Fungi are a category of plants that includes yeasts, molds and dermatophytes (skin fungi). And once they are allowed to breed in and around the toenails, they can be a real nuisance to eliminate. Fungi disfigure toenails, changing their color and thickness. They can also cause physical pain and impair your ability to walk.
Nail fungi afflict toenails about four times more frequently than fingernails. And once fungus latches on to a toenail, it can spread easily from nail to nail, from foot to foot and even to your hands and fingernails.
Nailing Down Toenail Fungus
In order to address toenail fungus, its important to understand its cause. Microorganisms such as fungus, yeast, and bacteria are always present on the surface of the body, especially in the area around the feet where it is warm and moist. Naturally, nails are porous and allow air to circulate and moisture to evaporate around them. But artificial nails and nail polishes trap excess moisture under the nail and provide a breeding ground for moisture-loving bacteria or fungi.
Fungal infections develop when moisture gets trapped under a toenail. These infections can also develop when damage to the nail causes an opening in the skin. For instance, an ingrown toenail may allow fungus to enter under the toenail and breed.
Remedies for Nail Fungus
There are a number of methods that can be used for toenail fungus. Topical ointments and powders may help contain a fungus infection, but they won’t be able to completely fix the condition. Therefore, it is likely that you will become re-infected and have to start all over again.
Toenail fungus penetrates the toenail at its bed, so an effective remedy must work from the inside out. Conventional oral anti-fungal drugs, such as griseofulvin and ketoconazole should be used with caution. First of all, these medications have only a 50 percent effectiveness rate for eliminating nail fungus from the toes. They can also take as long as 18 months to work. And the side effects of conventional medications range from mild (minor stomach upset) to serious (liver toxicity). Even with these oral drugs, about half the toenail-fungus cases come back within a year. In addition, these drugs can be quite expensive.
Home Remedies for Nail Fungus
Home remedies for nail fungus are your best bet for combating this condition. They are beneficial and less expensive then their synthetic counterparts, and they are not associated with the annoyances that accompany conventional drugs.
Pau D’ Arco: This natural herb grows in the rainforests of the Amazon and in South and Latin America. It is widely used for its potent action against many types of harmful organisms.
Pau D’Arco contains quinoids, benzenoids, and flavonoids. The quinoids are the main constituents that make Pau D’ Arco one of the most effective home remedies for nail fungus.
Oregano: Wild oregano is a woody plant that is found mostly in Mediterranean areas. It can be used for a number of different types of infections. According to the latest studies, the primary ingredient in oregano, carvacrol, is responsible for its effectiveness against harmful organisms.
Lemongrass: Grown mostly in Southeast Asia, lemongrass has been known for years for its fungal cleansing properties. A recent article published by the U.S. Government Department of Science and Technology, concluded that lemongrass made an effective topical remedy for fungus. Lemongrass is one of the best home remedies for nail fungus.
Horopito: Horopito is a flowering plant that is extremely effective against candida. Horopito also contains the powerful antioxidant flavonoids – quercetin and taxifolin.
Anise Seed: Anise seed, or pimpinella asisum, is a native plant of Greece and Egypt. It has a licorice-like taste and is used commercially to scent a flavor a number of products. Anise has been recognized for thousands of years for its healthful properties. It has been used as an expectorant, to assist digestion, fight infections, strengthen the immune system, support milk production, calm the indications of menopause, and as a home remedy for nail fungus. Anise seed is powerful against several types of harmful organisms.
Bacillus Laterosporus: This healthy bacteria can help maintain the health of the colon . Bacillus laterosporus is effective against candida, athlete’s foot, nail fungus and toenail fungus, as it can promote a healthy probiotic environment in the colon, and eliminate the breeding ground for fungus.
Putting It All Together
There is one powerful remedy, Mycozil, that puts all of these excellent home remedies for nail fungus together. Mycozil is the ultimate solution for nail fungus, toenail fungus, candida, yeast infection, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.