Nail fungus refers to an infection that occurs when fungus infects your fingers or toenails. The infection typically begins with a yellowish or white spot under the nail tip. The infection can spread deeper into the nail and cause thickening and discoloration.
This infection can also affect the cuticle, causing pain and discomfort. Another condition is one that causes the nails to separate from the nail bed. This condition can be very painful and cause a foul-smelling odor to your fingers and toes. The nail infection can last for a long time if it is not treated. If you notice any signs of infection, such as a yellowish or white spot under the nail tip, it is important to consult your doctor immediately.
Fungi can survive without sunlight. Although most fungi can cause illness and infection, there are some beneficial uses for these microorganisms. Fungal infection in nails can be caused by dermatophytes, a group that includes fungus.
It can also be caused by yeasts and molds. These organisms thrive in warm, moist environments like swimming pools and showers. They can infiltrate the human skin through tiny cuts that are not visible to the naked eye, or through small cracks between the nail and the nail bed. These organisms can cause problems if your nails are constantly exposed to moisture and heat, which can promote the growth of fungi.
Nail fungus can be treated at home by soaking in a solution that kills the fungus. This is commonly done with bleaching powder, mild vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. Continue soaking until the infection is completely gone. This can take several months. You can speed up the process by cutting your fingernails shorter. This will allow for better absorption of the antifungal solution.
Tea tree oil is another home remedy for fungal infection. This oil is extracted from the leaves and stems harvested from tea trees in Australia. The oil has strong anti-fungal properties. The oil can be applied directly to the infected nail. It penetrates your fingernail to kill the fungus. It is available in both pure and blended forms. Anti-fungal mud is another home remedy for infected nails. This mud is made in Czech Republic. The mud can be applied directly to your nails.