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Nail Fungus Infections


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Nail Fungus Infections

  1. 1. Fungus Infections Nail Fungus Cure
  2. 2. Fungus Infections <ul><li>Fungal infections are caused by fungi, these are most of the times skin infections, the reason being fungi live off keratin which is found in abundance on skin, hair and nails. </li></ul><ul><li>There are several types of fungal infections; each one is called differently because of location of infection on the body. </li></ul><ul><li>Yeast infections are caused by yeast or candida, which is ever present in our body, this infection generally, is cause on tongue or in the digestive system, out immune system keeps fighting yeast, people most likely to contact yeast infections are those taking medications like antibiotics. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Fungus Infections <ul><li>Another fungal infection is called athletes foot , fungus combines with bacteria to cause soggy skin in between toes. This can also cause itching. This infection is generally transmitted in public places or very crowded places. </li></ul><ul><li>Skin infections caused can make skin itchy, patchy or generally irritating. Fungal infection to skin can grow if adequate steps are not taken in time. </li></ul><ul><li>Skin infections can be cured by application of creams especially made for specific purposes. This cures fungal infection fast and effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Fungal infections can also affect lungs, since these can affect lymph nodes, these infections are called sporotichosis, a fungal infections where the fungi affect the lymph nodes and causes painless bumps, this happens especially on skin, feet and hands. These infections can be caused by inhalation of wounds or because of inhaling dust carrying these fungi. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Nail Fungus Infections Nail infections are another type of skin infections caused by fungi. These are common on both fingernails and toenails. Toenail fungus also known as onychomycosis is caused by a group of fungus called dermatophytes. These fungus are harmful because as they grow they feed on the keratin that makes up the surface of the toe nail. The two fingers that are more likely to be affected are the big toe finger and the little toe finger. Toenail fungus causes disfiguration and discoloration of the nails. It is a contagious disease and some times it may be hereditary.
  5. 5. Nail Fungus Infections Application of cream can cure this infection and kill fungus. Nail infections affect not only toenails, but your fingernails can be affected too. Fungal skin infections are caused by lack of hygiene. You require to be aware before using some one else’s clothing. Similarly before wearing any clothing you should ensure that it has been washed properly any remains of sweat can cause fungus to grow. Wearing clothing which does not allow skin to breathe also might cause fungal infections. You should be careful regarding washing feet and hands after each activity. Everyone also requires being attentive towards drying properly after each bath. Not drying body properly, either from sweat or water can lead to growth of fungus on skin. Coming in contact with people having infections can cause fungal infections too, so care should be taking while mingling with people at public places.
  6. 6. Symptoms <ul><li>Yellow or brown discoloration of the toenails </li></ul><ul><li>Thickening of the affected toenails </li></ul><ul><li>Accumulation of smelly debris under the nail </li></ul><ul><li>Falling of nails </li></ul><ul><li>Crumbling edges or ragged nails </li></ul><ul><li>Appearance of spots on the sides of nail </li></ul><ul><li>Brittle nails </li></ul><ul><li>Hard-to-touch nails </li></ul><ul><li>Distortion of nail-shape </li></ul><ul><li>Dull nails, with no luster or shine </li></ul><ul><li>A dark color of nail, caused by debris building up under it </li></ul><ul><li>Foul smelling nail </li></ul>
  7. 7. Causes <ul><li>Toenail fungus caused due to damp areas, contact with others affected You may get affected by the toenail fungus in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools. Toe nail fungus can spread from one toe to another or to other body parts. Athletes and people who give trauma to their toe by wear tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery are at great risk of toe nail fungus. Other reasons may be abnormal pH level of the skin, not drying off the feet thoroughly after bathing or exercise, and decreased immunity. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Personal hygiene A lack of personal hygiene can be another major contributing factor, as wearing socks and shoes for prolonged periods creates the perfect environment for fungal growth – a moist and warm habitat. Sharing footwear and other personal items also poses a significant risk. </li></ul><ul><li>Abnormal pH level of the skin </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced immunity </li></ul>
  8. 8. Home remedies <ul><li>Toe nail fungus remedy using tea tree oil Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day. </li></ul><ul><li>Using Listerine mouthwash Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy. </li></ul><ul><li>Curing toe nail fungus using warm water and natural apple cider vinegar Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes </li></ul><ul><li>Tea tree oil and Lavender oil Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Home Remedies <ul><li>Using Oregano and Olive oil Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, ant parasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties </li></ul><ul><li>AHA creams Lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxyl Acid) creams on to your feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from your feet that is more prone to growing fungus Water & Turmeric paste Make a paste with turmeric powder and water. Apply this paste on your toe nail. Rinse it off when it dries and then properly dry your feet. </li></ul><ul><li>Onion slices Peel an onion and cut it into slices. Rub the affected toenail with the onion slices for sometime. This is an effective way to treat the fungal infection. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Home Remedies <ul><li>Lime juice Another effective home remedy would be to soak a cotton ball in concentrated lime juice. Rub the cotton on the affected toenail. </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) is easily available at any pharmacy. Soak the affected toenail/s in pure hydrogen peroxide (3%) for 20 minutes twice daily (morning and just before going to bed). Some may feel the pure undiluted solution a bit harsh. Mix half water and half hydrogen peroxide and soak feet. Dry with super absorbent paper towel. </li></ul><ul><li>Vicks Vaporub The efficacy of using Vicks for treatment of toenail fungus is not very clear. Many have found that using Vicks on the affected toenail/s has helped, and many have found no benefit. Vicks is known to stop the growth of the fungus, not eliminate it. You will have to use Vicks until the infected toenail grows out and a new one replaces it. Generally, it is advisable to try the other options instead of this one. </li></ul><ul><li>Rubbing Alcohol Rubbing alcohol is easily available at any pharmacy. Soak the affected toenail/s in rubbing alcohol for about 20 minutes twice daily (morning and just before going to bed). Dry thoroughly using super absorbent paper towels. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Diet for Toe nail fungus <ul><li>Diet plays a very vital role in curing any ailment. People suffering from toe nail fungus should include more probiotics – good bacteria, in their diet. This will help your body to get rid of the fungus. Yogurt and kefir are good sources of probiotics. Reduce intake of refined carbs like sugar, dairy products and vinegar. Olive leaf extract is an excellent internal anti-fungal agent. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Suggestion for Toenail fungus <ul><li>Wash your feet after visiting public places like swimming pools The fungus thrives in warm moist areas like spas, swimming pools, showers or locker rooms. If you step on a warm puddle or floor, you can pick up the infection. After using such public places, it is ideal to wash your feet thoroughly and dry them well. </li></ul><ul><li>Wear cotton socks Wear cotton socks to absorb moisture from the feet that happens from sweating. </li></ul><ul><li>Dry your feet If your socks are damp, take them off and dry your feet before wearing a fresh pair of dry socks. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not share linen with affected people Avoid sharing towels, washcloths, shoes or any other personal items of those people who have already contracted this disease </li></ul><ul><li>Trim nails and avoid nail polish Keep your nails cut short, and don't use nail polish. Trim your toenails regularly. Trim them into a straight line and then smooth the edges with a nail file. </li></ul>