Toenail fungus infections usually result in nail thickening discoloration, and crumbling hence a very ugly and painful nail. If toenail fungus is left untreated, it could quickly spread to other nails and can be very painful which often makes walking difficult especially in covered shoes. In rare cases, as observed in patients with underlying health issues, toenail fungus can be very dangerous. These people e.g. diabetic patients have a suppressed immune system hence if the fungi enter the bloodstream, it could cause major harm.
Toenail fungus infections are quite difficult to treat because of their ease of spreading and particularly high rate of recurrence. This high rate of recurrence is why many believe there is no total cure to fungus nail. Also, many of the available treatments such as medications have side effects ranging from benign to serious including damage to internal organs like the liver.
Despite all of the above indications, some treatment methods have proven to be very effective. These treatments vary largely. The effectiveness of a treatment method is determined by the severity of the condition as well as how fast the body heals. In cases where the nail has pulled up from the nail bed, surgery is often the first thing to do followed by the use of other treatment methods like medications, natural products, and laser lights.
Baking Soda: baking soda is an effective treatment option for toenail fungus. It reduces or even totally stops the growth of fungus. It does this by absorbing moisture, which is the breeding ground for fungus, around the feet. You can simply put baking soda in your socks or shoe or put a paste of baking soda on the affected nail for about 10 minutes before rinsing it.
Mentholated topical ointment: These ointments, which are often recommended for cough and cold, have properties that make them effective fungus treatment. They contain ingredients such as camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol f which are highly antifungal. Just apply the ointment directly to the infected. Using it once a day for several weeks will show noticeable improvements.
Other home remedies include garlic, vinegar, mouthwash, lavender oil, jasmine oil, and petitgrain oil Some of these do not have direct scientific evidence that they treat toenail fungus effectively but anecdotal evidence shows unequivocally that they do.
Natural over-the-counter products
There are a number of over-the-counter products that have been proved to effectively treat toenail fungus. They include:
Emuaid: this is a product with outstanding healing properties coupled with an amazing pace. Emuaid contains key ingredients like tea tree, emu oil, and colloidal silver. Tea tree is rich in antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a key ingredient in the treatment of nail fungus. Emu oil is also a very impressive ingredient that is easily absorbed by the skin because of similar unsaturated fatty structures. Emuaid increases the flow of blood to the infected area and engages the body’s natural healing process. Emuaid works very fast and cures toenail fungus effectively.
Funginix: as far as the effective treatment of toenail fungus is concerned, funginix is rated one of the most effective. This topical solution is effective in treating all kinds of nail fungus. Funginix contains enormous antifungal ingredients such as herbal oils, extracts, and 10% Undecylenic Acid.
EmoniNail: this product is also loaded with strong antifungal properties hence an effective solution for nail fungus. It is a topical solution for nail fungus, toenail fungus as well as fingernail fungus alike. EmoniNail restores the nail completely by penetrating deep into the nail plate to kill any fungus in the nail bed.
Other over-the-counter products include Naturasil and Kerasal.
Because they are topical products, to achieve the highest effectiveness, ensure the infected nail is neat, well-trimmed, and filed especially when the nail is thick. This takes care of the compromised effectiveness that could result because they are topical.
Tioconazole: this is a prescription-only medicine. It is effective for superficial and distal fungus infections.
Amorolfine: it is also available for over-the-counter purchase.
These medications often have serious side effects unlike natural products with little or no side effects.
In the general perspective of effectiveness and safety, natural products are better but some nail fungus conditions may require medications because they may be representative of deep-lying health issues hence consult your doctor to diagnose the condition and suggest the best method of treatment. If no underlying health issues are diagnosed, you should go with natural products. Where there are underlying health issues, you can combine natural products with your medication to quickly improve the outlook of the nail.