When you notice that your nail becomes thicker than usual and it becomes more difficult to cut, it’s more likely that you are suffering from a nail fungus infection. The nail also turns whitish brownish, or yellowish, aside from being dry and crumbly. Once the nail fungus affects the nailbed, it can become painful and swollen. Some nail infections are caused by yeasts and molds.
When it comes to treating nail fungus, particularly the severe cases, a prescribed oral antifungal works better than the topical nail fungus treatment. The problem with oral medications is that they have side effects and they may interact with your other medications. At times, laser surgery is also advised by a podiatrist to remove the infected nail. For mild cases of nail fungus infection, home remedies are available. These are kitchen ingredients, herbs, and plants that can be found in your backyard which can help eliminate the fungus. You have to keep in mind that it requires a lot of patience and perseverance to treat your toenail fungus infection since the treatment process is long. Recurrence is also common when it comes to nail fungus infections.