Yellow Nails

Do you have yellow nails?   Are they brittle and crumbly?   If so, you probably have some type of nail fungus.   Nail fungus is not dangerous, but it can be somewhat contagious and it can spread to other digits, whether it be your toes or your fingers.

It is not often that you see yellow nails on hands.   Instead, these are more prominent on toes because toes are kept in a warm moist environment and are much more susceptible to nail fungus.

Plenty of nail fungus infections start off innocently enough.   All you really need to do is bump your foot or stub your toe and sustain damage to the nail.   Once this has been done, you open yourself up to infection.   There are many treatment options available, all you need to do is decide on what sort of treatment will work best for you and then choose a product from that option.

A visit to your doctor can be the answer, but here are a few considerations about that option.   Most doctors will prescribe a medication, and of several choices, most of these are not only dangerous, but have very serious side effects.   If you are not interested in putting yourself through this kind of trauma, you may be more interested in natural remedies.

Natural remedies are a good option because they contain ingredients that are not only natural, but 100% safe while still being effective in the treatment of your nail fungus.   There are many active ingredients and they can vary between products.   Some contain tea tree oil, while others contain clove oil.       The ingredients are endless, and have different combination’s, you just need to find a formula that works effectively for you.

Sometimes a combination of foods, vitamins and exercise can be highly effective in preventing fungus.   It is not always possible to avoid all situations where you may be exposed to this fungus, so the other alternative is treatment with an effective remedy.

One of the most important things to remember when treating nail fungus is that it is slow growing and also slow to respond to treatments, depending on what that particular treatment contains.   You need to remain positive, continue to take a treatment and give it several months to be effective.   The effectiveness of treatments can range from showing signs of marked improvement within two weeks, or it may be that it can take up to twelve months.   Yellow nails are not going to disappear overnight, so having both patience and a positive attitude will help a lot.

Infected Nail – Proper Blend of Oils and Acids Do the Trick

A nail infected can be an object of shame for those suffering as those nails do not really look good. The nails become yellowish in color, they turn thicker and also brittle. Odor coming out of them makes the situation even worse. Infected people try hard to get rid of these fungus’s and start out applying some of the home remedies. But, as they do not know the proper procedure to be undertaken, these do not work. Always remember, these home remedies are not scientifically proved so it may not be safe to use them. There are plenty of natural oils and acids that are of some help though:
Tea Tree Oil
Not the same as tea oil, tea tree oil or melaleuca oil is a golden hydrophobic oil. The oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, native to New South Wales. Not only anti-fungal, but this oil works fine as an antiseptic or antibacterial as well.
This oil does not have any side effects as such when compared to most of the home remedies and works wonder for curing an infected nail. Before applying tea tree oil, the nail should be filed down. Then, oil should be directly applied either by a toothbrush or cotton wool. The feet can also be soaked in a bowl filled with the oil. If the nail cannot be removed before applying oil, the oil can also be injected.
Olive Oil
Originated in Asia Minor, this is fruit oil extracted from Olive.   Commonly used as a soap ingredient or fuel, it is known to only a few people that it can also work against nail infection.
Remember one thing; olive oil should be mixed properly with oregano oil for proper functioning. The mixture can be applied gently to an infected nail for cure. Olive oil is also mixed sometimes with tea tree oil to lessen the irritation side effect of the latter.
Undecylenic Acid
An unsaturated fatty acid derived from castor oil, undecylenic or undecenoic acid which is used to make perfumes or aromas in general works fine against nail fungus as well.
Though the proper mechanism of this oil is yet to be discovered, this natural fungicide attacks nail fungus and prevents any further growth. It works best if applied in a proper mix with other medicines.

It is always to be remembered that these oils and acids only provide temporary cure to a nail infected but they cannot prevent the disease from coming back again.   It is always advised to use products which use these oils or acids as an ingredient and use a proper combination so that the nail fungus does not come back again.