Nail fungus looks bad and feels worse, but there are many highly successful treatments for this condition. Treatment options range from oral medication, prescribed from your doctor, to effective and time-tested home remedies.
Normally, nail infections start out small. You may notice a tiny white or yellow spot under the tips of your nail. In time, the fungus will spread, causing the characteristic symptoms of discolored and thickened nails. If the fungus is left untreated, the nails will become brittle and may even pull away from the nail bed.
Most people with nail fungus want to treat and heal it quickly. Cosmetically, this condition is embarrassing and physically, it can be painful. There are many treatment options and often the first place to look is the local pharmacy. There are several over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and ointments, and they will work in varying degrees.
Topical treatments include an anti-fungal lacquer, known as Penlac. This is a type of nail polish you apply once a day. After a week, you wipe off the accumulated layers and start again. It may take a full year for the fungal infection to be eliminated, and this treatment option doesn’t always have a good success rate.
A trip to the doctor will probably get you a prescription for an oral medication like Sporanox, Diflucan or Lamisil. These drugs work well in causing a new nail to grow without the fungal infection. It may take 6 to 12 weeks to see the final result and even longer for the fungal infection to be completely gone. As with any prescription drug, there is the potential for side effects. People with liver disease or congestive heart failure are advised not to take these medications.
Many people are turning to home remedies to treat and cure infections. Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide that actually destroys the infection. This can be easily applied, in conjunction with olive oil, to the affected nail. Additionally, if you are prone to nail fungus, tea tree oil can be used as a preventative.
Listerine is a strong and effective antiseptic. Daily soaking your nails in this solution is able to provide healing to fungal infections. Apple cider vinegar is also a highly recommended home remedy. Soak your nails for at least 15 minutes and then thoroughly dry them. Since fungus likes to grow in moisture, having dry nails is very important.
Oregano essential oil is very powerful and extremely effective. Mix a couple drops with olive oil to smooth it on to the nail and surrounding skin. Oregano essential oil not only has anti-fungal properties; it is also anti-bacterial, antiviral and an analgesic.
Another nail treatment is Alpha Hydroxy Acid. This cream, usually applied before going to bed, helps to remove scaly skin that may encourage the growth of fungus.
Although nail infections are sometimes a stubborn condition, there are many effective treatment options. The key is to find the best plan that will give you fast and permanent results, without any dangerous side effects. Keep in mind that nail fungus can be cured, so look for the best option to suit your needs.