Fingernail fungal infection is not only painful, but they can be quite embarrassing. Yeast and molds are responsible for fungal infection of fingernails. Overgrowth of Candida albicans, the yeast present in the moist parts of the body, including the vagina and mouth, are responsible for yeast infection. The other type of fungal infection is causes by dermatophyte molds, which also causes athlete’s foot and ringworm infection. Yeast or Candida fungal infections are largely chronic infections. These infections are usually less painful. The infected nail becomes thick and discolored.
Yeast infections largely occur in toenails, although fingernails can also be affected by Candida infection. Compared to yeast infections, mold fingernail infections are more common. Brown or black discoloration or whitening of the nail ends are common symptoms of mold fingernail infection. The nail becomes thick and brittle. Using water frequently, wounds and poor hygiene are some of the causes of fingernail infection.
Besides applying topical medicines, several home remedies are available for curing fingernail fungal infection. Tea tree oil is noted for its anti-fungal property. Apply tea tree oil on your infected fingernail regularly to cure the infection. Given the chronic nature of most fingernail fungal infections, for complete cure, you should continue the treatment for at least six months. Lavender oil and olive oil can also be used for treating fungal nail infections in the same manner.
Apple cider vinegar can also be applied on the fingernail affected by fungal infection. If apple cider vinegar is unavailable, you can apply any other vinegar. Dilute the vinegar with little water and apply it on the fingernail.
Castor oil is a powerful anti-fungal agent. Applying castor oil regularly on the infected fingernail will cure the infection. For best results, before applying castor oil, soak the infected nail in Epsom salt solution. Wrap the affected finger in a cloth dipped in castor oil overnight.
Probiotics or acidophilus are known for their antibiotic property. You can add dark beer and lukewarm water to any probiotic product, such as yogurt and soak your infected fingernail in that solution for about 30 minutes.