If you have been plagued with the unfortunate nuisance of a toenail fungal infection, you’re no stranger to the unsightly and sometimes very painful effects. A quick internet search will turn up a bunch of “cures”, but what is the best toenail fungus treatment? Fungi can be tough to avoid and come with several undesirable results, however that does not mean you can’t rid your body of them. Whether it’s natural, supplemental, meditative, or laser treatment, there are a plethora of options available to those who are ready to kick their fungal infection to the curb.
Preventative Maintenance and Natural Remedies
As you have probably heard, the best offense is a good defense. This applies to sports and toenail fungus prevention. It’s always better to start fighting these infections before they even have a chance to manifest. For example, stay vigilant in changing your socks after you exercise. Keeping your feet in dark, moist socks only provides an ideal breeding ground for fungi. While we’re on the topic of the gym, make sure to always bring shower shoes or sandals to wear in the locker room, sauna, or shower. Fungi loves these kinds of places for their warm, wet climate. Avoid walking barefoot in places like these as much as you can. If you have contracted athlete’s foot, begin treating it as soon as possible as it is closely associated with toenail fungal infections. Always keep your toes clean and keep your feet moving to encourage blood circulation to help prevent these infections.
Natural remedies can be an effective way of killing off a toenail fungus. Soaking your toes in water mixed with a couple ounces of apple cider vinegar and a quarter cup of Himalayan salt for ten minutes a day can help start nudging your infection in the right direction. Additionally, it has been found that applying a drop of a combination of oregano and tee tree oil before bed can alleviate your nails. Lastly, a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, water, and vinegar has been proven to be a fast and effect remedy. The amounts needed are:
- One drop of 35% grade hydrogen peroxide
- Six drops of distilled water
- Three drops of apple cider vinegar
- One drop of DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide)
If your toenail infection refuses to go away, your doctor may prescribe you oral antifungal drugs. These drugs are typically taken for 2-3 months. Lamisil (terbinafine) and Sporanox (Itraconazole) are the most well-known and proven effective medications that help promote the regrowth of nails. As the new nail begins to come in, it replaces the infected nail. Always ask your doctor about potential side effects of oral antifungal drugs. Besides oral medication, your doctor may also prescribe you a medicated nail polish or cream. These treatments usually require to soak and then rub on the antifungal cream or polish nightly. The goal of these medications is to fight through the surface of the hardened nail and eliminate the fungus underneath, directly.
Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
For more severe toenail, fungal infections, surgery may be desired. Many procedures involve using a laser to attack the site of the fungus. However, man of these laser treatments are inefficient because they have trouble effectively penetrating the toe nail matrix to get to the fungus. Luckily, Juvanail, a proprietary procedure offered only at Tower Foot and Ankle Surgery offers a superior alternative. Since toenail fungus creates and often opaque discoloration of the nail, it makes it difficult for many lasers to reach the fungal site. Juvanail utilizes the correct light waveforms and appropriate cooling technologies to ensure your fungus is killed at the root of your toe nail matrix, while maintaining a safe and comfortable experience. Juvanail uses a laser model that allows for cooling which helps prevent unnecessary damage to the toenail and surrounding areas. Using its patented CoolTouch laser, Juvanail offers the best toenail fungus treatment options, with painless and effective solutions to Toenail fungus infections.