Yellow, crumbling fungus nails are the bane of many people’s existence. “Having gross toenails is a real blow to the self-esteem of my patients,” says Dr. Rob Lamberts, MD. “For some reason, it really bothers people,” he adds — even though it won’t put anyone in the hospital and causes no pain. It seems no matter how much money people spend or what they do, their unsightly condition will not clear up!
It’s true that you will need to exercise patience until the fungus nail completely grows out — which could take up to a year, depending on how fast your nails grow. But the good news is that you can take these three steps to ensure that you are well on your way to enjoying fungus-free nails.
Step 1: Treat the root cause.
Toenail fungus moves through the surface of the nail to a more comfortable home, deep within the nail bed. Many people mistakenly try to treat their nail fungus with over-the-counter topical creams, lacquers and natural home remedies for foot fungus. Unfortunately, the law only stipulates that these products be safe for use — not that they must actually work! These products only treat the surface of the nail and cannot penetrate to the nail bed to kill off the infection. Your best bet is to see a podiatrist or physician who can prescribe you an oral medication that will cure toenail fungus fast — usually within a couple months of daily therapy.
Step 2: Treat the appearance.
At least you will have the peace of mind in knowing that your toenails are on the road to recovery. Yet, you might find the snail’s pace rate of growth intolerable. How will you wear open-toe shoes, go swimming, or bare your feet in public? Some doctors recommend buffing the top of the nail fungus down to its shiny surface and applying tea tree oil. Sometimes you can find nail salon technicians or podiatrists who are willing to do this for you if you’re not sure how to buff a nail. This can remove some of the dullness and raised edges of the fungus at least. Another option is to seek laser toenail fungus treatment. Though it can be costly, lasers can improve the appearance of the nail while it heals and also provide added insurance that the fungus is, in fact, killed off.
Step 3: Prevent recurrence.
Lastly, you need to make sure you sanitize all surfaces that may have come in contact with your fungus feet. This means:
– Blankets & sheets
– The tub or shower
Most surfaces can be sanitized with cleaner or laundry detergent in hot water. However, shoes are not so easy. That’s where the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer comes in handy. You simply insert the device into your footwear, put the footwear in the shoe bags that come with the product, and turn it on a 45-minute cycle. The device automatically shuts off when it is finished cycling, leaving you with shoes that are fungus-free!
In addition to sanitizing all your gear, be sure to keep your nails short, dry, and clean.
The Bottom Line on Fungus-Free Nails:
If you are truly serious about having fungus-free nails, you must focus on preventing recurrence as much as you focus on the acute treatment. Fungal spores are small and insidious. They can live on surfaces for many months. What starts on one foot can easily transmit to the other foot — and even to the finger nails. In the worst cases we’ve seen, fungal infections have found a way inside the body through cuts, ingrown toenails, or blisters, causing all sorts of damage. The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is just one of the products available to keep your feet more sanitary and fungus-free.