Fungal Toenails

Fungal Toenails

Fungal toenails are a common infection of the feet. Often starting in one toenail, they are contagious and can spread to several others. Conventional treatment involves the use of powerful antifungal drugs which are effective though people may experience unpleasant side effects such as an upset stomach and skin eruptions.

Fungal toenail infections are unfortunately difficult to treat because although the infection arises at the nail bed initially, they can spread within the nail which is difficult to reach.

Common symptoms of fungal nail infections

Some of the symptoms of fungal toenails include discolouration of the toenail, irregular shaped nails and discharge from the nail bed. The toenail receives little blood supply and grows slowly, so often antibiotics and fungal toenail treatments only reach the infected site in small quantities, making the treatment slow and difficult to eradicate. Re-infections often happen because antibiotic resistance occurs due to prolonged use.

How to treat fungal nail infections

Internally, I would recommend the use of Advanced Candia Care, containing Horopito. Horopito is an extensively researched herb that has been shown to destroy fungi very effectively. In laboratory tests carried out by Canterbury University (NZ), it was discovered that horopito provided a more powerful result than a well known anti-fungal drug. It was quicker in action working from day one in comparison to the drug.

In terms of treating fungal nail infections topically, there are plenty of remedies on the market but it does take time and perseverance. Kolorex Foot & Toe Care Cream contains a patented extract of horopito together with lemon tea tree oil which further supports the anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties of horopito. Apply the cream especially to the nail bed and massage onto the nails twice a day.

How to prevent fungal nail infections

While Margaret Dabbs Nourishing Nail and Cuticle Serum won’t get rid of infections, it is a good preventative measure. Apply the serum once a day, before you go to bed, to help to hydrate and strengthen the area and promote healthy feet.

If you spend a lot of time barefoot and regularly battle with fungal nail infections, verrucas or athlete’s foot, Thursday Plantation's Tea Tree Foot Spray might be a good idea. The lightweight, non-greasy spray is like an invisible soak that prevents infection.