Nail fungus is a common disease in which tiny organisms grow under your skin. This infection can affect your toe and finger nails as they are a moist and damp area of your body that help to shelter these micro organisms. The bacteria position themselves so well under your nail bed that is becomes difficult to get rid of them and it is not until a very late stage that you are able to diagnose the bacterial growth. The fungus causes a lot of skin irritation and makes the based of the nail red and itchy.
The infection is very contagious and it passes from person to person by mere touch. It requires a moist environment to thrive. It is common to the toe nails as socks and shoes keep your feet damp, warm and moist throughout the day and hence you fungus is able to thrive for long periods. It can also spread through the use of common nail care products and hence you must be careful about sharing your beauty products and the tools that you use. Always carry your own manicure and pedicure set to the spa to avoid the infection.
Some of the common symptoms of nail fungus include itching, irritation, bleeding or discoloration of the nails. If you have the infection then wearing nail polish to camouflage it will only make the infection worse.
Tea tree oil is known for it’s anti fungal anti bacterial properties and is extremely effective in the cure of the nail infections. It helps to get rid of the fungus and prevents it from spreading rapidly. All you need to do is dilute the oil in water and soak your nails in the water for a few minutes. You can also mix the oil with base oil like almonds oil and massage it into your nails. The oils will helps to kill the bacteria and get rid of the infection.
You can also use lavender essential oil to soothe the nails and to promote healthy nail growth. Lemon grass oil and clove oil are known to be effective anti bacterial oils and help to cure the infection.