Clear Out Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a collection of fungus in one or more nails, which may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the fingernail or toe nail that then spreads deeper into the nail. It may cause discoloration or the nail may thicken and develop crumbling edges. If a nail crumbles into the edge of the toe, it may poke at the flesh, which can cause pain. Nail fungus infections usually recur, and can be difficult to eliminate entirely.

How can I prevent nail fungus?

  • Keep toenails short, dry, and clean. Trim the nails the dry the hands and feet after showering. Wear breathable shoes or wear them as little as possible to keep feet dry.
  • Wearing synthetic socks that keep moisture away and maintain dryness can prevent fungus growth.
  • An antifungal spray or powder in the shoes can help prevent fungus growth.
  • Avoid walking barefoot in public locker rooms, pools, or showers if at all possible.

What are the symptoms of nail fungus?

  • Different nail fungus strains can show different symptoms, but the most typical symptoms are thickened, brittle, crumbly, distorted, or dull nails.
  • Some infections will separate the nail from the nail bed, which may cause pain in the toes and a slightly foul odor.

How do I get rid of nail fungus?

  • Antifungal nail polish is available and has been approved by the FDA for use. They carry very little risk of side effects, but often take longer than many oral medicines to take care of the fungus.
  • Another medical therapy is use of a laser, which cures one-third of patients after nine months, but can be very expensive.
  • For natural methods, thymol oil has been found to be effective, particularly when used in conjunction with a vapor rub.
  • Soaking the toes in a weak solution of water and vinegar for at least a half hour on a nightly basis lowers the pH of toenails until the fungus can no longer survive. It requires a long commitment of three to six months, but is effective.
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