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How to Get Rid of Fungus on Fingernails with Ease

Fungal infection in the finger and toenails may not be a very simple problem to deal with and in most cases, it can assume chronic proportions. This type of infection is also highly contagious in nature. It can be contracted through direct and indirect contact. There are two distinct facets of treatment for fingernail infection. First, you need to cure the infection from the roots. Second, you would also have to prevent it from spreading. Along with effective natural and medicinal treatments, hygienic habits would go a long way in imparting effective cures.

How to Get Rid of Fungus on Fingernails – Medicinal and Natural Cures

Some of the most common medicinal and natural remedies for keeping fingernails free from fungal infection would be:

• Common vinegar, which contains around 5% acetic acid, is considered highly effective in dealing with fungus on fingernails. You can mix it with water and apply it on the nails, after washing and drying.

• Similarly, apple cider vinegar is also known for its anti-fungal properties. You could mix it either with water or one part of hydrogen peroxide and apply on the affected fingernails. The results will be visible for you to see in a matter of days.

• You can also consume some lactobacilli powder internally, in order to inculcate some good bacteria into the system. Good bacteria are known to provide effective defence against bad bacterial and fungal infection.

• If your infected nails look really ugly to the eye, you could consider using undecylenic acid for improving the appearance considerably.

• Tea tree oil is also known to possess antifungal properties which can be used to your benefit. Especially, if the nail has completely peeled off, you could consider applying a thin film of tea tree oil on the affected parts. This process must be repeated at least twice or three times in a day. You need to repeat this till the new nail completely grows out. This might take up to 6 months.

• Vicks Vapour Rub, which is commonly used as a cure for colds and related symptoms, can also be used for treating fungal infection in finger nails. You should apply the rub evenly on the nails and leave it on overnight. The aromatic oils used in this compound are known to thwart the growth of fungi.

Medicinal treatment would include internal consumption of anti-fungal drugs. However, most of them are known to possess toxic side effects which can damage the system. Therefore, natural remedies are most suited as a cure.

Palm-Hand and Nail infections

Palm-Hand Infection. Infections deep within the palm, or under the thumb are very serious. They are usually started by perforating injuries from needles, pins and other sharp objects. About a day after the perforating injury, the palm becomes thickened, hot and painful and red streaks are often seen ascending the arm as a danger signal that infection is spreading.

These deep palm infections can be extremely serious and should be treated without delay. The physician might start antibiotic therapy, hot, wet dressings, or might recommend an immediate incision and drainage of the infection.
Finger and Nail Infection. Infection around the nail border, called a paronychia, often develops from a hangnail or small cut on the finger tip. It might present a boil-like appearance along one side of the nail, or occasionally spread around the entire nail, and undermine it with pus.

Prevention of nail infections means reasonable hand protection,

Fig. 151. Finger infections about the nail, or deep in the finger portion, may ascend into the hand and arm. They should always be attended early to afford relief from pain as well as spread of infection.

prevention of digging or pulling at hangnails and the intelligent cleaning and covering of small, unimportant cuts on the fingers. Once a paronychia is started, the physician usually recommends warm water soaking, and avoidance of all possible trauma to the infected site. With the appearance of a boil-like head, with obvious pus underneath, a sterile incision and drainage is in order, but the possibility of a spreading infection in this region demands that no one but the physician perform this operation. The pain, almost always present, is usually bad enough to encourage the patient to visit the physician.

Infection in the pad of the finger tips, looking like a deep-seated boil is caused by pin sticks and other perforating injuries about the ends of the fingers. They are called felons and are excruciatingly painful, very disabling, and serious.

Treatment of a felon infection demands surgical incision and drainage of the pus from its enclosed casing within the fingertip. They occasionally respond to the physician’s conservative treatment of antibiotics and warm water soaking, but neglect of such an infection, or crude attempts at home operation, often result in serious life long damage to the finger or entire hand.

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