Have you noticed that your toenails are becoming yellow, thick and brittle? Do not panic as you are not alone. Toenail fungus affects many people and some of them also have athlete’s foot. It is usually painless unless the infection becomes worse and cause splitting or cracking of the nail.
The good news is that you can treat this common foot condition. There are also home remedies that are less expensive and toxic than prescribed medications. Your doctor may prescribe anti-fungal drugs that you can apply to the nail or take orally. In some cases, combination of antifungal therapies can help in eliminating fungal nail infection fast.
Topical antifungal cream
Antifungal creams are rubbed into infected nails after soaking in warm water. These may work best after thinning your nails as it allows the ingredients to get through the hard surface.
Medicated nail polish
Some doctors recommend ciclopirox (Penlac) to paint in on the infected toenail and surrounding skin. Repeat the application once a day. After 7 days, wipe the layers with alcohol and start new applications. You may need to use antifungal nail polish for 12 months.
Oral antifungal drugs
Oral drugs like itraconazole (Sporanox) and terbinafine (Lamisil) should be taken up to 12 weeks, taking one pill a day.
Eliminating toenail fungus may take four up to 18 months. Success rates of these treatments tend to be lower in people over age 65. In severe cases, doctor may recommend toenail and affected skin removal.
DIY Treatments for Toenail Fungus
Home remedies are becoming popular today. Since not everyone is willing to pay for prescription medications for up to 18 months, they opt for the best treatments that can purge the fungus.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is used for treating various skin infections. It contains antiseptic and antifungal properties, making it effective in treating toenail fungus.
Baking Soda with Apple Cider Vinegar
Baking soda has the ability to inhibit the growth of fungus. It also creates an alkaline environment around the nails. Apple cider vinegar also helps in getting rid of fungus without altering the skin’s pH level. Assuming it works, it may take up to 6 months to clear the infection.
The allicin and ajoene compounds in garlic have powerful antifungal properties that can assist in getting rid of fungal nail infection.
Oregano oil contains antiseptic, antiparasitic, antibacterial, analgesic, and antifungal properties. It can be combined with tea tree oil, garlic oil, peppermint oil and clove oil.
There are many topical treatments that you can try to eliminate toenail fungus if you do not want to go for oral medications. Before applying remedies, trim your toenails and dry your feet thoroughly after showering. Make sure that you cover the entire toenail as well as the surrounding areas.
Keeping your feet clean at all times is important for faster recovery. Do not share your shoes with others and avoid walking barefoot in public areas like gym, swimming pools, and spas. Changing your diet can also help in killing the fungus. Try reducing or cutting off sugar and consume more foods rich in good bacteria. Including more protein, nourishing fats and fiber in your diet are also important for successful results. With enough patience and perseverance, you can get rid of the infection and avoid further complications.
Guest post by, Amanda Roberts from FeetRemedies.com
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