Nails can get the fungal infection if proper care is not given to them. Especially toenails have more chances of getting the fungal infection. Fungal nail infection is of different types caused by different micro-organisms. Nail infected with fungus become thicker and also changes color. Medicine in the past was not much effective as compared to the medicine use today. As nails grow very slowly and blood supply to the nails is not much so the nail through oral medicine repairs very slowly. Many types of medicines are available now both for oral and topical use. If both are taken side by side the infection can be treated quickly. Here are 10 accessible and effective fungal nail treatments that will help to repair your nails and bring them to their normal condition.
1. Taking medicine orally
The most effective medicine that can be taken orally for fungal nail treatment is Lamisil and Sporanox. These two medicines help to make fast the growth of new nail, repair it and replace the older infected one. It is a six to twelve-week course which but the results are seen when new nail grows.
2. Using medicated nail paint
Those who fear to take medicine orally can use the medicated nail paint which is applied topically on the nail. Nail paint such Penlac is applied to infected nail covering the skin in the surrounding as well. You have to apply this nail paint every day and at the end of a week the layers of nail paint are removed with the help of nail polish remover and the new fresh coat is again applied.
3. Medicated nail cream
For the application of medicated nail cream you first need to thin the nail then wash the feet and dry properly. Massage the cream into the nail which will penetrates the nail and fights the fungus.
4. Nail surgery
If the fungal infection is crucial nail is removed through surgery by which new nail grows out but this will take one year to grow back.
5. Baking soda and vinegar treatment
Take 4 to 5 tablespoon of baking soda, water, one cup vinegar, tub and a towel to try the feet. Add vinegar to the water in the tub and soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes then dry the feet completely with the towel. Then again dip your feet in the tub by adding baking soda to it. Dip in for 15 minutes then take feet out and dry with a towel. Vinegar fights against fungus while baking soda prevents it from growing. Repeat this procedure twice a day.
6. Tea tree oil
Add 2 to four drops of tea tree oil in the water and soak the feet in this water for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this tip every day because tea tree oil is well known for treating nail fungus very efficiently.
7. Coconut oil
Massage the coconut oil on the infected nail and let it absorb naturally into it. The coconut oil contains fatty acids that settle into the lipid layer of fungus and destroy its cells. Thus, coconut oil helps to treat the fungal nail.
Lactobacillus is a bacterium that naturally exists in our body and fight against bacteria that cause viral or fungal infections especially fungal nail infection. So it is necessary to take proper diet and supplements containing probiotics to kill the fungus not only from outside but from inside as well.
9. Listerine mouthwash
One of the most accessible and effective fungal nail treatments is Listerine. Take 30 to 50 ml of Listerine and mix it in two cups of hot water. Soak your feet in the mixture for 30 minutes. Repeat this procedure every day to get rid of fungal nail infection. Listerine works as an antiseptic to kill the fungus.
10. Lavender oil
Every night before going to bed soak your feet with lavender oil and wear socks to prevent it from sticking to other things. Leave it over night and wash feet in the morning. Avoid using synthetic socks as they may make the infection crucial. Lavender oil contains antiseptic agents which help to fight the fungus.
Apart from using these 10 accessible and effective fungal nail treatment, preventive measures should also be taken to keep away fungal infection. Wash your feet properly and dry them out completely before wearing socks. Wet toes get fungal infection fast. Avoid using old shoes because they may attach fungal spores to them which will cause infection afterwards.