Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I get better nutrition for my nails?
    My nails have been cracking up lately and they are a little splintery. What vitamin am I missing? How can I get more of it?

    • ANSWER:
      There are some herbs that are really helpful

      Syzygium aromaticum
      This is Clove Oil and is considered an excellent antifungal and antibiotic essential oil. Clove oil is a well-known antibiotic and will improve the health of your nails.

      Lavendula officinalis (Lavender)
      This is a sweet-smelling essential oil with antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. This oil also has balancing and soothing properties.

      Dry and brittle nails are associated with iron and zinc deficiency. White spots over your nails may also be due to zinc deficiency. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron from plant foods, hence its intake is also necessary. Diet containing foods rich in vitamin C and zinc are equally important in treating fungal infections as well, as both of them improve your immunity level immensely. Optimum quantity of selenium (i.e. foods rich in selenium but not too much of it as it can blacken your nails) are required to avoid formation of ridges or wide bands on the nails. Probiotics good bacteria, will help your body to get rid of the fungus and help maintain gastrointestinal and immune health. Omega-3 fatty acids are very effective anti-inflammatories and do a good job if your infection has created soreness around the nails.

      Detailed info on all these can be read on http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/n/naildisorders.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of artificial nail fungus?
    I have artificial nail's on and I got FUNGUS inside of them, how to I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      This kind of fungus is notoriously hard to treat. It is VERY common to get a fungus when wearing artificial nails. First step, of course, is to lose the artificial nails.

      You would probably have to get a prescription antifungal-- I seriously doubt the over the counter ointments would be effective at all. There are a few kinds of fungus, so of course treatment depends on type. The medication would have to be used for quite a long period of time-- several weeks to a few months-- and even so, the cure rate is not 100%. These things have a way of creeping back up on you.

      Best wishes.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to use 2 antifungal medications at once?
    I caught toenail fungus while in college and it's been with me for years. I've just started treating it but have read that studies show it's better to soften the nail with urea 40 cream and then apply the medication so that it penetrates the nail as opposed to just applying it. I was wondering if I should apply the urea cream and then apply the medication right after or should I use the urea cream for a while and then start applying? I just don't want one to decrease the effect of the other.

    • ANSWER:
      NAIL FUNGUS:Urea cream softens keratin, the 'fabric' of nails. So for absolutely the best effect, you use an emery board to file off the surface of the nail. so it's rough. then apply the urea, leave for a few minutes... strength 40 is strong, so rub that off, file a bit more, then apply the medication. If it is a laquer, 'loceryl' (amorolfine) remove it before reapplying, lots of people just put more on top of the previous layer, this does not allow the active medication to penetrate. If a cream, 'Daktarin' or generic terbinafine/ketoconazole, rub well into the cuticle of the nail. Urea has no anti-fungal properties.
      You do realize it will be 6 months before you see any improvement?
      Also soak your feet in 10 litres of warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar in it from time to time, and be blxxdy sure to do the filing over newspaper which you screw up and burn, don't pass it on. The spores are still active...just waiting for a nice warm foot.
      Wash all your socks on HOT wash, and line dry in sunshine.
      Wash the inside of your shoes with white vinegar, or Canesten spray. kill the Spores.

  4. QUESTION:
    How does one treat fungal infections of the nails?
    My friend has a fungal infection on one of his toenails, and he asked me how (if) they can be treated. Unfortunately I do not know (I never had these myself). Typical symptoms include but are not limited to discoloration and thickening of those nails which are infected. Is it possible to get the nails back to normal? If so, then how?

    • ANSWER:
      Oral prescription medications include Lamisil (terbinafine), Sporanox (itraconazole), and Diflucan (fluconazole). Lamisil appears to be the most effective treatment for toenail fungus in this group. While these treatment regimens have the advantage of being relatively easy, they do have rare severe side effects, and they are quite expensive if you have to pay for them out of pocket. People taking these fungus toenail treatments should be monitored for toxicity due to the drugs. There is one topical prescription drug available: Penlac (ciclopirox) nail lacquer is painted directly onto the affected nails, but can only be used when the infection is not advanced.

