Discolored toe nails can create a very unappealing effect. Find out what causes and how to get rid of discolored toe nails in order to have the perfect looking pedicure.
Discolored toenails can be the sign of a fungal infection,
unhealthy eating habits or just simply genetics. Discolored
toenails also usually change their thickness, appearing more thick
than usual, healthy looking toenails.
If the problem cannot be easily treated at home with natural homemade ingredients or topical creams, it is best to seek the help of a podiatrist in order to help you with oral medical prescriptions. The podiatrist can identify the exact cause of your problem and prescribe special treatments.
Discolored toenails can be a problem for most people since it is relatively difficult to treat. If you believe in the power of natural homemade remedies, you could try different remedies to try to fix your problem.
Here are some home remedies to help you get rid of discolored toenails:
start by soaking your toenails in warm water to soften them. Let
them sit in the water for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, make sure you
clean your nail clipper using an antiseptic formula to get rid of
all the bacteria that might have developed on. After you have
finished soaking your feet, start clipping your toenails short. Be
careful not to cut your skin to leave an opening for the fungus to
affect the cut and cause infections. Take a q tip, soak it in
antiseptic formula and clean the outside and under the nail.
Take a nail file and file the top of the nail gently in order to make sure the treatment applied will penetrate the nail better. Apply salicylic acid on your toenail and wrap your toe with a band aid so the salicylic acid will stay on.
Let the band aid on for a whole day and avoid getting it wet. Moisture helps bacteria thrive, so avoid leaving your feet wet. The next morning wash your feet with antibacterial soap and apply more antiseptic solution. Apply again salicylic acid and repeat as often as you can. Use a topical cream when you are not wearing your salicylic acid band aid
an equal mixture of Listerine and white vinegar can also help to treat discolored toenails. Wash your feet with antibacterial soap and file your toenail. Soak the affected toenails in the mixture or apply the mixture on the nail using a q tip. Let the mixture work for about 15 minutes and repeat twice a day for as long as it takes for the nail to grow back healthy again. Apply a topical cream after the treatment.
change your eating habits and indulge in a healthy lifestyle. Nails also need nutrients in order to look and grow healthy.
If you see no improvement in the appearance of your toenail, it is best to consult a podiatrist so he/she can prescribe another medicated treatment.