How To Treat Nail Fungus?
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Nail fungal treatment needs to be treated early for a faster rate of recovery but there is always hope even if you have left it for far too long. It just means you’re going to need a stronger arsenal at your disposal.
There are 3 treatable ways to do this but it does depend on your health status, how serious your condition is at and your personal preference. These ways include:
- Surgery: A specialist (podiatrist) will literally remove the affected areas of the nail if the nail infection causes severe pain and other forms of treatment have proven to be futile. May be very costly.
- Oral Treatment: There are prescription drugs that can treat toenail fungus but they are not so effective as infection has been known to reoccur and may involve some risk of liver damage.
- Topical Treatment: There are plenty of creams or oils out there in the market that are available for nail fungus treatment but you will need to find a good quality one that is going to do the job correctly. Topical treatment is by far the safest method for a nail fungus cure but would need some time and commitment and could take up to a year to finally be rid of it.
Nail Fungus Home Remedies
Getting rid of toenail fungus, like other forms of fungus, can be a bit of a challenge and generally requires a two step approach. Often to be really successful it needs to be treated both internally and externally to get it under control.
There are however, some simple home remedies that can help to get fungal nail infections under control if caught early and keep them at bay, and when an internal approach is combined with an external treatment, then with some time and commitment, the nail fungus may be cured.
I’ve split these five home remedies for toenail fungus into two groups: internal treatments and external treatments.
This way if you choose to try some home remedies, you can attack the problem head on by creating your own two step treatment for your fungal nail infection. Once you’ve decided on a strategy you’ll be on your way (hopefully) to getting your fungal overgrowth under control.
Treat Nail Fungus Internally
You can use a good quality probiotic to help to balance your intestinal flora. Over time this can help to control fungal overgrowth on, and in your body. A more powerful alternative to commercial probiotic powders or capsules, is to make your own fermented foods at home such as sauerkraut, fermented green papaya, kefir or even home made coconut yogurt! These fermented foods are all probiotic powerhouses that can be consumed every day to help keep bacteria and fungal colonies in your body balanced.
Bentonite clay can be used both internally and externally to help to control fungal problems. Try to ensure that you buy food grade Bentonite Clay if you plan to use it internally, and do not use metal utensils to store or mix your clay. Follow the instructions for internal use on the packaging of the product. To use clay externally, simply mix to a paste with water and apply to the affected area. Leave to dry and then rinse off or better still, wrap in plastic wrap and leave on for several hours or overnight. Do this several times a day if possible, or at least daily. Bentonite clay is very effective for all types of fungal infections.
Treat Nail Fungus Externally
You will need to prepare your toenails for this next phase of treatment in order to successfully remove your nail fungus. We are going to make a foot soak to submerge your infected toes so your toenails will need to be cut back so that the active fungal fighting ingredients in our solution can penetrate directly to the nail bed where the fungus resides. You will need a set of tools:
- nail clippers
- nail filer
- Wash your hands and feet thoroughly with soap.
- Make sure your tools have been washed and been sterilised by leaving them in hot boiling water for at least 3 mins before use.
- Use your nail clippers to cut your infected toenail as close to the nail bed as possible without feeling any pain or discomfort.
- Use your nail filer to further file back the areas of the toenail. You want to remove and thin down as much of the nail as possible because the nail is actually in the way of the treatment.
- If you are treating more than one toenail, be sure to wash your tools thoroughly in between each infected toenail to avoid cross-contamination.
Preparing The Foot Soak
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Make a solution with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Soak your feet in this solution for 30 minutes, then dry your feet thoroughly. Do this every day and within a few weeks you should begin to notice improvement in your fungal nail infection.
4. Tea Tree Oil or Manuka Oil
After the rinse and dry process of your feet, you may want to apply Tea Tree Oil or Manuka Oil directly on the infected toenail. Tea Tree or Manuka Oil is highly anti-fungal and can be used topically to help to control nail fungal infections. Simply use a cotton ball to apply tea tree oil to the affected toenails several times a day. Lavender oil can also be used as it is also highly anti-fungal. Be sure to use a good quality, preferably a 100% pure concentrate as that would give you the best result.
5. Listerine Foot Soak
Listerine mouthwash can reportedly be used for fungal nail infections also. Simply soak your nails in Listerine for 15-30 minutes then rinse off and dry your feet well. Repeat this once or twice a day until the infection is cleared.
Do all of the above as a daily routine for at least a month and you can expect to see some noticeable results. Just keep repeating until your nail fungus is completely eradicated.
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Eve Mayhew is a stay-at-home Mum, graphic designer and wife who takes more a relaxed and practical approach to health. She prefers to live a more stress-free life and enjoys food and drink in moderation by counting her blessings rather than counting the calories or feeling guilty over the odd soft drink or fast food fix every now and then. (Contact Author)