At this time, we want every inch of our body to be healthy, including the toenails. Others find time to pamper themselves with a manicure and a pedicure, while others may find nail health a luxury. Still, it's important to keep our nails clean.
What are the factors that cause yellow nails?
The toenails are made of alpha-keratin, which is a tough, fibrous protein found in the hooves, hair, claws and horns of vertebrates.
Healthy nails are transparent or light colored. You can also see the pink flesh under the nails. The nails should not have cracks, ridges or abnormal shapes when they grow. If the color of your nails begins to turn yellow, you need to know what are the factors that may be causing it.
One of the natural causes of why the toenails turn yellow is aging. For the elderly, the color of the nails is the first to change along with the thickness and shape. There is nothing wrong with your toenails that should concern your nail health. Just be sure to wash your feet with mild soap to remove any bacteria that may affect the growth of your toenails.
If you frequently get pedicures and apply nail polish on your toenails, it will eventually cause discoloration. The chemicals that come from nail polish are not healthy for the nails. Even when you keep your nails clean, it will turn yellow.
Therefore, it is advisable to let the nails rest. Nail polish should be removed within two to three weeks from the time it was applied.
Yellow nails are not dangerous, but there are cases where it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition. That's why it's important to know what caused the discoloration.
Finally, the most common cause of yellow nails is fungal infection on the nails. This is also caused by nail polish and other cosmetics. Women are at high risk of having nail fungus, so it is best not to apply anything to the nails to prevent such infection.
What are the treatments?
Yellow nails can be treated in most cases. There are medicines and home remedies to treat it according to the cause of the discoloration.
For yellow nails due to aging, it is a natural cause, so there is no way to treat them. All of us are forced to have yellow nails as we get older. Just be sure to wash your feet with mild soap to remove any bacteria that may affect the growth of your toenails.
If your yellow nails are caused by nail polish and other cosmetics, it is best to avoid this for the time being. Be sure to remove the nail polish after two or three weeks, but do not apply another nail polish immediately; Give your nails at least a month to rest.
Also avoid getting a pedicure too often. If you have nail fungus, you can take medicated oral antifungal medications, nail polish or cream.
In severe cases, such as a medical condition, your doctor will recommend the best medication course, as they are more than just yellow nails.
How can yellow nails be prevented?
As the saying goes, "prevention is better than cure". Therefore, always observe proper hygiene. Wash your feet thoroughly including nails.
It is better to avoid the pedicure because you never know if the tools are sterilized. If it was used for someone who had an infection, it can be transferred to you, especially if you were injured in the process.
Home remedies that work
There are several home remedies that can help with the treatment of yellow nails. You can:
mix the tea tree oil with a carrier oil and apply it on the infected nail
Soak the infected nail in hot water with baking soda
apply vinegar to the infected nail
Soak the infected nail in hot water with hydrogen peroxide
When to see your doctor?
A severe case of nail fungus can be too painful to handle. If you have medical conditions such as diabetes, this can lead to a more serious complication. You should visit your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
discoloration (dark or white streaks, or other changes in nail color) unless it is due to aging
changes in the shape of the toenails (curling, sticks or spoonfuls) unless it is due to aging
changes in the thickness of the nails (thickening or thinning) unless it is due to aging
the nails of the feet become brittle
the toenails are stinging
bleeding around the toenails
swelling or redness around the toenails
pain around the nails
A nail that separates from the skin.
Do not take chances and consult your doctor immediately.
TO TAKE AWAY
Having yellow nails can be less serious if it is caused by aging or by cosmetic chemicals such as nail polish. On the other side of the coin, it could also be more serious if it is due to an infection. Therefore, it is important to practice good nail hygiene to avoid such complications in the future.