      OTC antifungal ointments, creams and lotions may work quite well for fungal skin infections, but they are not recommended for nails simply because they are not an effective treatment for toenail fungus. They are applied to the nail topically, and they don't penetrate the thick nail to kill the fungus, which is protected in the nail bed below the nail. If you want to try one of these medications, it might be a good idea to combine it with one of the other types of remedy to increase the probability of success.

      There are many natural healing remedies available today to consumers; some of them incorporate an oral product. Some of these products may be effective treatment for toenail fungus. Perhaps the most promising ingredient in natural remedies is the essential oil, Tea tree oil, which is produced in Australia. Studies of this extract are encouraging, and a number of natural remedies contain it, blended with other herbal ingredients. Tea tree oil is even available in pure form, however there is some risk of skin sensitivity so this may not be best way to use it. Other natural remedies may be worthwhile fungus toenail treatments, but scientific evidence for or against them is generally lacking, simply because the research has not been done.

      Finally, there are a lot of traditional, or simply inventive, home fungus toenail treatments. They include soaking the feet in various solutions, or applying substances that are thought to be antifungal. The substances employed include chlorine bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, dark beer combined with a lactobacillus, Vicks VapoRub, Listerine mouthwash, DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), and others. Some people swear by a drink of apple cider vinegar, twice daily, to cure and prevent fungal toenail infections. Again, the primary focus for an effective treatment for toenail fungus rests with getting the treatment beyond the nail to the fungus. Good luck!

      **I have read that Zetaclear is a great product to get rid of the yellowed nails. Here's the link:
      http://www.zetaclear.com/

  5. QUESTION:
    Does Daktacort cream work on fungal nail infection?
    I have been suffering with nail fungas infection since January and I have been to the doctors and he prescribed me some daktacort cream for my infection but does daktacort work on the fungal nail infections.
    Im also in the second phase of the infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure why your doctor prescribed Daktacort. The company that makes it, Janssen-Cilag, Ltd., says nothing about using it to treat onychomycosis. This fungal infection is treated with systemic (oral) antifungals and must be taken from 6-12 weeks and sometimes longer. Onychomycosis is stubborn and can be difficult to resolve. I think you need to speak to your doctor about changing you over to something that will work. There's no direct evidence that vinegar kills fungus but it can slow the growth of some bacteria.


antifungal for nails

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you care for new acrylic nails?
    I just got new acrylic nails, and need some tips on caring for them.
    I've heard about oiling nails twice a day - what is this, and where can i buy the oil?
    What is lift?
    How often do I have to return to the salon for maintanence? How do I know when to return?
    Can I change the polish at home? Can I use normal nail polish remover?
    And how do I prevent the fungus/mildew from growing under my nails?
    Thanks :D

    • ANSWER:
      Hey - I've had acrylics, gels and silks...so maybe I can help.

      The oil is more for cuticle health than artificial nail maintanence. If your cuticles look healthy (not ragged) then it will enhance the overall nail look. I use Nailtiques Oil Therapy. It's about , and you can get it at nail places and sometimes drug stores (I got mine at CVS). I use it once a day...and my boyfriend makes fun of me ("can't you just use your regular lotion??" men don't get it! haha). Plus it smells yummy.

      "Lifting" can happen when the nails are long and you use your hands too much - it hurts like hell sometimes. Just be really cognizant of everything you do - everything from carrying heavy bags to closing your trunk (trust me, I have painful experience). The nails might break off, which is sometimes a blessing in disguise b/c you don't want to have your natural nail ripped off. I sometimes use a little tiny dap of super glue to stick on the broken nail. Then use a buffer to smooth it out and put on a coat of clear. Keeping the nails shorter will help greatly to reduce any painful lifting.

      You should go back every 1 1/2 - 2 weeks for a fill. Depends on how fast your nails grow out - but you'll notice the space and want to have it taken care of!

      You can change the color at home if you want, but make sure to use NON ACETONE remover. Acetone based removers will take off polish - but can also take off the nail. Granted, the acetone in polish remover you get at the drug store is less concentrated than the stuff they use in salons to remove nails, but it can compromise the nail's quality. Most non-acetone removers will say something about being "suitable for acrylic nails."

      Infections can be a problem for some people. Sometimes the natural nail will become weakened from having the fake nails on, then the fake nail starts to separate away from the natural nail. Water then gets trapped in that space, and it's bad. That is why it's important to get them filled regularly. Make sure you go to a clean place b/c you don't want them touching you with dirty stuff, but chances are a nicer place will be able to recognize a problem should one arise and advise you on what to do.

