Category Archives: Toenail Fungus

Life is Really Different Here, and I Enjoy That

Living in the land of beautiful people means that I take great care to look good at all times. Growing up in my own home country was very different. I was a teen during the grunge years in the 1990s. Young people often wore torn t-shirts, torn jeans, flannel shirts and grungy boots as a norm when I was in college. But it’s quite the opposite where I live and work now. Recently, I Had some IPL hair removal in Singapore done so that I could look as good as the people I work with. It amazes me that the people here always look so good.

I came here in college to attend college for one semester under a really great program we had at my university. I stayed with a host family and they had a daughter in college who was my age. Continue reading

My Chiropractor Will Help Me Sleep

My primary care physician referred me to a Mesa chiropractor to help treat my intense back pain. He believes that I have some type of lumbar disorder that goes beyond what he is able to treat. I’m very happy that he gave me this referral, because our conventional treatment methods are no longer working. My chronic back pain keeps me up at night, and I would say that it’s probably been a few months since I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I’m feeling really optimistic so, because I believe this chiropractor will be able to help me feel better.

After receiving the referral, I went to the chiropractor’s website. It just so happens that he has written about my condition, and I was able to learn a little bit more about treatment options. I’m not a doctor, but based on what I read I think I may be a good candidate for spinal decompression. Continue reading

Acupuncture Took Away My Pain

I know people go for alternative treatments for a lot of reasons. For me, it is just plain fear. If I can have a procedure done that is not invasive at all, I am definitely going that route. Also, if I can have something natural do the same thing that prescription medication like narcotics will do, then I will always go the natural route. When I started feeling a lot of pain after an auto accident, I decided to look at a Chicago acupuncture specialist first. I had been hearing good things about acupuncture, and I knew that it was definitely worth a short before trying anything else.

I had done my research before making this decision. While I will always go the natural route, I will not do that if I am not confident that it is a legitimate thing I am going to do. Continue reading

How to Improve Fingernail Health And Overall Health

Did you know that your nails are a good measure of your internal health? Caring for both fingers and feet and seeing a dermatologist when needed, can be a huge help when it comes to improving fingernail health, and protecting your overall health as well.

So, to care for your nails the safe way…

1. Keep your nails clean and dry and use an antifungal foot powder each day.

2. Don’t bite your nails… as this spreads infectious organisms between your mouth and fingers. This can also do damage to the skin around the nail, allowing bacteria to get inside.

3. Cut your nails (fingers and toes) straight across, slightly rounded at the center. This keeps nails stronger and avoids ingrown nails.

4. Wear shoes that fit and don’t try to self-treat an ingrown toenail.

5. Be aware of the sterilization procedures at your nail salon. Be sure that tools and surfaces are properly sterilized and technicians follow proper hand washing techniques between clients. Fungal infections are a risk; especially for younger salon patrons as nail salon parties are popular with preteen and teen girls.

6. Consider shellac rather than traditional nail polishes, as this is similar to dental sealants. You can get these products in many colors, have glitter and foil added to create a cool, durable manicure. What’s more shellac appears to help brittle nails forming by strengthening the nail, encouraging hydration. No wonder this option is quickly replacing nail polish in many salons.

7. If you have itching, burning or another allergic type reaction to any nail product, see a dermatologist at once, and discontinue using this product.

8. Take biotin supplements daily. This B vitamin supplement will help your nails get stronger.

9. Wear gloves for work in the yard, in water and doing regular household chores. Gloves protect your nails from being softened by water, or being exposed to harsh cleaners and brisk scrubbing.

10. Don’t let anyone buff or sand down the nail surface, as this thins (weakens) the nail bed. And don’t let anyone cut or push back the cuticles, as this allows organisms like fungi or bacteria an entry into the body.

How fast your nails grow depends on many things – your age, the time of year (summer is faster than winter), how active you are and your genetics. Nails grow faster on your fingers than on your toes, especially on your dominant hand. Some of the things that impact how fast your nails grow are medications, trauma to the nails, chronic illness or disease, fever, nutritional deficiencies or other diseases. Nail problems, like many things, are more common as you get older.

Here are some things to watch for in terms of keeping your nails healthy and looking their best…

– Redness, swelling and pain can signal an infection or some other serious medical problem.

– A dark mark or mole underneath a nail, often mistaken as an injury, can suggest melanoma, have a dermatologist take a look at this area as soon as you can.

