Nail fungus is a common disorder of the finger and toe nails. Affected nails become thicker and turn a white or yellowish- brown colour. The cause is a fungal infection of the nail bed, affecting toenails more frequently than fingernails. The fungus can be contracted at school, home, whilst having a manicure or pedicure, or at a public swimming pool. The fungus is persistent and often spreads to other nails.
Nail fungus looks unsightly
Nail fungus is mostly a cosmetic and psychosocial problem. It looks unpleasant, can cause embarrassment and fear of the infection being passed on. However, because the nail thickens, the surrounding skin may become inflammed and painful.
Treatment requires patience
Nails grow from the nail root which is hidden 3-5mm behind the nail, under the skin. This is the area to target for treatment. The fungus must be prevented from forming during the formation of the nail. It is too late for parts of the nail that are already affected and the only solution is to wait for the nail to grow out and to trim off the affected area. This treatment is therefore a slow, lengthy process requiring patience.
How to treat nail fungal infections
I have had very good results with cinnamon, habanero or chili and artemesia. These natural substances all have excellent anti fungal properties. There are creams available which contain all three substances. It is important to treat the skin behind the nail where the nail roots are located, rather than the nail itself, by applying the cream daily. After about 3 months you will observe a clear, uninfected nail emerging from the skin. However, the treatment must be continued for between 9 months and a year to ensure that the fungus has been erradicated successfully and entirely.