Having fungus, particularly toenail fungus, are not really a dangerous condition. It is generally painless and always hidden. However, even unseen by many, people with this kind of condition feels so ugly and causes low self esteem. Why? Toenail funguses give the impression of being dirty. How does it look like? Toenail Fungus is sometimes brownish and sometimes yellowish. Awful cases cause the nail to detach from skin. And although not dangerous, other nails can also be infected as the fungus can spread to other toenails or even to fingernails if the condition is not treated right away.
Hygiene is the best prevention and solution to Toenail Fungus. Like hands, our feet should be kept clean and dry. Although always hidden by wearing shoes, proper care should be practiced.
Most of the time, toenail fungus is difficult to treat. It may take several months of waiting and patience to continuously follow a toenail fungus treatment. This can cause frustrations and disappointments. For some, this could mean a never-ending treatment, but your patience will pay-off once you see your fungus-free toenails again.
Home remedies are available to treat Toenail fungus. Examples are:
- Vinegar treatment. Soak the infected toenail in vinegar for few minutes daily (about 15 minutes).
- Use antibacterial soap in cleaning the nails.
- Hydrogen Peroxide. Apply this agent directly to the toenail fungus and make sure that it penetrates the nail. It will help kill the fungus.
- Vicks Vaporub. Many people believe that the exact composition of ingredients used in Vicks Vaporub is an effective cure for Toenail Fungus. This is used as a topical treatment that needs to go through the nail.
Aside from trying toenail fungus treatments at home, you may also consult a doctor to know more about the condition of your infection. Some cases cannot be cured easily at home that is why it is better to hear an advice from a medical practitioner. Aside from the practical tips that the doctor may consider advising you, he may also advise you to take a specific topical medication. This could creams, ointments or lotions that need to be applied to the infected area. He may also advise you to take oral medications for faster results. Follow doctor’s recommendation as to the length of its usage as some medications may result to damage of liver of allergy. In worst cases, doctors may recommend that you undergo laser treatments. This is the easiest way known to kill the fungus in toenail. This is quite expensive but offers a faster result. Do not worry too much as there are laser toenail fungi treatments that are painless. Ask your doctor to know more about it.
It is possible to get rid of toenail fungus. Do not be too upset and hopeless. Again, this condition can still be treated. However, for it not to come back, you should make sure that proper hygiene is practice. The most effective way is to wash your hands as often as possible to get rid of any infection.