– Lines, ripples and pitting on the nail could be indicative of psoriasis or another type of inflammatory condition.

– Blueness in nails can signal lung infections, diabetes or another type of circulatory problem.

– Split, yellowing and brittle nails could signal a fungal infection or possible thyroid disease.

– Nails with white nailbeds and a darker circle around the whiteness might suggest liver disease.

Experts suggest that if something doesn’t look right with your fingernail health, you should see a doctor. This will either get you the treatment you need right away, or set your mind at rest that nothing is wrong.

Keep Your Nails Strong and Pretty

It’s that time of year for spring cleaning and outdoor gardening. While our hands and fingernails are an integral part of these chores, you don’t have to ruin your manicure.

Consider the following nail care tips and your nails will never show that you have been digging in the dirt or scrubbing that kitchen floor.

1. For spring cleaning and daily household chores that require you to get your hands wet, wear cotton-lined rubber gloves to protect your nails. Why? Our fingernails swell when they get wet and shrink as they dry, which causes our fingernails to have less strength. Cotton-lined rubber gloves will help absorb moisture while keeping your hands and nails dry.

2. While working in the garden, it is important, as with cleaning, to wear the right kind of gloves. When dealing with damp soil, chemicals, or liquid fertilizers, it is best to wear rubber gloves that are water resistant. For gardening projects such as digging or weeding, consider wearing thicker gloves made of cowhide.

3. Before putting on cleaning or gardening gloves, apply some lotion on your hands or apply cream on your cuticles to moisturize. Try hand creams that contain oils such as shea butter, eucalyptus, flower or jojoba.

4. To help prevent cracks in your nails, rub moisturizer that contains alphahydroxy acids or lanolin into nail tips. For another moisturizing agent, you can also massage vitamin E oil into your cuticles. Tip – keep a bottle of vitamin E oil next to your bathroom sink to remind yourself to apply it to your cuticles.

5. When filing or buffing your nails, always go in one direction. If you file or buff your nails back and forth, this will cause splitting.

6. To promote nail strength and flexibility, eat foods that contain folic acid such as whole grains, berries, kale, and citrus fruits.

7. It is also important to drink plenty of water. This is necessary for fingernail health because it keeps the body hydrated.

8. To avoid breaking nails, don’t use them as tools, such as digging or picking.

9. Use products containing alcohol sparingly. These products can make fingernails prone to breaking.

10. Do you file the corners of your nails? This may weaken the nails and cause them to break more easily.

Nail Polish Tips:

* To prepare your nails for polish, wipe them with nail polish remover. This will remove any grease from your nails and help your polish last longer.

* Be sure to let nail polish dry completely before applying another layer.

* Apply several thin coats of nail polish to your fingernails instead of one thick coat. This will allow the polish to dry faster and last longer.

* To avoid drying out your nails, try not to remove and reapply nail polish more than once or twice a week.

* Consider using a nail polish remover that contains moisturizers. This will help moisturize your nails while limiting the damage of the product.

* To keep your nail polish bottle from becoming glued shut, use a cotton ball and wipe the top of the bottle with nail polish remover after each use.

* The experts believe the best place to store your nail polish is in the refrigerator. If you store your nail polish in a warm place, it will change the consistency.

* If you don’t have time to polish your nails or choose not to wear polish, you can rub on a buffing cream and then shine them with a chamois buffer. This is a very pretty and natural look.

By following the above tips and making an effort to have healthy and beautiful nails, you will have better-looking hands. You might also want to consider getting a hand massage. This will help boost circulation, encourage nail growth, and best of all pamper you, your hands, and your fingernails!

 

Fingernail Problems in Kids

Healthy fingernails are an indication of good health. However, if the fingernails of a child are not looking good, then it is likely that something is wrong with the child’s health. There are several causes of fingernail problems in children. Nails can be affected by fungal or bacterial infection or injury. It could be a sign of some disease that has not yet been detected, or the problem could lie with the genetics of the child.

