Nails, how can you treat them?
Along with corns and athlete’s foot fungal nails are among the most common foot conditions. And whether they are visible or not, it remains annoying. That is why you want to know as quickly as possible how you can prevent and treat them.
What are fungal nails?
A fungal nail, also called fungal nail, is a thickened, crumbly or discolored nail. Usually it occurs on the toenails, but occasionally on the fingers. The color of the nails is usually white-yellow, green or brown. The nails are also so thick that you can not cut through with a nail scissors.
How do fungal nails develop?
Nails are caused by a fungal infection. This fungus occurs in our environment, such as in the home, in the garden, with the animals or on food. The fungus sometimes occurs on the body through contact with skin flakes of someone who is already infected, for example via the bath mat in the bathroom. In addition, fungal nails can also be caused by pinching shoes, certain work or by exercising. For example, the changing rooms and showers of sports clubs, saunas and swimming pools are often a hotbed of fungi. It is mainly humidity that causes the chance of fungi and therefore fungal nails, but also reduced resistance can lead to fungi. A fungal nail usually starts with an infection at the nail edges. From there, the fungus spreads further into the nail.
How can you prevent fungal nails?
It is important that you make fungi as difficult as possible to grow. Therefore, dry your feet and toes well after showering or swimming. Wear also dry, wool or cotton socks, and slippers in public changing rooms, showers and swimming pools, to protect your nails from contamination. Do not share any nail scissors with anyone else in the family and wash your feet well with an antibacterial soap, so that the acidity remains intact.
How can you treat fungal nails?
To treat fungal nails, there are plenty of ointments, creams, powders and pills available. The products differ in terms of ingredients and one product promises quicker results than the other. The ease of use also differs per product. It is therefore important to see what you like. Remember that it often takes a long time to treat fungal nails. The fungal infection is in fact under the nail and is therefore difficult to reach from the outside. The best effect is achieved if the infection is not too deep in the nail. It is therefore important to intervene quickly if you think you are getting a fungal nail. Nowadays you can also use laser therapy to tackle fungal nails.
Do you want to try a home-garden-and-kitchen remedy first? Perhaps one of these tips, mentioned on the website Grandma Weet Raad, helps.
– Vicks Vaporub, the remedy that you normally lubricate with a cold.
– It may sound a bit dirty, but dab a minute in your own morning urine.
– A wad of (apple) vinegar.
– Squeeze a clove of garlic and rub the juice on the nail.
– A few drops of tea tree oil (including for sale at De Tuinen) mixed with water.