We are always told to turn that frown upside down, but really how are we supposed to do that when the first thing we see when we open our little soft eyelids is our yellow nails, that we are in desperate need to get rid of, instead of the yellow sunshine invading our room pushing it’s way through the smallest peek between the curtains and the wall?
Waking up to a scene like that is way worse than the myth of waking up on the wrong side of the bed! Because the latter only means you would have a single troubling day while possessing yellow nails is a serious issue you should try to get off ASAP.
It’s like your body is giving you red warning lights screaming SOS cries for help so that you should get yourself checked out before the condition becomes severe and be able to get rid of the yellow nails fast!
And let’s not forget that yellow nails were never a trend. We need to stay up to date and take good care of our nails. So get yourself ready because we are going to perform a magic trick that will help us get rid of these yellow nails and make them disappear!
Now that we agreed that come hell or high water certain measures should be taken no matter what the odds are, the only question left is: “How can we get to the bottom of fixing this hot yellowish mess!”.
What Causes Yellow Nails?
Yellow nails are the results of excessive smoking, painting nails with dark nail polish and neglecting to take them off because why bother when they can magically wear off after a while right?
Moreover, studies showed that yellow nails could indicate a serious severe case of a fungal infection (which is the most common cause regarding the appearance of that odd color), diabetes, chronic liver disease, body’s loss in iron or zinc, loss in vitamin E and bad lifestyle habits like sweating in the same pair of shoes every day that lacks little pores for air to intervene (mostly athletes are subjected to that).
Who Does It Affect?
It affects everyone, but most people ranging from 20 to 70 years old.
How To Get Rid Of Yellow Nails?
Keeping in mind that those yellow nails won’t just disappear one day, we need to do something about it and Fast! So here’s a list of ways to get rid of yellow nails according to each specific case:
#1. Just Stained
If your nail is just stained from nail polish all you have to do is just wait for it grows until it restores its normal color. Or just use a buffing board to scrub off the top stained layer.
#2. Applying Effective Nail Gel.
In mild cases, yellow nails can be treated by simply using effective nail gels recommended by podiatrists like: Mycocide NS (that is known for killing the germs underneath the nail upon applying it twice a day for 6 months) or Nonyx Nail Gel (Known for breaking down the nail while providing a healthy environment for the new one to grow back) or Zetaclear which is another medication rich in natural components including tea and several oils that are known for their anti-fungal feature. Of course, you should consult your health doctor before applying any of the above!
#3. Fungal Infection
If the case is a fungal infection, then based on the severity level your doctor would determine the suitable treatment. Example, for mild infections, your doctor might suggest applying a polish that contains ciclopirox until the infection disappears (takes up about a year to be completely gone). For severe infections, your doctor may prescribe certain oral pills like Sporanox or Lamisil. If all else fails, you might consider surgical removal of your infected nail allowing a new nail to replace the unhealthy one.
#4. Ditching Cigarettes
Well, you know what they say: “Ditching a cigarette a day keeps infected yellow nails away!”.
#5. Base Coat, Base Coat All The way!
Use base coat polish before applying any nail polish to always keep a protective layer between your nail and the polish.
#6. Squeaky Clean
Always wear a clean pair of socks and medical shoes to avoid getting the problem to worsen or spread.
#7. Sharing Is NOT Caring!
You should always have a clean towel separate from others that live with you or else jealousy would unleash its jealousy demons and you would end up sharing your infected nail with everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, but in this case, sharing is definitely NOT caring!
#8. Don’t Cut Your Nails Too Short
Never cut your nails too short so that you won’t give the fungi and germs a chance to sneak into the sensitive zones!
#9. Walking Barefoot Is Illegal!
Never walk barefoot in damp and moist public areas or else you might as well carry an “Infect Me Please” sign.
DIY Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Yellow Nails
And if you are the type of person who just loves all the DIY At Home Natural Remedies then you’ll just love this list below that helps you get rid of yellow nails in no time!
1. Who Says Only Teeth Can Be Whitened?
Scrub your nails with whitening toothpaste to immediately get rid of colorful stains from wearing colored nail polish.
2. Lemon Juice Is Not Only A refreshing Drink!
Rubbing your nails with lemon juice or whole lemon and rinsing them with water after 10-30 minutes can make a great way to get your nails into their usual color again!
3. Tea Oil
Rinsing with warm water after applying a drop of tea oil to your nail beds for a couple of minutes can cause discoloration if applied twice a day for a few months.
4. Fruits: A Blessing & Never A Curse!
If you are a fruit person, then this method would be your favorite! Besides orange juice, rubbing your nails with orange peels every day or rinsing them with juniper berries and warm water will make that yellow color come right off!
5. Dab, Rinse and Repeat!
Peroxide, baking soda and everything nice! These are the ingredients for infection free nails! The procedure is as follows:
- 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
- 2.5 tablespoons of baking soda
- Mix them in a small bowl.
- Use a cotton to dab this mix on your nail beds.
- After 2-3 minutes rinse with water.
- Repeat every 6 weeks.
And before we wrap it up, let’s not forget laser toenail Fungus Removal, the modern solution to yellow toenails! Laser Toenail Fungus Removal is the most recent and up to date medication, you can find. It is a very delicate and difficult procedure to be performed and therefore like everything nowadays it is NOT cheap at ALL!
But don’t take it from me! Take it from actual professional doctors from “The doctors” Tv show themselves. In this video, they talk about the procedure in details through an individual’s experience who actually had already done it.
Finally, our nails are our mirrors to the outside world. Treat them with care and keep me them healthy and squeaky clean so that you can fit in best in your social norm and not be afraid to use hand gestures and show off your new bracelet!