Fingernail Disorders in Children

Every type of nail disorder has its own characteristics. It is with the help of these specific features that we can identify the fingernail problems. Following are the most commonly observed fingernail issues found in children:

✦ Pitting on the Nails
This occurs mainly due to some abnormalities in the formation of the nail plate on the matrix of the fingernail. It may or may not affect all the fingernails. It looks like a small depression on the surface of the nail. The pits can be small and shallow, or large and deep. As a result of pitting, a nail may lose its natural tightness and fall off. It can be caused due to various skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis, due to injury, and sometimes it is hereditary as well. When pitting is caused by psoriasis, then a number of changes are observed in the appearance of the fingernails. They are: discoloration of the nail plate, one or more lines on the surface of the nails, increased thickness of the skin that lies below affected nails, etc. Later the nails tend to get crumbled.

✦ Beau’s Lines
This can be described as a deep line of depression on the nail plate crossing the fingernail horizontally. Beau’s lines are formed as a result of sudden disruption in the process of cell division in the nail matrix. This can be caused due to some infection in the fingernails, skin disease, or any underlying disease like diabetes. Other possible causes of beau’s lines in children are malnutrition, low calcium levels in blood, blockage in blood vessels, side effects of some drugs, or some kind of injury in the fingernails. It can happen to children of any age group. It can be found even in newborn babies. If these lines are formed in all the fingernails of an infant, then the cause of this problem is likely to be some intrauterine distress.

✦ Koilonychia
This disorder is also known as spoon nails as the affected nail looks like a spoon. The nail gets flattened in the middle while the edges move up, and thus gives a concave shape to the nail. The main cause of this problem is deficiency of iron in children. It can also be hereditary in some cases. Injury and overuse of oils and soaps by children can also lead to koilonychia. Other underlying health conditions like renal disease, thyroid dysfunction, and musculoskeletal conditions can also be responsible for koilonychia.

✦ Leukonychia
This is the medical term used to describe the problem of discoloration of nails. One or more white spots appear on the surface of the nail. It can affect one or more than one of the nails. Usually, it is caused because of some kind of injury on the base of the nail. These spots disappear as soon as the affected part of the nail regrows. Usually, the process of regrowing nails need almost eight months. So the spots will be gone after one year. Sometimes, it may happen due to deficiency of zinc, or because of diseases like cirrhosis.

✦ Anonychia
Absence of the nail plate/plates is called anonychia. Congenital anonychia of all nails (it can be partial too), a very rare condition, is usually associated with certain ectodermal or mesodermal malformations. It may occur without any other coexisting major congenital disorder, or as a part of a syndrome.

✦ Other Fingernail Problems
➺ Brittle fingernails is a condition quite common in small children. This happens particularly on the thumbnail. Habits like thumb sucking and nail biting, or frequent hurting of the fingernails may lead to such problem.
➺ Ridging is another fingernail problem in children, and is characterized by raised lines running longitudinally across the nails. Superficial longitudinal oblique ridges, across the nail plates (forming a V-shaped pattern) are often found in kids, who are in their early childhood. Such nails are referred to as chevron nails. However, the nails look perfectly normal as the kids reach adolescent age.
➺ Protein deficiency can result in thin and flat nails.
➺ Onychomycosis (fungal nail infection), may occur in young children.

There are various types of treatments for fingernail disorders. Therefore, as soon as you detect any disorder, you should consult a dermatologist. Some laboratory tests are conducted to identify the infection, and then the actual treatment starts. If the nail problem is caused by some underlying condition, then your dermatologist will advise you to consult a specialist doctor to treat the particular disease.

Tips to Beautiful And Healthy Nails

Nails tell a lot about a person. They show how good a person’s grooming and hygiene are. They can sometimes also tell a bit about a person health. Good looking, well taken care of nails can be sexy and attractive and could just be a make or break for that potential soul mate.

Keeping your nails strong and healthy and looking good does not need to be a lot of work. Here are some tips that can really help.

  • Be careful when trimming your nails. They may break or crack much easier when fresh out of a shower and still wet. Use a fine file occasionally avoiding the use of nail clippers. This will gently shape nails without risk of fracturing them.
  • Beware that many nail polish removers use very strong solvents and can damage your nails over time. They are very effective at removing paint, but are they worth it? Look for gentle paint removers that don’t have acetone in them.
  • Keep your nails hydrated. Just like you, your nails need to stay hydrated to be healthy. You can use a gentle oil like coconut or castor oil at night before bed to keep your nails healthy looking great.
  • Need thicker nails? Take biotin daily, about 2.5 milligrams a day. It has been proven to be very effective for many people for strengthening nails. In about 6 months you can really notice a difference.
  • Polish looks great, but once in a while the natural look can really be nice. Try giving your nails a break now and then. Your nails will get more oxygen, look great, and be better off for it.
  • Are you getting all your nutrients from your diet? Strong and health nails depend on proper nutrition. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for the their natural nutritional benefits. Consider taking a multi-vitamin supplement to complement your diet. Drink plenty of water.
  • Get the gloves out. If you are working around the house with cleaners protect those nails. This will go a long way in helping to keep the skin on your hands looking good too.

