Using a topical antifungal can be an effective way to eliminate toenail fungus. You may have tried other treatments in the past, and may not have considered topical antifungal treatments before.
The very make up of your nail and how it operates can be the key to treatment. Your nail is not a solid structure, in fact, it is porous and can absorb liquids through the nail and into the nail bed. Your toe nail is designed to protect the nail bed from infection and damage; however, it is capable of absorbing anything that is applied to it directly.
Using a topical treatment can be very effective, depending on the type of infection that you have. Certain fungus infections affect the top area of the nail, including white superficial onychomycosis. Topical treatments can effectively eliminate the infection as well as working to prevent reinfection.
Topical treatments are widely available as solutions, sprays, creams or lotions and are usually applied twice daily to the affected nail and surrounding skin for up to six months. While this may seem like a very long time, this is a realistic estimate of how much time it can take to kill toenail fungus.
If you have any concerns about using oral treatments or medications, topical treatments can be a great alternative. In addition, there are rarely any side effects from natural topical antifungal treatments. Natural remedies are just as effective as prescription treatments and they are much less expensive. In addition, prescription treatments may cause blistering, redness, itching, dryness or irritation.
Most natural topical treatments contain essential oils, so they do not carry any risk with them when used on your nails. It can be frustrating as well as embarrassing to deal with toenail fungus, but it is a highly treatable condition. Using natural products is one of the safest methods of treatment and also one of the lowest cost options.
While it may be our first instinct to see visit our doctor to treat problems such as toenail fungus, it is not entirely necessary. Your doctor will prescribe an antifungal medication which will be expensive, may have adverse and dangerous side effects, and after all is said and done, may not improve the appearance of your nail. Many topical treatments are effective ways to deal with your toenail fungus. In addition, topical antifungal treatments can also improve the appearance of your nails, making them look and feel healthier.