This is an infection in your nails through cracks or cuts in the skin. This is followed by the following symptoms; hurting, the nail changing colour and getting thicker. The nail forms a suitable environment for the fungus to develop due to its warm and dumped nature. If these fungi are not treated in time, they can rapidly spread to the other toenails and even, to an extent, fingernails and skin. The infection, also known as onychomycosis, is caused by a dermatophytes fungus that attacks and infects the skin beneath the nail. The toenails are the most vulnerable places, especially when individuals walk barefoot on dump surfaces like shower rooms, locker rooms, and even swimming pools.
The most common symptoms include oddly shaped or thicker than regular nails, which can break easily. Change in colour to brown or yellow. Cloudy or look chalky in some parts of the nail. Having a space between the nails and the underneath. Thickening of the nail. Other symptoms include pain in the tips, foul odour, distorted nail shape, and in severe cases, the toenail turns black.
Treatment of The Toenail Fungus
To achieve any success when treating this disease, diligence is vital. The early stages of the fungus can be treated at home using different treatment prescriptions. Some of the administered medications require up to six months to be effective and require regular application of the medicine. Some of the treatments include the use of eucalyptus oil/ tea tree oil; the two oils, over time, have cured the infection and worked as well as the antifungal OTC drugs. Ozonized sunflower oil research has indicated that it worked to treat the infection that is caused by yeast. Baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are some of the most popular treatments or home remedies used to treat the fungus, but clinical trials haven’t been done to prove their effectiveness. The over the counter treatments include; sprays, ointments, creams and liquids.