Toe nail fungus usually comes from public places when the feet come into contact with the fungus such as swimming pools, saunas and gym locker rooms. Men contract toenail fungus at a higher rate than women, and especially men with weak immune systems.
The nail looks yellow and begins to break and split in different areas, although there is no pain on the actual nail surface. Another name for nail fungus is “onychomycosis”. Athletes often contract this nail disease and that is why to protect their feet many wear sandals or flip flops in places where their feet are exposed to the bare floor.
Gels, Creams and Oral Cures
Some anti-fungal oral medicine is effective in getting rid of nail fungus, but the side effects could be worse such as diarrhea, vomiting and in a worst case scenario, liver disease. That is why they are usually prescribed by a physician for no longer than 3 months. Many effective over-the-counter gels and topical creams can also be applied locally to get rid of the fungus.
Natural remedies or home remedy for nail fungus is also available and can be obtained either at a doctor’s office, a pharmacy or can be found in your own kitchen or medicine cabinet at home.
Vicks Vapo-Rub- A successful approach to fighting toe nail fungus is applying a daily dose of Vicks onto the infected surface. The nail will first turn black before it looks and feels normal again.
Grapefruit Seed Extract- Many antifungal creams and lotions contain as a main ingredient the grapefruit seed extract. It works as an antiviral remedy and can put an end to a fungal infection of the nail.
Melaleuca Allternifolia- A plant found in Australia and Tea Tree Oil is made from this plant’s leaves. The plant smells quite strong and the oil is similar to an antiseptic which will kill and remove nail fungus after several direct applications to the nail. In cream form it can also work as an antifungal cream.
Vinegar as a Cure- Apple cider vinegar is often used as a home remedy and helps get rid of a nail infection caused by fungus. A cotton ball should be immersed in some apple cider vinegar and patted gently onto the infected nail on a regular basis. Vinegar will make the nail turn acidic and so the fungus will begin to die and heal.