Are you afraid to wear sandals? Does the thought of someone touching your feet leave you petrified? If your nails are dry, brittle, and discolored, you may have nail fungus. You may have looked around at lots of toenail fungus cures, but with all the options available today, you may be confused about the best course of action. The best advice I can give you is to consult your doctor, but before you do, you should be aware of the most common cures for toenail fungus.
You’ve probably seen a lot of commercials on TV lately about different prescription cures for toenail fungus. These are drugs which are taken once a day for a specific period of time, generally from three to six months. The most popular brands are Sproronax and Lamisil, but you should talk to your doctor first (since you have to get a prescription from them anyways).
These drugs are very good at clearing up even the toughest toenail fungus, but they also have their downside. They can take up to a year to fully cure the fungus. They can also carry a substantial cost, and most insurance companies don’t cover it (because it’s a cosmetic issue, not medical). You should also be aware that these drugs can have negative effects on the liver and your doctor should perform tests after several weeks of treatment.
Some other cures for toenail fungus are topical ointments, sprays and creams. These are less expensive that prescription drugs and available over the counter, but they are generally only effective for less severe cases of fungus. Since they only work on the outside of the nail, it is best to trip the nail down as far as you can before you apply. It’s actually recommended to trim the nail down to the cuticle and apply the cream directly to the nail bed; however, this can be extremely painful.
If your main concern is purely aesthetic, you may simply consider painting your nails. If you go to a nail salon, you can pay a small fee, usually about $25, to have acrylic nails put over yours. This will not treat the fungus, but will cover the infected nails making them look normal and healthy. If you use this option, you should be careful to monitor your actual nails for signs of a worsening infection.
If an infection spreads significantly under the acrylics, you may lose your original nails and not even know it. While it may not look as pleasing, a safer bet that actually cures toenail fungus, is antifungal nail polish. This way you can hide the infection and cure it at the same time. Again, this is external so may not work on severe infections.
If the toenail fungus cures listed here haven’t worked or just aren’t your style, there are also many natural cures you can research and try. Many are less expensive and pose fewer risks as well. Some popular treatments include tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar. Remember, all treatments take time to fully work, but if you find one that does, you’ll be taking off your shoes in no time.