Onychomycosis is a the name given to a series of fungal infections that tend to infect people’s finger and toenails, causing them to either fall off, or become crusty, white and brittle. This fungus can be very troublesome to eradicate. Although onychomychosis tends to be more common in the elderly and immune-compromised, it can also occur in those who have repetitive trauma to their nails and wear closed toe shoes (which is most of us in the northern hemisphere. Although several different organisms can cause this, the topical treatment can be similar.
The first intervention is simply to ensure that your shoes aren’t too small. This is because if one or both shoes are, the toes will continually be traumatized (mainly the big toe), which affects the health of the nails.
If you already have a case of it, get new shoes and wear socks that have been washed in bleach.
The topical remedy to apply to the toes affected is a paste made from 100% tea tree oil mixed with talcum powder (called Hua Shi in Chinese Medicine) and fresh garlic (which is also a herb used in Chinese Medicine and is called Da Suan). Apply this paste to the gauze part of a bandaid and tape it over the affected nail for 1-2 hours, both in the morning, and at night for up to 6 months.
Although troublesome, this condition can be treated quite effectively with the above method.
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