What are the biggest toenail fungus myths out there!
I was asked by one of my subscribers what was the biggest myth i thought was out there about treating toenail fungus.
And i believe it is …Antibiotics for nail fungus
The problem with taking antibiotics to treat toenail fungus is that although they do work yes they do! but when you stop taking the antibiotics for the fungus the infection begins to return and before you know it the full blown toenail fungus infection is back again.
You will need to be taking antibiotics for toenail fungus for at least 6 months,
And thats a long time to be taking them and the damage they will do will be bad to your gut and kidneys.
So although some Doctors may recommend this treatment to you (the majority will not entertain the idea) Say NO!
I believe and know from treating toenail fungus infections from my patients feet is the way to cure the infection is by treating the nail bed.
So use a topical solution and i find that if you use a combination of two treatments like Amoils or Gehwol Nail Fungus Oil and Vicks Vaporub or Potassium Permanganate crystals that you can get rid of the fungus for good.
But remember to apply the 7 Foot Health Rituals so you prevent any reoccurrence when treating the toenails.
Quick Nail Fungus Treatment You Can Do Today And Get Results.
Are you looking for a quick fix nail fungus treatment on your finger or toenails?, maybe you are going on holiday and want to get rid of your embarrassing toe nail fungus.
Well hang on there because i have some quick nail fungus treatment options you can start at home today.
I am a Foot Health Practitioner and have been treating fungal toenails for the past 13 years and the one thing i can tell you is that fungal nails are very stubborn very common and a real pain to cure.
Like warts and verruca, patience and repetition is necessary when treating the fungus and there is no such thing as a quick nail fungus treatment!
Im sorry but there really is not a 24 hour miracle cure,.
But knowing the warning signs of toe and finger nail fungus will ensure your nails remain healthy and fungus free.
What Does Nail Fungus Look Like?
The first signs of nail fungus on your toe or finger nails will begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail.
A ridge or split may occur with a white line along the damaged nail.
Nail fungus as it spreads causes the nail to thickened, dry and flaky.
As time goes on the nail will become yellowish-brown and the nail may begin to crumble and look heavily calloused and unattractive .
When the nails become rough and thickened this may cause some pain around the toe from pressure of the thicker infected nail. Some nails may even give off a foul odour.
Prevention Is the Best Cure For Nail Fungus
I believe the best treatment for fungus nails is prevention.
As i have mentioned above curing nail fungus is very difficult
but not impossible!
When you have treated and repaired your nails back to a healthy looking condition don`t trust them!!!
Often the nails look great so you stop the treatment and within 3 months the fungi begins attacking your nail bed and before you know it the yellow fungus is back!
So i would recommend you keep to a daily foot health ritual to prevent fungus returning.
Foot Pain Relief Expert Foot Health Rituals
After showering each day make sure your feet and toes are totally dry before walking off and putting your socks on.
Clean your feet everyday, a relaxing treatment is to soak your feet in a bowl of warm water with epsom salts for 10 minutes this will not only relax and distress you mentally the epsom salts are amazing for muscle repair and relieving cramps and aching muscles.
Cut your toe and finger nails regularly. Splits or tears to the nails can be an entry point for the bacteria.
Ladies! remove you nail varnish and allow your nails to breath. Wearing nail varnish suffocates the nails and is my #1 reason women get nail fungus. Im not saying don’t wear it but make sure you remove it and if possible have a few days off before reapplying.
Change your socks daily. If you suffer from sweaty feet apply a foot deodoriser or powder for all day protection.
At the gym or swimming pool wear flip flops in all the communal areas especially the showers!
If you do have nail fungus do not share bath towels as you could spread the fungus to your partner!
The Biggest Nail Fungus Myth You Need To Know
Antibiotics are not a quick nail fungus treatment and is unlikely in my opinion to cure your nails of the dreaded fungus.
I meet so may patients who want to go on antibiotics to get rid of their nail fungus because they have read this works fast.
The minimum time frame you would need to be on antibiotics for nail fungus would be 6 months and over that period you could cause serious damage to your gut and kidneys.
So please don`t go down this route most foot health professional and general doctors would not recommend this course of treatment.
