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Introduction to yellow toenails

Although many do not see this as a real problem, this can really affect a person’s life. They are known to be a significant cause of embarrassment for those who have them. Some people see this as a normal part of aging, that it is something that every old person gets at some point during their lives.

However, this is not true. Sometimes, it can be caused by a condition called yellow nail syndrome, but this is extremely rare. Most often, the cause is a fungal infection. Fungi are known to produce colored pigments, and, specifically, those who like to inhabit human nails, produce yellowish pigments, thus coloring the toenails yellow. Yellow toenails are not necessarily uniformly colored. Only some toenails may be affected - sometimes only one - and the fungus may only be growing in part of the nail, producing a yellow toenail streak

The first thing one should do when they notice that the color of their nails has changed is to go and consult a doctor. If the cause is a fungus, treating the problem will usually get rid of this inconvenience. Because, leaving it untreated may cause that the infection spreads, and it gets far more difficult to treat. Generally, Infections are more easily treated if they do not involve the lunula (the whitish crescent shaped area near the cuticle).

Home remedy

There are various medical treatments for yellow toenails, and they usually include oral medications, topical creams, or a type of topical lacquer. However, it is known that these tend to be quite expensive, and that they may cause some side-effects. It is probably why the best options for yellow fingernails are home remedies. They are affordable, and as proven by many, very effective.

Tea tree oil is one of the most used natural remedies for yellow toenails. It should be mixed with a few drops of olive oil and applied to the affected part. In the morning, or evening, one should apply a half-and-half baking powder/lemon juice paste to the yellow toenails in the morning or evening. Whenever the tea tree oil is applied, one should make sure they apply the lemon juice/baking powder mixture at the opposite time. They work well as a team. One goes on in the morning, and one goes on at night.

Two cups of vinegar should be mixed with two cups of warm water, then one should soak their feet for 15 minutes, three times a day. Juniper berries, when crushed and mixed into a bucket of warm water are a great way of getting rid of yellow toenails. One should do this for ten to fifteen minutes for best results. Another good advice when dealing with this problem is for the person to keep a good personal hygiene (i.e. keep their feet clean, change their socks daily, etc.). 

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