      I know that's a lot, but don't be intimidated. As long as you keep an eye on them, and don't over use your nails, they will look sexy as heck! I love having nice nails - but try keeping them a little on the shorter side b/c it will make things like typing easier and they'll be less prone to break!

  2. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me more about acrylic nails?
    I got some acrylic nails today at "Icing" by Claire's. Is it bad for you in any way to where these? How long are they good for? It says on some website that a major issue is getting an infection which is where if the nail is bumped, there is an open space between the fake nail and the real nail, and it gets warm and fungi and bacteria grows, and you have to get your real nail removed... I'm really afraid of this. Does this happen frequently? Please tell me all you know about acrylic nails.

    • ANSWER:
      That never happens, I work with nails and do acrylic nails and wear them all the time. They are not bad for you but if you pull them off, you will have nail damage. Nothing will happen that will make you have to get your real nail removed, don't worry :) If you do bump them, there will be a gap but fungus won't grow in it. If the gap bothers you, you can get a fill or soak your nails in acetone to remove the nails. But I think it's best if you get it done in a salon, it's more professional and it will last longer, but try those first and see if you like them. Good luck :)

  3. QUESTION:
    Why do my acrylic nails have a yellow color?
    I recently had a fill in done on my acrylic nails (white tips). And most of the nails are getting this yellowish color to them. What's causing this? How can I fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      there prob infected and you should get them taken off and put anti fungus nail stuff you can get at the drug store good luck! and if i were you id keep them off for atleast a month and then go to a new nail salon and make sure there clean and that you take good care of them as for cleaning them

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you maintain acrylic nails yourself from home?
    I want to get acrylic nails but can't afford to go every 2 or 3 weeks for fills. Can I get something from Sally's or somewhere else that I can maintain them myself? I want them to look nice and I do believe I could learn to do it. Has anyone else done it themselves?

    • ANSWER:
      I would strongly discourage you from using that stuff if you haven't received proper training. If you don't use it properly, you can risk getting fungus underneath your nail, damage your nail permanently, or even possibly get over exposed to the product which will leave you allergic to acrylics permanently. Also if you have small children the smell will really bother them and possibly make them sick.

      It's not worth it

  5. QUESTION:
    How to apply acrylic nail tips with no bubbles underneath? PLEASE HELP?
    I have just began doing acrylic nails. The only problem that I tend to have so far, is applying the nails tips. I keep wasting nails because the tips will bubble underneath and I must take them off to reapply. They always have bubbles and I know that is not a good thing due to fungus and things. Any suggestions or tips for me? I'd really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Same here, Applying acrylic first (before the nail tips) works, and also pushing on as hard as possible for about 30-40 seconds on each nail (may hurt a bit,but works) good luck, hope it works


acrylic nails fungus

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I pulled off my acrylic nail and half of it was discolored green. Could this be a fungus?
    I pulled off my acrylic nail and half of it was discolored green and brown. Does this mean that it may be a fungus? I have never seen anything like this.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I can almost promise you that it is.

      Any nail salon can help you out by applying a coat of fungicide. You can also find this at your local beauty supply store. It will paint on like polish.

      In most cases, you can apply a coat of the fungicide to kill the fungus, and then buff the nail, to make the discoloration go away. FYI, when you buff it, you'll want to use a buffer that you can throw away. Otherwise, the fungus might stick to the buffer, and you'd contaminate other nails by using it.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you care for new acrylic nails?
    I just got new acrylic nails, and need some tips on caring for them.
    I've heard about oiling nails twice a day - what is this, and where can i buy the oil?
    What is lift?
    How often do I have to return to the salon for maintanence? How do I know when to return?
    Can I change the polish at home? Can I use normal nail polish remover?
    And how do I prevent the fungus/mildew from growing under my nails?
    Thanks :D

    • ANSWER:
      Hey - I've had acrylics, gels and silks...so maybe I can help.

