is a condition that starts as a white or yellow spot under the finger or toenail. As the infection goes deeper the fungus makes the nail discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge.
While all of the nails can be affected this is not usually the case.
It is also called Onychomycosis. When the same fungus attacks the toes themselves it is called athletes foot.
You may have Onychomycosis if you have one or more of these symptoms
One or more of your finger or toenails have thickened considerably
- They have become brittle crumbly and ragged
- They have become distorted in shape
- They are dull with no shine
- They have turned a dark color
- They have separated from the nail bed
You may also feel pain and detect a slight foul odor.
It’s usually caused by a dermatophyte fungus (yeah I don’t know what that is either but it sounds icky), yeast or molds. What are Fungi? Simply put, they are microscopic organisms that don’t need sunlight to survive. Fungi:
- Live in moist, warm environments
- Can invade your skin through tiny cuts you can’t even see
- Can invade through small separations between your nail and nail bed
- Can cause problems to nails exposed often to warm, moist conditions.
- Have diabetes because this can cause circulation problems and a weak immune system.
- Have a skin condition such as psoriasis
- Have athletes foot
- Walk barefoot in damp communal areas
- Live with someone who has nail fungus
- Work in a humid or moist environment or job where your hands are often wet
- Are a male, especially if you have a family history of it
Go to the store and buy a large bottle of Listerine mouth wash. Go ahead and purchase the store brand because it’s cheaper and you certainly are not using it in your mouth. While you’re at it go ahead and purchase a cheap toothbrush.
You will also need a small bottle of olive or mineral oil. Baby oil will also work. I normally prefer olive or mineral because I can add different kinds of essential oils too it without the natural smell of the carrier oil interrupting the aroma of the essential oil.
The essential oil is not actually necessary however, as it is only the moisturizing effect of the oil that is needed.
Every morning when you wake fill the lid to the bottle or a small cup with the mouthwash. Use the toothbrush to dip into the mouthwash. Brush all infected nails making sure they get nice and wet. Do this for about ten minutes.
Allow your nails to air dry. As soon as this is complete take the oil and place a little on your finger and begin to rub it into the nail. This will keep the mouthwash from drying out your nails.
Do this until the fungus is gone. If done consistently you should see relief in about 2 to 3 weeks.