Nail fungus is not like “athlete’s foot,” rather it is when fungi infect your nails, although one can get athlete’s foot first, eventually followed by a fungal infection. You will notice a white or yellow spot at first under your finger or toe nail. With time your nails will start to become discolored, brittle and break. The fungus infection usually goes deep underneath, and sometimes it becomes painful.
What causes nail fungus and how do you get it? Most people who are exposing their feet to constant moist environments, such as sweaty shoes, gyms, swimming pools and shower floors, catch this type of disease. Tight fitting shoes and hosiery can cause the feet to sweat increasing the chance for fungus to grow and multiply, and people with decreased immunity and abnormal body pH levels are more prone to getting it.
How does one cure nail fungus naturally?
Ingesting prescription drugs to get rid of the nail fungus has sometimes been effective yet oftentimes harmful to your internal system if used long term and quite frequently has side effect that go with it. We will discuss several natural remedies to cure this type of bacterial infection in this article.
Tea Tree Oil
One very effective antiseptic and fungicide is Tea Tree oil. When tea tree oil is applied with olive oil to the affected nail area on a regular basis it will help cure the infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another natural method used to get rid of nail fungus. Soak the hand or foot in a basin partially filled with equal portions of water and vinegar for approximately 15 to 20 minutes on a daily basis. Do not rinse off. Just make sure you dry the affected area thoroughly. Some people have also applied apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball directly on, under and around the nail until the fungus disappears.
Lavender oil has been used to fight infections and prevent skin irritation. When used daily with a cotton swab under the affected area, the Lavender oil should help the fungus go away naturally.
Oregano Essential Oil
Another method used to cure nail fungus naturally is Oregano essential oil since it is an antibacterial antiseptic with anti-fungal properties. Pour a couple drops of the oil on a Q-tip and massage the infected area with the Q-Tip every day.
Massaging an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) cream onto the nails prior to going to bed at night will help fight the roughness of the skin and the infection which may be causing the fungus.
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