There are more than 35 million people around the world affected with nail fungus and everyone of them wants to have a healthy looking nail and are looking for various ways to cure nail fungus. Yeast and bacteria are the main cause of nail fungus, however in rare cases there may be other causes for nail fungus. Nail fungus is medically termed as Onychomycosis and dermatophytes called Trichophyton rubrum causes it. Yeast and Candida may also be the other agents that cause infection of the nail. It is difficult to find out the exact cause but to identify the right cause a sample from the nail has to taken and sent for screening to the laboratory.
There are various symptoms of nail fungus. During the initial stage the nail starts to discolor and forms white or black patches under the nail. As the disease progresses the nail starts to turn into yellow color and crest starts to form on the outer surface. Infection of nail fungus starts either at the tip of the nail or on the cuticle. If toe nail fungus treatment is not taken at the right time the symptoms can worsen and it may lead to other complications. Nails can become hardened and then brittle. It can then gets separated from the nail bed and it may fall off. An open nail bed can easily lead to other infections and you may be injured easily if hit in the same place accidentally.
Nail fungus with Candida infection can spread to the outer skin area and the outer region of the skin may become engorged with infection. If pus starts to ooze out from the infection then it is a bacterial infection and this requires immediate treatment. It is easier to cure the disease the sooner you start the treatment.
There are many over the counter medications, but they are made from harsh chemicals which can cause unwanted side effects. Home products which are generally used in the home for daily use can sometimes be effective in treating nail fungus. Tea tree oil is one of the effective medicines that can be used to try and cure nail fungus. It has the anti-fungal properties that can in some instances destroy the fungus completely.
Next option is to treat the nail fungus with Apple cider vinegar; it is packed with both antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help to cure the nail infection quickly. Nail affected with fungus can be soaked in a tub of water added with diluted cider vinegar and it helps to cure the nail fungus in a natural way.