Nail fungus is a condition that many people go through at least once in their life. Fungus is something which is present everywhere around us, living on our skin, on household objects, floors, showers, shoes etc. Many people do not pay attention to the possibility that these micro-fungi can find a place under our nail, causing nail fungus.
Nail fungus is a dangerous condition which affects your health as well as how you are perceived.
The symptoms of the disease are pretty common. They include:
- Thickening of the nail
- Change in the color of your nails (a yellowish color begins to spread over the entire nail)
- The nail form a distorted shape and turns black
If you happen to observe such a condition, waste no time and go to a doctor to get checked for nail fungus and start the treatment immediately. However, it must be mentioned that these signs do not guarantee the presence of nail fungus, but it is better to get checked.
Ways To Treat Nail Fungus
Normally, nail fungus start off as small white or yellow dots of fungus over the nail. This fungus can grow and spread very rapidly. When you observe these spots, immediately, refer a doctor to get treatment.
You have the option to try OTC medicines as well, but they come with several side effects. A big problem is that most OTC medication doesn’t enter the nail all the way down to the nail bed and this may result in the re-occurrence of the infection. The solution to this issue is that you keep on applying the medication regularly at least twice for a longer period of time so that a positive outcome can be obtained. Moreover, you must buy a good quality OTC medicine, if you must.
The side effects of a more severe contamination include thickened, stained nails that may be inflicting too much pain. In these circumstances, you need to see a doctor who can make a treatment plan for you which may include:
The thickened bits of the nail can be debrided, removed so that the pain can be reduced and when the affected area is debrided, the medication can reach the nail bed easily.
- Topical Drug
This kind of treatment includes over the counter medication or sometimes what the doctor recommended. Shockingly, topical medications do not generally work when the infection is severe and have taken over most of the nail area. The fungus crowds the nail and the medications fail to reach all the tiny and hidden parts under the nail.
- Oral Medication
Oral medications have a good effect over the fungus if the procedure is practiced for at least three months. If the patient is suffering from other diseases then it would be a wise choice to consult a doctor before taking any medications, as it may trigger a reaction.
- Nail Removal
If your condition is bad then the doctor might prescribe to remove your infected nail so that a new fungus free nail could take its place. This requires a surgery that is painful and costly as well. This is why it is important that you go to a doctor before the condition worsens so that the nail can be saved.
Treating The Fungus By Mixing The Best Home Ingredients
Olive Oil/Tea Tree Oil/Baking Soda
Making and applying a mixture of olive oil, tea tree oil and baking soda is effective in eliminating the nail fungus. Tea tree oil is a widely used ingredient that helps to neutralize nail fungus. This oil is antibacterial and antifungal in nature, therefore it helps to fight the fungus and eliminate it. When using this oil, make sure that you first dilute the oil before using it over the damaged nail and you take the correct quantity of the oil and mix with the right ingredients, which is:
- A single teaspoon of tea tree oil.
- Half tea spoon of olive oil.
- Half spoon of baking soda.
- Apply the mixture with the help of cotton.
When you have these ingredients, mix them together make a paste out of it and apply gently over the affected area with a cotton ball.