 

Tips for Strong and Healthy Nails

Strong nails are a sign of good health. Doing things to improve nail strength often improves our overall health as well. Plus, even one nail with a chip, a split or an outright hangnail can cause us hours of obsession as we pick and gnaw away at it. Strong nails can help us to look and feel good. If nail strength is your goal, these ten tips are your recipe.

1. Give your nails time to breath. Though leaving nails without care or polish for too long can cause them to break and otherwise spilt or be wavy, letting them have regular time without polish can help them look great.

2. Eat beans. Protein is a great way to get strong nails. Try a Bean Burrito at Taco Bell and watch your nails grow stronger – plus your hair will be shinier and it is good for your health in general.

3. Keep a clear coat of polish on your nails when you don’t feel like doing a full-on manicure. Look for something that is strengthening for nails like the many options available by Sally Hansen at Walgreens or SallyHansen.

4. Use a nail polish remover without acetone or formaldehyde as these are drying. Use acetate-based polishes instead. And if possible, don’t remove your polish more than twice a month.

5. File your nails in one direction. When filing your nails into your desired shape, try to primary file the top of the nail in one direction.

6. Don’t bite. Your nails, that is. Biting nails causes them to be nonexistent, unattractive and jagged. It typically does not have a long term effect on nails (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nail-biting/AN01144).

7. Wear rubber gloves when you are working a lot in soap and water or harsh chemicals. This is a good way to protect.

8. Keep your nails (and yourself) moisturized. Apply a hand moisturizer daily (Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Crème is a great lotion that dries quickly to make hands silky, available at Walgreens) and massage them into your fingernails as well.

9. Take vitamins to improve your nail strength. B Vitamin Biotin was found to strengthen horses hooves and, in later studies, people too. Zinc is also a good way to strengthen nails.

10. Tap your nails on your desk. You know the tapping that you do that can show people you’re impatient or bored? According to Lady’s Home Journal, it stimulates growth, making them stronger.

Make it Fun: Making your nails stronger is also a great way to express how you’re
feeling. Pick your color of choice, add studs or paint your initials or a message onto your nails. It is a way to pamper and express too.

To prevent the dreaded bubbles from forming in your polish, roll the bottle between your palms instead of shaking it. It works!

Apply a base and top coat and push back your cuticles in addition to your color polish when giving yourself a manicure.

Deep orange is a hot fall hue though deep purple is our recurring favorite.

 

Best Nail Fungus Treatment

Did you know that if you were to add up every nail fungus treatment available today (natural toe nail fungus treatments, toenail fungus home remedies, nail fungus laser treatment, toe nail fungus medications, etc…) that it would total nearly a hundred! There’s no wonder that many people like yourself don’t know what treatment option to use.

How many times have you said to yourself when looking at your toenails “Today is the day that I’m going to do something about my toenail fungus!”, but end up doing nothing?

You’d be surprised to learn how many people like yourself go through life embarrassed to wear open toed shoes and disgusted by their nail fungus. Millions of people think they don’t need treatment because they think it will go away by itself.

By reading this article, it tells me that you’re not one of those people… and that you want the best treatment there is to offer.

New Nail Fungus Treatment

Funginix may be the new nail fungus treatment on the block, but it has proven to be a very powerful and effective natural treatment. The Sisquoc Healthcare Corporation, who is known for their impeccable healthcare products, introduced Funginix approximately 2 years ago. Over the last 2 years, the popularity of Funginix has been nothing short of amazing.

Funginix has become more popular than ever and it’s becoming the people’s choice.

Best Nail Fungus Treatment

Funginix formerly known as Fungisil has really gained in popularity as the best nail fungus treatment among toenail fungus sufferers. Many compare it to the very popular Zetaclear, which is also considered a top treatment option. Both of these are considered an over the counter toenail fungus treatment that can be purchased on the internet.

I would consider Funginix is to be one of the best if not the best topical treatment option available today. Why?

