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Practical Advice for Toenail Fungus Infection

by James Chambers on May 30, 2009

in Expert Answers, Nail Fungus

Toenail fungus infections can last for years and result in a lot of pain, embarrassment and frustration. If you are prone to sweat excessively, the problem can be tough to eradicate. Take my advice, I wish I had dealt with my toenail fungus much earlier than I did. You want to get rid of it NOW and be diligent and persistent until it is gone.

Fungi that causes toenail fungus infections are microscopic organisms that don’t require sunlight to survive. When your feet sweat, especially when in a sock and shoe with little aeration, you’ve got a perfect habitat for new fungi.

They will invade skin through small, nearly invisible cuts and through small separations between the toenail bed and the nail. The fungi cause problems when your nails are continually exposed to moisture and warmth — these conditions are perfect for growing and spreading fungi.

Attack a Toenail Fungus Infection Quickly, Before It Spreads!

Once the nail fungus has infected one toenail, the likelihood that it will soon spread to your other toenails is high. Even worse, it could spread to your finger nails. I highly recommend attack the problem right away with the following 4-step action plan:

Step 1.  Persistently treat internally and externally.  This is important - use an oral spray application that will deal with the fungus through your bloodstream. At the same time, use a topical treatment on the nails externally - on all nails to prevent spreading. Ensure the oral spray and topical treatment are safe to use together. I recommend using Zetaclear for Step 1. The oral spray and topical treatment are packaged together, work together safely and are reasonably priced. You’ll have to order this, but don’t wait to start steps 2, 3, and 4.

Step 2. Let your feet breathe. Starting today, give your feet as much fresh air as possible, as often as possible. This means wear open-toed shoes and sandals as often as possible. If you have to wear closed-toe shoes, try to wear shoes with good ventilation. Then, as soon as you are able, take them off. No boots or thick leather shoes!

Step 3. Clean nails with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Apply hydrogen peroxide to nails with a dropper or soak them in it. If you see see bubbling or hear fizzing, continue to add with the dropper or soak. Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive and works great. Do this twice a day, perhaps after a shower or bath and before applying the topical treatment in Step 1.

Step 4. Keep your feet dry. If you must wear socks, wear 100% natural cotton socks. If the socks get damp, take them off, dry your feet and put a fresh, clean pair back on. Use a paper towel or tissue to dry the infected areas and throw them away when finished.

Don’t Believe Your Eyes.

After a month or two, it may appear that the fungus is gone. Beautiful new nails may have grown in, but don’t believe your eyes. The fungus is likely not gone. This is where most people make a big mistake. They go back to business as usual, thinking the fungus is dead. It isn’t. The chances or re-infection are very high and very likely. Follow the 4 Steps above for 6 months, and then continue to do steps 2 and 4 as preventative measures. 

Take my advice and don’t wait for your toenail fungus infection to worsen. It will ultimately lead to painful ingrown toenails, spread to other toenails, become an eyesore, and if it spreads to your finger nails, it is nearly impossible to hide.

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