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Toenail Infection

What is Toenail Infection?

Toenail Infection is a condition that occurs when the skin around your toenails gets infected by a bacterium or a fungus. In most cases, toenail infection is caused when the nails spread and penetrate the skin and cut off the soft tissue. This may lead to severe pain, redness, swelling. However, it can also be caused by a fungus called Dermatophyte.

What are the Symptoms of Toenail Infection?

The typical symptoms of toenail infection are redness, soreness, pain, a blister filled with pus. In case you have toenail infection due to fungus you may suffer from broken, clotted, pale, and yellowed toenails.

What are the Causes of Toenail Infection?

There are various causes of toenail infections. Some of the common causes are as follows:
  • You may suffer from this infection if you cut off the nail very sharp, or you cut down the shell around the nail. Also, if You have an ingrown toenail (the side of your nail penetrates the skin).
  • There may be a possibility that you have picked up a fungus, which you may get if you walk barefooted in a public area such as a gym shower or locker room.
  • When your foot is wet for a longer period, you may get this infection. For this reason swimmers tend to get toenail infections very often.
  • Wearing tight shoes for a longer period may also trigger toenail infections.

When to see a Doctor?

  • In most cases, toenail infections which are not caused by fungus can be cured with home remedies and over the counter medications. In case your toenail infection is caused by fungus, you need to see a doctor. For the diabetic person, any infection which is not going away by the home remedies needs to be treated by a professional.
  • However, there may be instances when you develop other symptoms along with toenails infections such as fever, joint pain or muscle pain, red steaks on the skin, etc. you should never delay in visiting your doctor.

Lifestyle Prevention of Toenail Infection

  • The prevention of toenail infection is possible by following some simple measures. Most importantly cleanliness is the key. Keeping your feet clean and dry all the time is very crucial if you want to avoid this condition. Washing your feet with soap every day is recommended.
  • Going out barefoot in public may increase the possibility of the infection as the fungus may easily spread from person to person. So, avoid going out barefoot in public. Particularly in warm or wet places.
  • Try to maintain foot hygiene by changing your socks and shoes often. Wear a clean sock every day. In case you tend to sweat a lot then carry an extra pair of socks and change them whenever your feet get sweaty.
  • Do not buy any footwear that fits very tightly. Buy shoes which allow enough space to let your feet breathe.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Toenail Infection

The best natural remedy for toenail fungal infection is using apple cider vinegar. ACV has an antifungal property that will help you treat your toenail fungus. Turmeric can also be used for its antifungal properties
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: In case you want to cure your toenail fungus using ACV, you can soak your feet in a mixture of warm water and ACV for about 15 minutes two times daily.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric also has anti-fungal properties. Add 2 tsp of turmeric in a pan of boiling water and add salt then let cool a bit and soak your foot for 15 minutes. Do it daily 2 times.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Turmeric | Apple Cider Vinegar
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known


What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an ear condition that occurs when you encounter ringing or other sounds in one of both of your ears. This condition is mostly caused by underlying disorders such as ear injury, or a complication in the circulatory system. It may also be caused by old age.

What are the Symptoms of Tinnitus?

The typical symptoms of Tinnitus are ringing sounds in the ear, even when there is no sound around. In a few instances, the sound may be very loud. In a few situations, tinnitus can arise as a recurring vibrating or whizzing sound, often in time with your heartbeat.

What are the Causes of Tinnitus?

There can be many situations that trigger Tinnitus. Some of the common causes are:
  • Loss of hearing, infection in the ear that leads to blockage in the ear canal, changes in ear bone, etc. will cause Tinnitus.
  • Some health conditions may cause Tinnitus, such as Meniere’s disease, Eustachian tube dysfunction, Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, Blood vessel disorders.
  • Certain injuries to your neck and ear may also cause Tinnitus.
  • In some cases, people who are suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes, thyroid, anemia, migraine may suffer from this illness.

When to see a Doctor?

You need to seek medical help in case you have developed tinnitus after an upper respiratory disease, such as a cold and your tinnitus is staying for more than a week. Also, in case you have hearing loss and experiencing vertigo along with tinnitus, it is time to visit the doctor.

Lifestyle Prevention of Tinnitus

Preventing Tinnitus is possible by following some measures:
  • Using hearing protection during any such activity which may affect your hearing, such as workers who are working in a construction site where they are exposed to noise that equates or surpasses 85 dBA.
  • Whenever you have an option, turn down volume as loud music or any other source of sound may cause Tinnitus.
  • Taking care of your cardiovascular health is important. Doing some cardio exercise daily and eating healthy food are some ways to do that.
  • Restricting alcohol and caffeine consumption is another measure which should be taken to avoid any such conditions

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Tinnitus

The Ayurvedic way of treating Tinnitus by using some great remedies are very effective. Some of the herbs and spices are really useful on Tinnitus.
  • Sesame Oil: Using warm sesame oil can help you get the cooling and calming sensation immediately and will comfort the ear.
  • Olive oil drops: Olive oil is also known to be a very effective oil for cleaning the passage of the inside the ear from wax that may lead to tinnitus. Infuse 5 to 10 drops of heated olive oil in both or affected ears. Let it remain for some time and wash the ear with an earbud.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Sesame oil | Olive oil | Bael | Apamarga | Dashamoola | Vacha root
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known


What is Thrush?