      The oil is more for cuticle health than artificial nail maintanence. If your cuticles look healthy (not ragged) then it will enhance the overall nail look. I use Nailtiques Oil Therapy. It's about , and you can get it at nail places and sometimes drug stores (I got mine at CVS). I use it once a day...and my boyfriend makes fun of me ("can't you just use your regular lotion??" men don't get it! haha). Plus it smells yummy.

      "Lifting" can happen when the nails are long and you use your hands too much - it hurts like hell sometimes. Just be really cognizant of everything you do - everything from carrying heavy bags to closing your trunk (trust me, I have painful experience). The nails might break off, which is sometimes a blessing in disguise b/c you don't want to have your natural nail ripped off. I sometimes use a little tiny dap of super glue to stick on the broken nail. Then use a buffer to smooth it out and put on a coat of clear. Keeping the nails shorter will help greatly to reduce any painful lifting.

      You should go back every 1 1/2 - 2 weeks for a fill. Depends on how fast your nails grow out - but you'll notice the space and want to have it taken care of!

      You can change the color at home if you want, but make sure to use NON ACETONE remover. Acetone based removers will take off polish - but can also take off the nail. Granted, the acetone in polish remover you get at the drug store is less concentrated than the stuff they use in salons to remove nails, but it can compromise the nail's quality. Most non-acetone removers will say something about being "suitable for acrylic nails."

      Infections can be a problem for some people. Sometimes the natural nail will become weakened from having the fake nails on, then the fake nail starts to separate away from the natural nail. Water then gets trapped in that space, and it's bad. That is why it's important to get them filled regularly. Make sure you go to a clean place b/c you don't want them touching you with dirty stuff, but chances are a nicer place will be able to recognize a problem should one arise and advise you on what to do.

      I know that's a lot, but don't be intimidated. As long as you keep an eye on them, and don't over use your nails, they will look sexy as heck! I love having nice nails - but try keeping them a little on the shorter side b/c it will make things like typing easier and they'll be less prone to break!

  3. QUESTION:
    Should I get an acrylic toenail put on over my toenail that has been affected by nail fungus?
    I have nail fungus on my big toe and it caused half of my toenail to fall off so I want to get an acrylic toenail to cover the missing half, would this cause a worse infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It will cause the infection to worsen. *maybe* it is ok to do that for the summer and, when winter comes, go see a podiatrist and get it fixed before next summer!

  4. QUESTION:
    Why do my acrylic nails have a yellow color?
    I recently had a fill in done on my acrylic nails (white tips). And most of the nails are getting this yellowish color to them. What's causing this? How can I fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      there prob infected and you should get them taken off and put anti fungus nail stuff you can get at the drug store good luck! and if i were you id keep them off for atleast a month and then go to a new nail salon and make sure there clean and that you take good care of them as for cleaning them

  5. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me more about acrylic nails?
    I got some acrylic nails today at "Icing" by Claire's. Is it bad for you in any way to where these? How long are they good for? It says on some website that a major issue is getting an infection which is where if the nail is bumped, there is an open space between the fake nail and the real nail, and it gets warm and fungi and bacteria grows, and you have to get your real nail removed... I'm really afraid of this. Does this happen frequently? Please tell me all you know about acrylic nails.

    • ANSWER:
      That never happens, I work with nails and do acrylic nails and wear them all the time. They are not bad for you but if you pull them off, you will have nail damage. Nothing will happen that will make you have to get your real nail removed, don't worry :) If you do bump them, there will be a gap but fungus won't grow in it. If the gap bothers you, you can get a fill or soak your nails in acetone to remove the nails. But I think it's best if you get it done in a salon, it's more professional and it will last longer, but try those first and see if you like them. Good luck :)


acrylic nail fungus

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I just got fake nails put on, and I don't want to pay to get them refilled. Is it possible to buy the filling
    Yeah so I want to keep them but I would rather just fill them myself when they grow. Is it possible to buy nail filler from like, target or sallys or anywhere?

