Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a contagious infection that may affect one or more toenails. Fungus on the toenails produces several obvious symptoms. The affected toenail will change color to yellow or brown, will become thick and overgrown and may smell. Severe cases of toenail fungus may cause the toenail to crumble or fall off. It is difficult but not impossible to cure fungus on the toenails.

How Did This Happen To Me?

Because toenail fungus is a living organism that thrives in dark, damp environments such as under and around nails infections are very common. Toenails are more likely to be affected by fungus since it is attracted to the dark interior of our shoes. In more severe conditions, affected nails can have a yellowish or brownish discolouration. They may thicken or become brittle over time and may even shed. Sometimes the nails have crumbling edges. It can be unsightly, disfiguring, embarrassing, and at times, painful. Some people are more susceptible than others because:

  • They have an abnormal pH level of the skin
  • They had trauma to the nail
  • They have poor hygiene of the foot
  • Their immune systems are not functioning at peak performance

Fixing The Problem

  • Avoid prescriptions that are taken internally as they have side effects such as upset stomach, headaches, and liver damage. Mixing these oral medications with some other drugs can be extremely dangerous
  • Fungus and bacteria flourish in damp environments, so try to keep your feet as dry as possible. To vigorously fight the toenail fungus take your socks off and go without them as often as you can
  • Keep your feet and toenails very clean on a daily basis
  • Use a nail brush to scrub away dirt, dead fungus and nail tissue, paying particular attention to underneath the toenails
  • Keeping your toenails cut as short as comfortably possible will help keep the fungus in check
  • Wear pure 100% cotton, wool, or silk socks because they absorb moisture from your feet (from sweating) and provide good ventilation. When you do get your socks damp, it is a good idea to take them off and dry your feet before putting on a fresh pair of clean, dry socks
  • Avoid synthetic socks such as nylon because they don't allow the moisture to pass through and away from your skin
  • The best shoes to wear are those that allow plenty of air and moisture exchange. Look for air-breather holes on the sides, natural materials (plastic shoes do not allow air and moisture to pass through), and a comfortable fit.
  • Try using Vick’s Vapor Rub daily on an affected nail. Some people swear by it
  • Try undiluted Tea Tree Oil
  • Or try apple cider vinegar it certainly can’t hurt


Researchers have found that most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus. In a 1999 study, the researchers discovered that fungal organisms were present in the mucus of 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis and inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which meant the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.

Symptoms Of Fungal Sinusitis

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Thick, coloured nasal drainage
  • Cough
  • Head congestion
  • Headache
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Facial pain or swelling
  • Toothache
  • Fatigue
  • Diminished sense of smell and taste
  • Fever

And despite constant treatment with antibiotics, many people's sinusitis continues to return. Fungus and mold spores are in the air all the time and are commonly inhaled so most people have fungi lodged in the mucus lining of the sinuses. However, generally people with weakened immune systems are prone to chronic sinusitis and will experience an immune response to the fungi that results in the symptoms of sinusitis.

Prevent An Immune System Reaction

  • Avoid eating sugar and grains. Fungus feeds on sugar and grains (which break down to sugar in your body), so reducing or eliminating these foods is necessary to keep fungus under control
  • Consume fish or cod liver oil. Not only will cod liver oil or fish oil improve your sinus infection, but they will also improve your health and brain and reduce your risk of cancer and Alzheimer's
  • Eat coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal
  • Humming helps. Strange but true that a study found that humming increases the amount of air exhaled from the nose and facilitated the exchange of air from sinuses into nasal passages and could lower the risk of sinus infections if done routinely
  • Washing your nasal cavities with a solution of salt, baking soda and room temperature purified water using a Neti Pot

Fungi are a part of daily life and it is up to us to learn to find ways to protect ourselves after being exposed. Our greatest ally is a strong immune system.