Toenail fungus can be gross and ugly so you’ll want to get rid of them right away. Some people resort to home remedies instead of going to the local podiatrist to have it checked out. But how effective are home remedies for toenail fungus?
Common Home Remedies:
- Snakeroot extract
- Olive leaf extract
- Tea tree oil
These remedies have therapeutic benefits that include antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is generally safe to use them topically but must be diluted. They are possible to cause allergic reactions, skin irritations, or inflammation. In order to see results with these treatments, one must be consistent, and it would depend on how the body responds to it. Moreover, scientific studies about the use of these ingredients for home remedies to treat toenail fungus have mixed results.
Home remedies are not guaranteed to be effective. There are better ways to treat toenail fungus that a Podiatrist can recommend.
Why you should consult your local Podiatrist
Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in feet. They are trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions relating to the foot, including toenail fungus.
Consultation with the podiatrist will start with your medical and foot history, and diagnosis of nail fungus. The doctor will then explain the causes, signs, and symptoms, followed by treatment options.
One of the best options to treat nail fungus is laser treatment that can cure nail fungus in one treatment. Once treatment is done, the doctor will advise you on proper foot care and how to prevent the fungus from reinfecting your nail. This is a much better and reliable way to treat nail fungus than any home remedy.