Nail Fungus: What It Is & How To Treat It
ounds awful doesnít it: nail fungus. Yuck! This is a fungal infection along the lines of in that it can happen to anyone, no matter how particular they are about personal cleanliness and grooming.
Itís caused by organisms that find their way underneath a nail (both on fingers and toes). You can pick it up at a beauty salon (if they arenít cleaning tools properly), at the gym, public showers, etc.
People who are more susceptible to it are those whose feet sweat regularly, have diabetes, poor circulation or are elderly but itís not uncommon to pick it up after a nail has been chipped or damaged.
Is it contagious? Yes, it can travel from one finger or toe to the next and from person to person. If you have an infection, wear shoes when using public showers and locker rooms and donít share clippers or other grooming tools.
How to tell if you have it:
How infection is confirmed: Your doctor will do a scraping underneath the nail for testing.Home Remedies To Try
Because the fungus lives and thrives underneath the nail, itís difficult to treat topically. Your doctor will likely prescribe medicine to help your body fight off the infection. If that doesnít work for you or isnít an option, you can try the treatment items listed below. Keep in mind that these wonít cure it but they can help contain the fungi so that new nail growth wonít be affected. Regular treatment can take months before you are free of it (as the old infected part grows out).