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Onychomychosis

Fungal infection the most commonly affects big toe and little toefinger, but can also be found on other toes and fingers. The causes of thefungal infections are usually Dermatophytes (a group of fungus). Toenail fungusis known as onychomychosis and causeschange of the nail and its color. The infection is contagious, and might spreadfrom the toe to other parts of the body. Some people could be geneticallypredisposed for fungal infections.

Symptoms

The toe infected with fungus changes the color, becomesyellow, green or brown. It might get really thick and overgrown and evencrumble or fall off. Sometimes, the infection causes unpleasant smell or sots onthe side of the nails.

Causes

Damp in public spaces, such as gym, showers or swimmingpools may contain the fungus and infect your nails. Athletes, people who don’tdry their feet completely after the bathing and those who wear tight socks orshoes have greater risk of catching the fungal infection than others. Weakened immunesystem and misbalance in skin's pH could also lead to fungal infections of the nails. Sometimes, sharing the shoes with other people might transferthe fungal infection to your foot.

Remedies

Tea tree oil should be applied to the infected nail everyday. This essential oil is an excellent antiseptic and fungicide (it kills thefungus).

You could use lavender oil and tea tree oil to treat thefungus. Put some of the mixture on a cotton ball and apply to the nail. These oilsshould be used several times a day to cure the infection.

Use a table spoon of olive oil and add 2 drops of oreganoessential oil. The mixture should be used every day up to three weeks.

Use same amounts of apple cider vinegar and water, mixedthem and soak your toes. Leave them for 15 to 20 minutes and then dry your feetcompletely and thoroughly.

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) creams could help to prevent thefungus infection, if used before bedtime, on your feet and toe nails.

Listerine mouthwash might also be helpful. Soaking the toesinto the liquid might improve the condition.

Suggestions

Diet may be helpful to fight the fungus nail infection. Specialistssuggest the use of probiotics, such as yogurt and kefir, and avoidance ofsugar, vinegar and dairy products. Always wash your feet after using the public spas or showersand dry them completely every time. Wear cotton socks, and do not share yourshoes or towels with anyone. Keep your nail short and avoid nail polish. These precautions will reduce the risk of fungal infectionto minimum.

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