While there are many over- the- counter topical ointments and creams available, toenail fungus rarely responds without prescription strength solutions. Dermatologists can treat toenail fungus with prescriptions to begin a successful treatment regimen. However, if you would like to try home remedy solutions first, many people have found success with the following: VapoRub, snakeroot extract, tea tree oil, oregano oil, olive leaf extract, ozonated oils, vinegar, Listerine, garlic, and adjustments to diet including an increase to protein and iron intake.
Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium, is very common. Signs and symptoms include scaling or buildup of the skin below the nail, easily broken corners or tips of the toenail, flakiness or pitting in the nail’s surface, yellow spots on the bottom of the nails, distorted toenail growth, toenails that lift away from the cuticle, thickened nails, loss of toenails, foul smelling odor and white, yellow, or darkened streaks on the surface of the nail.
Fungal nail infections can spread to other nails and the skin causing dermatological issues or ringworm. Fungi are common in damp places. Toenail fungus symptoms can be prevented by a few simple practices including keeping your feet dry. After bathing or swimming, be sure to wash thoroughly with soap and completely dry your feet. Change socks or hosiery daily and change out shoes regularly. Wear shoes that fit properly. Wear synthetic fiber socks that provide wicking to reduce moisture. When trimming your toenails be sure to clean the trimmer before use and cut straight along the top of the nail without rounding the edges. Common cuts or tears to the nail occur from accidental or aggressive trimming. Public communal areas such as hotel rooms or showers, locker rooms, pools, and any general area you may be barefoot presents an opportunity for fungus to grow. Avoid going barefoot and opt for flip flops instead.
Beyond cosmetic concerns, a severe case of nail fungus can be painful and may cause permanent damage to the nails. Widespread infection of toenail fungal infection is concerning for those with diabetes or chronic conditions that weaken the immune system. If toenail fungus spreads to the skin causing it to crack, bacteria can enter in causing cellulitis, a condition that causes red, swollen, and tender skin. The spreading of fungus from the nails can also cause athlete’s foot around the surrounding skin.
Tired of foot pain or the unsightly look of those discolored toenails? To find relief from toenail fungus symptoms and more, schedule your appointment today. THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology is dedicated to your care and comfort. Call 602-867-7546 or WEBSITE to book now.