    • ANSWER:
      sallys has stuff, but if you dont know what you are doing, you can make chemical burns on your nail beds and cuticles. You cant mix products. its going to look bad, and might even hurt bad. I suggest you just get them filled in or take them off. If you do it wrong you can get a fungus underneath your nail and your real nail can become blakish blue or green and possibly fall off. DO NOT mess with this, it might seem harmless but thats why you have to be licensed in the field to apply acrylic to someones nails. Trust me I went to school for this and I am a licensed nail tech. I wish i could show you some pictures, because nail fungus isnt something you want to mess with.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my fingernails?
    What is wrong with my fingernails?
    *Please look at how embarrassing it is without polish on in picture* http://i39.tinypic.com/dy7nmb.jpg

    This has actually been going on for years but I am finally at the point where I want it resolved. My nails are extremely brittle. They split often and peel in layers. Please look at this photo though. My ring finger and pinky are always the worst with this white tip. It looks like a disease or fungus. I've treated them with tea tree oil over the years and it does not help. I tried Allpresan spray for fungus and would be willing to try it again.

    The doctor tested my iron a few years ago when I brought this to his attention. When my results were ok I never did any followup.

    I am doing research. Is it bacteria infection? Is it onychoschizia? Fungus? Too much moisture? I used to wear acrylic and press on nails a lot about 8 years ago and they have been like this ever since. Tea tree oil has not helped at all.

    How do I fix it? Thanks in advance.
    *Also, I have gone to high end spas for manicures and they recommended Alpresan for fungus and tea tree oil. I have a couple manicures each year and this has been ongoing still with no resolution SIGH*

    • ANSWER:
      Nail fungus
      .
      Get a nail fungus cream
      .
      I use Tineacide Anti Fungal Cream for nails
      .
      It is in most major discount stores like Meijer
      .

  3. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my fingernails?
    *Please look at how embarrassing it is without polish on in picture* http://i39.tinypic.com/dy7nmb.jpg

    This has actually been going on for years but I am finally at the point where I want it resolved. My nails are extremely brittle. They split often and peel in layers. Please look at this photo though. My ring finger and pinky are always the worst with this white tip. It looks like a disease or fungus. I've treated them with tea tree oil over the years and it does not help. I tried Allpresan spray for fungus and would be willing to try it again.

    The doctor tested my iron a few years ago when I brought this to his attention. When my results were ok I never did any followup.

    I am doing research. Is it bacteria infection? Is it onychoschizia? Fungus? Too much moisture? I used to wear acrylic and press on nails a lot about 8 years ago and they have been like this ever since. Tea tree oil has not helped at all.

    How do I fix it? Thanks in advance.
    *Also, I have gone to high end spas for manicures and they recommended Alpresan for fungus and tea tree oil. I have a couple manicures each year and this has been ongoing still with no resolution SIGH*

    • ANSWER:
      If I were you, I'd see a doctor.
      People online can't give you a diagnosis, but you can easily say it doesn't look good.
      Perhaps you need to get some proper medication instead of something a beautitian recommends. If it's fungus, the treatment may last for a while.
      In fact, I'm surprised the lady who does you manicure agrees to do it - she should send you to a doctor straightaway - I don't know, perhaps she just wants to make some money and doesn't care what state your nails are in. That's simply irresponsible. I hope she uses disposable files - if she doesn't and it's fungus, she may have infected other customers or it might be the way you caught it.
      Anyway, it may be nothing serious, but a doctor will know what to do with it.
      Good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my fingernails?
    *Please look at how embarrassing it is without polish on in picture* http://i39.tinypic.com/dy7nmb.jpg

    This has actually been going on for years but I am finally at the point where I want it resolved. My nails are extremely brittle. They split often and peel in layers. Please look at this photo though. My ring finger and pinky are always the worst with this white tip. It looks like a disease or fungus. I've treated them with tea tree oil over the years and it does not help. I tried Allpresan spray for fungus and would be willing to try it again.

    The doctor tested my iron a few years ago when I brought this to his attention. When my results were ok I never did any followup.

    I am doing research. Is it bacteria infection? Is it onychoschizia? Fungus? Too much moisture? I used to wear acrylic and press on nails a lot about 8 years ago and they have been like this ever since. Tea tree oil has not helped at all.

    How do I fix it? Thanks in advance.
    *Also, I have gone to high end spas for manicures and they recommended Alpresan for fungus and tea tree oil. I have a couple manicures each year and this has been ongoing still with no resolution SIGH*

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    acrylic nail?
    I am learning how to do my own acrylic nails i was wondering does anyone have instrutios or pictures on how to apply the acrylic to the nails.

    HELP???????????

