Nail infection is often caused by a fungus. This often affects both the fingernails and toenails. But this is more prevalent among toenails. The medical name for this infection is onychomycosis.
Symptoms of a Nail Fungus Infection
Changes that happen to an infected nail include the following: nail discoloration, the nail becoming rough, crumbly, and brittle, nail thickening, the nail setting off the nail bed, and nail distortion or the nail curling up or down. When the infection becomes severe, it can cause pain. Some of those who have toenail fungal infections also have athlete’s foot. Nail fungal infections may also lead to ingrown toenails.
Causes of a Nail Fungus Infection
Nail infection can be caused by a fungal spread. Fungus usually grows in a warm and moist environment, which is the environment within your socks or shoes. This fungus gets through the nail by a crack or cuts in the skin surrounding the nail.
Some habits and conditions may also cause a nail fungal infection. These include walking barefoot in damp public places like pools, having diabetes or a weakened immune system, sharing personal items such as towels and nail clippers, and going to nail salons that use unsanitized tools.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The doctor will look into your nails and ask you about symptoms. A sample of the infected nail may also be sent to a lab to determine the cause of the infection. The nail fungus treatment will depend on the clinical diagnosis. Most of the time, the doctor will prescribe oral antifungals which have to be taken for several months to a year. A topical medication in the form of a medicated nail lacquer or cream may also be prescribed. When the nail infection becomes severe, nail removal may be necessary to allow a fresh nail to grow.
1All about Glory Lily
Glory lily (Gloriosa superba) is a flowering plant that belongs to the Colchicaceae family. Glory lily has many other common names such as tiger claw, climbing lily, creeping lily, flame lily, gloriosa lily, and fire lily. It belongs to a perennial herb species that comes with a fleshy rhizome. This tuberous herb is also a beautiful ornamental plant. It comes with a leafy stem and can grow up to 6 meters. These plants opt for forests and thickets. Glory lily can be found in sand dunes, shrublands, mountain habitats, sparse savannah grasslands, and deciduous woodlands.
Tiger claw grows profusely in many places such as Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Southern Africa, Malaysia, and India. It also grows in the coastal towns of Australia.
Gloriosa superba has been known in the Ayurveda as a wound treatment. It also helps with swelling, various animal bites, skin conditions, difficulty in labor, intestinal worms, and many others.
The paste made from the rhizome of the tiger claw is applied topically to cure bee stings, scorpion bites, and centipede bites. The same paste may also be applied directly to the area affected by the skin condition, a wound, localized swelling on joints, and an external mass. This paste may also be applied to the umbilical area or consumed internally at a dose of 3 to 6 grams to induce abortion by stimulating the uterine muscles. The fresh juice that comes from the leaves may also be applied to the scalp to eliminate head lice.
Glory lily is rich in alkaloids, and as shown above, it has been used in traditional medicine in various cultures. It has been known for treating gout, kidney issues, open wounds, infertility, cholera, colic, bruises, sprains, smallpox, sexually transmitted diseases, typhus, itching, intestinal worms, cancer, and leprosy.
It is used as an arrow poison in Nigeria and a snake repellent in India. Some cultures consider it to be magical while its flowers are used in their religious activities. This is also Zimbabwe’s national flower. It is also the state flower in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Glory lily also works as a tonic. This helps to improve a person’s health. This plant must be prepared to function as such following the norms and standards of Ayurvedic medicine. This works as a tonic due to its colchicine content which inhibits mitosis. This is the reason why the glory lily flowers are used extensively in studying cell division. This results in polyploidy which has extensive use in cancer treatment.
Gloriosine is extracted from glory lily. Gloriosine has been known to double chromosomes. This has found extensive use in agriculture apart from being used for medicinal research. Bitter receptors in the tongue signal the body to avoid plant toxins. Glory lily is known as bitter medicine, which helps in toning up the digestive and nervous systems. This plant is also helpful in providing heat to the body to make it easier for the body to absorb the medicine.
As an Antimicrobial
Crude methanol extracts of the glory lily or Gloriosa superba were tested to determine their biological effects, particularly antifungal and antibacterial properties. The methanol extract revealed good to excellent impact in inhibiting T. longifusus, which belongs to the Trichophyton genus. Trichophyton is known as the causative agent or dermatophytes. Dermatophytes are a group of fungi that causes hair, nail, and skin infections. The same extract also exhibited a superb activity against M. canis, which also causes infections of the nail, hair, and skin.
This product does not have any reaction with homeopathic medicine. It also goes well with dietary supplements such as multivitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. But if you are taking multiple products daily, it would be best to consult your doctor first. It is also important to seek medical consultation before you take this with any western modern or allopathic medicine. Some Ayurvedic herbs may interact with some modern medicines. When both allopathic and Ayurveda medicines are advised to be taken, take the allopathic medicine first.
You must be careful with this tuber since it is easily mistaken for sweet potatoes or yams, and this is poisonous when consumed as such. This plant is also dangerous for livestock as well as cats, dogs, and horses.