Fungus 411

Myths About Toenail Fungus

Nancy Peters
October 3, 2022

Toenail fungus is one of the most common foot disorders. The fungus multiplies inside warm, moist environments like socks and shoes. With this external reservoir, fungal nail infections then occur when microscopic fungi enter the nail through an injury or abrasion. Fungal nail infections can spread to other toes left untreated. Many people become led astray with internet toenail mythical remedies, which only serve to prolong their infections rather than cure them. If you notice signs of a serious infection, you should seek medical attention immediately. Here are some of the most common toenail fungus myths:

Strong Oral Antibiotics Are Required for Toenail Fungus Treatment

It is a common misconception that toenail fungus can ONLY be treated with strong, oral antibiotics. While oral antifungal cure rates approach 70% rates - after 3 months of therapy for the toenails - they may cause liver inflammation and definitely require lifestyle changers (no wine!). That is, they potentially solve one problem while creating another. 

Toenail Fungus Is Caused by Poor Hygiene

Toenail fungus can affect anyone and develop for a variety of reasons. Diabetes, ageing, and disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis are all risk factors. So is being an active athlete - runners, swimmers, and hikers are especially prone to damage. Regardless of how you got your toenail fungus, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Getting treatment as soon as possible can help you avoid spreading of the infection, other complications such as nail thickening and separation, and even more refractory disease that’s harder to cure down the road. 

Toenail Fungus Requires Nail Removal

The nail may need to be removed in extreme and complicated cases. However, in most cases, if treated promptly, patients can use painless toenail fungus treatment and avoid having their nails removed entirely.

Toenail Fungus Is Incurable

While difficult to treat in general, toenail fungus can be curable, the earlier the better. The sooner you start, the higher probability of getting a healthy nail to return!

It is acceptable to postpone seeking treatment

Infection and ingrown nails can result from leaving nails untreated or delaying treatment. An infection in the toes can even spread to the skin. One of the most common toenail fungus myths is that waiting for treatment is acceptable. It is critical not to put off treatment to avoid surgery and receive painless toenail fungus treatment.

Toenail Fungus Can Be Treated with Home Remedies

Many toenail fungus myths center on home remedies and their ability to cure toenail fungus. However, almost all home remedies are ineffective, and the one that has had some success (tea tree oil) only mitigates the fungus, allowing the fungus to return in the future. Home remedies can temporarily relieve infections, but they will not eliminate the fungus that is present. Indeed, most home remedies will aggravate the problem or mask the infection until it returns. 

Get the Right Treatment at Caratin Rx

Toenail fungus is unsightly, painful, and common, but it is rarely discussed. As a result, many myths surround this vexing infection. If you have toenail fungus, it is critical that you understand the condition and treatment options. With so many toenail fungus myths and misconceptions, how will you ever get the treatment you require? 

If you're ready to get rid of your toenail fungus, contact Caratin Rx to learn more about effective treatment. Patients can enjoy a rapid improvement in nail health, the elimination of toenail pain, and, most importantly, a significant improvement in nail clarity with the combination of various toenail fungus treatments offered by Caratin Rx. 

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