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Home Remedies For Treating Nail Fungus Infection

There's really no such thing as acrylic nail fungus - fungi don't really infect artificial nails, but may infect the natural nail underneath the acrylic one. Fungi that do this are the same species that infect fingernails and toenails in people who don't wear acrylic nails. Fungal infection of a fingernail may go unnoticed for longer under an acrylic nail perhaps, because Keravita Pro it is covered up.

 

The best approach to getting rid of an artificial fingernail fungus infection is probably to let the nail first revert to its natural state. Have the acrylic nail removed and trim back the natural nail as much as possible so that you can treat the area with an antifungal agent. Exposed from under the acrylic nail fungus will look quite ugly and embarrassing, but it's best to put up with this or you will likely have a difficult time clearing up the infection.

Even without the artificial fingernail fungus will not go away on its own. The first step is to make sure that what you think is acrylic nail fungus is really that and not some other nail abnormality that looks similar. It's best to consult a medical professional for a proper diagnosis before choosing a treatment. Should you decide to use a prescription drug to treat the problem, a medical doctor is the only one who can give you a prescription and advise you about treatment.

 

There are alternatives to prescription drugs for acrylic nail fungus - some of the alternative remedies on the market today show great promise as relatively inexpensive and effective treatments for both natural fungal nail infections and artificial nail fungus. Studies have shown that some plants have potent antifungal properties and alternative medicine practitioners have exploited these botanical properties to produce both topical and oral products that are marketed as nail fungus remedies. The best of these are the ones that contain tea tree oil, an essential oil obtained from the Australian tea tree. Research has shown that tea tree oil has antifungal properties as well as antiviral and antibacterial activity.

 

Alternative nail fungus remedies are predominantly topical applications - solutions that are applied to the nail and that penetrate through to the fungus underneath to do their work. This is why, in the case of acrylic nail fungus, it's important to expose the natural nail where the infection is in order to treat the infection properly.

Now it's possible to use a nail fungus home treatment with more confidence than ever in the potential for success. This is because scientific research has shown that some natural remedies really do have antifungal properties and great potential for fighting off the fungi that invade hair, nails and skin. We're not talking about vinegar soaks and hydrogen peroxide here although those older remedies may also work (they lack scientific backing), we're talking about herbal extracts and oils - tea tree oil, Pau d'Arco, and other essential oils.

 

A natural remedy for nail fungus infection (onychomycosis) is preferable to a nail fungus prescription drug for several reasons. Prescription drugs for onychomycosis tend to be very expensive - because the daily dose amounts to dollars rather than cents, and a typical course of treatment spans months or even years, the patient neither a drug plan to cover the cost, nor a very healthy budget, will often not be able to afford the drug. Even if money's no object, however, fears of serious side effects remain - though the modern drugs are much less toxic than drugs of the past, potential side effects of oral medications for onychomycosis include organ damage and other toxicities. Patients taking these drugs should be monitored for problems and those with preexisting liver or kidney problems should not take them at all. These limitations make it important that we find a nail fungus home treatment that works.

 

The natural substance that shows the greatest promise at present as a nail fungus home treatment is tea tree oil. This essential oil is extracted from the leaves and stems of a plant that grows in Australia. Applied directly to the affected nail, either as a pure oil or in a blend of other oils and herbal ingredients, it appears to be effective in clearing the infection in many cases. Scientific research has backed up anecdotal evidence that tea tree oil has antifungal properties, and as a natural preparation, it is available at a fraction of the cost of nail fungus prescription medicine. Tea tree oil should not be taken internally, as it has not been shown to be safe when ingested.

Another alternative to nail fungus prescription medicine that is validated by some scientific research is Pau d'Arco, an extract of the inner bark of a South American tree. This natural fungus home treatment is usually prepared as an infusion or tea. It is used as a beverage or as a soaking solution. As a beverage it has been used for centuries by indigenous South American people, and more recently by medical practitioners in that part of the world. It is said to have many other health benefits. As a soaking solution, its role would be to penetrate the infected nail and act directly on the fungus.

 

Good quality Pau d'Arco is somewhat more difficult to obtain than Tea Tree oil, and is likely to remain a somewhat marginal nail fungus home treatment. Tea tree oil, in contrast, is readily available and becoming more so. Even low concentrations combined with other herbal ingredients may be sufficient to treat onychomycosis. Given the disadvantages of the nail fungus prescription medicine currently available, either of these options is worth a try.