Nail fungus looks as terrible as it sounds. Before the topic grosses you out, you need to hear this: nail fungal infection can happen to anyone. It is highly contagious. That means, it’s important to know what you have to do when it happens to you.
In the post below, you’ll learn about various home remedies that make use of natural ingredients such as vinegar, water, tea tree oil, eucalyptus essential oil, grapefruit seed extract, Vicks VapoRub, Listerine mouthwash, coconut oil, hydrogen peroxide, lavender essential oil, and apple cider vinegar.
These are different recipes so you have the option to try each until you find what works for you best. Now just because you know these remedies doesn’t mean you can just sit and wait to get a nail fungal infection. The best thing to do is to prevent it, of course.
Some of the best preventive measures include:
- Trim fingernails. Also, make it a point to file down those areas that have thickened skin.
- Dry hands and feet after bathing. Include those spaces in between the fingers and toes. Fungi love moisture.
- Use synthetic socks. These dry faster than cotton or wool. Change socks as often as possible especially when working out or doing any activity that makes you sweat profusely.
- Use anti-fungal powder or spray. Don’t just put them on your feet, put some inside your shoes as well.
- Wear rubber gloves when working with water such as when washing the dishes or watering the plant. Make sure that you hang your gloves to dry after every use.
- Don’t bite your nails or pick the skin around. This may increase exposure of nails to bacteria.
- Never go barefoot in public showers, locker rooms, pools and so on.
- Go to a reputable nail salon that practices high standards in sanitation.
- Always wash your hands after you’ve gotten in contact with an infected nail. Remember that nail fungus can easily spread from one person to another, from one nail to another.
You’re not going to like it if you find yourself in the shoes of someone who has nail fungus. But good thing is, you already know what to do just in case. More importantly, you’re now equipped with knowledge on how to prevent this problem from affecting you and your nails.