All the patients i have met who have tried this, the minute they stopped the antibiotics the nail fungus returns.
Want to get back your healthy nails?
Here are 3 Quick Nail Fungus Treatment ‘s You Can Start Doing TODAY!!!!!!
In my opinion the regular over the counter remedies for nail fungus are just not effective Curanail, Scholls, ClearZal….
These are expensive and in effective and i would recommend you try these less expensive treatments which my patients benefit from.
1: Potassium Permengate Crystals
Potassium permanganate can act as an antiseptic. For example, dilute solutions are used to treat canker sores (ulcers), disinfectant for the hands and treatment for mild pompholyx, dermatitis, and fungal infections of the hands or feet. * wikipedia.
You can buy potassium permanganate for a few ££$$ £3.99 was the last tub 50g i purchased and it lasts for ages. It is available from most drug stores and as most things in life Amazon.
How to use Potassium Permanganate Crystals
BEWARE When using Potassium Permanganate your feet will go a brownish colour! but this does wear off after a few days but try and tip the toes into the water so you only have minimal discolouration.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of PPC into a bowl of warm water, the water will go purple!.
Soak the nails for 10 minutes and dry with an OLD towel. Poor the water down a outside drain so you do not discolour your home or bath sinks.
2: Vicks Vaporub Rub
A surprising quick nail fungus treatment is Vicks Vaporub its ingredients include camphor, menthol, eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, nutmeg oil, petrolatum, and thymol and turpentine oil, encourages natural healing of nail fungus.
Vicks themselves do not advertise this fact but several trials have been completed and results are proven.
How to use Vicks Vaporub on nails with fungus
Apply to the effected nails daily, by rubbing a small amount of the Vicks on and around the nail trying to get some under the nail if possible (this is where the fungus is within the nail bed)
Make sure the nails are dry before applying.
Trim your nails, this encourages the nails to grow quicker. And the Fungus to go faster.
I believe choosing two treatments and ensuring you start a daily foot health ritual will give you the fastest results.
Apply Vicks Vaporub once a day for 14 days and then start over the next 14 days with an anti fungal cream and repeat for 6 weeks.
I think you need to allow 4-6 weeks to be honest to start seeing real changes to the nails especially toe nails.
Finger nails are always much quicker and within 2 weeks the nails discolouration will improve.
If you are treating toe nail fungus then i my preferred treatment plan is to
apply Daktarin Cream for 7 days and then Amoils Toe Nail Fungus Oil.
Amoils is an all natural treatment containing essential oils which have no harsh chemicals or additives and i use on my patients who suffer from :
Finger nail fungus
Toe nail fungus
Yeast Infections of the nails
I have found over the past few years natural remedies much more effective to cure foot conditions like plantar warts and fungal nails then over the counter chemical based treatments.
I think this is because our bodies respond to natural remedies and do not respond so well to pharmacy based drugs like antibiotics and anti fungicides. Often by increasing our vitamins and minerals we can heal so much faster naturally.
I hope you have found this post helpful and has given you some new ideas and possible treatment options to treat you nail fungus.
If you have a question please leave me a comment below and i will be happy to respond,
And if you have found this post beneficial i would be grateful if you would share it on your social media sites.
By: Zara Butti MAFHP MCFHP Foot Health Practitioner
Avoiding ingrowing toe nail is a necessity when cutting your own toenails.
If you cut the toenails too short or cut down the sides of the toenails then you will be in trouble.and
Within a few days the toenail will begin to feel sore along the side of the skin of the toenail.
The toe will become red and swollen looking, and finally a infection will form noticeably by a yellow or green pus in the skin. This then causes the skin to swell up and over the the side of the toenail and covering the toenail with a fleshy looking mass.
The end result is a painful ingrown toenail.
Simple tips to avoiding a ingrowing toe nail
Do not cut your toenails too short
When trimming your toenails cut them straight across were possible
Get someone else to cut your toenails for you.
Do not wear tight fitting shoes that will pinch the toes
Walking barefoot around the house increases your chances in stubbing your toes, this may cause the toenail to jolt and split and cause and ingrown nail.
