Toenail fungus occurs when a fungus (Fungus belongs to the plant family that includes dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds. In some incidents, fungi can infect and damage tissue, such as skin, hair, or nails. Fungi also may be involved in infections throughout the body, such as in the central nervous system or the bloodstream) attacks the fingernails, toenails or skin surrounding either nail and nail bed. In most cases fungus will not harm a healthy person but it can damage the nail and nail bed if left unchecked. So we start our toenail fungus treatment by understanding that our enemy is a living organism.
OK Now That I Know What It Is What Are The Symptoms?
What symptoms is our home treatment for toenail fungus attempting to treat? Well there are several tell tale signs of a nail infection.
- Thickening of the nail
- Nail turns black
- Crumbling of the nail
- Splitting of the nail
- Yellowing of the nail
All of these signs can indicate a nail fungus problem now it's just our job to fix it.
Finally what over the counter or home treatments can be used to treat toenail fungus?
First realize that if you do not treat your toenail fungus it will not go away. Second know that it is not easy to treat toenail fungus. Sometimes it can be expensive and not all treatments will be successful. So truly it is a matter of finding the right treatment for you so that you can wear sandals or take off your socks in public without being embarrassed how your nails look. After spending a lot of time looking through forums, Web MD and other web based information out there I have not been able to find house hold products such as vinegar, beach or peroxide that are both safe and effective at home treatment. How ever there do seem to be many mail away treatments that people report having seen safe, effective results from.
Ultimately you are going to need an antifungal treatment to get rid of your nail infection. Antifungal creams come in pills and topical treatments and either can be used as a home treatment of toenail fungus. Antifungal pills often offer a quicker more effective treatment but come with the chance of side effects. Many also require a doctors prescription. However some topical treatments can be very effective as well and hold a lesser chance of side effects. They seem to be much more practical as home treatments for nail fungus. If you're in need of a strong antifungal treatment that comes highly recommended, is inexpensive and easy to find.