Toenail infections are not easy to eradicate because infections grow under the middle of the toenail. Fungal infections of the toenail can be quite unsightly especially in advanced cases of infection. there are several nail fungus treatment methods but not all regimens are effective because infections differ in severity and type.
The best way to prevent fungal infection from taking hold is to keep the toenails clipped as close to the skin as possible. And, the first step to treating a toenail fungal infection is to trim the toenails as close to the skin as possible without damaging the toe. Trimming the nails as far as possible rids the nails of as much fungus as possible.
Some people have success using vinegar foot baths while others have no success but it is worth a try. Some infections are immune to vinegar because vinegar simply is not strong enough to eradicate more advanced infections. But for some, a vinegar foot bath might provide the cure needed to eradicate the infection.
Fill a foot pan large enough to hold both feet with vinegar so that the vinegar covers the toes completely. Soak the toes for thirty minutes a day for two to three weeks. the same vinegar can be used for three days but after three days throw out the vinegar and use fresh vinegar.
Toenail fungus is a form of ringworm infection which binds to the skin under the toenail. it can attack fingernails but it most commonly attacks toenails. the fungal infection can go undetected especially by women who cover their nails with toenail polish. the symptoms of infection is a yellowish, and thickened nail which might be sensitive to the touch.
People who wear tight fitting shoes for most of the day are more susceptible to developing an infection of the toenail. People who frequent public swimming pools or use public showers are susceptible to acquiring an infection as are people who sit for pedicures. make sure that nail salons use only sterilized pedicure instruments on each new customer.
Fungal infections love a dark and moist environment which is found in tight closed end shoes. it is important to practice good hygiene and keep feet washed daily and always wear a clean pair of socks. if one can, he should air out his feet and then change his socks each time he removes and puts his shoes back on.
Treating the fungal infection can be a long process because infection is located under the nails and is hard to reach. Some nail fungus treatment therapies will take up to six months and even in some cases one year before the infection is eradicated. Some people have good luck with a vinegar bath while others have infections that have become resistant to vinegar soaks. Anti-fungal oral medication is available for people with advanced forms of fungal infection. Laser therapy is a relatively new treatment for people with advanced stages of fungal infection but many insurance plans do not pay for laser treatments. But some people are willing to pay out of pocket if the can eradicate the infection under their toenail.
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