6 Things You Must Know To Stop Nail Fungus
Proper nutrition is key to general health and well-being and could help your chances of overcoming fungus and should be the first thing on your list of things to do. Although not proven as far as fungus is concerned, it is accepted by many that when the body has the proper pH balance, nutrients, minerals and vitamins, that it is better able to ward off against many ills and effectively rid itself of toxins.
Before starting off on any anti-fungal treatment it is important to eat properly and began an aggressive vitamin regimen at the very least. Start eating a healthy and consistent mix of fruits, vegetables and nuts instead of processed foods that are heavy on sugar, corn syrup or have hydrogenated oils. Please note that this does not mean going on a diet! You are just paying attention to the foods you eat and addressing any vitamin deficiencies. You are also looking to restore a more healthy and balanced pH level in the body. Please note that multi-vitamins like Centrum or One-A-Day... are not adequate and it is best to buy a dedicated bottle of each vitamin. Do not underestimate this crucial first step.
Recommended key vitamins include:
- Vitamin C at least 500mg daily.
- Pantothenic acid (a.k.a. B-5) at least 500mg daily, preferably 1000-2000mg daily. It's also been reported by some users that these dosages work well in reducing acne.
- Vitamin E
A simple and cheap way to maintain a healthy pH balance in the body is to mix up the following in a glass container:
Two (2) liters of filtered or distilled water, one (1) lemon sliced, one (1) medium cucumber sliced and a few mint leaves. Let it sit overnight on the counter or in the fridge and take sips from it throughout the day. The lemons and cucumbers are alkaline foods and have a beneficial effect.
Exercise and sun exposure appear to help in stopping fungus under nails
Sunlight and air circulation is the enemy of fungus in the majority of cases. It's for this basic reason that you are encouraged to walk barefoot or use open toe sandals indoors and out whenever possible. Socks and closed shoes hold in moisture and keep out light and is exactly what you don't want.
Many years ago I embarked on a three week bike tour of the U.S. and was surprised to see that the nail fungus on my thumb started to rapidly disappear. While I was using a topical solution called Fungus Stop each morning, the exercise and the daily sun exposure had a positive effect because up until this point it was taking forever to see improvements in the nail.
Exercise, especially when taking Pantothenic acid and the lemon mixture above, helps to boost metabolism and improves blood circulation which aids in the dispersion of vitamins and flushing toxins out of the body. You are not looking to start going to the gym or get into some unrealistic exercise program, you just want to get back into the habit of walking and taking the stairs more often. Just a little bit of activity each day to get things moving.
Thoroughly cleaning and drying the affected nail and area twice a day before applying any antifungal solution is a must. Use soap and water and consider a small soft bristled scrub brush to get under nails. Thoroughly dry your hands and feet as water trapped under nails is a breeding ground for fungus and could very well have been the way the fungus may have started in the first place.
Immersing nails in water for long periods as in washing dishes weakens nails which can bring on splitting nails thus becoming an entry way for fungus. Reduce that risk by always wearing cotton lined dishwashing gloves whenever cleaning.
Choose a nail fungus solution or remedy wisely
Many products claim to stop nail fungus, but few actually deliver. In fact the description on many say they are not recommended for nail fungus and only finger and toe fungus on the skin surface. Things at your local store like FungiNail do NOT work on nail fungus!
There are remedies that work in getting rid of nail fungus, but it can take as long as a year for complete results to be obtained. By reading all the recommendations and suggestions from others suffering from fungus infection of the nails on KillNailFungus.com you should find something that works for you. In some cases it could be using two or more anti-fungal remedies in tandem.
While it may seem that over the counter or prescription products work the best in getting rid of nail fungus, many have had great success with home made anti-fungus remedies from common household items so read the rest of this site for great tips. With the high price and nasty side effects of Lamasil tablets it certainly is wise to investigate them as it can save you some money and work just as well.
File Infected Nails Down
The effectiveness of your anti-fungal remedy is contingent on its being able to penetrate the nail bed to get at the fungus. To speed things along one should LIGHTLY file down the surface of the entire nail so that the liquid or gel can soak through the infected nail quicker. The only thing to watch for is that the ends of the nails can split very easily because they are thinner. Be careful putting your hands in your pockets where it is easy to rip a nail if it snags on fabric or objects.
Keep nails short. In addition, clip and trim fingernails and toenails so as to get rid of the fungus infected portions as they grow out to avoid re-infection. Keeping nails trim and short also prevents moisture, which breeds fungus, from being trapped under the nail.
Remember to thoroughly clean all nail files and nail clippers in hot soapy water to avoid reinfection. Of course never share these items with others.
Stick to your anti-fungal schedule
Nail fungus is extremely difficult to get rid of so it is very important to keep applying your chosen remedy at least twice daily. Even more important is to continue doing so even after your nails look healthy again and all the fungus appears gone. In fact you may have to do this for a year or more. Just when you think you've gotten rid of the nail fungus and then stop, you find that it has started all over again so keep at it no matter what.
Try not to contaminate and spread the fungus to other healthy nails. Use a different set of nail clippers, emery boards... for your healthy nails. Change socks and shoes daily and replace them often as fungus spores breeds within the fabric of socks and inside shoes. Wash socks in detergent and hot water and allow shoes to air dry for a few days before using them again. Use flip flops when walking in a locker room or public shower to avoid recontamination.
Let's go to the next step...
Let's move on to actual remedies that you can try along with what you just learned.
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KillNailFungus.com is not a medical site and not intended to take the place of a qualified doctor. Information contained here is simply the personal experiences of those who have had to treat nail fungus and come with no guarantees. Use at your own risk, but more importantly, consult your dermatologist / doctor before trying anything mentioned on this site.