Many people suffer from some form of nail fungus symptoms. We do our best to not show our toe nails to anyone for fear that someone might see the brittleness of discoloration of the nail. So instead of wearing open toe shoes or sandals, we cover our feet up in stuffy socks and hot shoes.
There are many options for solving all these fungus problems. However, many of them use dangerous chemicals and abrasive measures to treat the problem. Some of them don’t even work, but offer a false hope to individuals who are attracted to the inexpensive price tag.
What Is Nail Fungus?
But what causes this nasty little fungus? When you are out in the normal world, you encounter many different forms of microbes, one of those are fungal spores. These microscopic organisms don’t normally tend to be a problem, but if they get under the nails of your skin, it provides a warm and moist place for them to grow.
Over time as debris enters the nail, from normal walking or walking in the home barefoot, it provides nutrients to help the spore thrive even more. That along with normal bathing provides it with the moisture needed to grow and expand.
As the fungus grows, so do the symptoms. They can include loosening of the nail, discoloration, crumbling, thickening, and even distortion of the nail’s natural shape. While this can also happen to finger nails, fungal symptoms are more common in the feet because most of the time they are in shoes or shocks providing the perfect environment for the fungus to grow.
How Can I Treat It?
There are several inexpensive and natural ways of treating a nail fungus problem before even going to pills, sprays or zeta clear solution. They include:
- Tea Tree Oil – simply wipe it on the nail a few times a day, it will break down the fungus.
- Cut your nails short to where they are just at the edge of the toe. Clean underneath them with a file and keep them dry. Avoid wearing shoes and socks when possible.
- Vinegar – Soaking your toe nails in this solution and letting them air dry provides another natural way of attacking the fungus at the source.
If after you try all these solutions, you find they don’t work the next step would be to consult with your doctor and find something that works for you. They will very likely prescribe you an oral medication, just note that it is very hard on your liver. During this treatment time you will also want to make sure you continue to practice good toenail hygiene to prevent the infection from spreading and re-infection of the already infected toe nails.
Remember there are other options you can choose form too. If you do a simple look around the internet it is certain you will find a solution that might work better for you than dangerous pills. This is even more important when you have a young child that might be infected. Research is the key to treating anyone with this problem.