Nail fungal infections are very common diseases of the nails. These infections are more common in men than women. The fingernails as well as the toenails can get infected but generally the toenails are more susceptible to this infection.Several factors such as improper blood circulation, moist and humid work environment, diabetes, improper growth of nails and heavy perspiration contribute to this disease.
The fungi enter the skin through small cuts in the skin or through the space between the nail and nail bed and attack the nail as a result of which the nails get distorted and thickened. They turn a yellowish color and become very brittle and crumbly.Their normal growth is impaired and they grow in a ragged and twisted manner. These infections can cause pain in the toes and fingers and give out a nasty and foul odor. Besides making your hands look very unsightly and ugly these infections can hinder your work too.
White Vinegar soak is the best remedy for fingernail fungus. Besides being cheap it is always available at home and costs very little effort. The acetic acid present in vinegar, is very efficient in killing all kinds of microbes. Its antiseptic and cleaning properties keep the fungi at bay and eradicate the bad smell.
Take equal amounts of warm water and white vinegar and soak your hands in this solution for twenty minutes. Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel. Use this procedure three times a day. The fungus infection will vanish quickly.
Tea tree oil possesses antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic qualities and is very useful in treating a number of skin disorders and infections. It destroys the fungus and the microbes most quickly and efficiently and provides relief in the pain.
It is also useful in eliminating the bad smell which emanates from the infected nails. Apply the oil in and around the nails and rub it gently. Use this three times a day for fast relief.
Lemongrass oil gets rid of the fungus very quickly and effectively. It has antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities. It has a sweet lemony smell which eradicates the bad odor and imparts a pleasant smell to your hands. Apply the oil on your fingers and nails and massage thoroughly. Use three times a day and the condition of your nails will improve very soon.
Apple cider vinegar has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties which cure numerous skin diseases and disorders. Take one part of apple cider vinegar and two parts of water and mix them. Soak your nails and fingers for fifteen minutes in this solution. Rinse and dry your fingers completely. Use this soak everyday till the fungus is cleared and your nails regain their normal color.
Coconut oil is another useful remedy for finger nail fungus. This oil is full of healing and curing powers. Its exceptional antifungal and antibacterial properties quickly efface the fungus from the nail bed and heal the nails. Rub pure coconut oil frequently on the nails and fingers. The nails will soften and the brittleness will go away.