Prescription Cures for Toenail Fungus

Toenail FungusThe proper treatment of Toenail Fungus is a serious issue. Toenails left untreated can become severely discolored and damaged. Those with untreated toenail fungus are also at a high risk of passing on the infection to those around them. Severe cases of toenail fungus infections usually do not respond to over the counter treatments. For cases such as these, your family doctor will need to prescribe anti fungal medication to combat the problem from within. These drugs have the potential of causing serious side effects, so be sure that you have exhausted all other options before beginning a prescription regimen.

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Toenail Fungus Can be Treated in Many Different Ways

Toenail FungusToenail fungus infections take place in the nail bed underneath the toenail. This fact makes them difficult to treat. However, medical science has come up with several different cures for this unsightly problem. It is important to note that it is best to begin treatment as soon as an infection is detected. Leaving a fungal infection untreated will make it increasingly difficult to cure. There are several different treatment options to discuss with your doctor. Treatments include home remedies and over the counter topical aids to kill the fungus. Stubborn toenail fungus infections may require the use of prescription medication.

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Toenail Fungus is Easy to Recognize

Toenail FungusA Toenail Fungus takes hold when the nail bed is exposed to fungal spores. Unfortunately, the dark and damp environment that our feet spend most of their time in is exactly the type of environment that fungal infections thrive in. If you are concerned that you may have toenail fungus there are some common symptoms to look for. Toenails with a fungal infection usually turn yellow or whitish. The nail often becomes thick, cracked, and brittle; sometimes even separating from the toe itself. It is important that the toenail receive early treatment to reduce the spread of a contagious infection.

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How do you know if you have Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete's Foot can lead to a Nail Fungus Infection

An athlete’s foot infection can cause the skin between your toes to split or blisters may form on your foot. It can burn or itch but don’t scratch the affected area as it will spread. If you notice a yellow discoloration under your nail or it becomes thicker and brittle, the fungus infection may have spread to your nails.

A nail fungus infection needs to be attended to immediately, treating the infection in the early stages before it becomes embedded, unsightly and embarrassing.

Athlete’s foot infections are usually not serious and can be cleared up by using anti-fungal over the counter medication. Apply it regularly and continue to do so even after the infection has cleared, this prevents re-infection.

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Athlete’s Foot Is A Fungal Infection

Public Showers Are A Risk Area!
Public Showers Are A Risk Area

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the feet and is also referred to as ringworm, this is a clinical condition and the medical term is tinea pedis. It is a common, contagious skin infection and occurs when a fungus grows (usually) between the toes but it can infect the soles of the feet. A toenail fungus infection is called Onychomycosis, or ringworm of the nail.

Athlete’s foot infections are not limited to athletes!

You are susceptible to an athlete’s foot infection when you come into direct contact with contaminated surfaces, have continually wet feet or injure your nail. Athlete’s foot spreads rapidly in communally used areas such as showers and swimming pools. It can also be passed on by other people who have the infection, so don’t share their towels, shoes, socks or anything else.

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Tea Tree Oil – The Natural Solution to Toenail Fungus

One of the home remedies I have found effective in my battle with toenail fungus is tea tree oil.  So, if you are suffering with a fungal infection try this natural, traditional remedy. A few drops of tea tree oil mixed with the same amount of olive oil, applied to your infected nails with a cotton ball gives you a quick treatment option.

Tea tree oil has known anti-fungal properties when used topically and in combination with olive oil (which is high in fatty acids and antioxidants) you have a salve which hydrates and nourishes your chipped and infected nails, while simultaneously fighting the fungus.

You should apply this mixture a few times a day for about 4 months. It takes a while for a fungal infection to take hold and become serious enough for you to notice it and realize that it needs attention, and a correspondingly long time to treat it.

Toenail fungus (Onychomycosis) is a fungal parasite which attacks the skin under the nail in the area where the skin and nail meet (the nail bed). Although nail fungus most commonly affects the toenails it is not unusual to have infected fingernails.  It is important to keep your nails trimmed, clean and dry. If you are dealing with toenail fungus you must take precautions to avoid spreading it to others.

The unsightly, brittle nails need a fix! This solution of tea tree and olive oil allows for easy application and has an antifungal, moisturizing effect. Try it!

Tea tree oil has known anti-fungal properties which help in the treatment of toenail fungus

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Perfect Pedicure

Toenail Fungus Pedicure

Pedicure for Toenail Fungus

Picture this – it’s the beginning of summer and you’ve got the dress, the hair, and the shoes… But wait! Have you checked your toes? Nothing ruins the effect of a beautiful pair of sandals like ugly winter feet. I’ve included a step-by-step home pedicure process on how to whip your feet into shape! And there’s nothing like a bit of polishing to keep toe nail fungus at bay. The ultimate toenail treatment!

