How To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus

How To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis

Toenail fungus is pretty gross, it’s a semi-embarrassing issue that affects both men and women and can last for years. Onychomycosis is the medical term meaning fungus of the nails.  This can pertain to both finger and toenails, but it is more common in the toenail.  Don’t feel out casted if you have toenail fungus, it’s estimated that nearly 8% of the adult population deal with onychomycosis. Unfortunately there is no concrete method in how to get rid of toenail fungus.  There are many treatment options which I have outlined below, the combo product that I have seen first hand cure nail fungus is Claripro.  For more on the symptoms and causes of toenail fungus see here, otherwise keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of nail fungus.

 Onychomycosis Treatment

The first thing you need to realize when it comes to nail fungus treatment, is that you need to be patient.  Onychomycosis treatment is a long process sometimes taking up to a year, and not all cases are ever cured.  For some people it can be a difficult process, that requires you to not expect to be cured overnight.  The reason the process is not a quick one, is because the way in which you are cured from onychomycosis is by new non-infected nail growing out, which is a slow long process.  There are really two options when it comes to nail fungus treatment, topical/local remedies and systemic treatment.  In some cases it’s best to utilize both treatment methods.  Here are the differences and treatment options between systemic and local onychomycosis treatments.

Systemic:

Systemic treatment of nail fungus comes in the form of anti-fungal oral medications.  There are a number of anti-fungal medications that may be used for the treatment of onychomycosis.  The most common are terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), and fluconazole (Diflucan).  As a general rule of thumb any drug that has the generic name ending in -azole is an anti-fungal.   These drugs are taken orally a few times per day over anywhere from 6-12 weeks.  Results are varied and not known til about a year since starting treatment as this is about the amount of time it takes for the nail to completely grow out.  Because toenail fungus can often be deep under the nail and hard to reach with topical remedies, systemic treatment is a good option.  However all medications have side effects and when taking drugs over a long period of time as required with onychomycosis treatment it can take a toll on the body.  Though these drugs are deemed as safe with limited side effects, everyone reacts differently to medications and each of these drugs has interactions to other medications that needs to be monitored.  It should also be mentioned that both terbinafine and fluconazole should not be used in patients with liver disease.

Local:

If the fungus on your nail is reachable, then a local anti-fungal remedy may be all you need to get rid of nail fungus.  Better results are seen with oral systemic treatment however.  Many of the oral medications are also available in a topical form such as terbinafine (Lamisil) and must be applied multiple times a day to the surrounding infected nail.  Penlac is a newer topical anti-fungal treatment for onychomycosis.  It’s a lacquer type nail polish that you apply everyday to the infected nail.  It has been shown to clear up infections, but can take up to a year of daily use to achieve desired results.  In general local treatment of nail fungus is for milder cases and usually used in conjunction with some kind of systemic approach as well.  The true benefits of using a local remedy are that there are virtually no side effects as the drug is not going through your gastrointestinal system nor is it in your blood stream.

The best topical AND oral combo treatment for nail fungus that I have seen is Claripro. They even offer a free sample, more info on that here.

I know many people including two of my siblings that cured their fungus with this homeopathic remedy alone.  This product has been shown to have no side effects, though like any nail fungus medicine, treatment takes a couple months.

It should be noted that even if therapy works, the fungus has a recurrence rate between 20 and 50 percent.  A discouraging fact for many, here’s some tips for preventing toenail fungus.

Tips To Prevent Onychomycosis

It’s important to think about where your feet spend a lot of time.  Common places to contract onychomycosis are high traffic places especially public places like the gym.  Walking barefoot in areas like this and other public showers is a sure way to get either onychomycosis or athletes foot.  In fact try to limit the amount of time you spend barefoot in general.  Lightweight socks that let your feet breathe are great to wear, even around the house if you want a constant barrier between your feet and possible infection.  I lived in a house with two siblings who had toenail fungus, I think the reason I never got it was because I naturally always like to be wearing socks.

Other ways to prevent infection are:

  • Keep your nails properly manicured, meaning short and clean.  Trim them straight across and always be sure they are dry before putting on socks and shoes.
  • Don’t share Manicure Pedicure tools.  This can be tricky, but when getting pedicures it’s best to make sure whoever is doing it has properly sterilized all tools.  To be completely sure, bring your own tools.
  • Use lightweight socks, that allow your feet to breathe.  Gym socks and other sport socks are great at this.  Make them your everyday socks.
  • Use anti-fungal spray or powders on your feet and shoes once a week.  I cannot stress enough with any health condition, prevention is the best treatment available.
  • Keep the skin around your nail clean.  Don’t pick at hangnails or trim them around the nail, this can allow infection to get under the nail.
  • Wash your hands after applying treatment to an infected nail.  This may seem obvious but I guarantee a lot of people don’t do it.  It’s easy to spread the fungus from nail to nail.

If you have been diagnosed with onychomycosis, and are looking for the safest way in how to get rid of toenail fungus, I recommend starting treatment using a local remedy to see if it clears up the fungus without having to pay for prescription drugs and expose yourself to the side effects involved.  Try a homeopathic remedy like Claripro which combines both systemic and local treatment and contains only natural ingredients meaning no adverse side effects.

 

4 Responses to “How To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus”

  1. Marilyn says:

    It must be discouraging for those who suffer from severe nail fungus to learn that it is a slow process. It sounds like it takes as long as a nail takes to grow out. I wonder if this takes so long because the fungus is so deeply embedded beneath the nail. I may be wrong, but It seems that these medications do not actually remove the infected part of the fungus but rather, prevent any future growth and thus, the infected nail must grow out and be snipped off as the new uninfected nail grows in. Is this correct?

  2. Howard says:

    I know a man who is a friend of the family who has a severe case of toe fungus. His case is so bad that his toe nails look rotted out. Somehow, I don’t think it is coincidence that he used to live in the mountains and thus, he spent many years with his feet exposed to the elements of the forest. I think exposure to the outdoors may have caused him to pick up fungus many years ago. I suppose you don’t have to live in the jungle to pick up a fungus. But I’m glad to see there are treatments for this embarrassing remedy.

  3. Deshawn says:

    I have had a couple of people in my immediate family have this fungus appear one on the toes and one with it on her thumb nail. It is very unattractive and I am sure embarrassing because it makes you think that people think you aren’t a clean person, rest assured that is not the case. Is it ok to wear nail polish on the nail, to help cover it up, especially on the fingers?

  4. Benjamin says:

    @Deshawn, It’s not a good idea to put nail polish on the infected nail to try and conceal it. This prevents it from healing and can even cause further infection.

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