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Nail fungi is a localized infection of the nail or nail bed caused by a pathogenic fungi. It is not life threatening, but may cause pain and discomfort. It is also a source for infection. Nail fungus may appear following local weakening of the nail, such as after injury.

The affection by fungi starts with white stains on some part of the nail, which progressively expand.  The nail gradually thickens, with white powder accumulating underneath it.  Eventually, affected nails become detached from the nail bed and in severe cases disintegrate altogether.

Hundreds of pathogens may cause nail affections, including fungi, yeasts and moulds.  The most common causes are T. rubrum and T. mentagrophytes (fungi) and Candida albicans (a yeast).

Current pharmaceutical treatments :

To stop the growth, and perhaps ultimately eradicate a fungal infection of the nail requires continuing treatment over many (3-18) months. 

Existing topical treatments include:  Daktarin (myconazole nitrate), Canesten (contains clotrimazole); Betadine; Egostatin; Ciclopirox.  All these treatments include synthetic antibiotics which are absorbed to some extent into the body.

Other treatments involve taking antibiotic medications orally.  Possible side effects include gastrointestinal disorders and central nervous system symptoms; of most concern, however, is the risk to the liver.

The use of Tea Tree oil as an alternative treatment is common.  However, this treatment is not capable of eliminating deeper fungal affections.

We have found that the topical use of a mixture of essential oils, involving powerfully anti-bacterial and anti-fungal phenols (oils of thyme and oregano species, clove bud, cinnamon bark), are able to penetrate the nail surface, and eliminate many pathogens.  One of the benefits of the approach is the combination of hundreds of anti-fungal ingredients in the mixture, as opposed to a single molecule in synthetic medications.

Nail fungus frequently develops after the skin is infected by fungus (e.g., the T. rubrum species causes athlete's foot, and is a common cause of nail fungus).  Hence, nail fungus treatment is best combined with a treatment of the skin surrounding the nails with an anti-fungal ointment.  Such an ointment may also be beneficial for protecting the skin from the potentially caustic effect of Thyme and Oregano oils.

About 1 % of adults in ages 18-70 may be sensitive to the powerful mixture; in such cases, as well as for older or younger patients, a gentler mixture, based on Camphor, Oregano and Lavender species, may be more suitable.

Candidosis is one of the causes for nail affections.  In such cases, a diet which promotes yeasts (such as white flour and sugar) should be avoided. Also, synthetic oral antibiotics, which affect friendly bacteria in the intestines more than yeasts, should be minimized.  Probiotics, such as Acidophylus and Bifidus, are advised, as well as the Detox Infusion.

For thickened nails, physical thinning of the nail (using a file) before commencing any treatment will help to speed up the topical treatment.  It is also helpful to disinfect shoes with the Air & Surface Disinfecting Spray, to prevent repeated infections.

The nail itself is a dead organ, hence killing of the fungus will not be immediately evident on the nail; only new growth should indicate an improvement.  Also, a darkening of the nail may be a sign of fungi beginning to die.