Many suffer from fungal nail infections without knowing the dangers. Let’s face it, whether it’s sandal or not, toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, it is never a welcome sight.
If you have ever suffered the embarrassment of having a fungal toenail infection, you know that they become quite unsightly, often turning white, yellow or brown. Often they become thick, cracked and brittle, sometimes crumbling and even falling off!
How people get fungal nail infections
Exposure to moulds, yeasts and fungi can cause fungal toenail infections.For toenail infections caused by the fungi, dermatophytes, effective treatments include prescribed antifungal creams (like Diflucan and Nystatin) and oral medications. These treatments, however, have more side effects than natural remedies like caprylic acid, garlic, oregano oil.and grapefruit seed extract, which can be used topically or ingested.
Fungi that are already present in or on your body can also cause fungal nail infections. Candida albicans is one such fungi. The use of antibiotics, which destroys good bacteria in the stomach, is the root cause on many fungal nail infections.
Diets that are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol can also contribute to candida overgrowth as can the use of birth control pills. The most effective way to restore balance is by eliminating inflammatory foods, sugars and carbohydrates from the diet initially and then to gradually introduce antifungals and probiotics.
Candida infections can cause different symptoms that are difficult to diagnose like: fatigue, bloating, cravings, weight gain, joint pain, acne, depression, mood swings and itchy skin. People over 65, diabetics or those who have an injury on or surrounding the nail are susceptible. People who visit unhygienic nail salons, pools or whose fingers and toes are often moist, are also at risk.
Treating fungal nail infections is important to avoid systemic candidiasis which can potentially be fatal.