Onychomycosis: when fungi are in nails

Apple Cider vinegar has antifungal properties, so it helps to kill fungi. To prevent his appearance to keep the feet dry. You can apply talcum powder
Onicomicosis: cuando los hongos están en las uñas
Although it is known simply as nail fungus, medical or scientific name is Onychomycosis. This infection changes the appearance of the nail in terms of appearance in general, whether in color and thickness. Learn more about this problem in the following article.

Causes and symptoms of Onychomycosis

It is a very common condition in the population around the world, starting in an only finger (hands or feet) and then extends to the others with the passage of time and the lack of treatment. Some may also have athlete's foot since it is the same fungus that affects the skin.
Onychomycosis can only be observed by changes in the fingernail, either colour, shape or thickness, does not have symptoms such as pain or discomfort. Many people take enough time to treat the fungus and it is therefore needing several months or even years to heal completely.
Although it is usual to treat Onychomycosis as a cosmetic alteration of nails, in very advanced cases, it can cause chronic pain, difficult to solve. Early diagnosis is ideal to eradicate the fungus on a permanent basis.
The causes of Onychomycosis include three types of fungi, the best known of them is the Candida albicans. They are transmitted by direct contact and can coexist with people without causing infection, however, when there are certain conditions or factors that weakens our immune system, the risk of developing this disease rises.
Aging is one of the reasons, for example, since with age are piling the fungi that colonize the foot, in addition to the body's defenses are weak. When the foot is always wet, such as in the case of swimmers or people who use inappropriate footwear (from rubber, socks, nylon, etc.). Suffer skin diseases such as psoriasis, the athlete's foot, etc.
Diabetes is related to Onychomycosis since it affects the body's defenses. If you have family members with Onychomycosis is most likely the problem, either by genetic predisposition or the transmission of the fungus by using the same towels, tub, footwear, etc. Finally, immunosuppression or the use of biological agents can also be the cause of the nail fungus.
The main problem, it is believed, is aesthetics, by alterations in the appearance of the nail. We can distinguish five types of modifications:
  • The edge of the nail becomes yellow and will render the surface is rough and splits up.
  • The matrix of the nail (the root), is damaged with white or yellow areas.
  • Small dots or white spots on the nail surface are.
  • The nail is Brown (rare cases of melanoniquia).
  • A completely deformed, is curved, thickened and hardened, melts easily in fragments.
In order to prevent the occurrence of Onychomycosis, it is necessary to maintain health, avoiding the proliferation of fungi or bacteria. Wash hands and feet and dry them thoroughly every time. Use appropriate cotton socks and shoes not too adjusted to allow the foot to breathe and perspire. Avoid bathing barefoot in locker rooms or gyms, or sharing towels with infected people.
When you have Onychomycosis, it is necessary to keep the nails, not protruding finger well short. After you use the tools, disinfect them. Do not use nails or paint your nails.
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Home remedies for nail fungus

Tea tree oil is one of the best known natural for Onychomycosis treatment, serves for cases of mild or moderate, since it is a potent fungicide. Mix equal parts of olive oil with tea tree oil and Thyme oil. It covers the affected nail with that preparation, it can be with a cotton or a brush (which will not be used for anything else). Leave to act for 15 minutes and rub the nail with a toothbrush. When the foot or hand is clean and dry, apply a few drops on the tea tree oil.
The second treatment known for its effectiveness to remove the nail fungus is with apple cider vinegar. For this purpose, prepared with vinegar foot bath and warm water in equal parts. Dip your feet or hands (or at least that wet nails) for 20 minutes. Dry well with a towel and hairdryer, with emphasis on the affected nail, but also between the toes.
Another option also using vinegar is to prepare a mixture of two tablespoons to which you'll earn him two tablespoons of coarse ground rice flour. Place on the nail, leave on 15 minutes and rinse (repeat the above drying process).
Mix baking soda in water and form a paste. This preparation it undergoes a cotton and then spread across all the nail, trying to enter also the skin below the affected nail. Leave a few minutes, rinse and dry.
Place two cups of water and three tablespoons of thyme in a saucepan. Boil for five minutes. Extinguishes fire, cover and let cool. Soak a cotton ball or cotton swab and placed on your nails with Onychomycosis.
Boil a liter of water with 10 broken cinnamon sticks. Low to minimize fire and cook five minutes. Let stand for 45 minutes and still warm, pour into a container where you can place nails.

Extract the juice of an onion and wet a cotton. Rub over the nail with fungus. Also you can skip the onion cut in half.
Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice, five drops of hydrogen peroxide and two tablespoons of aloe veragel. It is placed over the affected nail and leave to dry only.
Boil five cloves of garlic in a cup of water. Pour into a bowl of cold water and introduces the feet there, leaving fifteen minutes. Repeat every day for a full month.
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