Nail fungus can creep up in the toenails and fingernails, and leave you with itching, bleeding fingers and toes when you least expect it.
There are certain practical guidelines you can follow to keep your nails fungus-free; keep your nails trimmed regularly, soak them in salt water, and wear clean socks. However, sometimes (especially in more humid parts of the world) fungus can be a pesky thing to get rid of and even the best attempts don't seem to keep it at bay.
Thankfully, Mother Nature has provided some fast-acting, easy cures for nail fungus. Australian tea tree oil and Indian neem oil are some all-natural treatments that quickly heal and prevent nail fungus.
The Tea Tree Solution:
Tea tree oil from Australia is one of the best proven ways to prevent nail fungus. Tea tree oil is steam extracted from the Australian tea tree. It has clinically proven antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Additionally, tea tree oil is able to quickly penetrate the thick layers of an infected nail to reach and act on the fungus. This is something that many prescription treatments for nail fungus have not been able to do, which in turn makes the treatment process much longer, and much more costly!
To use tea tree oil: Simply apply a few drops to the affected area(s) three times a day. Tea tree oil does double duty by also strengthening your nails, and preventing further infection with regular use.
Want to get more out of tea tree oil? If you get acne breakouts, tea tree oil is a fast way to clear up your skin. Soak a cotton ball in water and use a drop of tea tree oil on it. Apply on acne breakouts before bed and leave it on overnight.
The Neem Solution:
Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree in India . It is highly medicinal and naturally antifungal.
Neem has been found to be deadly to 14 different common fungi including those that can cause infection of the fingernails, toenails, and hands.
To use neem oil: Coat the nail fungus and the end of the fingers or toes with the oil. This should be done twice a day.
If you are sensitive to the smell of neem oil then you may want to use it under a scented lotion. To do this, apply the neem oil and then allow 30 minutes for the neem oil to be absorbed by the skin. Afterwards you can apply a scented lotion to the area.
If you or someone you know is dealing with nail fungus, then give these natural solutions a try! Most people will notice results within a few days to a week.
Other preventative measures include exposing your toes to air, wearing cotton socks, avoiding wearing others shoes, and wearing shower shoes whenever you are using communal showers or bathing facilities.
Some other treatment options that can be used alongside these natural treatments include soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash (this really works!), eating plenty of yogurt, and cutting down on sugar.
Wayne Kiltz is the president of Africa Imports http://www.africaimports.com
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