Seek professional advice if you are diabetic or can see an infection forming
Avoiding ingrowing toe nail and prevent bacteria and infections
If your big toenail looks like the one above one you have a BIG problem as you now have an ingrown toenail.
The toe will look red down the side and may be red all over the tip too. Your toe will be feeling very hot and pulsating in imagine and very sensitive to touch and sore in shoes. DON`T PANIC
Whats happened here is your Toenail has a split / a jagged piece of toenail or just plain irritating the skin. This most likely has been caused by poor or too low cutting.
Until this piece of toenail is removed or the toenail recovers naturally your ingrowing toe nail will not recover.
I get frustrated by patients who call me up and need help with a ingrown toenail and their doctor has had them taking antibiotics for the past few weeks and the toenail is still red and the pain is still there.
SIMPLE: REMOVE THE PIECE OF TOENAIL CAUSING THE PROBLEM AND THE TOE WILL NATURALLY HEAL IT SELF!
2 EASY STEPS TO HEAL AN INGROWING TOE NAIL
STAGE 1:The first thing you need to do to help the swelling of the toes infected state and to encourage natural healing is to soak your feet in salty water.
Grab a bowl of warm water not hot and add 3 tablespoons of table salt.
Salt is a natural healer and will help kill any infection you have around the toenail. Repeat this twice a day.
You may want to protect the toe avoiding ingrown toenail pain in your shoes. Applying a plaster all day will actually encourage more bacteria growth and the infection to get worse!
If you do want to cover the toe i usually advise my patients to use micropore which allows the skin to breath or a plaster with iodine in the padding.
Remove the plaster when you are home and soak your foot in salty water.
Whats important when treating an Ingrowing toe nail is to keep the toenail clean this way the infection will not get worse.
STAGE 2 i do and get my patients to apply 2-3 times a day is to use salon dry or betadine which are iodine sprays.
Benefits of Dry Iodine Sprays
Dry Antiseptic Powder Sprays are easy to use. The benefits of iodine have been used for years in medicine. Its an antiseptic and heals infection.
A Spray makes life easy without needing to touch the affected area itself. Once sprayed, the powder forms a protective antiseptic layer that helps to prevent further bacterial infection and aids the healing process.
The combination of soaking your feet in salty water and spraying the toe with an antiseptic iodine spray
in my opinion is the best way to ease the pain and eliminate the infection .
Once the redness and soreness begins to go you can then begin to think about removing the piece of toenail that is causing the pain.
And if there is no piece of toenail just irritation continue the treatments to help long term healing.
3 Tips to Avoid ingrowing toe nail from reoccurring
If your toenails are naturally curly or involuted , thick or split, use a i Ingrowing toe nail softener. These solutions prevent infections and redness reoccurring and encourage natural looking and growing toenails.
If you play sports where pressure is applied to the toes like football, basketball and running try a silicone gel toecap to protect the tip of the toes from pressure and trauma.
Use the best tool for the job! When cutting your toenails make sure you use a podiatry quality toenail clipper or nipper. Its tricky cutting your own toenails but i use Tweezerman Deluxe Nail Clipper Set on my own nails as i can’t get the right angle using the professional clippers i use on my patients which cut accurately .
I just wanted to finish up by thanking you for reading this post and if you have found this information of some value that you would share or like with friends.
I have been working with patients for the past 13 years and i am enjoy sharing my self help tips i think will benefit patients with foot health problems and appreciate your feedback.
If you have any questions or need assistance on avoiding ingrown toenails please leave me a comment below and i will answer you back.
Avoiding ingrowing toe nail resources:
Watch this video by the NHS discussing ingrown toenails the causes and how you can avoid them in the first place . WATCH VIDEO Credit :NHS CHOICES
Dr Foot Is the worlds most comprehensive foot health site with “how to facts” and videos. They offer a full range of podiatry products including ingrown toenail solutions and toe protection caps.
What are the best toenail fungus cures available to use on your discoloured toenails and where can you buy them from?
In this blog post i will share with you the products i have been using on my patients and the benefits and results i have seen with these toenail fungus cures.
