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If you have toenail fungus (also known as onychomycosis) and are looking for a very fast, or even immediate method to clear up the fungal infection, then the bad news is that there is no magic cure for fungal nail infections. One factor that can alter the length it takes to get rid of toenail fungus is how badly the affected nail has been damaged or infected by the fungus. If you have had nail fungus for a very long time and the nail is seriously damaged, then it will take a longer time to fix. Ultimately, this is the time it takes for the new nail to grow out after the treatment.
For individuals who have a mild case of toenail fungus or have just noticed a change such as discoloration or a texture change on their nails, then you can start to see improvements within a month. If you’re not sure if you have toenail fungus, then your podiatrist or doctor can advise.
In addition to tackling the issue of toenail fungus quickly, it is also recommended that if you really want to get rid of toenail fungus as fast as possible you should avoid the home remedies. So, ditch the natural remedies such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and white vinegars. These options may be of some help, but ultimately, you’re much better off either going for a dermatologist approved over-the-counter toenail fungus treatment, or potentially a prescription medication that has effective antifungal properties.
Some of the best and fastest acting toenail fungus solutions are topical treatments (such as antifungal creams) that you apply directly to the nail. However, it’s worth noted that you need to ensure that you keep up the treatment routine for it to be an effective treatment. No antibacterial agent will work effectively if you are not consistent in applying to the infected nail. Our very own Clear + Restore can help rejuvenate nails that are dry, cracked, weak, and brittle. It can also help with issues such as yellowing nails when it is applied to the affected area.
If you wear nail polish it is best not to cover up toenail fungus when you are treating it with topical agents. The reason for this is because nail polish can stop moisture in the nail bed from evaporating. Fungus likes moist environments which is why you are more likely to get nail fungus on your toenails instead of your fingernails since feet can sweat in shoes. It’s also a good idea to trim your nails regularly if they are infected. If you want to go for a pedicure or manicure when you have nail fungus, likely you still can. It’s best to inform your nail tech prior to your appointment so that they can take extra precautions when dealing with your nails.
If you have athlete’s foot you might not realize that it might spread and become toenail fungus (and vice versa). The type of fungus that cause both issues are similar. If you want to ensure that your toenail fungus is dealt with properly, then you’ll also need to treat any symptoms of athlete’s foot too if you have it. You can pick up athlete’s foot from gym locker rooms and swimming pools and this fungal infection has the chance to spread to your nails if left untreated.
Clear + Restore should be applied several times a day on clean, bare nails for the best results.