Medications in tablet form are much more effective at fighting nail fungus than topical treatments are, but they aren’t guaranteed to work and also have more side effects, long treatment durations and possible interactions. (7) Another downside is that they are like putting a Band-Aid on the problem — they’re not addressing why the fungus developed in the first place.
Like athletes foot, you can work towards preventing enail fungus by keeping feet clean and, most importantly, dry. Don’t re-wear socks, and stick to open toed shoes if possible. It takes time and patience to get rid of toenail fungus, and for the nail to grow back healthy and normal again. Be diligent about applying your treatments (I can’t stress that enough, it’s really the key to getting these to work the best they can) and don’t overlook preventative methods to keep the fungus from coming back.
If you’ve had toenail fungus for any length of time (weeks, months, years), is it recommended that you get rid of any closed-toe shoes that you’ve worn during this time? I’m hoping one or more of the remedies posted will work but am also concerned about whether my (extensive) collection of shoes may cause it to reappear. Since clippers and other tools should be disinfected/sterilized, it seems like the shoes could also be a problem. It would be quite expensive to replace my shoes.
Tea tree oil is obtained from the tree Melaleuca alternifolia of the Myrtaceae family, native to Australia. It has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-bacterial, insecticide, and fungicide properties among many other. This oil is one of the best remedies for most of the viral, bacterial and fungal infections including toenail fungus. One of the causes of toenail fungus is weak immune system and because tea tree oil is an immune system stimulant too, it can even cure those nail fungus that are most difficult to do away with.
“They are effective in treating athlete’s foot and may help infected nails to some degree, but they are unlikely to clear fungal nail infections because those formulations do not effectively penetrate into the nail itself,” explains Dr. Zeichner. One such topical solution that does sink into the nail? A brush-on treatment called Jublia, an FDA-approved option you can ask your dermatologist about.
For topical treatment try Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil with 75% Eugenol. This is one of the most powerful essential oils you can get and kills bacteria and fungus far more effectively. Dilute to 1% with 99% water and apply. Results within a week for mild cases. A really stubborn case with the toenail all destroyed will take 7 months until a new toenail grows.
In a study conducted back in 1990, the researchers found that grapefruit seed extract as effective and sometimes even better than 30 antibiotics and 18 fungicides. This makes this natural extract derived from the seeds and pulp of very nutritious grapefruit suitable to cure a wide variety of fungal infections. It can be applied topically as well as taken internally. When taken internally, it cures yeast infections, thrush, candidiasis, nail infections and athlete’s foot.
Many of the most popular options for topical toenail fungus treatment are wholly natural approaches and liquid solutions. However, the Fungi Nail Antifungal ointment uses a different approach. This FDA-approved medication is a thick ointment that gets rid of fungus, soothes pain, and helps restore the skin and nail. Zinc undecylenate and undecylenic acid are the active ingredients for Fungi Nail, both FDA approved and designed for eliminating fungus.
I couldn’t afford the expense of the stuff my Dr. prescribed. I got to thinking, I use “CLOVE OIL” for pimples! IT WORKS!!! We use whole cloves in ham to kill the bacteria….. it kills the bacteria that causes pimples (acne)…. So why not try it on my nail fungus? IT WORKED!!!!!!! That was last summer. I’ve just noticed that it looks like it may be trying to come back. It stained the nails a bit, but that goes away pretty quick! But so did the fungus! FAR OUT! : )
Nail fungus; be it on your toenails or your fingernails is an unpleasant business to have to deal with. Officially known as onychomcosis, it is most often caused by moisture trapped in a warm dark place (because of shoes, this is why it more commonly effects toenails) which is the environment fungus thrives in. In some cases it can be caused by mold, or yeast, but it’s still collectively called nail fungus-nail mold or nail yeast just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Australian tea tree oil is a two or three applications remedy. Toe nail fungus hides under the nail, but its weakness is it needs air. So after soaking your foot in hot water for a time, get a wooden tooth pick and dig under the nail to remove as much fungus as you can. You will be surprised how far in you can go. Using about the third toothpick dip that in tea tree oil several times to fill under the nail. Then dig back under the nail to get the oil as far in as you can. Its cheap , its no fuss and its natural. Tea tree oil also fixes athletes foot, Ringworm and other fungal ailments regardless of area affected. Friend had a fungal condition on his anus. A suppository soaked in tea tree oil fixed that. Doctors remedies and diet did not. Rob