Posted on Mar 10, 2009 | Comments 0
Being a major concern for almost 35 million people in USA, nail fungus is the most common fungal infections caused by dermatophytes fungi.
Some of you might believe that nail fungus is contagious, while others consider it as an inherited disease that runs in the family.
Nail fungus is not painful initially, but gradually, if left untreated it can eventually evolve to a more severe case.
However, no matter or whatever may be the reason or cause behind this particular fungal infection, it is very essential to protect your nails and take proper nail care as early as possible.
For lighter infections, treatment is quite simple and you can easily get rid of it with simple measures at home. But, if you have mild to severe form of infections, the treatment process will consume more time, probably 3 to 6 months and in most severe cases it can prolong to a year or more.
Your diet plays a critical role in the treatment of any particular ailment including toenail fungus.
When you are suffering from fungal infections consider eating foods with probiotics like yogurt in your diet that help to fight off infection and keep us healthy.
Intake of refined carbohydrates such as dairy products and sugar should be restricted in order to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Essential measures to follow at home
Using apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the most common remedy that has been used by many for years to treat nail fungus. The concept here is quite simple; nail fungus cannot survive in acidic surroundings. So, take a quarter glass of apple cider vinegar and mix it with equal parts of water.
Immerse your feet in a bowl with solution of apple cider vinegar for about 15 to 20 minutes and then dry your feet with clean towel.
Repeat this process for at least twice a day, preferably morning and night for at least 2 to 6 months continuously.
Using hydrogen peroxide
It is believed that hydrogen peroxide contains certain toxic substances, which reduces the chances of fungus survival. Some people believe that applying good quantity of pure hydrogen peroxide at 3% directly on affected parts of skin can help to decrease the intensity of infection. However, if you have any doubts regarding this particular remedy, take the necessary suggestion from your doctor.
Using tea tree and lavender oil
The antibiotic properties of certain essential oils like lavender and tea tree oil can help to fight against atrocious infections.
Take equal amounts of lavender and tea tree oil on a clean cotton swab. Dab it on the infection and the surrounding areas of the infection for at least twice or thrice a day.
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