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.