Also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, Tea Tree is well known by lovers of natures medicine cabinet as a natural anti-septic and anti-fungal agent.
What benefits are there to using a topical treatment?
Oral anti-fungal treatments (even natural ones) can have some fairly serious side effects such as rash, weakened immune response, or even liver damage. Topical anti-fungal treatments are much more targeted, shielding the rest of your body from the harsh effects. Obviously, any decision to use an oral treatment should be discussed with your doctor beforehand.
Where does toe fungus come from?
Fungus tends to enjoy the dark, warm, and moist areas of the world. You can get a fungus pretty easily by walking around barefoot at a public swimming pool, or sauna. Wherever you pick it up, you may not notice it right away, but fungus will thrive in the dark, warm spaces inside your sneakers, and soon enough you have a full blown infection. Consider buying new shoes once you're cured.
How can I tell if I have toe fungus?
If you are unsure whether you have an infection, it is always best to consult a doctor. Toe fungus starts out as a little light colored mark on the underside of the tip of the nail. Over time it will grow, and change depending on what kind of fungus it is. Some infections raise the nail right off of the nail bed, causing a lot of discomfort. Others will cause small pains through inflammation.