Top 10 Infected Toenail Treatment Options

Infected Toenail Treatment

An infected toenail can be painful and unsightly. The cause of the infected toenail must be determined before the proper treatment can be chosen. Ingrown or traumatized toenails may lead to a bacterial infection. These kinds of infections typically include heat, redness, swelling and ultimately pus. For an infected toenail caused by bacteria, you have to see your doctor to get appropriate antibiotics. Another type of infected toenail is caused by a fungus, typically the same one that causes athlete’s foot. A dead toenail or black toenail can be the result of injury to the nail bed or black toenail fungus. The end result is the toenail falling off and a new one growing in its place. In order to get the best toenail fungus treatment, also known as onchomycosis treatment, you should really consult your doctor.

These are the top 10 infected toenail treatment options. Your doctor can advise you about which is best for you.

1. Over the counter topical antifungal medications. Ask your pharmacist about the options. You may have to use them for as long as a year.

2. Prescription topical antifungal medications.

3. Oral antifungal medications. These medications are expensive and not appropriate for everyone. Ask your doctor.

4. Laser treatment. Laser light is set to penetrate the nail and only destroy the fungus.

5. Tea tree oil mixed with lavender oil applied to the nail and tissue.

6. Soak the affected nails in antiseptic mouthwash combined with an acidic substance like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.

7. Olive oil with lemon juice used to massage the feet.

8. Toenail removal is sometimes recommended to treat infected toenails. This way your doctor will get access to the underlying tissues and the root of the toenails and apply appropriate treatment to the area.

9. Homemade exfoliating pastes. You can mix apple cider vinegar and coarse rice flour to make a paste.

10. Prevention is, of course, the best treatment. Keep the feet dry through frequent changes of socks. Wear cotton socks. Wear well fitting and ventilate shoes. Avoid exposure to fungus by wearing shower sandals in public swimming pools, beaches, and public showers. Don’t share nail grooming implements, shoes or socks with others.