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How to Treat and Prevent Toenail Fungus - Colloidal Silver Nail Treatment and More
In North America toenail fungus effects over 36 million people and is one of the most common foot ailments attended to by foot specialists. The fungus thrives in dark and damp environments, making it more prevalent on the feet than the hands.The most common types of infections are caused by a parasitic fungus on the skin or candida. Those cause by skin fungus are usually painless but cause a change in skin color. Candida provoked fungus thicken and discolor the nail. In the early stages, the infection has a solid white appearance, but as the infection becomes worse the nail turns brown or black. Over time the nail may thicken, become brittle and even shed. Sometimes the edges of the nail crumbles and can cause pain. Factors that contribute to the development of toenail fungus are poor foot hygiene, nail trauma, weak immune system and abnormal skin pH levels.
Curing toenail fungus can take time and effort so it's best to take preventative measure or treat the infection in the early stages. The best way to avoid toenail fungus is be protected in areas where the fungus is most often found. When in pubic areas such as swimming pools, spas, showers and locker rooms always wear footwear. Keep feet well ventilated by wearing cotton, wool or silk socks. These types of materials absorb moisture from the feet, which will prevent sweating. If you get your feet wet always dry them off before putting on a clean pear of socks. Shoes that allow plenty of air flow are best. Wearing nail polish can increase the risk of developing toenail fungus because it can seal in the fungus, creating a warm, moist environment in which it thrives.
If there is evidence of toenail fungus present, It is important to thoroughly clean feet and toenails daily. A nail brush is effective in getting rid of dead fungus, dirt and nail tissue. Give extra attention to cleaning under the nails. Keep nails as short as possible until the fungus is completely gone. Soak feet regularly in a solution of five crushed garlic cloves and a splash of apple cider vinegar or add about twenty drops of tea tree oil to a basin of water and soak for fifteen minutes, three times a day. After thoroughly drying feet, apply calendula cream to soothe cracked skin. Use of Epsom salts in a foot bath is also very effective. Applying tea tree oil, raw garlic and colloidal silver to the infected area is recommended.
There are several internal drug medications prescribed for toenail fungus. Unfortunately, these medications are not without serious side effects such as headaches, upset stomach and liver damage. Further complications can result when they are taken with other drugs. Natural alternatives to fighting fungus are first and foremost a healthy diet.
The abundant presents of healthy bacteria in the intestine will overcome growth of fungi in the body. Consuming probiotics from diet and supplementation will keep the intestine rich in healthy bacteria. The best food sources of probiotics are plain yogurt from your local health store, kefir, sauerkraut and pickles. High quality probiotic supplements can be found in the refrigerated section of the health store. Vitamin C and zinc should be taken to strengthen the immune system. Garlic taken internally is effective in destroying fungus. Essential fatty acids help relieve pain and inflammation and heal skin problems as do vitamins A, B complex and E. Treating nail infections successfully needs to be done in the early stages. Chronic infections may require professional medical care.