    • ANSWER:
      if you are going to have acrylic nails why not just go to the mall and pay 15-20 dollars to have them done? you risk infection doing them yourself (have you seen nail fungus? not so pretty!) and besides, they will look a lot better done by a pro.


acrylic nail fungus pictures

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any information about using Lotrisone on small children?? My daughter just turned one year.?
    She has a rash on the back of her leg behind her knee, the doctor said she has eczema and prescribed some steriod cream, I used it for four days and there were no results, the rash started as red bumps some looked like little pimples not all the way white, now after the use of the steriod, the rash seems a little larger and is bigger connected red bumps with purplish tinting through out it... I took her back to the doctor and was told that is didn't look like eczema and they didn't know what it was, they prescribed an antibiotic, and the lotrisone, which is an antifungal and steroid all in one. I don't like the idea that they are not really try to find out what it is and just cover it with treatment from all angles... And on the Lotrisone it says not to use on children younger than 17. Any opinion or knowledge is appreciated....I have been considered using a more natural approach but am not sure where to start.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest to you just to take natural remedies to use for your daughter. Because babies are more prone to allergies and more sensitive to medications than adults, then you should only natural remedies should be used in baby eczema treatment.

      You need to have a TRUE understanding of eczema. Only then can you apply safe and natural remedies to your child.

      If you decides to cure your baby with natural way, here are some tips :
      1.Avoid internal allergens - determine and eliminate foods from the diet that cause eczema.

      This is one of the most overlooked aspects of baby eczema treatment. Once the food that causes the eczema has been found and removed from the diet, it can take only few days for the eczema to clear up.

      Here is a list of foods that are known to cause eczema in babies and should be removed from the diet:
      oCow dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) - replace with goats dairy. Cow dairy in formula can sometimes be enough to flare up eczema. If possible, feed your baby instead of cow diary with breast milk (it is the purest of all milks). Breast milk is an important factor in building up a strong immune system.
      oCitrus
      oWheat
      oSoy
      oBerries
      oChocolate, peanuts and peanut butter
      oFish

      2.Avoid external allergens - use 100% pure cotton clothes and cloth diapers, use natural scent free soaps and baby shampoo for washing and keep your home dust free. Use creams and lotions with only natural ingredients.

      Cloth diapers are not as cheap and comfortable to handle as disposable diapers because you have to use diaper service or handle the diaper load by yourself, but it is important that your baby's most sensitive parts are in touch only with natural materials to avoid eczema flaring up where it is most painful.
      3.Use calendula cream, chamomile tea, unrefined olive oil and sea salt baths to soothe and treat the baby eczema.

      Based on many success stories on internet forums, these natural remedies have turned out to be very effective for eczema treatment. You can find more information about them in my previous article titled Natural Cure for Eczema. You can also try Aloe Vera to soothe and heal the skin, but keep in mind that some babies are allergic to it.
      4.Boost your babies immune system by taking him/her out to FRESH air as often as possible

      Hope my info help you and hope she will get better : )


formula 3 antifungal success stories

Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a condition that occurs when a microscopic fungus enters either a fingernail or toenail. Fungal infections occur in toenails more often than in fingernails.

Anyone can get nail fungus, but infections are more common in people over the age of 60. For people who have diabetes or a weakened immune system, nail fungus can present serious risks.

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Usually, nail fungus occurs when fungus enters the nail through a small trauma (cut or break) in the nail. Nail fungus is not caused by poor hygiene. Nail fungus can be spread from person to person. It may be hard to determine exactly where or how a fungal infection is acquired. However, a warm, wet place (for example, a locker room) is a good place for a fungus to grow.
What Are the Symptoms of Nail Fungus?

A nail fungus infection can make nails thick and discolored. Uncommonly, you may feel pain in your toes or fingertips.
How Is Nail Fungus Diagnosed?

Your doctor may be able to tell if you have a nail fungus infection by looking carefully at your nails. He or she may scrape some tissue from under a nail and look at it under a microscope or send it to a lab to determine what kind of infection you have.
How Is Nail Fungus Treated?

Treatment for a nail fungus may include topical creams or oral medications (antifungal drugs), but topical antifungal drugs likely won't cure the infection. Rarely, surgery may be required. Although seldom done, removal of the infected nail can be performed to permit direct application of a topical antifungal. Oral drugs, such as terbinfine, can cure about 50% of nail fungus infections.

