Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungal disease of the nails, which is characterized by inflammation, pain, and swelling of the feet, as well as yellowing, thickening, and crumbling of the nail itself. The nails are affected by fungus due to abnormal dry skin, continuous exposure to moisture, wearing synthetic socks, weakening of the immune system, excessive sweating of the feet, poor hygiene of the feet, or poor circulation, such as diabetes mellitus. We have prepared the list with the best essential oils for nail fungus. Keep on reading to know more.
Modern medicine offers the treatment of foot and nail fungus in several ways: with locally applied drugs (ointments, gels), oral medications and even surgery. The use of medicinal products entails many dangers in the form of side effects, such as respiratory problems, facial swelling, hives, rashes, blisters, headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, liver damage, weight gain, fatigue, heart problems, fever, diarrhea, etc.
How do you know it’s a toenail fungus? You can suspect onychomycosis from one or more of these symptoms:
- Change in nail color. It starts with a small spot, then the nail turns lighter or yellow. It can become darker or even greener later on.
- A change in shape. The nail grows in the wrong way, waves appear on the nail.
- Unpleasant feeling, pain, especially if you press on a nail.
- Fragility. The nail starts to split, becomes brittle. It’s noticeable that the nail structure has changed.
In order to get rid of foot and nail fungus and not to harm your health, you can use essential oils, which have proven to be an excellent antimicrobial agent.