Toenail fungus is a wide spread problem that is affecting thousands of U.S. citizens today. This condition is diagnosed when your toenail has a yellowish and brittle look to them that is nothing short of being described as unsightly. This condition is often caused by a type of fungus called Dermatophytes. While this fungal nail infection does not pose any immediate threat to your health, it does bring with it serious risks if the individual is diabetic or of old age.
The problem with treating toenail fungus is that it can prove to be such a nuisance and will be quite difficult to get rid of permanently. Common over the counter ointments and medications prove to be ineffective most of the time and while there are stronger oral medications available they also have some unwanted side effects that can cause you even more duress. Fortunately, there are alternative methods of treating toenail fungus that are far safer and more effective as long as you follow the instructions and precautions to the letter. Below are tips on how to eliminate pesky toenail fungus infection permanently.
The use of thyme which is oil from thyme is proven to have some powerful antiseptic properties. One product that uses thyme as its active ingredient is Vicks Vapor Rub. Hence, applying Vicks unto the affected area daily (at least 2 times per day) proves to be quite an effective and safe way to eliminate toenail fungal infections. However, each individual reacts to this treatment differently and while some reported that they saw improvements within a couple of days, there are others who claims that it took months for the infection to start subsiding.
One of the most highly recommended home remedy to toenail fungal infection is with the use of tea tree oil or using grapefruit seed extracts and applying a layer over the affected areas. This is one of the safest and most effective toenail fungus treatment known today but will usually take a year of constant use before the fungus is completely eliminated as the toenail must grow out completely.
The oldest known remedy for toenail fungus infection is with the use of vinegar. Vinegar has antibacterial properties that helps kill off fungal infections. The recommended use of vinegar is by mixing 1 part vinegar into 2 parts of warm water and soaking your feet for 20 minutes daily. However, if by chance that your skin starts to react negatively to the treatment, try to decrease the amount of vinegar by adding more warm water into the mix.
Of course, the best way to combat fungal toenail infection is by preventing it from developing in the first place. Keep your toenails clean and well groomed at all times. Always trim your toenails and ensure that your feet stay clean and dry. Synthetic socks are better than those made of cotton or wool and use anti fungal powders which you can purchase in your local stores.
As stated earlier, toenail fungal infections are relatively harmless to the health but the same could not be said for those who have current medical conditions such as leukemia, diabetes, AIDS or those who underwent organ transplants. Those who have the following health issues must consult their doctors immediately if they discover that they might be developing fungal infections on their toenails.