Thursday, November 20, 2008

Killing Toenail Fungus Quickly and Safely

By Miley N.

Killing toenail fungus can be quite difficult and anyone who has it knows that already. If you do find a way to kill it, you have to be extremely careful to ensure it doesn't come back.

One of the major issues with toenail fungus is that it is highly contagious and that is why you need to take certain precautions to avoid getting it in the first place. In addition to being contagious, it has the ability to live for a long time in exfoliated skin and on contaminated surfaces.

If you do manage to contract toenail fungus, you want to keep your feet clean and dry because the fungus thrives in damp, moist places, and sweaty shoes are the ideal environment for its growth. In addition to keeping on top of your foot hygiene, there are several natural ingredients that might help you in killing the fungus.

Non-Pharmaceutical Undecylenic Acid

Undecylenic Acid is basically an organic unsaturated fatty acid that is produced from natural castor oil. The acid is obtained by cracking castor oil under pressure and is known as a natural fungicide. It is FDA approved for various over the counter medications.

Tea Tree or Melaleuca Oil

Australia's Melaleuca tree is responsible for producing tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has powerful anti-fungal and anti-septic qualities and was used in world wars to help troops to battle infections.

Natural Clove Oil

Clove oil is another amazing natural ingredient that has been shown to be effective in killing toenail fungus. Although used initially by many Dentists to help with tooth pain, it is also known for its strong antifungal properties.

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