Toenail infections are more difficult to treat than fingernail infections because the toenail grows more slowly. In addition, a damp, warm environment of a shoe or boot can encourage fungal growth.
How Can I Prevent Getting Nail Fungus?

To prevent getting a nail fungus infection:

Avoid walking barefoot in public areas, such as locker rooms
Keep the inside of your shoes dry and change socks frequently (100% cotton socks are recommended)
Wear shoes that fit properly (shoes with a wide toe area and ones that don't press your toes)
Use absorbent or antifungal powder

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can occur when the corner or side of the nail grows into the flesh of the toe. In many cases, ingrown nails occur in the big toe. The end result of this common condition is pain, redness, and swelling. Infection can occur in some cases.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Some common causes of ingrown toenail include cutting the nails too short or not straight across, injury to the toenail, and wearing shoes that crowd the toenails.
How Can Ingrown Toenails Be Treated?

In mild cases, ingrown toenails may be treated with a 15-20-minute soak in warm water. Dry cotton can be placed under the corner of the nail. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing increasing pain, swelling, and drainage of the area. Minor surgery can be performed to remove the part of the nail that is poking into the skin.
How Can Ingrown Toenails Be Prevented?

You can prevent ingrown toenails by:

Wearing shoes that fit properly
Keeping toenails at a moderate length and trimming them straight across

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home remedy for an ingrown fungus nail

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of toe nail fungis?
    I went to a nail salon for a pedicure now I have toe nail fungus. help

    • ANSWER:
      You can cure toenail fungus easily with laser treatment, Home remedies, Homeopathic remedies. You can find tips to cure toenail fungus and tips to prevent nail fungus from toenail-fungus.co.uk. It is best informative site for nail fungus. Now check hygienic at salon before doing pedicure.


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Fungal nail infections are very common especially with people who wear shoes regularly and forget to get them washed. Even the socks or tight fitting shoes can act as a source of the fungal infection. There are many ways for treating this fungal infections though only a very few are prescribed by the doctors. Many counter remedy are also followed to treat the infections.

With sandals season upon us, it is important to remember that fingernails and toenails are usually the most commonly neglected parts of our bodies. Sure, for the most part, we keep them clipped and clean, but that doesn’t eliminate the problem of fungus. Zetaclear nail fungus treatment is one of many ways that this problem can be eliminated, and may also be the safest.

Many fungal medications can have adverse effects on the human body- usually the liver and heart. They can also be quite costly. Harsh chemicals is no way to treat the skin and nails, especially under the nail which is highly sensitive.

Home remedies can work sometimes, but take a while to start working, and most people don’t have the patience. Zetaclear nail fungus treatment is a combination of both.

Specially formulated with natural ingredients, this treatment offers sufferers a chance to safely clear up fungal infections without a prescription. This is a brush-on treatment that works under the nail and can be applied in the morning and at night, leaving the user with stronger, clearer nails and moisturized skin. It even contains a sweet fragrance through a blend of lavendar and lemongrass oils.

This is not a “silver bullet” cure. None are. But the Zetaclear nail fungus treatment will continue to fight off fungal infections for the duration of the time used. Even after the fungal treatment is gone, this treatment can still be used to keep fungus at bay and prevent future outbreaks.

Along with Zetaclear nail fungus treatment, it is important to eat a wholesome diet to help the body maintain its ability to fight infection. It is also advised that users wear absorbent socks made of cotton or wool and protective sandals when showering in a public facility.

Because fungus grows in high-moisture areas, one should also avoid keeping wet feet for prolonged amounts of time and wear shoes that will allow their feet to breathe. Fungal infections are contagious, so be sure to wash your hands after handing another persons nails.

Persistent care over time is the only way to keep your nails healthy and free from infection. Even after the initial infection is cleared, one must be sure to keep the infection away. Just as you would treat acne by daily face washing, daily nail washing is important, too.

We all want to look and feel our best. Good health makes us feel and appear more attractive. Using the Zetaclear nail fungus treatment to maintain healthy nails is one way to be sure that you look and feel your best this summer and all year round.

