Learning how to get rid of toenail fungus is pretty straightforward. The information presented here will be easy to understand, but, we’ll still take an in-depth look at the infection, the steps you’ll need to take to eliminate it, and some common mistakes that many people make that cause their efforts to be wasted.
Before we begin to look at how to get rid of toenail fungus, however, I think it only prudent that we first examine the disease itself. Without understanding your adversary, any hope that you may have of developing a successful treatment regimen will be just that…a hope!
Toenail fungus (or, any nail fungus) is similar to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot and fungal infections of the crotch. The difficulty in eliminating a nail fungus infection comes not from what it is, but from where it is! The fungus lives and breeds in the nail bed underneath your nail, making it virtually impossible to reach with topical potions. It can be done, of course, but daily treatments must be continued for long periods, typically 6-12 months, to be completely effective.
As if that’s not enough, this fungus has also developed a number of different strains. Like all living things, it has evolved over time, but, since each person’s infection is a world of it’s own, separate from other infections, it’s evolution has taken a number of different paths. As you’ll discover a bit later, this can be (and is) one of the main reasons that curing the infection is so difficult.
Also, you must always remember that the fungus can easily spread. Chances are that you were infected by coming in contact with the fungus at the gym, or at the swimming pool, or any other place where people routinely go without shoes.
This is important because it’s likely that your infection has spread, as well, and that all of your toenails and/or fingernails are infected, even though some may still appear normal. If you choose to use a topical treatment or home remedy like the ones that we will discuss next, treat all of your toes or fingers, not just the ones that you know are infected. If any of the fungus survives the treatments, re-infection is only a matter of time.
How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus | Home Remedies
As a general rule, all of us here at RemedyScribe.com prefer home remedies and holistic treatments to over-the-counter remedies or doctor visits. When dealing with nail fungus, however, home remedies are problematic because of the different strains of the fungus that we discussed earlier.
I have to believe that this isn’t the first article that you’ve read about getting rid of nail fungus. I’m sure, also, that you’ve come across articles that extol using one of the many popular toenail fungus home remedies (white vinegar, tea tree oil, Vick’s Vap-O-Rub®, etc), claiming that it totally cured the problem. Then, the very next article you find says that using that very same remedy is a waste of time. What are you to believe?
The fact is, they’re both telling the truth. Some home remedies are very effective on some of the fungus strains and totally useless on others. If you’re planning on using a home remedy to treat your infection, keep in mind that, just because vinegar (or, whatever) worked for someone else doesn’t mean that it will work for you, too.
As for the home remedies themselves, white distilled vinegar and tea tree oil appear to be the most effective across many of the different fungus strains. With either one, you’ll need to treat your nails twice a day for about 6 months (light infection) to 12 months (heavy infection).
This brings up another short-coming of using home remedies for this particular ailment. Medical remedies and OTC treatments have been tested and the duration of the treatments established. Not so with home remedies.
This is why we suggest that you continue home remedy treatment until you are absolutely sure that all of the fungus has been eliminated, then treat for 3 more months.
How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus | Over The Counter Remedies
With all of the choices available both online and at your local pharmacy, how do you choose the best OTC product for your problem? Well, you can eliminate most of them just by reading the label. If the product says that it’s cures foot fungus, it’s not for you. Your problem is eliminating nail fungus, and that requires a special kind of treatment.
Buy only products that state clearly that they are for treating nails. These remedies contain ingredients that are designed to get the medicine through your nail and onto the fungus below. ZetaClear and NailTek Anti-Fungal are perfect examples of effective nail fungus treatments.
When you add the fact that they are formulated to treat all known strains of the fungus, it makes using one of them hard to beat.
But, which one?
Both ZetaClear and NailTek Anti-Fungal are excellent products that have proven themselves very effective at eliminating nail fungus of all types. If I could only pick one, however, it would be ZetaClear, for one simple reason: it attacks the fungus on two fronts.
As we mentioned before, all toenail fungus treatments take time. The medicine has to work it’s way through the nail to get to the fungus. ZetaClear is no different in that respect, but it also uses an oral spray designed to raise your blood Ph (acidity). It seems that when nail fungus finds itself in a high acid environment, it ceases to produce spores, bringing reproduction to a halt. This doesn’t kill the fungus, of course, but it will slow or stop it’s spread until the topical medicine has time to do it’s job.
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Now, I realize that there are those of you that might think that any article on how to get rid of toenail fungus won’t be complete without at least some mention of doctors and medical treatments. Well, okay, then, they’ve been mentioned.
Look, toenail fungus infections are not serious or life threatening. My opinion is that you should consider a doctor visit only if your other efforts are unsuccessful. Medical treatment is expensive, and the drugs that are used for these infections carry a risk of some serious side effects. For me, these two points are enough to make a visit to my doctor a “last resort”.
How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus | What Not To Do…
The majority of people that try to treat toenail fungus at home and fail do so for one simple reason: they stop treatment too soon!
Like all fungi, onychomycosis (that’s it’s real name!) reproduces by shedding spores that act like plant seeds. These spores (again, like plant seeds) can lay dormant for a long time before “taking root” and starting to grow. To be completely rid of the fungus, you must continue treatment until all of the infection is gone, including the spores!
This is why I consider ZetaClear a superior product. The oral spray will, in most cases, raise your body’s Ph level to the point that makes it too acidic for the fungus to continue producing spores. This puts you light years ahead in treating the infection.
Wow! This article turned out to be a lot longer than I had intended. I know that it’s a lot of information to digest, but, I can promise that, if you read and re-read it until you understand every part, you will know exactly how to get rid of toenail fungus.
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