Nail fungus can be embarrassing and uncomfortable but it does not have to expensive to treat that nail fungus. The first thing you should determine is if you have an infection that needs to be treated. It is probably pretty obvious, but inspect your toenail and determine the following things:
1. Has your nail changed color is it yellow, white, brown or black?
2. Has your nail thickened or changed density?
3. Do you have pain associated with the nail or has the nail become brittle?
If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you most likely have a fungal nail infection.
Treatment options do not have to be expensive or complicated. In general, oral medications require a prescription from your doctor and although they work quickly, they can be harmful to your liver and kidneys. The best way for treating nail fungus is with lower-cost options that have a very low risk of serious side effects. These types of treatments are a little bit more involved than oral medications. The reason is that they contain many important ingredients in a specific ratio and they need to be applied often over a prolonged period of time to be effective.
Many topical treatments will even improve the overall appearance of your nails. Since these topical treatments will not harm you as an oral medication can, it is not going to be detrimental for you to continue using them over a period of six months or longer.
You have probably read a lot of information that tea tree oil is the best treatment. This is true, in part. The issue is that one ingredient alone does not work to cure nail fungus. Many ingredients, in the right ratios, are required to treating nail fungus. This is why many of these topical solutions may contain a combination of the following ingredients: tea tree oil, Arsenicum album, Mancinelli, undecylenic acid, clove oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, lemongrass oil, vitamin E oil, and thuja occidentalis.
The best way to treat nail fungus is, of course, to avoid contracting it in the first place. Dry yourself thoroughly and wear sandals around swimming pools. Avoid shoes that do not ventilate your feet properly or cause them to sweat.