How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus, Home Remedy
You don't need to spend a lot of money to get rid of a toenail fungus. I've used this method myself and it does work. What you will need are just inexpensive supplies that you may have around the home and lots of patience. Sorry, but the cure doesn't work overnight.
Many people will tell you that they've even had the toenail removed at the doctor's office and it didn't work. The doctor can prescribe an antibiotic, but you'll need to take it for a full month and it can cause liver damage.
How Do You Get Toenail Fungus?
Some people are more likely to get the fungus then others. If you have a suppressed immune system, poor foot hygiene, have injured the nail or have an abnormal ph level in your skin you will be more prone to the infection. Anyone can get one of these infections. They are more common in toenails, but can involve fingernails too because the toenails are more suseptible to fungus infections. The fungus likes to live in moist dark place and because we wear shoes all day, it is the perfect place for them to thrive. It can enter the nail bed from tiny invisible cuts.
It is usually caused by what is known in the medical field as dermatophytes, which is just a type of fungus. They can also be caused by yeast and molds.
More Info About Toenail Fungus
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Symptoms of Toe Nail Fungus
The infection usually starts with just a yellow or white spot underneath the toenail. If it worsens, the toenail can turn yellow or brown. The infection is underneath the toenail. Eventually the nail can separate from the nail bed. This can be painful. The end of the nail might also start breaking off. Other symptoms are thick nail, brittle, crumbly or ragged nails, the nail has no shine or luster, and it may even cause a slight odor.
Home Remedy for Toenail Fungus by homeveda on Youtube
There are different treatments that your doctor can prescribe including the tablet that I described earlier that can cause possible liver damage, a topical treatment, and a lacquer that you apply to your nails that is like a nail polish. You will get these from your doctor. There is an over the counter cream that is available, but I've heard that it isn't very effective.
More Home Remedies
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You can treat your nail fungus with Vicks Vaporub. One of my friends had a doctor suggest this and my niece was also told to use it. Researchers from Michigan State University discovered using the Vicks works. I've tried it and it does.
Just cover the toenail infected with the Vicks. Use a generous application and then cover with gauze and tape it, so it doesn't just end up on your sock. You may need to repeat this process until the toenail is completely grown which can take up to 4 months.
Another suggestion is use Tea Tree Oil. I've heard that this works as well. Any treatment for the problem will take several weeks to several months, even the oral medication from the doctor takes 6 weeks and then you need to let the nail grow out which may take up to 4 months. All of these treatments will take patience.
Many suggest soaking your feet in a mixture of vinegar and water 3 times a day. The vinegar kills the fungus and it doesn't matter if you use apple cider vinegar or white. The process may take an entire year though. If you like to soak your feet anyway, this may be a better solution for you.
The worst cure for the fungus is removing the entire nail, so the waiting and the patience are worth it. If you have an extremely bad case, you may need to see a physician.