Nobody likes toenail fungus. The yellow, brittle toenails, however, are very common. Toenail fungus is not only embarrassing, but it can lead to further, more serious foot conditions if not treated.
If you have an event or maybe a beach vacation coming up, and you want to show off your cute and relaxing sandals, you want to get rid of your toenail fungus fast.
As toenail fungus is a common foot health issue, many treatment options are now available. There are over-the-counter creams, and pills as well as those prescribed by your podiatrist.
There are also natural, at-home toe fungal treatments as well that include the use of essential oils, spices, vinegar and a healthy diet.
There are many toenail fungus treatments available in stores and online including antifungal creams, gels, and nail polish. These options are best for the more mild cases of toenail fungus.
Prescription polish and creams
Your podiatrist may recommend a paint-on prescription antifungal medication. A prescription cream may also be suggested to use in conjunction with antifungal pills.
Usually, as a last resort, will we suggest prescription antifungal pills. These can take many months to show improved results and can have negative side effects including headaches. Some antifungal pills can cause liver damage so we will closely monitor you while taking these medications.
For stubborn toenail fungus, having it zapped with lasers may work for you. Lasers toenail fungus treatment is expensive as it isn’t covered by insurance.
Natural, at-home remedies
Some patients prefer and swear by more natural antifungal treatments. The most common remedies include having a diet high in fiber and protein and low in yeast, grain, and sugar, using vinegar, cornmeal, baking soda and essential oils including oregano, lavender, coconut, tea tree, olive leaf, and orange. Other common at-home remedies include consuming probiotics, soaking in Epsom salt and baking soda, over-the-counter urea paste, Vicks VapoRub and Listerine mouthwash mixed with white vinegar.
How Long to See Results?
Toenail fungus can take a year to a year and a half to completely go away. Many of the above mentioned antifungal treatments can yield noticeable results in as little as a few weeks, with some taking multiple months to produce significant improvements. As of now, there isn’t an immediate cure for toenail fungus nor is there a treatment that produces immediate results. In many cases, noticeable results aren’t immediate and not all antifungal treatments address the underlying causes of toenail fungus.
If there’s an event or occasion coming up where you need your toes looking great, it is recommended that you begin treating your toenail fungus a few months beforehand.
Some patients have advanced toenail fungus that can only be treated at the podiatrist’s office. In the worst-case scenario, all or part of the toenail may be removed. This can take around a year to heal.
Whether you have a recent, minor form of toenail fungus or you’ve been battling your toenail fungus for many years, it is a good idea to pay us a visit at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our feet specialist can help you find the best antifungal treatment for your case that is quick and which addresses the underlying cause of your toenail fungus.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.