How to avoid and eliminate fungus from your nails

Learn how you can prevent nail fungus from appearing and which products are best to eliminate it.
How to avoid and eliminate fungus from your nails

Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is the most common nail disease. It occurs in 10% of the adult population and tends to occur more in men than women. However, there are several risk factors that make you more likely to get nail fungus.

As you get older, your blood circulation diminishes, and your nails grow slower and thicker, increasing susceptibility to this infection. Other factors are not related to age, but related to the environment. If you are usually in moist or humid places, wear socks and shoes that do not have good ventilation, or walk barefoot in damp public places like gyms and pools, you are also prone to getting it. If you happen to injure your nail, it may weaken your immune system and also have a higher likelihood of getting fungus. Some pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or any other conditions involving circulation problems increase the changes of getting nail fungus on a more regular basis.

How can you tell if you have nail fungus? The symptoms are very localized. The most common sign is that your nail will appear thicker and discolored: whitish, blackish, greenish or yellowish. There may also be pieces of your nail that begin to break off due to becoming brittle. The fungus may produce a foul smell, in some cases. It may even become a bit painful or itchy.

There are several products that help remove the fungus from your nails, but if it does not go away after a certain time, you should go see a podiatrist. First, you should take certain steps to prevent fungus from occurring if you are prone to getting it.

  • Wash your hands if you touch the affected nail
  • Use lotion on your nails after washing them
  • Keep the infected area clean
  • Change your socks throughout the day if you have an infection to prevent it from spreading
  • Make sure to wear socks and shoes that have ventilation
  • Do not use nail polish or artificial nails while you have an infection
  • Clip your nails regularly and disinfect the nail clippers after clipping the infected nail

If you aren’t successful in preventing nail fungus, there are a few cost-effective products that you can purchase without a prescription to help with this problem.

1. Hunputa Fungus Stop: Effective against 99% of nail fungus

Hunputa Fungus Stop is made of 100% natural herb ingredients and is rich in natural mineral oils, which helps combat nail fungus and improve the overall nail health. To apply this solution, simply wash and dry the affected nail, then apply 2 to 3 times per day until the fungus is gone. It eliminates fungus in under 4 weeks, if used properly.

This solution is within the top 20 most sold for nail fungus on Amazon and happens to be the favorite of our readers. It is sold at a very affordable price, $4.69 including shipping.

2. Zane Hellas Fungus Stop: #1 best seller on Amazon

Zane Hellas Fungus Stop is effective against 99.9% of nail fungus. The ingredients are 100% natural and includes Caravacrol, a very strong anti fungal substance, and Vitamins C and E. To use this solution, apply it to the affected nail twice per day and let it dry for 10 to 15 minutes. If the fungus is on your fingernails, make sure not to touch your eyes during this time.

This anti fungal treatment is the #1 best seller on Amazon for nail fungus. It costs about 3 times as much as our first recommendation, $14.68, but it it has over 1,400 reviews and Prime shipping.

3. Nail Formula by Hongo Killer: Restores the original color of your nail

Hongo Killer specializes in products that eliminate fungus from feet, this one in particular is for toenails and fingernails. Nail Formula kills the fungus and prevents it from reoccurring. It helps relieve the itching symptoms that nail fungus may give you and helps restore the original color of your nail so that you won’t feel embarrassed.

The Hongo Killer brand is very popular and trusted among Hispanics. It has a 4 star rating on Amazon and costs $6.43, putting it in a price range in between our first two recommendations.