Toe fungus can be an embarrassing and problematic situation. A toenail fungal infection is a yellow to greenish discoloration of nails on the feet that can become painful with no treatment. According to the UAB Health System, over 75 percent of toenail fungal infections are caused by dermatophytes. Fortunately, there are over-the-counter products that can help cure a toenail fungal infection.
Things You'll Need
- Tineacide foot spray
- Tineacide toenail cream
- Nail file
- Nail clippers
- Plastic bucket
- Bottle of white vinegar
- Roll of paper towels
- Hair dryer
Spray all of your shoes with the Tineacide spray to prevent a re-infection after your toenail fungus treatment. According to the creator of Tineacide products, Dr. Blaine, using the spray is crucial for faster results of curing your toe fungus.
Trim your toenails with your toenail clippers in a straight line. Avoid cutting them too short. Ensure that toenails are free from jagged edges and are not growing into skin tissue. File toenails with a nail file to prevent jagged edges.
Soak toenails in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and warm water in a bucket for 10 minutes. Wash feet with an antibacterial soap and then thoroughly dry them with paper towels.
Apply the Tineacide cream per the instructions on the packaging. Wear rubber gloves to prevent spreading the toe fungus to your fingernails. Apply the cream in a circular motion to insure that it penetrates the nail bedding. Continue using Tineacide until your toe fungus symptoms have subsided.
Throw away the nail file to prevent re-contamination of your toe fungus. Soak your clippers in a small bowl of vinegar mixed with a cup of hot water. Dry clippers with a blow dryer before putting them away. Fungi are not able to withstand high heat. Wipe the bucket out with a dishcloth soaked in bleach to kill any present fungus.
Tips & Warnings
- Clean showers and bathtubs frequently to prevent a recurring toenail fungal infection. Toenail fungus can be spread from a person's feet to other people very easily. Buy a shower cleaner that contains bleach.
- Wear flip-flops in public showers to prevent toenail fungus. Thoroughly dry your feet with paper towels after getting out of the shower.
- Buy shoes that are not too tight or too loose. Tight shoes trap moisture and inhibit air circulation that can become a breeding ground for toenail fungus. Loose shoes put too much pressure on toes when walking.
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