Toenail fungus occurs when a type of fungus infects 1 or more than 1 of your toenails. If you are showering in public areas, wearing shoes without socks or have feet that are prone to sweating, you may get foot fungus at some point in your life. Although some people are more prone to getting foot fungus than others, anyone can get foot fungus no matter how clean or dry her feet are. There are several home remedies for curing toenail fungus, as well as over-the-counter treatments and prescription medications available from your doctor.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Apple cider vinegar
- Topical anti-fungal medications
- Anti-fungal lacquer
- Oral anti-fungal medication
Soak your foot in apple cider vinegar. Every day, when you get out of the shower, dip you foot in a plastic container of apple cider vinegar. If you notice the foot fungus disappearing, this home remedy may work for you.
If the fungus is more severe, try over-the-counter fungal creams like Lotrimin AF. Lotrimin AF's active ingredient is an anti-fungal called "clotrimazole" that will help cure the itching and fungal growth from toenail fungus. If you are unable to get the cream far enough under your toenail, or the medication isn't strong enough, contact your doctor.
Go to the doctor. If you cannot cure your toenail fungus on your own, your doctor can prescribe an anti-fungal lacquer like Penlac, which will permeate deeper into your toenail than a cream. The lacquer is painted on like a nail polish, and then is absorbed into the nail bed to treat the fungus.
If your fungus is not remedied by the anti-fungal lacquer, ask your doctor to prescribe you an oral anti-fungal tablet, like Itraconazole, Fluconazole or Terbinafine. There are, however, some side effects associated with anti-fungal tablets, including skin rashes, stomach pain and headaches. Terbafine has additional, more severe side effects including changes in taste sensation and visual hallucinations.
If your fungus cannot be treated by any of the options above, your doctor may choose to remove your toenail. Toenail removal is a minor procedure that will heal in several weeks, but the toenail may not grow back for up to a year. If toenail fungus is at the base of the nail, this may be the only option to treating your toenail fungus.
Tips and warnings
- Wear flip-flops when using public showers and always wear socks with your shoes.
- If your foot fungus is accompanied with a high fever, nausea or vomiting, go to the emergency room.
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