Toenail fungus medically known as onychomycosis is an infection commonly found in athletes. The invasion of this fungus into the skin or nails causes toenail infection.
What is it?
It is a contagious fungal infection of the fingernails or toenails, caused by a fungus known as dermatophytes. The infected nails become brittle, develop bridges and could get wrapped or oddly shaped. Once your nails are infected, it takes 9-12 months for them to grow back.
How do athletes get infected?
Athletes are more susceptible to onychomycosis. This is often due to wearing improper shoe gear. There are other reasons as well, such as: moist environment, nail injuries, heavy perspiration, infected swimming pool, gyms and community showers.
How to treat it with tea tree oil?
Treatment is necessary as soon as athletes encounter toe nail fungus. Anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil are capable of treating toenail fungus. In order to be effective, apply tea tree oil twice a day on the infected nails.
Have a look at the infographic given below and know more about the causes of toenail fungus, its prevention and treatments.