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Nail Care and Fungus Remedies

Nail Care and Fungus remedies organic solutions and treatment options . . .

Guide to popular nail fungus home remedies using organic solutions that may or may not cure toenail fungus, plus learn about the Laser for Nail Fungus treatment.

If you suspect you have a toenail fungus, foot fungus or any form of fungal infection, you’ll want to either start a home treatment or seek professional nail care from a Podiatrist. A fungal infection  never goes away by itself. You need to be proactive and start fungal treatment at the first sign of infection.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
Many podiatrists recommend regular pedicures for runners. They feel that many calluses, blisters and black toenails could be prevented with pedicures. Having a regular pedicure is a great way to keep your feet healthy.

 

What is Nail Fungus?
Nail fungus medical term is: Onychomycosis. An infection of nail fungus occurs when fungi infect one or more of your nails. A nail fungal infection may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges – an unsightly and potentially painful problem.

These infections usually develop on nails continually exposed to warm, moist environments, such as sweaty shoes or shower floors. Nail fungus isn’t the same as athlete’s foot, which primarily affects the skin of the feet, but at times the two may coexist and can be caused by the same type of fungus.

More nail fungus information can be found on the Mayo Clinic website

 

What Increases the Risk of a Fungal Infection?

  • Getting manicures and pedicures using utensils that have been used on other people
  • Minor skin or nail injuries
  • Having moist skin for a long time
  • Poorly functioning immune system
  • Wearing closed-in footwear

 

Symptoms of a Nail Fungus Infection Include:
– Nail Brittleness
– Change in nail shape
– Crumbling of the outside edges of the nail
– Debris trapped under the nail
– Loosening or lifting up of the nail
– Dull looking nails with no shine or luster
– Thickening of the nail
– White or yellow streaks on the side of the nail

 

Nail Fungus Cures and Tips
Everyone seems to have a ‘sure cure’ for nail fungus, and while some nail fungus remedies work for some people – they don’t all work for everyone. If one fungus treatment doesn’t work for you, try another one you feel comfortable following through with.

 

Nail Fungus Home Treatment Tips:

Successful nail fungus home treatment depends on being consistent everyday. If you skip a day or do a treatment just when you feel like it – then nothing will work.

Avoid wearing shoes and socks as much as possible while at home. When you do wear socks, make sure they’re clean.

Prior to soaking nails in any solution – use a course or medium nail file, and carefully file down the infected nail if it’s become thick. File to what the thickness would be for a healthy nail.

Once filed, wipe any white powder residue off the nail using a cotton ball lightly dipped in alcohol. Then use a nail buffer and buff for just a couple of seconds.

Filing and buffing seems to allow treatment solutions to soak into the nail, rather than just lay on top.

 

Popular Nail Fungus Home Remedies:

Soaking clean, dry nails with a cotton ball in one of the solutions listed below or dabbing with a qtip twice daily:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil
  • Oil of Oregano
  • Distilled Vinegar
  • Vicks
  • Coconut Oil
  • Listerine

 

Alternative Fungus Treatments
A relatively new procedure is producing some good results for those suffering from foot or nail fungus. It’s a Laser treatment for toenail fungus. Doctors are using an expensive laser procedure to zap away a common fungus that causes ugly, discolored nails.

Laser toenail fungus treatment is a drug-free procedure for the treatment of fungal nail and fingernail pathogens. Information shows this is a quick and painless procedure with no down time.

If you’re thinking about having a Laser nail fungus treatment, just do an Internet search for ‘laser nail fungus procedure’ and see if any clinics or physicians offering this service are in your local area.

Prior to having Laser fungus treatment, you may be asked to first seek information and possibly a consul with a licensed Podiatrist, Dermatologist or Physician before considering any laser nail fungus treatment.

How Does the Nail Fungus Laser Work?

The laser shines a focused beam of light in a narrow range, into a toenail infected with fungus (onychomycosis). The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes fungus embedded in the nail bed and nail plate where toenail fungus exists. The toenail fungus targeted laser is tuned to a specific frequency that effects cells that are responsible for infection.

 

Commercial Fungus Solutions We Like:

FootLogix:
Offers a spray for foot fungus infections that we like, because it actually works. Takes about 20-30 days to start seeing results. Use Footlogix Anti-Fungal Toe Nail Tincture, then follow with their Footlogix Foot Care Mousse Anti-Fungal.

Soak your feet first in warm water mixed with a small amount of Epson Salts. Dry feet or hands. Then apply the Anti-Fungal Nail Tincture. Follow with the Anti-Fungal Mousse. Put on clean socks and let Footlogix go to work.

We’ve found that Amazon seems to offer the best prices on the Footlogix product line.

 

Dr’s Remedy Nail Polish :

Dr's Remedy Anti-Fungal Nail Polish

Dr’s Remedy Anti-Fungal Nail Polish

Created by doctors to be free from the most harmful toxins. Dr.’s REMEDY has been stripped of Formaldehyde, DBP and Toluene (known toxic chemicals) and has been enriched with Tea Tree Oil and Garlic Bulb Extract (naturally occurring anti-fungal ingredients) as well as, Wheat Protein and Vitamins C & E.
Choose from a full line of 30+ colors for your nails.
Anti Fungal Nail Polish by Dr’s Remedy at amazon.com

 

One Customer Review:
“Though I used an anti-fungal medicine twice daily, I also wanted to hide it, so I used a regular nail polish on top of it. This method didn’t work, the fungus got worse, and continued as the nail grew out. Last summer I used my anti-fungal medicine along with Dr. Remedy’s polish, and it not only hid the problem, it allowed my nail to grow out without spreading the fungus.

Eventually, the nail grew out completely, and I have a healthy nail now. I am only going to use this polish on my toes from now on. I live in a warm climate where I have to use nail polish for 8 months straight, so a fungus can result from having your nails covered for so long.”

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