Nail Fungus And Tea Tree Oil
Nail fungus occurs more often on toes than fingers, however can effect either. This nasty infection finds its way into the nail bed via breaks or cracks in the nail surface itself. Once the fungus enters the nail, it begins to cause discoloration and thickening of the nail. In the start, this usually looks like a small yellow dot, or stripe beneath the nail. As the fungal infection continues to grow, the color changes spread, and the nail begins to thicken and appears malformed. This change in appearance is embarrassing to many, preventing them from wearing sandals in the summer or showing their feet in public.
Nail fungus is not a reflection of hygiene. Even the most clean and hygienic conscious people can contract nail fungus. This nasty infection adores damp places such as shower floors. Some of the most common places for coming in contact with nail fungus include, pool houses, gyms, hotel shower floors, and any public shower environment. When in one of these fungus hot spots, be sure to wear shower shoes. If you do not have shower shoes with you, and must use a public shower, you can use household bleach to sanitize the showers floor before stepping onto it. As well, lay a fresh towel on the bathroom floor to step out onto. Dry your feet and put on a pair of socks, or house shoes before walking across the rest of the floor.
If you do contract nail fungus, Tea Tree Oil may be used to combat the infection. Tea Tree Oil is a natural substance which comes from the Australian tree known as, Melaleuca alternifolia. The oil of the Melaleuca alternifolia, more commonly known as "Tea Tree Oil", has been proven to attack nail fungus, destroying negative bacteria.
This is considered to be a natural cure, or home remedy. You can find Tea Tree Oil in most homeopathic, or herbal stores. It is recommended that the oil be applied in its undiluted form, directly to effected nails. First, clean nails and the surrounding skin area, then thoroughly dry them. Next, generously cover nail surfaces with the oil. As well, dip a qtip or Cotton swab into the oil and rub it underneath the nail. It is best to use the Tea Tree Oil on all nails to prevent spreading of fungus from the infected nails to healthy ones. Apply the oil at least twice a day, three time daily if you have the time. This treatment process should be maintained for six months to assure complete removal of all traces of the fungus.
During treatment it is most important to keep feet and nails dry and moisture free. If your socks become damp or wet, change them immediately. Also, if your feet tend to sweat during the summer, you may want to consider using a foot deodorant to combat moisture. The fungus thrives in damp places. You want to make this foul fungus feel as unwelcome as possible, so keeping your foot environment dry and clean is a good defense.
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