How do you Get Rid of Fungus on your Feet?

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Are you looking for information about natural fungal nail treatment? How do you eliminate toenail fungi? These are all good questions, and many have been struggling to find the answer. If you are reading this, then you are probably searching for answers too.

Eliminating toenail fungi is not as easy as you might think and many have found that it is almost impossible to treat. The infection lies deep within the toenails (nail bed) making it difficult for conventional anti-fungal treatments to reach.

In this post, we will take a good look at some good foot and nail fungal treatments in the market. Only then can you gain a good understanding of the treatment options available to you.

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What causes toenails to thicken?

While most cases of toenail fungi are not severe enough to cause significant pain or discomfort, the problem always looks unpleasant making toenails appear thicker and discoloured. All these is due to the fungal infection spreading underneath the surface of the toenails.

Apart from toenail fungi, the nails can also thicken as a result of injury or trauma. The same can also occur as a result of health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Both affect blood circulation to the lower limb affecting its’ appearance. (read our ultimate guide to fungal nail infections)

What antifungal oral medications  used for toenail fungus?

In most cases, doctors prescribe patients some anti-fungal drugs to treat a toenail function. Some of the most potent drugs for combating nail fungi include “Sporanox” (Itraconazole) and “Lamisil” (Terbinafine). Both drugs can slowly rid the toenail of infection and restore its’ healthy and beautiful appearance. However, treatment period can be long, and one would need to take said drugs at least 6 to 12 weeks to be effective.

Before taking anti-fungal drugs find out any possible side effects of the drugs, as these could have long term implications. Oral drugs for fungal nail treatment aren’t as effective for treating patients over the age of 65. Make sure to read our article on the 5 best nail fungus treatments

A faster and more convenient alternative for eliminating toenail fungi does exist in the form of  Fungal laser nail treatment. As the name suggests, laser energy is used to penetrate the nail bed and eliminate fungi infection directly.

 

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