Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of your nails. It is a condition where there is whitish or yellowish discolouration of your nails. It commonly occurs in your toe nails.
Causes of Fungal Infection of the Nail

  • Wearing shoes for prolonged duration makes your nails warm and moist. This enhances fungal growth.
  • Weak immune power and poor blood circulation.
  • Using public swimming pools and walking in barefoot in public places.
  • Other conditions like psoriasis, athlete’s foot, etc.

Signs and Symptoms of Fungal Infection 

  • Your nails become thick, brittle and crumbled.
  • Dry and dull nails.
  • Foul smell.
  • Mild pain.

Management of Fungal Infection 

  • Trim and file your nails to soften and thin it.
  • Use breathable leather shoes. Avoid plastic or rubber shoes.
  • If you are in a humid climate, use open-toed shoes or sandals.
  • Dust talcum powder before wearing shoes.
  • Choose the socks which absorbs sweat.
  • Wash your nails well with mild soap daily.
  • Avoid using nail polish.
  • Don’t walk in barefoot in public places.
  • Remove the dead skin around your nails by scrubbing with a pumice stone. Never attempt to cut the skin folds around your nails.
  • You can apply tea tree oil or neem leaves paste or henna.
  • Dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and massage the affected nails.
  • Improve the blood circulation to your toes by massage, exercise, walking, and yoga.

Internally, you can take Gandhaka rasayana, Triphala guggulu, Guggulu tiktaka ghrita, Neem, Turmeric, etc.