Best Treatments For Nail Fungus
Embarrassing conditions can be just as traumatic for the sufferer as the more serious health complaints. Nail fungus is a typical example.
There are approximately 30 million known suffers of Onychomycosis, the medical name for nail fungus, in the United States alone. There may be many more cases but the very nature of the condition can stop sufferers from seeking medical attention or a remedy.
Nail fungus can strike anyone at anytime, although adults are more likely to become infected by the condition and men are more likely to suffer than women.Nail fungus is nasty bacteria that lives quite happily under the toenail or fingernails. It thrives in warm damp condition and so your nail bed is a perfect environment for the fungal infection to survive. Nail fungus can spread from toenail to toenail and fingernail to fingernail, it can also be passed to other people.
What Can I Do To Get Rid Of Nail Fungus
If you have the first signs of the fungal infection you should treat immediately, the initial signs of nail fungus are a slight pitting of the nail, discoloration and distortion. If diagnosed early enough a home remedy can stop the infection and kill the bacteria from spreading.
Nail Fungus Home Remedies
There are several homeopathic or home remedies that have proven to be quite effective for treating the early stages of the infection. Some of the most common are Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil, Vicks Vapo Rub and Listerine.
Of the four mention the most likely to bring success is Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV provides an acidic environment that can stop reproduction and fungal growth. It has be stressed that most of the home remedies listed do requite time, patience and dedication. Even the mildest form of nail fungus can take several weeks or months or treatment.
Doctor Prescribed Nail Fungus Medication
Many nail fungus suffers choose to ignore the symptoms until the condition worsens to such a degree that several nails have fallen victim to the condition. It is only then that suffers wake to reality and admit they have a problem
Some sufferers will seek medical attention for severe fungal infections, some of the most likely prescribed anti fungal medicines are Lamisil, Sporanox, Penlac and Diflucan. Most of the aforementioned are effective at killing the infection and reducing the visible signs but can often cause more problems than they solve.
The prescription anti fungal medicines are usually drug based and a world apart from the more natural homeopathic home remedy. Prescription anti fungal medicines can cause side effects from the minor to the more serious. It has been well documented the connection between Lamisil and possible liver damage.
Over The Counter Nail Fungus Medicine
Somewhere in the middle there are the over the counter or commercially available nail fungus treatments. This genre combines research driven clinical data with natural substances and offers sufferers of nail fungus a powerful effective treatment without the side effects associated with chemically produced drugs.
To stand out anti fungal medications are ZetaClear and NailRX. Both products contain natural substances and do not cause side effects. Both are topical and applied to the nail directly and are not consumed.
Of the two commercially available, over the counter products, ZetaClear has the best credentials. ZetaClear is an FDA registered homeopathic treatment for nail fungus that uses strong natural anti fungal substances and does pose a risk to health.
So there you have it, if you have a very mild form of nail fungus the best treatment is the Apple Cider Vinegar home remedy -- so long as expectation levels are set to weeks and possibly months.
For the more serious nail fungal infections an over the counter fungal medicine such as ZetaClear would provide an outstanding chance of killing the bacteria, reversing the visible signs of toenail or finger nail damage and allowing you to once again avoid the embarrassment of showing your feet and hands in public again.
Tony Jay writes for http://www.cure-nailfungus.com a nail fungus information and resource website reviewing and highlighting the best Nail Fungus Treatments both home remedies and over the counter.