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Nails are basically hardened skin cells. Nails made frequently of keratin, a protein found in the skin and hair; nails are made by living cells in the fingers and toes. Nails develop faster in summer than winter. Men's nails grow more quickly than women's. The nails on a person's dominant hand (hand most used) grow faster. The growth rate of fingernails outpaces toenails. Nail disorders affect a large number of older adults. As we age, nails thicken and become more susceptible to fungal nail infections. Nail Fungus also known as Onychomycosis, nail fungus is very common worldwide.

Nail fungus is caused by tiny organisms that infect the fingernails and toenails. Nail fungus thrives in hot, dark and moist environments like the conditions found in your shoes and socks. Nail fungus can occasionally extend from one person to another. These organisms can live where the air is often moist and people's feet are bare. Common places that fungus can spread include: shower stalls, bathrooms, or locker rooms. Nail fungus can be difficult to treat, and repeated infections are common. Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams and ointments are available. Anti fungal formula must be used for some time.

It is recommended that Acidophilus and immune builders can be used in the treatment to get rid of nail fungus. Antifungal drugs may also cause side effects ranging from skin rashes to liver damage. Nail fungal infections cause discoloration, chalkiness, thickening, and crumbling of the nails, so the application of creams, lotions and oils may help with improving the condition or relieving the pain and discomfort. Clotrimazole is considered a strong drug for nail fungus treatment, because it can be administered to both humans and animals. Prescription nail fungus treatments include Sporanox, Lamisil, Griseofulvin and Penlac.

Zetaclear is an all-natural product that is very effective. Some of the means ingredients in Zetaclear involve Tea tree oil, Jojoba oil, Lavender oil and Clove oil, all of which have well-known anti-fungal and soothing properties. This topical treatment comprises several anti-fungal ingredients that combine to effectively treat even the worst cases of nail fungus. Home remedies claim to be as effective as prescribed medications for nail fungus treatment. Some people use tea tree oil or cream to be an alternative for curing and preventing mild nail fungus infections. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is good at fighting finger nail fungus.

Many people suffer from nail fungus infection. This is basically a nail infection that is caused by a fungus. Fungus thrives well in dump, moist and dark places and the nails provide for that environment. Toenails however, develop fungus infections more than fingernails due to the fact that shoes and socks provide a favorable condition for them to survive.

Over 30 million Americans have this problem, with more men suffering from it than women. This is greatly attributed to different lifestyles between men and women, with men being more involved in outdoor games than women and more likely to share facilities such as changing rooms. Children are less affected unless there is a family history of nail fungus.

Who Is Vulnerable To Nail Fungus Infection?

Almost any person can contact to fungus infection, but certain people are more vulnerable to the condition than others.

The Elderly: The older one gets, the lower the immunity and thus they become more susceptible to the condition.

Various Sporting Activities: People who engage in running activities risk a higher chance of contracting nail fungus due to sweating a lot on their feet. Swimmers have a higher chance of contracting nail fungus infection, since fungus like to live in dump moist and warm areas and are therefore very common around swimming pools.

Smokers: Smokers are quite vulnerable to fungus infection and the more they smoke, the higher the chance of getting fungus infection.

Occupation: Jobs that demand a person to spend a lot of time with their feet and hands in water for instance life guards. Workers in the construction industry also face a high risk of getting toe fungus infection.

Health: People with circulatory problems face a high risk of getting nail fungus infection.

Over The Counter Nail Fungus Treatment

It is easier to treat fungus during its early stages. When you notice any of the mentioned signs, seek treatment immediately. The treatment you need for your nail fungus depends highly on the degree of infection.

During the early stages of infection, a home remedy can work very well in curbing it. However, if the infection has spread, then there are various over the counter medications that work well in treating nail fungus. Most of these over the counter medications can be obtained without prescription.

Some of these medications are costly and come with some side effects. There are lotions, creams a well as ointments that work well in treating fungus infection. Many of the over the counter medications need to be applied on the affected areas and given time to penetrate the nail. They are not a once off treatment, but you need to exercise patience as the medications get deep into the nail so as to see any results. Most medications are meant to stop the fungus growth, and it takes some months for the nail to grow to the normal size.

This does not mean that the toe nail should be ignored. If a fungal nail infection is left untreated, it could spread to the next toenail and this could lead to a painful feeling and sometimes bleeding, getting worse by day.

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