As a Foot Health Professional i see discoloured and toenail fungus everyday and although the appearance of some nails is not pretty Fungal toenails are very common and will not cause you any harm.
If i had a penny for every new patient i meet who has a) fungal infection in their toenails and b) purchased Curanail which is heavily priced and personally in 13 years of practice i have never seen one result from using it.
Recently the foot health industry has been cashing in on us and our discoloured nails and the way for many people how they feel about having fungus toenails.
Many people are embarrassed by their toes appearance and will not expose their feet in the summer in fear of comments.
Companies like Scholls ,Boots, Curanail, Excilor have had big money marketing campaigns on tv and on average this products cost around £20 with the promise of fungal free toenails.
But before you spend any money on curing your toenails i would recommend you try some simple Podiatry recommended tips and products that foot health professionals use daily and see if these toenail fungus cures work for you, plus you save lots of money.
Before we start discussing the best toenail fungus cures here is some basic information about toenail fungus. If you would like to learn more about fungal nails the NHS website is a great source for medical advice and information.
For women wearing Nail varnish which is left on for too long and sweats into the nail bed over time preventing the toenails to breath
Gyms and swimming pool floors
My Treatment plan
You have two options when treating toenail fungus but i believe treating the fungus with both options heals the nail bed faster and for good.
Anti-fungal / Antibiotics
Option 1 (Mild)
If your nails are still a fairly natural appearance and not thickened by the fungus and a little discoloured then i recommend my patients to use a Antifungal cream like Daktarin or Mycil or Mycota.
These are all available in supermarkets and chemists and are under £5.
PLUS i also advise my patients to either use Vicks Rub or Tea Tree Oil.
Option 2 (Medium)
For thicker toenails that are crumbly and smelly i recommend starting with an anti-fungal oil like Gehwol Nail & Skin or Amoils. And apply this to the toenails for 4 weeks.
After one month soak the toenails in tea tree oil in a bowl of water with a table spoon of tea tree. twice a week for 2 weeks.
This treatment will need to be reapplied 3-4 times in my opinion before the fungus will be gone.
Option 3 (Severe)
If your nails look like the ones on the video! then you really do have a battle on your hands and i would be lying if i think you could totally heal your toenails back to their natural appearance.
BUT you can sure give them a good overall health boost and improve the thickness and remove the discolouration of the nails.
I would imagine to get a satisfactory improvement to severe toenail fungus cases you will need to be very patient and 12-24 months is not unusual.
Treatment options for severe cases include Loverly a topical over the counter solution or prescription in the UK , Amoils Toenail Fungus Oil.
I belive soaking your feet in potassium permanganate crystals is a good option and you need only do this 1-2 time MAX. Two teaspoons of the crystals is added to warm water.
The water will turn purple! and your feet brown so be careful to limited how far your feet and ankles go into the bowl as you will get an instant st tropez tan.
The discolouration will wash off over a week in the bath!. But this is an old chiropody secret weapon for fungal infections including severe athletes foot and toenail fungus.
Some patients are advised to go on antibiotics to get rid of the fungus , THIS WORKS , but the problem is the damage it causes to your stomach and kidneys as the treatment plan is a minimum of 6 months , I do not advise this and most Doctors do not either.
Over a period of 6-12 months as you treat the nails you will see at the base of the toenail a healthy pink looking new nail growing and a ridge of the old infected nail which will grow out.
Some times if you play a lot of sports or run you may loose the toenail and the nail bed will be exposed. You will still need to apply a treatment as the new nail grows.
My shopping list for toenail fungus cures you can buy online.
To make it easy for you i have listed the products i use on my patients so you can do more research on what treatment plan you want to take,
I have put together a FREE Guide on the best treatment plans for toenail fungus cures including the stronger treatments and success stories. You can gain instant access to here:>>>
I hope you find this post helpful and points you in the right direction in choosing the right toenail fungus cures for your feet. If you think this post may be valuable to a friend or family member i would appreciate it if you would share the post. And please a comment or question i would like to know how i can help improve patients toenails and will answer you back.
Zara Butti MAFHP MCFHP Foot Health Professional & Expert Blogger