What are toenail fungus and fingernail fungus?
Fungal infections of the nails (onychomycosis) can be a persistent and sometimes embarrassing problem and occasionally can become painful. These infections develop when fungi, known as dermatophytes, burrow under nails causing them to become crusty, thick, discolored, and distorted.
What are the symptoms of toenail fungus and fingernail fungus?
The first signs and symptoms of fingernail or toenail fungus is a white or yellow spot appearing underneath the tip of the nail, which then thickens and distorts the nail as the infection progresses. As fungi grow under and into the nail, crusting, discoloration, and darkening begin. Moreover, infected nails often separate from the nail bed, which can cause pain in the tips of fingers and toes, as well as a slightly foul-smelling odor.
Tea tree oil has got antiseptic as well as fungicide properties that help a lot in the treatment of toenail fungus. This oil is also used to treat other kinds of skin infections.
Before applying tea tree oil one must have to make certain preparations on nails so as to get the best out of tea tree oil.
Remove all dead nails by means of a nail clipper. This is very important hence make sure you get rid of all the dead nails even if it may consume more time. But in the process try to avoid cutting off your skin.
File down all the infected nails with a coarse nail file. File away as many dead nails as possible. It is better to file each nail with a medium grade or fine grade filers.
Clean your fingernails or toenails with soap or lotion along with water to get rid of dust and dirt.
Follow the above-mentioned steps without fail every time before you apply tea tree oil on nails. Once this is done, you can apply the oil to your nails and this is how it is done!
- If suffering from toenail fungus, take pure tea tree oil and with the help of a cotton ball rub the oil on the affected toe and nail for ten minutes
- Then use a toothbrush to gently scrub the affected nail.
- Before applying the oil to the skin, you must dilute it by mixing it with an equal amount of olive oil or thyme oil.
- This remedy will give positive results if the infection is not too old.
Toenail Fungus Prevention
Vinegar has been used traditionally to ward off nail fungus. Evidence of efficacy is sketchy at best, but you could try soaking your feet in one part vinegar to two parts warm water for 15 to 20 minutes daily.