Nail abnormalities can be an indication of a fungal nail infection. Fungal nail infection, also known as onchomycosis, is a common occurrence across all ages. This happens when a fungus infects a fingernail, toenail or the nail bed. The fungus can infect your nail through small cuts or wounds around the nail or through an opening between the nail and the nail bed. A nail with a fungus infection appears yellowish, crumbles easily and is thicker than usual.

Fungal nail infections respond well to treatment but if left untreated, this could progress into more serious conditions. Dr. Paul Klein is a podiatrist who specializes in diagnosing and treating fungal nail infections.

There are factors that may increase your risk for developing fungal nail infection. These include genetics, people suffering from diabetes, circulation problems, weak immune system or Down syndrome. The elderly those who perspire profusely and works in humid or moist environment are good candidates for fungal nail infections.

Fungal nail infection is commonly found in toenails. This is because fungi thrives under certain conditions such as abnormal pH levels of the skin and continuous exposure to dark, warm, and moist environments. Such conditions are typical of the environment within your shoes. However, this condition is highly treatable. There are home remedies that could help treat fungal nail infection during its early stages. Always check with your doctor first. This includes:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar – it is mildly acidic and it kills both bacteria and fungi.
  2. Orange oil – it has anti-fungal properties that can be used to treat fungal nail infection.
  3. Baking soda – effective for treating toenail fungal infections and helps neutralize foot odor.
  4. Tea tree oil – has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that is very useful in treating fungal nail infections.
  5. Oil of oregano – has anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, analgesic and antiseptic properties making it one of the most effective treatments for fungal nail infections.
  6. Garlic – compounds such as ajoene and allicin that helps treat fungal nail infections.
  7. White vinegar – contains compounds that are best in treating fungal nail infection and restoring the skin’s pH.
  8. Lavender oil – contains compounds that can fight any kind of infection and prevent skin irritation.
  9. Lemon juice – it has both anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
  10. Listerine mouthwash – contains alcohol that act as antiseptic and anti-fungal.

However, if these home remedies do not work then you should consult your podiatrist immediately. A podiatrist is a physician or surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating foot, ankle, and related conditions.

At North Jersey Podiatry located in Wayne N.J., we specialize in helping people with fungal nail infections. To schedule an appointment call (973) 595-1555.