In today’s topic we’ll cover how you can diagnose a toenail fungus and how you can treat it through natural way by doing some simple things?
What is Toenail Fungus?
A toenail fungus is an infection which can happen through the cracks inside your nail or cuts in your skin. It can cause your nail a little thicker as compared to a normal toenail. It can also hurt as well. As toes are mostly warm and cold, therefore fungus can grow easily. The fungus can affect your nail and can cause severe results. If you left toenail fungus untreated, the infection could spread to other parts of the foot including other fingers(their skin & nail).
What are the Symptoms?
The most common symptom of toenail fungus is that, Infected nails are usually thicker than normal and could be warped or oddly shaped. Nail can be broken easily. You can also observe a change in yellow color in your nail. In some cases, a white dot shows up on the nail and then gets bigger.
Who can get Toenail Fungus?
Anyone can get this but mostly men are more affected by it as compared to the women. It affects older people than the younger. People who have some other diseases like diabetes, people who smoke, people with weak immune systems, etc can get affected more easily. If someone spends a lot of time in the water or if someone gets their toenail injured, they’ll also be more likely to get the fungus.
How to Diagnose?
Diagnosis of toenail fungus can be tricky for a normal person but we’ll suggest to you see a specialist who cares for feet (a podiatrist) or skin (a dermatologist). They might scrape off some of the affected part and send it to a lab to figure out what’s causing the problem.
Natural Ways of Treating Toenail Fungus
There are several natural ways you can use for the treatment of toenail fungus. I have discussed some of these below. You can also visit fungusnailed.com for getting some more knowledge.
Try Taking Care of Your Toes
You can use soap and water to wash your feet regularly. Dry them well to avoid the danger of getting the infection. Always trim your toenails to keep them shorter than the end of your toe. Always clean the tools before the use.
Always Keep Your Feet Dry and Clean
Always keep your feet dry and clean, as you know fungus targets the wet and dirty feets more easily. You can do this by cleaning your feet regularly and by making sure that your feet don’t stay wet for a long time. For this you can also choose a footwear that won’t let water and other dirt to your feet easily.
Always Check Your Toes Regularly
Always look your toes regularly to see if any kind of infection is growing or if they are clean and dry enough.
Medical Ways of Treating Toenail Fungus
The way of the treatment of toenail fungus will differ depending on which fungus you have and how bad the infection is. Your doctor may try one thing or a combination:
- A topical cream that goes directly on the nail
- A topical nail lacquer
- An antifungal prescription pill
- A laser treatment that removes the damaged area of the nail or skin
In some cases, you might need to have the nail removed completely with surgery.