How to treat toenail fungus infections
A measure such as medication for your toenail fungus is a method that is usually used in more severe cases. Antifungal medicines come in two main forms tablets and nail paint. They usually need to be prescribed by your GP and may come with various side effects. It’s important to bear in mind that your nail may not return to its normal colour until after the infection has cleared, therefore, always get a sample of nail tested or checked to see if it is still infected.
Anti fungal tablets
This method can be very effective since it comes in the form of a tablet, meaning it reaches your nail through the blood stream. Another great bonus of using this method means they may also clear up any associated fungal skin infections, such as athlete’s foot, at the same time!
However, often the tablets have to be taken for several months to make sure the infection clears up well and truly. There is also a strong possibility that if you stop taking the tablets too early, then the infection may return. Since it isn’t a natural method, there can be some side effects that may occur, including headache, itching, nausea, loss of sense and taste or diarrhoea.
Antifungal nail paint
Considered to be just as, if not more so, effective as tablets since it’s applied directly onto the infected nail and works its way through to the infection. Usually it will take 6 months treatment time for a fingernail and around a year for a toenail.
Chemical nail removal
In a nutshell, this method gradually removes the abnormal nail plate and the fungus in a painless way. It needs to be used and then removed each day morning and evening. It should also be applied to nails twice a week after the nail plates have been dissolved, which will prevent reinfection happening as the new nail forms.
Surgery and laser treatment
If your infection if very severe or painful, this is often a last resort, as it may take up to a year for a new healthy nail to regrow back in its place. Laser is also another possible option, since its high doses of light energy can help to destroy fungus. Although both methods are seen to be very effective, they are by no means long-term cures.
Natural methods to help toenail fungus infections
If you want results, without the side effects, hassle or a trip to the doctors then a natural solution could be just what you are looking for. Curanail is perfect for thick, white and brittle nails (which are not a great look for anybody!) Its easy to use formula works to prevent the production of ergostorol, which is an essential part of the fungi cell membrane. Curanail nail lacquer takes moments out of your day to use and is incredibly resistant to soap. So you don’t have to worry about whether the formula is working or not once it has been applied.
Seven suggestions for great foot care
You’ve identified that your feet aren’t quite as healthy or look as great as you would like them to be and established it’s because of a fungal nail infection. You may have found your solution, but as with everything, even the most effective treatments are hopeless if you don’t kick your bad habit that caused the fungal nail infections to occur in the first place!
That’s where certain changes and very simple foot care practices during your foot care treatment and after are essential for you to get the best out of whichever treatment you choose to use.
- Keep your feet cool and dry, try to wear shoes and socks that allow your feet to breathe
- Always wear clean cotton socks and avoid wearing trainers
- Treat any signs of infection ASAP! This will avoid the infection spreading to your nails
- Clip your nails to keep them short. Make sure you use a separate pair of clippers or scissors to cut the infected nail, as this will avoid spreading the infection to other nails
- Wear well-fitting shoes without high heels or narrow toes
- Maintain good foot hygiene, washing and drying them thoroughly
- Need an excuse for new shoes… you may just have one! Consider replacing old footwear, since it could be contaminated with fungal spores
So there you have it, a few simple measure to tackle you fungal nail infections while keeping your feet and nails in tip top condition. Rediscover your favourite open toed shoes at last and finally free your feet and wiggle those toes with pride.