As you are beginning to realize you have a case of nail fungus, you may start looking into whether you can treat your nail fungus at home. After all, who doesn’t like to save a trip to the doctor? Just like any other subject in the world,there is a lot of information available on the internet on nail fungus, many different suggestions on home remedies and other things to treat your nail fungus at home.
Nail fungus is a medical condition, and should be treated as such. This means relying on the advice of a doctor to treat your nail fungus, instead of turning to home remedies with no research to back them up. Unfortunately, home remedies for nail fungus simply do not work, and may even be harmful.
Some of the most common home remedies for nail fungus include rubbing or soaking everyday items such as Vicks vaporub, tea tree oil, or apple cider vinegar on nails with the claim that these substances have antifungal properties. There is no formal research to prove this and these claims rely heavily on anecdotal evidence. And then there are some who try to treat their nail fungus by soaking their nails in a dilution of bleach. This is one home remedy that not only does not work, but is downright dangerous. Bleach is very corrosive to the skin, and even a dilution can harm your skin severely. Furthermore, it can be fatal if accidentally ingested in even a small amount, and it emits harmful fumes.
Over-the-counter topical treatments are the only option that truly have antifungal properties, but their efficacy in treating nail fungus is less than 1%. This is because they are very weak, and while they may be effective at preventing an infection or reinfection, they are just not strong enough to treat an active case of nail fungus, owing partially to the fact that they cannot reach the fungus on the nail bed underneath the nail.
When it comes to nail fungus, to see results you need to enlist the help of a doctor with experience treating the condition. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors at one of our over 120 locations.