Toenail fungus is also known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium. It is an infection caused by the warmth and dampness of the toenails. The moisture underneath the nails makes it a better place for fungus growth. If not treated, it can spread to other parts of the body such as fingernails and skin.
The most common symptom of the fungi is continuous change in toenails color and quality as well as a bad smell from the feet. At times the nail thickens or deforms. The big toe is the one that mostly gets affected.
Causes of toenails fungus
While in constant intimate contact with an infected person, one can also be infected. Apart from being contagious, there are other causes listed below.
1. Walking barefoot in public places
One should not walk in public places without shoes or socks. You risk yourself getting infected. These places include public showers and swimming pools. With bare feet, it is easier to pick up germs and get it trapped under your feet. Hence, get infected with fungus.
2. Having an injured toenail
Toenails can either be injured wearing the wrong shoe size or stubbing yourself on a hard surface. The ill-fitting shoes cause banging of the toenails each time you make a step. Having been banged on toenail with a lot of force causes yellow toenail fungi. This creates trauma on the nails. If repeated severally, it makes it prone to infection.
3. Health issues
People with medical problems such as diabetics and HIV infected persons are more vulnerable compared to those without health issues. The health issues cause poor circulation of blood in the feet. Thus, weak nails and thereby getting a fungal infection.
4. Going to nail bar
Ladies enjoy pedicure and manicure. It makes them look fabulous. Though it has its disadvantages. Most of these nail salons are a breeding ground for fungus. Make sure you visit the nail salons that have adequate sanitization of the pedicure tools. In case the tools were used on an infected person, it is easily spread if not sanitized.
5. Wearing fake nails
Fake nails prevent real nails from breathing out air. This is dangerous as the air is not allowed to get through the nail. Fungus might start growing under the fake nails without your conscious. Nail polish is another culprit for fungal infection. As it covers the whole nail, it is left without inhaling space. No air circulation. Making moisture to be trapped underneath.
6. Low immune system
Those with a low immune system are more endangered compared to those with a sturdy immune system. It is unfortunate that it can start from within. With a vanquish immune system and the fungus infection strikes, it can spread to other body parts effortlessly. This may cause even worse problems.
7. Athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is commonly found on sportsmen or women. This is because they are very active. As they do their sports, they become sweaty. Their shoes and socks get soaked in sweat. An exemplary habitat for fungus. It causes an itching and burning sensation.
8. Growing older
Growing old is nature. As we grow old the immune system automatically weakens. The blood circulation becomes poor. The toenails stop growing. Health problems arise. The above factors make it possible for fungus infection.
How to treat the toenail fungus infection using Vick’s Vaporub
Vick’s Vaporub is primarily used for treating cold and flu. But due to its ingredients, it can also be used to treat toenail fungus infection. As a patient with fungi, you need to be patient with the treatment.
Since it is not instant but gradual.
To get permanently rid of the fungi, you need to use Vick’s Vaporub for a few months. Get it and follow the following instructions;
1) Soak your feet for a few minutes in warm water. This will soften your skin and toenails.
2) Use a clean towel to dry the feet. The towel used should be later washed using hot water to disinfect it.
3) Ensure that your nails are filed in order to make them thin. If not file them with clean tools. This helps the vaporub to penetrate through the toenail.
4) Apply Vick’s vaporub around the infected toenail first. Later apply all around the other toenails to avoid further infection.
The above process should be repeated on a daily basis before going to bed. Until the infection is cleared and best results achieved. The fungus should be treated immediately it is discovered to prevent further serious complications. Prevention is better than cure.
Vick’s Vaporub is composed of camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus. The components are helpful in killing bacteria. There are many other treatments for the toenail fungus infection but they have side effects. This is the main reason why Vicks Vaporub it is the best problem solver for toenail fungus.