If you are looking for a toenail fungus treatment, there are several options available to you. How can you know which one will work best for you? After all, you probably don’t want to end up spending your money on ineffective products, or worse, products that might have side-effects which could make things even worse than they are now.
It is important that you do something about it as soon as possible. Toe fungus (also known as onychomycosis) is highly contagious, and you might be spreading it to other nails on your own body or other people.
Most doctors prescribe pills for you to swallow that are meant to destroy the fungus in your nails. However, be aware the medication can have an adverse effect on your liver and your overall immune system. In cases of persistent toenail fungus, a doctor might recommend to surgically remove a toenail. However, there are almost always better options available for an informed patient.
Griseofulvin and fluconazole are the most commonly used drugs, but they work only for a limited range of fungi, and must be taken for six to nine month before their effectiveness can be judged. The downside of that is of course that first of all, you’ll need a lot of patience – 9 months is almost a whole year. And then, after nine months, you might just find out that the medication is ineffective for your particular species of fungus and that it was all in vain (including side-effects of such long-term medication use).
People often like to use home remedies for toenail fungus. I want to introduce you to some of the ones that have shown to work best. (Notice that I said “work best”, not that they are effective. They are only more effective than other home-made remedies, which in most cases doesn’t mean much).
If you have a very minor case of toenail fungus, you might want to try any of these.
Tea-tree oil can help to fight the fungus because it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Before you use tea-tree oil apply a couple of drops on your arm first to check if your body is okay with it – if you notice an allergic reaction, then don’t use it on any other part of your body.
If you notice no allergic reaction, make this your routine every day before you go to sleep: take a cotton swab and drop a bit of tea tree oil on it. Then wipe the sweap over all the affected areas on your nail. Let it dry and work it’s magic over night. This toenail fungus treatment might work in some cases, but if you want to be absolutely sure, we recommend more effective methods.
This is quiet a new treatment method and there isn’t conclusive scientific evidence of it’s effectiveness. On average, a laser treatment against toenail fungus costs upwards of $1000 US-Dollar.
Generally, the group that is at the highest risk are older men.If you have diabetes, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), athlete’s foot, a peripheral vascular disease, a nail trauma, an immunodeficiency or are often in places where your feet are exposed to water (like public showers, locker rooms, etc), then all of these things can make toenail fungus more likely to happen. Also, try to avoid wearing socks made from synthetic materials and instead use natural materials like cotton, silk or wool.