It is hard to treat toenail fungus successfully. This is due to a number of factors. Perhaps the main two are:
- Typically we wear shoes, which provides a good environment for the fungus – keeping the feet warm and moist, and letting the fungus flourish.
- Stopping treatment too soon – it takes a long time to cure nail infections, so people often lose interest before the treatment is complete, or stop because they mistakenly think that the fungus has been removed.
Understanding these two main hurdles is important; then it's time to look at the main treatments available. The treatments discussed here are for treating mild cases of fungal infection – although the nature of the infection means that even mild cases often look very ugly, with discolored, thick, crumbly nails separating from the nail bed.
This chemical is applied directly to the nail, usually once or twice a week. It is the same treatment that used to be only available by prescription. It is intended to kill the fungus and stop it spreading. It is believed to cure around three quarters of toenail infections. The two main brands using amorolphine are Curanail and Loceryl, both reputable pharmaceutical companies.
This is a very popular treatment, and is widely available on the web. It contains a variety of 'natural ingredients' that combine to kill the fungus and promote healthy nail growth. This treatment claims to have no side effects – and while it does not claim 100% success rate, it does claim to have a very high success rate.
Another popular over-the-counter remedy, this claims to kill the fungus and protect against bacterial complications. This is of interest because it is believed that many fungal nail infections are accompanied by bacterial infection. It also makes the bold claim that it kills over 99% of most common microbial nail infections.
There are a number of popular 'home remedies' and the most popular are Listerine mouthwash, Vicks chest rubs and various vinegar mixes. The basic idea behind these treatments is that they kill the fungus and deprive it of 'air'. In reality these treatments are unquestionably to work – though they may make the nail show a slight improvement temporarily. Remember, nail fungus is hard to kill – in part because it is under the nail and very difficult to reach.
It's also important to note that very severe fungal infections can be treated by surgery and oral medication – only available by prescription. It's also important to note that while most nail fungus is usually one of a small number of fungi, that may not always be the case – meaning no product is guaranteed to work. However, it is worth trying the recommended treatments before committing to a more serious course of action.