Toenail fungus (onychomycosis, if you want to get technical) is an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem. But since we can typically hide our feet in shoes all day, it may be a problem that is left untreated for too long. But if fungus is not addressed, it will cause cracking and splitting of the affected toenails – and eventually they’ll just fall off for good!
As it turns out, toenail fungus is fairly easy to treat holistically. You don’t even need to see a doctor to try out these popular home remedies, and you probably have several of them in your pantry already. So before you lose a toenail and have to skip beach season for the rest of your life, make some time to treat that fungus.
Signs and Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
Fungus loves certain conditions, such as high acidity in the skin and constant damp. Athletes are especially prone, as are people with diabetes. A weak immune system may also allow fungus to proliferate. Older people and people with generally brittle nails often experience fungus because tiny cracks in the nail allow fungus to burrow down into the nail bed and take hold.
Signs of a fungal infection include yellowing, swelling, and thickening of the nail. You will likely also experience inflammation around the nail. There may be a foul odor. Fungus usually starts as just a small dark dot, but grows unchecked until treated, ultimately affecting the entire nail.
It’s best to treat nail fungus as soon as you notice it. Here are 7 natural ways to do it.