How do I know if I have nail fungus?

fungus-nailsEach nail fungus It is something that can be very unpleasant and uncomfortable. This disease, called onychomycosis, you can discover it because the nails will thicken, lose their color, in addition to presenting intense pain.

Anyone can get a fungal nail infection. To avoid contagion, you must keep the nails clean and dry, avoiding cutting the skin around the nails and, in the case of the feet, keep the fingers ventilated and also dry well between the fingers after bathing or going to the pool.

Once this type of fungus is infected, you must keep in mind that its treatment will not be quick, since it takes a long process, so you must be patient.

What can I do to take care of my nails?

Here are a few things you can do to take care of your nails if you have a fungal infection:

  • Keep nails short and file them in places where they are thickened.
  • Do not use the same nail clipper or nail file on healthy nails and infected nails. If you have your nails done by someone who does this, you should bring your own nail files and clippers.
  • For jobs that get your hands wet (like washing dishes or floors) wear waterproof gloves. To protect your fingers wear 100% cotton work gloves that do not get your hands wet.
  • Wear 100% cotton socks. Change your stockings when they are damp with sweat or if your feet get wet. Put on clean, dry socks every day. You can put non-medicated anti-fungal powder inside your socks to keep your feet dry.
  • Wear shoes with good support and a wide toe box. Don't wear pointed shoes that press your toes together.
  • Avoid walking barefoot in public areas such as changing rooms.

Home treatments:

If you already have foot fungus, the ideal would be to go to a pharmacy and buy a special medicine to remove it. But we give you some homemade recipes that can help in the treatment.

  • Soak your feet or hands every day, for 20 minutes, in a liter of water, with half a cup of apple cider vinegar and five drops of lavender essential oil, every day, then dry well if necessary with the dryer .
  • Soak your feet or hands for 30 minutes with 1 liter of water and 300 milliliters of Mouthwash.
  • Soak your feet or hands with half a glass of castor oil and a few drops of lemon leave them there for 5 minutes. Repeat until you get the desired results.
  • Boil 5 cloves of garlic in a cup of water and place your feet or hands when the water is warm for 20 minutes. Do it every day until the fungus is cured. You can also mix baking soda, vinegar and warm water, soak your feet in the infusion every day until the fungus is cured.

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  1.   vanessa said

    How do I know if I have a fungus on my nail, it is yellow but it is not thick or it hurts and besides it is falling, I do not know if it is a fungus or what?

    1.    Ana said

      Vanessa the same is happening to me, could you tell me how you solved that problem? Please!