Removing Nail Fungus
Posted onJuly 7th, 2015
Typical symptoms of onychomycosis (foot nail fungus) include yellowing of the nails, swelling, inflammation, crumbling of the nails or thickening of the area. While it is usually not painful, it can make the nails and toe area itchy and uncomfortable. Untreated fungal infections can cause you to lose the toenail or cause splits or cracks. The skin can also crack and bleed. While you may choose home treatment for your initial symptoms, it is recommended to seek the help of a podiatrist for preventative and advanced treatment.
Over-the-counter creams can help to remove the fungal infection and restore your feet; however, it can take up to three months to see results, and you may need to continue treatment for up to six months.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is slightly acidic, which can prevent the problem from spreading and kill the bacteria causing the problem. Mix equal parts water and vinegar and then soak the nails for 30 minutes. It can take a few weeks to see improvements.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is antiseptic and antifungal, meaning it can be used to stop your toenail fungus. You can get this oil as a salve or in oil form. Rub the salve onto the area, washing your hands thoroughly after application. In oil form, mix a few drops together with coconut or olive oil. Apply it with a cotton ball and then scrub it into the area.
Visit Your Podiatrist
The staff at Kondiles Chicagoland Footcare has the knowledge and experience to properly diagnose and treat your fungal condition. We offer antifungal and topical treatment along with laser options. We can also advise on how to reduce the risk of having a new fungal infection occur. Contact us today and call (847) 352-9221.