ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Treat and Prevent Toenail Fungus - Colloidal Silver Nail Treatment and More

Updated on July 31, 2012

In North America toenail fungus effects over 36 million people and is one of the most common foot ailments attended to by foot specialists. The fungus thrives in dark and damp environments, making it more prevalent on the feet than the hands.The most common types of infections are caused by a parasitic fungus on the skin or candida. Those cause by skin fungus are usually painless but cause a change in skin color. Candida provoked fungus thicken and discolor the nail. In the early stages, the infection has a solid white appearance, but as the infection becomes worse the nail turns brown or black. Over time the nail may thicken, become brittle and even shed. Sometimes the edges of the nail crumbles and can cause pain. Factors that contribute to the development of toenail fungus are poor foot hygiene, nail trauma, weak immune system and abnormal skin pH levels.

Curing toenail fungus can take time and effort so it's best to take preventative measure or treat the infection in the early stages. The best way to avoid toenail fungus is be protected in areas where the fungus is most often found. When in pubic areas such as swimming pools, spas, showers and locker rooms always wear footwear. Keep feet well ventilated by wearing cotton, wool or silk socks. These types of materials absorb moisture from the feet, which will prevent sweating. If you get your feet wet always dry them off before putting on a clean pear of socks. Shoes that allow plenty of air flow are best. Wearing nail polish can increase the risk of developing toenail fungus because it can seal in the fungus, creating a warm, moist environment in which it thrives.

If there is evidence of toenail fungus present, It is important to thoroughly clean feet and toenails daily. A nail brush is effective in getting rid of dead fungus, dirt and nail tissue. Give extra attention to cleaning under the nails. Keep nails as short as possible until the fungus is completely gone. Soak feet regularly in a solution of five crushed garlic cloves and a splash of apple cider vinegar or add about twenty drops of tea tree oil to a basin of water and soak for fifteen minutes, three times a day. After thoroughly drying feet, apply calendula cream to soothe cracked skin. Use of Epsom salts in a foot bath is also very effective. Applying tea tree oil, raw garlic and colloidal silver to the infected area is recommended.

There are several internal drug medications prescribed for toenail fungus. Unfortunately, these medications are not without serious side effects such as headaches, upset stomach and liver damage. Further complications can result when they are taken with other drugs. Natural alternatives to fighting fungus are first and foremost a healthy diet.

The abundant presents of healthy bacteria in the intestine will overcome growth of fungi in the body. Consuming probiotics from diet and supplementation will keep the intestine rich in healthy bacteria. The best food sources of probiotics are plain yogurt from your local health store, kefir, sauerkraut and pickles. High quality probiotic supplements can be found in the refrigerated section of the health store. Vitamin C and zinc should be taken to strengthen the immune system. Garlic taken internally is effective in destroying fungus. Essential fatty acids help relieve pain and inflammation and heal skin problems as do vitamins A, B complex and E. Treating nail infections successfully needs to be done in the early stages. Chronic infections may require professional medical care.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      James P. 

      6 years ago

      I am dealing with this issue and have tried everything. however, my former girlfriend gave me this stuff called "Minoxogly" or something like that... it rids the toes of the white keratin debris and reduces discoloration of the nails. Then, I use "PURE" Tea Tree Oil, not that cheap $3.99 kind you find at the counters of .99 Cents stores. Check a chemist, health food store or herbalist for the pure tea tree oil. Apply it literally and be ready for the pleasurably pungent smell. But it works !!

    • quuenieproac profile image


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for the info, certainly outstanding picture!

    • profile image

      Margarett Ryan 

      8 years ago

      Thanks I found this article very informative

    • Jeniferr profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      Wow, that picture is insane. Good info, I hear the meds are expensive for this and that they have to monitor your liver quite closely. I'd take these natural methods any day over possible damage to an internal organ.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Stevemack, you've done it again. Great job. You are right on target..........and wherever did that picture come from? JO

    • einron profile image


      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Good hub. Thanks for the info. I do have a problem in this area and I am trying to eradicate the problem with Penlac Nail Lacquer. It is supposed to take about 6-9 months to be effective.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar for years for many things including treatment of athlete's foot. That picture you have of the feet is NASTY!! =P good hub!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)