Tool Kit:

Pumice stone/foot file * nail file/nail scissors/nail clippers * cuticle remover * orangewood stick * large basin * towels * exfoliating foot scrub * nail buffer * moisturising cream * aromatherapy oil * bath salts. If desired; color nail polish * base and top coat.

So, here goes:

1. Put on some music and get your pedicure tools together.
2. Fill a large bowl with warm water, add bath salts and aromatherapy oil (tea tree oil is a good option as a preventative toenail fungus treatment).  Let your feet soak for 10 minutes, longer if your feet are very cracked, calloused or dry.

3. Whilst soaking, take each foot out in turn and use a pumice stone or foot file to rub away the dead skin on the soles of your feet and heels.

4. Use an exfoliating foot scrub to rub away the dead skin from the soles of your feet and the side of your heels.

5.  Rinse off and allow your feet to soak a little more.

6. Remove your feet from the bath and dry thoroughly. Remember toenail fungus thrives in warm, dark, moist places and for that reason it is important to keep your feet dry.

7. Apply cuticle remover around the edge of your toenails and gently push cuticles back with an orangewood stick. It is important that the cuticles remain intact; cuticles in good condition prevent toenail fungus and bacterial infections from entering the skin.

8. Trim your toenails. Use nail scissors, nail clippers or a nail file. Cut the nail straight across to avoid ingrown nails, do not cut or clip the sides of your nails. You can round the nails slightly at the corners with a nail file. Gently smooth the surface of your nails with a nail buffer. These toenail treatments are great for healthy, good looking feet.

9. Massage moisturising cream into your feet, ankles and calves.

10. Remove moisturiser from toenails by wiping with cotton wool soaked with nail polish remover. Apply a base coat to your nails, a color polish and top coat if desired. Allow polish to dry in between coats and use a quick dry spray after the top coat. To prevent smudging allow nail polish to dry completely.

11. Clean and dry your tool kit.

Keep your feet happy and healthy by applying a moisturiser daily.

I hope this helps! It makes such a difference to me when my nails look good – I hope this inspires you to give it a go and get pedicuring!

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Toenail Treatment That Anyone Can Try

Toenail Treatment – Why Bother?

toe nail fungus Anyone who has ever suffered from a fungal infection in their nail bed knows what a difficult problem it can be to treat.  It is very disheartening to feel like you’re doing everything right, and still see the condition of your toenail continue to degenerate.  Some are tempted to give up on their toenail treatment when they don’t see the results that they had hoped for.  We are here to encourage you to keep trying.

A fungal infection of the toenail will not get better on its own.  Without a proper toenail treatment the infection will get worse, and what is perhaps a scarier thought, will spread to surrounding skin tissue and other nails.  Most fungal infections are highly contagious.  It is very easy to spread the infection to other nails and even family or friends.  Simply scratching an itchy toe can spread the problem to your fingernails.

Those who deal with fungal infections have to take many more precautions than the rest of us do in order to avoid spreading their infection to others.  Two of the precautions are; not going barefoot, and washing out the shower after every use.  Clearly, choosing not to use a toenail treatment is not a good choice.

Toenail Treatments Available

Toenail treatments are readily available to everyone.  Do your research and you will find treatments out there to suit every need.  There are many different home remedies that you can try.  Some of these methods are pretty cost effective, but a few remedies call for uncommon or expensive ingredients.

Some home remedies are not all that they’re cracked up to be.  If the ingredients for a home remedy are a little bit pricey, talk to your doctor about it.  He or she should be able to tell you if the toenail treatment that you are considering has much of a chance to work for you.

If you’re not that interested in home remedies there is a whole plethora of over the counter antifungal products that you can buy at your local pharmacy.  These treatments work best if they are used on mild infections.

Extremely severe cases of toenail fungus usually require the use of a prescription toenail treatment.  Your doctor will monitor your health closely once you begin your drug regimen.  The possible side effects of these powerful antifungal drugs are pretty serious, but fortunately they are also quite rare.

Toenail Treatment – Where to Begin

A fungal toenail infection is a medical condition and as such it should be monitored by a trained medical professional.  Consult with your doctor before you begin any toenail treatments.  Your doctor will likely have some good advice for you.  If your condition is not very advanced, your doctor should have no problem with you experimenting with different toenail treatment approaches.  Your doctor will also be very valuable in assessing your toenail’s progress during your treatment.  Never give up the dream of a life without an embarrassing toenail fungus problem.  You can achieve success with perseverance.

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