Thrush is a medical condition that occurs when you develop an infection due to the overgrowth of yeast Candida Albicans. It mostly grows in your mouth, throat but can be found in any other part of your body. This condition can quickly become irritated and cause mouth pain and redness. The cause of Thrush in adults can be many. Mostly it is caused by illnesses, stress, or medications.

What are the Symptoms of Thrush?

Typical: There are some typical symptoms of Thrush. When you notice a white raised-up wound in your mouth, you may have Thrush. You may also suffer from irritation and pain inside your mouth. In some cases, a person with this condition may experience a loss of taste. A person may feel that there is something cottony stuck inside the mouth. Difficulty swallowing and feeling that food is trapped in the throat is another common symptom of this condition.
Might Experience: In some severe cases, one may also suffer from fever.

What are the Causes of Thrush?

There are certain causes of Thrush. Such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, dry mouth, smoking, wearing unfitted dentures, etc. HIV infections can also cause Thrush. During pregnancy, some hormonal changes can trigger this condition. Other than that, there are some medicines like corticosteroids, antibiotics, and birth control pills that may cause or worsen a thrush infection.

When to see a Doctor?

This condition can be healed within a couple of weeks if you have a strong immune system. However, in case you have an underlying disease and your immune system is weak, you may need to see your doctor. Especially, if your symptoms are worsening or staying more than two weeks.

Lifestyle Prevention of Thrush

  • Some measures may help you to reduce the possibility of getting Thrush.
  • Following a good oral hygiene routine is really important. However, certain mouthwashes or sprays can cause Thrush so be very careful when using them. Quit smoking. Working out daily and eating clean is also very important if you want to prevent thrush

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Thrush

Some very effective Ayurvedic remedies will help you cure Thrush. Some of the herbs and spices such as Garlic, Turmeric, Neem, Asparagus, Guduchi, Olive leaf extract, Ashwagandha, Ginger, Triphala, etc. are very useful for Thrush.
  • Garlic: Garlic can switch off the yeast gene activity. That is the reason it is a very effective herb for treating Thrush. Try to add raw garlic cloves in your salad or as a seasoning rather than cooking them.
  • Ginger: Ginger has an anti-inflammatory property and that is the reason this herb is also useful for treating Thrush. Drinking ginger water will help you reduce inflammation. To make this, grate half tsp of ginger and add it to 4 cups of boiling water and steep it for 10 to 12 minutes. Strain the ginger from water and drink it. You can add honey to enhance the taste.
  • Neem: Neem is a great herb that has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. This is a very effective herb for Thrush. Take 2 tsp of neem powder and mix it with water to make a paste and apply to the affected area.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Garlic | Turmeric | Neem | Shatavari | Guduchi | Olive leaf extract | Ashwagandha | Ginger | Triphala
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known


What is Tendinitis?

Tendinitis is a health condition that occurs when you have swelling or pain of a tendon. Tendon is that leathery cord that affixes muscle to bone. A person with this condition suffers from aching and soreness just outside of a joint. Tendinitis can happen in any of your tendons but is mostly seen in the shoulder, elbow, wrists, knees, and heels.

What are the Symptoms of Tendinitis?

Symptoms of tendinitis have a tendency to appear at the time where a tendon connects to a bone and usually includes pain often explained as a dreary pain, particularly when turning the impacted limb or joint, plus inflammation and slight puffiness.

What are the Causes of Tendinitis?

You get Tendinitis primarily due to recurrence of a movement over time. Also, a sudden injury can cause Tendinitis.

When to see a Doctor?

Mostly, tendonitis reacts to self-care methods and can be cured with proper rest. However, if your symptoms worsen or if you improve further signs you have to call your doctor earlier rather than later. Some tendonitis cases require physical treatment and medicines that decrease aching and inflammation.

Lifestyle Prevention of Tendinitis

Preventing Tendinitis is not always possible. However, some measures may reduce the possibility of developing this condition.
  • One of the major preventive measures can be staying away from any activities that place extreme stress on tendons. So, whenever you are feeling any pain in the course of a certain exercise, you should immediately stop and rest. Even after resting for a while, you are experiencing pain then try to change the exercise.
  • The pain during exercise may also be caused by the wrong technique. Try to seek assistance from a professional trainer on how to do that exercise without any flaws. Improving technique will surely help you to reduce excess strain on your tendons and hence you can avoid Tendinitis.
  • Another important practice to avoid Tendinitis is to do proper stretching before and after exercise. This will help you increase the limit of movement of your joints. This will surely minimize the possibility of repetitive damage.
  • Muscle strengthening is also a great way to reduce the risk of Tendinitis. So, try to understand the techniques by which you can strengthen your muscles.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Tendinitis

Some effective home remedies are backed by Ayurveda for treating Tendinitis. Some herbs and spices such as kaishore guggulu, manjistha, musta, guduchi, turmeric etc are very useful for this condition.
  • Sandalwood and Turmeric Paste: Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory property that will help you reduce the effect of Tendinitis. Apply a paste made of turmeric and sandalwood on the affected joint. To make this paste, take the same amount of sandalwood powder and turmeric powder and mix it up with water to form a paste. In case you don’t find sandalwood powder, use salt instead.
  • Herbal Formula: Some great anti-inflammatory herbs can help you in curing Tendinitis. Try the following mixture.
Take 2 parts of Kaishore Guggulu, 2 parts of Musta, 2 parts of Manjistha and 3 parts of Guduchi. Take a quarter teaspoon of this mixture daily 3 times with warm water after a meal.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Guggulu | Manjistha | Musta | Guduchi
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known