Nail Fungus Known As Tinea Unguium

Over the past decades nail fungus infections increased. Nowadays around 35 million people suffer from nail fungus just like you and me. The disease is also known as Tinea Unguium or Onychomycosis. This goes together with the increased rate in diabetes, but as well with the increasing numbers of hobby athletes.

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What you should know about Tinea Unguium treatments.

So instead to get rid of toenail fungus (tinea unguium) later you better prevent getting infected in the first place. In this article I will tell you my experience, give you an overview on prescribed medications as well as natural and homeopathic treatments that I found out about.

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Lets talk about the common onychomycosis treatment first.

Presently there are three oral medications on the market for onychomycosis. Lamisil (Terbinafin) and Sporanox (Itraconazole) both FDA* approved, as well as Diflucan (Fluconazole) which is used for yeast infections primarily. But they all come with heavy side effects:

Lamisil: diarrhea, abdominal pain, indigestion and life threatening liver damage.

Sporanox: nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, hypertension and mood changes to name a few only.

Diflucan: headache, nausea, diarrhea, hair loss and temporary liver reactions.

The duration for fungus toenail treatment is about 12 weeks, the success rate is about 50%. If you take any of these medications remember that you need to monitor your liver enzymes and white blood cells continually. It is important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you suffer from kidney disease or immune system deficiencies. More on fungal nail infections.

My opinion: You may consider this, but with all the serious side effects it is certainly not for me. So what to do next?

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There are also nail lacquers as a fungal nail cure on the market.

Penlac (Ciclopirox) and Loceryl (Amorolfine) show only local side-effects like burning on the skin, but on the other side they are even less effective, with a cure rate of less than 30%.

My experience: I tried Loceryl but it does not work for me.

A new fungus nail laser treatment might be promising.

The procedure takes less than 30 minutes, is painless and side-effect free. But even here the results don´t show up immediately you will have to wait up to 12 month till the toenail will grow out normally. The success rate is impressively, over 80%. The downside here is the price, the treatment costs about $1,200 and is not covered by insurance either.

My opinion: I would really like to try this, but it is too expensive.

For a light infection you can try some home remedies for fungus toenail.

As a natural treatment you can try tea tree oil or vinegar essence or hydrogen peroxide (3%). They are effective with light infections, the costs are small and they show very little or no side effects. Put one of the above on the nail and under the nail plate as well, continue for a couple of month and apply once or twice a day. If you stop to early the Onychomycosis will come back.

Toenail fungus home remedies:

Experts recommend mixing one part vinegar with two parts water and soaking your feet for 20 minutes daily. If your skin becomes irritated, reduce your soaks to two to three times a week.
Try garlic because it contains the antifungal compound ajoene and has been shown to be effective against a number of fungal infections including athlete’s foot and Candida. By the way, hydrogen peroxide (3%) works as an athletes foot cure too.

Avoid spreading toe fungus to your fingernails – wash your hands after handling infected toenails!

My experience: it worked, but unfortunately the fungus came back.

Homeopathic toenail fungus remedies as a holistic treatment.

Nail FungusIn the end a friend recommended me to search for some homeopathic nail bed fungus cure. A homeopathic treatment is a good alternative because it allows your bodies natural immune system to response and cure the fungus from the inside.

I found a 2-part treatment system. Part one is an oral spray which allows natural ingredients to reach you bloodstream quickly, it works form inside the body. Part two is a solution to be applied onto the nail by fighting the fungus from the outside.

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