Fungal nail infection is medically as onychomycosis, this disease is rare in children but its occurrence rises with age. This condition can disturb toenails or fingernails, but toenail infections are mostly common. There are many symptoms of onychomycosis but the most common is nail becoming discoloured (white, black, yellow or green) and thickened. With the development of fungal nail infection, nail can become brittle. In the case of improper cure of fungal infection, the skin around the infected nail can become inflamed and painful.
Accurance of onychomycosis may be due to heredity, however, generally the microscopic organism “fungi” is considered responsible for fungal nail infection. The prescription medication is the most effective treatment to cure onchomycosis but it is to remember that consultation with health specialist is must before using any oral medicine. Laboratory confirmation may also be necessary to avoid misdiagnosis as nail psoriasis. Here we have discussed some non-prescription treatments for toenail fungus infection.
In the initial stages, toenail fungal infection can be treated by non-prescription treatments. First of all is soaking the affected feet in vinegar. The vinegar soak give you a bit of relief, decreasing the bacterial infection.
Make a mixture of water and vinegar in a foot basin using both ingredients in 2:1 ratio respectively; soak the feet in it for about 20 minutes. This procedure should be continued unless foot frustration is observable.
Keeping nails short and clean is ideal way to prevent the nail infections. Always wear flip flops or other shoes before visiting locker rooms, gyms and other public areas. To prevent contaminating other nails, wash your hands with good quality soap immediately after touching an infected nail.
Surgery is a required treatment if the toenail fungus infections are more serious and painful. In this treatment, complete elimination of the infected nail take place. A new nail will grow back; however, re-growth of nail may take up to a year.
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