How to Treat Toenail Fungus
Whereas some people are comfortable wearing sandals or open-toed shoes, there are many out there who feel the need to keep discolored, distorted toenails hidden from the world because of nail fungus. If you’re one of those individuals, you should know there are fungal toenail treatment options that can help.
When it comes to understanding how to treat toenail fungus, you may want to start with home care, including remedies like:
- Apple cider vinegar. This particular vinegar has a mild acidity, which both prevents the fungal infection from spreading and eradicates the offensive fungus. Mix the apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water in a basin and then soak the affected foot (or feet) in the solution for about thirty minutes.
- Baking soda. Baking soda can both treat the fungal infection and neutralize foot odor at the same time. Start by mixing a half-cup of baking soda—along with a half-cup of Epsom salt and a quarter-cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%)—in four cups of hot water. After mixing those ingredients, add a quarter-cup of white vinegar and then soak your feet in the solution for about ten minutes. When you’re done, rinse off your feet with clean water and dry them completely.
- Tea tree oil. This essential oil contains both antifungal and antiseptic properties. To use this for treating a fungal nail condition, start by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of either coconut oil or olive oil. Apply this mixture to any infected toenails with a cotton ball. After letting it sit for about ten minutes, gently scrub the treated nails with a clean toothbrush. For optimal results, repeat the process two or three times a day.
Home care is worth trying, but this is a stubborn fungal infection and you may need to see us for professional treatment. The good news is that we’ve been able to help many patients overcome toenail fungus with treatment options like:
- Topical medication. More commonly used for mild infections, topical medications include creams, lotions, powders, sprays, and nail lacquers. These topical solutions attack the fungus from the outside in.
- Oral medication. Sometimes, we prescribe pills which deliver antifungal medication via the bloodstream. This is able to reach the fungus topical medications cannot, but it is important to note there is—with any medication—the risk of side effects.
Depending on your case, we may prescribe a combination of topical and oral medication to eradicate as much of the offensive fungus as possible.
An important consideration with all types of toenail fungus treatment is your role. We can put together the plan, but it’s up to you to follow the directions for consistent use of medication and take measures—keeping feet dry and clean, trimming toenails properly, protecting feet in public areas—to prevent reinfection.
If you have a case of toenail fungus, contact our team at Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic and we can provide the treatment you need. Remember, this stubborn fungal infection won’t go away on its own, so let our team work to restore your nails back to health. Call us today for more information—or to request an appointment with our Salt Lake City office—at (801) 269-9939.