Toenail fungus is one of the most difficult infections to treat and it can take several weeks to see progress in clearing it up if home remedies are used. There are several homemade remedies and prescription medications designed to clear toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis because it is a very common problem. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and they may include inflammation or swelling around the nails and thickening, yellowing or crumbling nails. Although toenail fungus isn’t usually painfully, when the fungus is severe, it can be painful.
Before self-medicating toenail fungus, people who suspect they may have it should seek medical attention from an Edison NJ Foot Doctor. If the fungus is not treated, it can worsen and the affected nail, or nails, can start cracking, splitting or it may separate from the nail base and fall off. Toenail fungus can easily spread and it prospers under certain conditions, such abnormal pH levels of the skin, being continually exposed to a moist environment like sweaty socks and shoes, poor hygiene and diabetes. Some homemade remedies claim to get rid of the fungus within a couple of months, but most of the remedies take up to six months to successfully clear up toenail fungus.
Toenail fungus may seem to improve after a three or four weeks after trying a treatment and, unfortunately, many people will see the improvement and stop the treatment. This will cause the fungus to worsen again and it could come back worse than it was before treatments began. Toenail fungus takes several weeks to several months to get rid of because a new toenail needs to grow in place of the ones that were infected. Only then can nails that were infected be considered cured. An Edison NJ Foot Doctor, which can be found at, can evaluate the condition of the fungus and prescribe a medication to help clear up the toenail fungus much more quickly than most home remedies. Having clear looking toenails is more than an aesthetic issue, treating them can help save any toenail that was infected with fungus.
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