A fungal infection is highly unpleasant for anyone who affected by it. It causes a great level of discomfort and at times, it causes pain. However, the most devastating effect it has on a person is its tendency to cause the slow, but sure erosion of the affected part. A toenail fungus is particularly uncomfortable. Technically known as Onychomycosis, it affects about 10% of the entire adult population. Moreover, it is responsible for about half all toenail abnormalities. Fortunately, many people know a lot about the symptoms associated with this infection. They include discoloration and thickening of the toenail. It may also lead to some amount of pain on the skin that lies underneath the affected nail. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of simple ways of dealing with this infection. Here are some simple ways to get rid of toenail fungus.
– Using medication helps
Scientists have devised a number of oral and topic treatments for this infection, both of which have varying rates of success in tackling toenail fungus. For example, topical agents like ciclopirox have an effective rate of only 6 to 9%. Amorolfine is more effective in dealing with toenail fungus than ciclopirox is. Another commonly used topical agent is efinaconazole. Oral medications seem to have a high rate of success when it comes to dealing with onychomycosis. The most effective oral tablet against this fungus is terbinafine, which has a 76% success rate.
Other oral medications like itraconazole and fluconazole have an effective rate of 60% and 48% respectively. It is important to note that only doctors should determine if you have a toenail fungal infection because most people confuse toenail deformity for onychomycosis. In fact, half of all the suspected cases of toenail fungal infection turn out to be toenail deformities. Do not take any topical or oral medication for onychomycosis unless you have confirmed that you have a toenail infection.
– Simple home remedies also work
Fungal infections are not a new phenomenon in contemporary times. In contrast, people have dealt with them since the start of civilized human society and as such, homemade remedies for onychomycosis exist. They include apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, coconut oil, and baking soda. When applied properly, these homemade remedies will slow down the rate of infection and in some cases, eliminate it.
Most of these home remedies work by spoiling the environment in which fungi thrive. More specifically, fungi thrive in slightly acidic environments mostly at a pH level of five. Introducing alkaline mixtures such as baking soda destroys their pH environment severely. Vinegar including apple cider wine has a pH level that is lower than the optimal level required by fungi to survive and thrive.
Another way to get rid of toenail fungus is by removing the affected nail completely. It be discomforting at first, but the nail might grow again if the infection was not serious. Improving your body hygiene level is also critical when it comes to preventing and dealing with toenail infections. Wash your socks and shoes regularly. Do not keep your toenails enclosed with either shoes or socks endlessly and visit a physician regularly so that he can spot and deal with an infection before it grows.
These are some of the most effective methods of treating/curing toenail fungus. If you have any questions or suggestions then you comment below your opinions. You can also check out our review of best known cure for toenail fungus. If you use these methods regularly then you will be able to cure the problem of toenail fungus in less than three months.