This evilness always seems to sneak up at the most inopportune times. Summer is here and you want to feel the wind under your toes or worse, it is date night and you have a pair of opened toed shoes to go with that hot dress. To be quite honest, the condition is disgusting, but we are going to try to fix that up for you.
Do you want the good news or the bad news? The dark side of this story is that if conditions worsen and nail fungus cures is not utilized, this will come back again. The positive side of the story is that this is a pretty easy fix in most cases. The secret is to know about it and stop it from happening again.
Symptoms – more than likely, you are already familiar with many of the symptoms of this condition. The nail becomes extremely thick; it will be very ragged or crumbly, is often distorted and will have a darker color. In other words, it is nothing that you want to look at anytime soon.
Causes – something known as dermatophytes are usually responsible, there are also a few odd other culprits that can bring this condition upon you. This wonderful little fungus does not need much to survive. It will often grab a hold of a host in a public shower, such as your local gym, or on a pool deck when you are splashing around in that stagnant water puddle that has been there for hours.
Risk Factors – pay attention to these because they can help you avoid ever seeing a toe that looks like it does now. People who work in boots or thick shoes with no ventilation are very susceptible. That gym and pool that we talked about, that is like party central for dermatophytes.
Medical Treatments – in most cases, treatment for nail fungus will do the trick. However, people that have diabetes or certain other medical problems may require oral medication from their doctor. As with anything, it is always best to talk it over with your physician and let them make the call before pursuing treatment on your own.
Home Remedies – yes, we told you to see the doctor, but we know you are not going to listen, so we have a few home remedies that might also get this cleaned up. Both Vicks VapoRub and vinegar have been found to be quite effective in treating this. Is this medically proven, absolutely not, but if you have these in your medicine cabinet or pantry, why not try them?
Nail fungus is not something we like to talk about, but you are reading this so it is probably affecting you or someone you know. By understanding the condition, you can get it treated and hopefully avoid getting it again. One look down at that ugly toenail should be all the incentive that you need to make sure it never happens again.