Toe Nails with Fungal Infection

Toe Nail Fungus Infection
Credit: Judy Drake

Foot with fungal infection on all nails let go for years.

             You know you have a fungal nail infection and you know you want it gone because it is embarrassing and can lead to complications for certain groups of people. Now you need to know how to get rid of that nasty nail infection. Nail fungal infections can be treatedthrough man-made pharmaceuticals or homeopathic treatments. Check with your doctor before you try anything to make sure it is safe for you because everyone’s body is made differently. A product that works for one person may not help a second person at all. Whichever method you and your doctor do choose can take several months to fully take care of the fungal infection for you because of the fungus being embedded in the nail and the nail bed, so have patience and know it will go away. 


            Pharmaceutical treatments often involve antifungal medications that affect the whole patient’s body eliminating the infection from the inside out. Some of the antifungal medications are terbinafine and itraconazole. Clotrimazole is a topical fungal medicine. Nail polish or paints can contain ciclopirox or amorolfine antifungal medications. Sometimes combining an antifungal and a topical antifungal are suggested. Superficial white onychomycosis is mostly treated with an oral medication.  

Heating with Lasers

            A newer treatment involves using lasers to kill the fungi through the heat given off of the lasers. The treatment is applied to the nails and the nail beds to try and kill the fungi on all levels. The types of lasers used are a Pinpoint type and a Noveon type. Noveon lasers are used in some kinds of cataract surgeries. Other types of lasers have been approved for the use of removing fungus infections. A common laser used in Germany is the Fox Diode Laser. 


                Using herbs with natural antifungal properties can have surprising results. Vicks VapoRub is an old time treatment that is often quite effective. Tea Tree Oil is known to have at least some antifungal in lab results.  I have used it for my own nail fungus infection and it works for me. Grapefruit seed extract is another possible homeopathic treatment, but its effectiveness is not thoroughly known. The active ingredient in Thyme Oil, Thymol is known to be effective against fungus infections. Snakeroot leaf extract has shown abilities of eliminating superficial onychomycosis. Oil of Oregano is a natural antifungal and antibiotic; it can be taken orally or used topically if you buy the liquid capsules. The ingredient that makes it work as an antifungal is the compound carvacol.

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Things to Remember

            No matter which method or methods you decide to try with your doctor’s advice there are some things to remember. Thoroughly wash and dry your feet at least once a day. Twice a day would be better. Dry your feet well because fungi grow best in dark moist environments like a sock covered sweaty foot. Wearing cotton socks that are absorbent can help prevent nail fungus. Avoid wearing poly or other un-absorbent types of socks. Change socks and shoes when wet or excessively sweaty. Have patience, it can take several months for any treatment to work for you.