No matter how clean you think you are, from time to time you may be exposed to fungus that can find a cozy home underneath your toenails. While any fungal infection is gross and embarrassing, there are many ways to get rid of toenail fungus quickly so you can go about your life and forget the whole thing ever happened.
How Did I Get Exposed To This?
All types of fungus are attracted to dark, moist places. Underneath your toenails is a perfect place for them to live and spread; all while feeding off your skin. Sounds pretty nasty, right? The good news is, you are not alone.
Our feet come into contact with many germs and other nasty things, but most of the time our bodies can fight them off or are not the right environment for the fungus to survive.
If you are sweating a lot and wearing shoes and socks much of the time, you are at a higher risk of getting toenail fungus.
Do I Have Toenail Fungus?
So, how exactly do you know if you have fungus or if there’s something else going on? Toenail fungus is most commonly associated with toenails changing colors.
Typically, you will see nails turning brown or yellow. Toes will swell and nails will thicken and sometimes start to fall apart.
Personal Treatment Options
It is always best to talk to your doctor before taking matters into your own hands, but there are a few things you can do while waiting if you are sure you are dealing with fungus.
Soaking your feet in a bowl of Listerine and white vinegar for about 15 minutes twice a day has been proven to help get rid of fungus quicker. You can do this while watching TV or reading a book; so it will go by quickly and you’ll barely even notice you’re fighting against the problem.
Making sure your nails are properly trimmed and cleaned is important. Your feet need to stay as dry as possible, to make sure the living conditions aren’t what fungus needs to survive.
Going around barefoot and wearing flip flops or sandals when you can will help keep fungus from getting worse or coming back.
There are medicated nail polishes you can apply in order to help get the process started as well as creams that can be placed directly on the fungus itself.
While accessing the infected area can be tough, these ointments typically come with a brush that can be easily used underneath the nail.
Time For A Doctor
If nothing else is working, you may need to have a doctor help you get rid of toenail fungus. If you have diabetes, it is especially important to let your doctor know as soon as possible because your circulation isn’t as good as other people and fungus can quickly lead to other more serious health problems.
There are medications that can be taken by mouth that will help attack the fungus from the inside of the body. These are used with more severe cases, and typically get rid of the problem in no time at all.
These medications promote nail growth so the fungus will be pushed out from underneath your toenails quicker. In the most extreme cases, your doctor may need to remove the entire toenail to get better access to the fungus and give proper treatment.