Toe fungus is a condition that results from the nail bed of the toe (or finger) being infected by mold, fungus, or bacteria. The process of infection is similar to that seen in another condition call athlete’s foot. It can originate from places that are warm and damp such as the public pool, shower and other such places. The warmth and moistness of the toes offer a nice area for the infection to grow.
Nail infections like these are not generally dangerous but they can make the nails difficult to look at, take care of, and they can be painful.
- Wearing tight fitting socks, hosiery, shoes;
- Abnormal pH level in skin;
- Lack of drying the feet properly;
- Compromised immune system.
There is a variety of treatments available for toe fungus. These range from oral treatments to topical creams. It may be best to see a doctor or a podiatrist to find out what is best for the individual in question. Here are some of the treatments that are effective for this condition.
Try Funginix – It also called Fungisil is designed to not only treat the fungus, but can also be used as a way to prevent it from returning. FUNGINIX is the complete topical treatment created to fight and eliminate the fungal infections of the finger and toe areas including regions under and around the toenails.
Natural cures: These are better for the body in general and are very effective. Things like tea tree oil or Leucatin can be used. These need to be used even after the infection seems to have been treated to keep the area clear of it. Oregano oil can be used as an alternative.
Vicks Vaporub: Coating the infected toes with this substance at least twice a day plus before going to bed can be an effective treatment. This will deprive the fungus of oxygen and will prevent the spreading of it. The hands should be washed after using the treatment. The feet should also be very dry or the moisture will be sealed in.
Foot soak: Use a small tub to create a solution of Listerine mouthwash and white vinegar in equal parts. Place the toes in the solution twice a day for fifteen minutes. This solution can be used for up to a week before being replaced.
Sulfur powder: This mixed with an over-the-counter fungus powder can be used for effective treatment.
Orange oil: Mix a 5% or 10% pure orange oil with a 50/50 solution of rubbing alcohol and vinegar and place in on the toes and the nails every day. It should be placed under the nails too with a medicine dropper if possible.
Cut the nails: As the nails grow, they need to be cut to stop the spread of the disease and to prevent it from coming back. Soak the nail cutting tools in the foot soak solution or antifungal solution. The hands need to be washed after each treatment and grooming.
Checking In with the Doctor
If these treatments are not working, it is time to see the doctor for an oral prescription. While some methods do take a long time, if it is left for too long, the infected areas can become much worse.