In just two years it has surpassed every other toenail fungus medication in popularity within the toenail fungus community.

Natural Nail Fungus Treatment

Funginix has become one of the most talked about natural nail fungus treatment options in the online forums. It contains 25 natural ingredients (24 inactive and 1 active) that have been formulated as a topical nail fungus treatment.

The active ingredient undecylenic acid (USP 10%) is extracted from natural castor oil as an organic unsaturated fatty acid, which is used as a natural fungicide. Undecylenic acid has been approved by the FDA for use against fungal skin infections including the treatment of toenail fungus.

A few of the inactive ingredients in Funginix include tea tree oil (known as one of nature’s great healers), vitamin E-oil (an excellent antioxidant), Propylene Glycol (used as a penetration enhancer), Propolis Extract (anti-inflammatory and antioxidant), and many more. All of of these ingredients have been carefully blended together to insure the maximum effectiveness… so as a whole they therapeutically make up the perfect blend to kill nail fungus with no skin irritation.

Treating Toenail Fungus

Applying Funginix to your nail fungus infection takes only a few minutes twice a day. Using the complimentary applicator brush you simply apply Funginix once in the morning and once at night. Ideally you want to apply the solution under the toenail and to the cuticle with a cotton swab.

As a topical treatment, it will typically take 3 to 6 months to completely eliminate your nail fungus. You may even see signs of improvement within a few weeks depending on the severity of your nail infection.

Toenail Fungus Treatment of Choice

You can always turn to the staff at Funginix because they provide the highest level of customer service before and after your purchase. They have toll free phone and email support to answer all your questions.

Don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to your health. The quality, effectiveness, popularity and customer service of Funginix classifies it as one of the best.

Just imagine in 3 to 6 months you could have beautiful and clear toenails. How amazing would it be to look down at your feet and never have to see unsightly fungal infection and toenail discoloration again?

If you’re interested in Funginix then visit funginix for the latest information on using a coupon on your next purchase.

Don Smith is the founder and Senior Editor of Toenail Fungus Treatments, which is an unbiased organization committed to providing the most detailed and accurate information for toenail fungus treatment. His web site contains comprehensive information on treatment options like toenail fungus home remedies, natural remedies for toenail fungus, toenail fungus medications and more, which can be used to determine the ideal cure that works for you.

Manicures And Pedicures Tips for You

You work very hard to meet all the demands of your family. You have done well in your job and your office is aware of your contribution to them. Your family is also quite proud of you. You cherish the success you have got over the years which is great but unfortunately you are not at all aware of how you look. Well, this is a very common thing to happen in the lives of those who are so busy in their works that they often forget it’s also important to look good and to look fresh. It is not bad to chill in the weekends or spending some times at your nearest spa. You don’t need a Madonna kind of luxury but you can surely think of some occasional retreat for your health and skin. It can be as simple as treating yourself with a nice book reading or watching a film but for those who are bit more conscious of their skin and nails, nothing like a good, relaxing manicure or pedicures.

You are working extremely hard to take all the responsibilities of your family; isn’t it justified for you to indulge in a bit of luxury for yourself! This is the extra time you will be spending in occasional sumptuousness and you will feel better after this. It’s nothing more than bit of pampering of your legs and your toes. Many people say that these are unnecessary things for men but I feel nowadays, when you are working in a frantically paced world, these are more of a necessity. You will be pleased to have a proper session of manicure and pedicure. Your whole body will get relaxed and your nerves would get stress free.

Getting a pedicure done regularly also provides many other benefits to the body. As the professional pedicurist works softly with your feet, you get better feelings than you had anticipated. The dead skins will be removed and your feet will become good to look at. It will provide comfort and while walking you’d feel no pain. Not only while walking but even when you will be standing it’ll make you more relaxed without too much of stress. From your everyday stressful activities, this will give you that moment of luxury you which thoroughly deserve.

Apart from the soothing factors, the hygienic benefits are also another hallmark of this treatment. Some of the medical reports have also shown us that manicures and pedicures help to stimulate the blood flow in various parts of the body. Apart from the people related to glamour and fashion world, this particular process is also highly recommended for the sporting professionals. Doctors too often tell their patients to undergo this treatment. The massage done on the foot and other parts of legs is a great way of enhancing the muscle sensations of the body.

You will find many clinics in your locality that provides manicures and pedicures. Also you can take suggestion from your house physician to get the best results.