Are you aware that there is a toenail fungus called Onychomycosis? It is a fungal infection that affects the toenails. Toenail fungus is an infection that reveals itself through cracks in your nail or cuts in your skin. It can make your toenail change color or get thicker and it can also hurt. Due to the fact that toes are often warm and damp, fungus grows very well there. Different kinds of fungi and sometimes yeast affect different parts of the nail. If left untreated, an infection could spread to other toenails, skin, or even your fingernails. It is important for you to know that this type of fungus prefers warm, moist environments, like gym showers and public pools to grow. Regrettably, human toes also present an ideal environment for the fungus, which is why the toenails are often the first body parts to become infected.
There is tea tree oil for nail fungus which is one of the best home remedies to help you with a toenail fungus infection. It is an essential oil known especially for its purifying properties. Tea tree oil works by attacking the build-up of fungus by breaking down the structure of dermatophyte, which is commonly referred to as ‘the fungi which cause the appearance of yellow toenails’. It is possible to pick up this fungus accidentally from walking around public pools, while changing in locker rooms, and from other similar types of activity. This dermatophyte survives better in wet, warm environments, so in such an environment it feet the perfect host.
About Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the tea tree plant, and it’s involved in various types of home remedies. It’s known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, used to treat everything from acne to dandruff. It is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth-century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas.
Tea tree oil is used for acne, an infestation of the eyelashes with a type of mite (ocular demodicosis), toenail fungus (onychomycosis), and athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis). It is also used for dandruff, lice, bad breath, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its other uses.
The oil has a camphor-like odor. Physically, it ranges from pale yellow to clear in color. It can be purchased in various drug stores without a prescription, so it’s great to have around the house as a treatment for nail fungus.
As an antifungal treatment, tea tree oil is comparable to clotrimazole, one of the medications used to treat toenail fungus. With its properties, it can kill and prevent the growth of infection-causing microorganisms in the toenail. The side-effects are minimal because it is a natural product. Nevertheless, it may cause irritation if you forget to dilute the oil before application.