The nail fungus occurs when a fungus infects one or more of your toenails. If you shower in public areas, you wear shoes without socks or your feet are prone to sweat, you can get a fungus on the feet at some point in your life. Although some people are more likely to have foot fungus than others, anyone can have them, no matter how clean or dry your feet are. There are several home remedies to cure, treatments and medications available.
1. Soak your feet in apple cider vinegar. Each day, out of the shower, soak your foot in a plastic container with apple cider vinegar. If the foot fungus is disappearing, this home remedy can serve you.
2. If the fungus is more severe, you should try to counter creams against fungi such as Lotrimin AF. The active ingredient Lotrimin AF is an anti-fungal called “Clotrimazole” that will help cure the itching and growth of nail fungus. If you can not get the cream between your low toenail, or if the drug is not strong enough, consult your doctor.
3. Go to the doctor. If you can not cure nail fungus on your own, your doctor may prescribe an anti-fungal and Penlac varnish, which permeate the toenail rather than a cream. The varnish is placed as a nail polish and then absorbed into the nail bed to treat the fungus.
4. If the fungus is not cured by the antifungal lacquer, ask your doctor to prescribe an oral antifungal such as itraconazole, fluconazole and terbinafine. There are, however, some side effects associated with antifungal tablets, including skin rashes, stomach pain and headaches. The terbafine have more serious side effects, including changes in taste sensation and visual hallucinations.
5. If the fungus can not be treated by any of the above options, the doctor may choose to remove the toenail. The removal of toenails is a minor procedure that is cured in several weeks, but the nail can not grow back up to a year. If the nail fungus is at the base of the nail, this may be the only option for the treatment of fungus.