Nail fungal infection
The fungi are one of the microbes that can cause infections in the human body. The fungi can cause the infections in many parts of the body including the nails. The nail fungal infection is medically called onychomycosis.
Many people worldwide suffer from this nail disorder. Unfortunately, the number of those who treat it is considerably small as compared to those who live with it without seeking any kind of treatment since they find it very embarrassing. The nails can be affected by the fungi at anytime and at any age but it is observed that the men are more inclined to it then the women. The nails get infected by the fungi since the bed nails are the perfect environment for their overgrowth since the nail beds are warm, dark and dump. Since the fungal infection is contagious when one fingernail or toenail is infected it can easily pass to the next fingernail or toenail respectively.
Treatment for nail fungal infection
The distortion of the nail and changing of the color of the nail are two most common signs of the nail fungal infection. Therefore, when one notices them he/she should start a treatment right away.
The best home remedy for the nail fungal infection is apple cider vinegar which should be applied on the infected nail. Due to its acidity, apple cider vinegar created an environment that is not suitable for the survival of the fungi and they stop their reproduction. Vicks VapoRub and Listerine may also help when one suffers from nail fungus infection.
When one starts to treat this infection with the home remedies, it may last several weeks or even several months since the nail fungal infection is very difficult to be cured because the blood flow to the nails are considerably low. The best medicines which the doctors usually prescribe for the nail fungal infection are Lamisil and Sporanox as well as Penlac and Diflucan. However, these medicines have many side effects, for example, Lamisil can cause liver damage. Therefore, the home remedies are preferable when one starts to treat the nail fungal infection.
There are also various over-the-counter medications for curing the nail fungal infection, for example, ZetaClear and NailRX. They do not possess any side effect since they are made of the natural substances. They are not consumed but applied on the nail which is infected. It is considered that apple cider vinegar is the best of all previously mentioned remedies for the curing the nail fungal infection.