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Aloe Vera And Toenail Fungus

Before going into more details about Toenail Fungus Remedy here is a little intro about it. Toenail fungus, known as 'onychomycosis' in medical terminology, is a very common problem and affects about half of Americans by the age of 70.

A group of fungus called dermatophytes is the main cause behind this infection. Fungal infections occur when microscopic fungi gain entry through a small trauma in the nail, then grow and spread in the warm, moist environment inside the patient's socks and shoes.

In this page I'll discuss about it's symptoms, causes, preventions and some effective toenail fungus treatments.

Common Symptoms

There are some symptoms which indicates that you've got Toenail Fungus

◊ Yellow or Brown or Black discoloration of the toenails

◊ Toenails get flaky

◊ Fragile nails

◊ Change in its ability to grow.

◊ Pit marks may also appear on the nail

◊ White Patches around the nail

◊ Thickening of the affected toenails

◊ Nasty odor

◊ Painful toenails &

◊ Nail separates itself from the nail-bed etc.

"Not all discolored, thickened or odd-shaped toenails are the result of a fungal infection. A variety of other conditions, such as psoriasis or nail trauma, could be the reason"

Effected Toenails

Causes of Getting Toe Nail Fungus

● A break in the nail, helping the fungus to enter.

● Abnormal pH level of the skin

● Not drying off the feet thoroughly after bathing or exercise

● Weak immune system

● Diabetics have an increased risk of contracting a toenail fungus because their immune system is compromised

● Athletes and people who give trauma to their toe by wear tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery are at greater risk

● Damp conditions at places like public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools are most common causing factors

● People who smoke or have other medical conditions, such as diabetes or poor circulation

● Genetic vulnerability also plays a role in the causes of toenail fungus.

● Most people cut toenails extremely close to the skin, causing multiple small cuts in the skin. These cuts allow the fungus to enter and spread.

Prevention is Always Better Than Cure

Once you get Toe Nail fungus, it often takes long time to get rid of it. So the best way to deal with it is to prevent from happening. Here are some preventative measure you can take to avoid Toe Nail Fungus.

√ Wash feet after using public places (like gym, swimming pool, public toilet etc)

√ Wear Protective Shoes or sandals

√ Avoid borrowing someone else's shows/shocks/towels/cloths etc who has this condition.

√ Wash and dry feet regularly. (Don't leave your feet wet)

√ Do not use nail polish (it can seal in fungus and allow it to grow)

√ Trim Toenails regular

√ Select foot-ware carefully. The best shoes to wear are those that allow plenty of air and moisture exchange. Look for air-breather holes on the sides.

Since plastic, vinyl and patent leather shoes do not allow air and moisture to pass through, it is best to select ones that have breathable material, such as leather or canvas.

√ Choose socks those are 100% cotton, wool, or silk because they absorb moisture from your feet & provide good ventilation.

Do not use synthetic socks, such as nylon, because they do not allow the moisture from sweating to pass through away from your skin. When your socks do get damp, take them off and dry your feet thoroughly before putting on a clean, dry pair.

Aloe Vera in Treating Toe Nail Fungus

Aloe Vera is the best natural toe nail fungus remedy. Aloe's anti-inflammatory properties speed up the healing process, while anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties kill and eliminate Dermatophytes fungus.

Aloe Vera gel can be directly applied on affected nail(s) while it can also be taken internally as a drink.

External use of Aloe Vera as "Gel" kill fungus and foreign organism while internal use of Aloe Vera as drink balances immune system, bowel movement, digestion with proper flow of blood with require nutrients in nails.

Soaking or rubbing feet with aloe vera helps to reduce the fungi in the skin on the bottom of ones feet. You have to keep it up for months in order to improve the overall immune system.

You can keep the foot soak aloe juice in the fridge and reuse for 3-4 days at a time when you use Aloe Vera gel from a fresh leaf.

Yes Aloe Vera is extremely good as toe nail fungus remedy but even if you don't have this problem it is still beneficial to use Aloe. As studies showed regular use of Aloe Vera helps to grow healthy and shiny nails.