal medications can be prescribed if you do not have certain health conditions, such as Sporanox, Lamisil or several others. So, be sure to check with your doctor before taking any of these.

Up until last year, I knew of nothing natural and not toxic being available to use in treating fungal nails for my clients. However, through one of my clients, I learned about an all natural product. Now when my foot care clients use this product, their fungal infections are gone in a matter of a few months.

A few of my foot care clients took a bit longer to be cured of their fungal infection because their nail growth was much slower. What a dilemma! However, I do find that with regular foot care toes nails will become thinner over time. Cleaning out the fungal gunk really can help.

Preventative measures

Here is what you can do to prevent such an infection. Keep your nails trimmed and clean, you can use an antifungal oil, powder or spray, wear socks and… no more going barefoot in public environments!

 
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