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Nail that Fungus...at home
Topic Started: Jan 28 2012, 02:35 PM (265 Views)

Nail that Fungus

If you’re a toenail fungus sufferer who has been scared off by expensive drug treatments, not to mention the danger of side effects from those drugs, you’re in good company. An estimated 35 million people suffer from toenail fungus (onychomycosis) all over the world.

Infected nails are typically yellow in color, separating from the nail bed, cracked and crumbled in appearance. If this describes your nails, be sure to verify your condition by seeing a physician. Most physicians, not surprisingly, will recommend a drug-based treatment. Don’t be surprised if your doctor fails to mention that you have other--non-drug--options as well. These are typically referred to as “natural” remedies, since they rely on non-manufactured ingredients.

Do natural solutions actually work? Absolutely.

Thousands of people are ridding themselves of this very resistant and hard-to-control/cure disease every year. It’s not an overnight solution—nothing is. However, if you can follow a simple daily routine, we’ve found, then your chances of success are excellent.

Do these home remedies work for everyone infected with nail fungus? No—rarely does any one natural remedy work universally. But judging from hundreds of postings on the Internet, the feedback seems to indicate that a select few of these natural solutions are highly effective. Possibly even as effective as expensive drug treatments, though we haven’t been able to identify independent studies that could verify this. Feedback from people who have tried different natural treatments continue to be positive.

Treatment No. 1: Vinegar—King of the Home Remedies

There are any number of popular home remedies for nail fungus, including tea tree oil, Vicks Vapor Rub, Listerine and more. But the one that seems to work most reliably is plain ole vinegar. Yes, the same ingredient your grandma used for everything from cleaning to cooking.
Vinegar has been shown to be especially effective in killing toenail fungus, according to many sources. It can actually start killing fungus spores upon contact, so it’s effective from Day One. Plus, it’s very inexpensive. Unlike drugs that can cost you hundreds of dollars (rarely covered by your health insurance policy), you can pick up a year’s worth of fungal-killing apple cider vinegar for less than $5 at your local grocery store.

But that’s only part of the story. You’ll also want to know how to apply this treatment, as well as critical steps you must take to prevent the fungus from returning. Many people have attempted to use vinegar, only to see it fail completely as a cure. In fact, some report that previously uninfected nails became infected once they had begun the treatment.

This happens only when you use the wrong application techniques, and is easily avoided.
Others have tried vinegar a few days or weeks, then have stopped the treatment when they saw no results. In such cases, experts say, they quit too early. Most proponents of the vinegar treatment agree that you need to stay with the applications for at least 3 or 4 months before you see improvement, while others reported seeing a healthier appearance to the infected nails in as few as 4 weeks. Considering that it takes toenails a full year to grow out, it makes sense that any treatment will take at least that long for a complete cure.

Foot Care:

Let's be honest here: most of us invest 100 times the effort on caring for our hair as we do for our feet. Yet without healthy feet to transport us to the world outside our homes, a silky smooth head of hair may not do anyone much good.

Your feet are among the most important parts of your body, and it pays well to take care ofthem.

Unfortunately, most of us ignore our feet until we encounter a problem. Good foot health practices should be followed regularly and often to prevent foot conditions that not just unpleasant to look at but painful to walk on .

Take corns and calluses, for example. Health experts say they're caused by the irritation that comes from bony parts of your feet rubbing up against your shoes. Usually corns and calluses are more unappealing to look at than they are painful. But to avoid it happening to you, always make sure your shoes fit properly, or by using special pads to protect potential rub areas. An everyday over-the-counter product (pads, creams, etc.) can normally ease the problem. If not, you'll want to contact your physician.

Hammertoes and bunions are frequently caused by wearing too-tight shoes that don’t give your feet the room they need to accommodate daily pressure on the feet or stress areas between the shoe and the foot itself.

For some people, the problems arise with foot spurs. These are small calcium bumps that grow on the bones of your feet, and are also a result of excessive foot pressure. If your job or personal practices call for standing for extended periods, if your shoes don’t fit well, or in some cases if you’re overweight, you may develop these often painful spurs. Solutions include foot supports, heel cups and pads, and sometimes, surgery.

At one time or another, you may find yourself suffering from a fungal infection. If you wear shoes most of the time, your sweating feet may lead to foot fungus or even toenail fungus. Foot fungus itself is usually controlled easily by following these recommended steps:

1. Pay special attention to keeping your feet dry. After showering, use a hair dryer to eliminate all moisture, especially around and in between your toes .
2. Change your shoes and socks several times a day if your feet are damp after wearing socks for several hours. Remember to stash a spare pair of high absorbant cotton socks in your purse or store them in your desk or locker.
3. Avoid tight shoes Never buy or wear shoes that are too tight. Minimize foot sweating —which fungus thrives on—try going barefoot as much as you can.
4. Use an over-the-counter foot powder or cream to get rid of the fungus, liberally applying the medication to your toe and heel areas.

If you should be among the 30-Plus million Americans to suffer from toe nail fungus, (recognizable by cracked, brittle nails with a yellowish color, and nails that lift up off the nail bed exposing a bad smelling , damp substance under them), consult with your physician for a suitable prescription. If that doesn’t work, try one of the excellent toenail fungus home remedies proven to work just as well—but at a much lower price than prescription drugs or multiple visits to the doctor's office.

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Edited by Flora, Jan 28 2012, 02:40 PM.
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