Fungal nail treatment
Products, medicine + treatment tips

Published on: 25-04-2020
Fungal nail treatment | Products, medicine + treatment tips

Treating fungal nail infections takes a can a frustrating task and could take a very long time if not done correctly.

If you search the internet, you will find tons of information. From trusted sources like the NHS to unreliable and unproven home remedies.

Which treatment works best for your nail fungus? In this article we will break down all options, so you can chose what works best for you!


We have broken down the article into sections, so it is easy for you to navigate:

 

How to recognise symptoms of fungal nail infections?

Get a correct diagnose of your nail infection

Nail fungus can develop on both toenails and fingernails, although toenail fungus is more common. Having an infected toenail can easily cause your fingernail to get infected too. Be careful!

Never leave an infected nail untreated!

Treating fungal for both skin and nails is necessary to get rid of any fungi that can cause infection. Properly diagnosing nail infections should always be done by a GP or specialist. the following symptoms are an indication you are suffering from fungal nail infection:

  • Thickened
  • Discoloration: white, yellow or brownish
  • Loose nails: debris building up under the nail
  • Brittle or crumbly
  • Distorted in shape
  • Bad, foul smell

Tip!
Visit your GP before you treat your nails and/or if you are unsure you are suffering from a nail infection.
For people suffering from diabetes, nail infections can lead to dangerous health issues. Please always visit a GP before you treat the infection. Also visit your GP if the self-care treatment does not improve the infection, the nails become increasingly discolored, thickened and/or deformed or you are developing new infections.

For more in-depth information about nail infections.
Please read our blog article: "Fungal nail infection"

What helps against fungal nail infections?
(overview of all treatments)

Complete overview of antifungal treatment methods, home remedies and medicine

The internet is full of treatments, home remedies and grandma's tips on how to treat fungal nail. Prescription medicine, podiatrists, specialised clinics. Whatever your budget is, you can always find a way to treat your infected nails.

Below we will discuss the most popular options for treating fungal nail:

Home remedies against fungal nail

Treating from the comfort of your own home

Conventional home remedies such as vegetable oils, vinegar essences, salts, baking soda, toothpaste and even urine are presumed to kill fungi. Various testimonials and recipes for "natural" antifungal treatment alternatives for toenails and fingernails are circulating on the Internet.

Pure myth? Or maybe there is something there?

First of all, there are no scientific studies to date confirming its effectiveness against infections. In most cases, leading medical professionals even advise against this! Even though many of the agents actually have an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, this is very low. You should therefore only use home remedies in very mild cases of nail fungus infections and never rely on their effects!

Home remedy: Vinegar against fungal nail

Vinegar

The acidity is said to kill fungus spores with a daily foot bath of 15 minutes. Dip your infected toenail in the vinegar and let it soak. After the treatment it is advised to rinse the feet with water.

Home remedy: Tea tree oil against fungal nail

Tea tree oil

The essential oil is said to reduce spore growth. With a cotton swab, affected areas should be treated with the oil 2-3 applications a day (sage and lavender oil can also be used as an alternative).

Home remedy: Baking Soda against fungal nail

Baking soda

Sprinkling an affected area should "dry out" the fungus. Alternatively, a paste can be made from baking soda and water, which is applied to the toenail.

Home remedy: Urine against fungal nail

Urine

The same active ingredient of urea cream can also be found in a small dose in your healthy urine. It is believed that this dose is sufficient to kill fungus spores. (we would not recommend trying this *YUCK!*)

Home remedy: Toothpaste against fungal nail

Fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride is said to have a strong anti-fungal effect and therefore also helps against nail fungus.

Home remedy: Vicks Vaporub against fungal nail

Vicks Vaporub

Vicks Vaporub contains menthol and is mentioned everywhere on the internet for its antifungal properties and as a possible remedy for nail fungus. Don't get your hopes up. It probably won't do anything but leave your nails feel tingly cold and fresh... and still infected.

The use of home remedies may seem temptingly cheap and worth trying, but it does not mean negligible risks:

  • You lose valuable time and delay the important treatment (spread can continue)
  • There is a risk that affected areas may be additionally irritated
  • There are isolated allergies to home remedies

Warning!
Try at your own risk! We cannot guarantee health and safety using these home remedies.

Antifungal medication

Antifungal prescription tablets

If your nail fungus has advanced so far that the growth zone of your nails are affected (white crescent moon at the bottom of the nail edge), systemic therapy with antifungal tablets is recommended in any case. Antifungal tablets are prescription-only and require a visit to the doctor.

But be aware!

Antifungal are not suitable for everyone.

antifungal tablets

Pros

  • The active ingredient supports healing from the inside (through ingestion, it reaches the nail bed via the bloodstream)
  • Increases the chance of recovery

Cons

  • Only really effective in combination with medical antifungal nail polish
  • Side effects possible (including headache, itching, loss of taste, diarrhea)
  • Expensive if not covered by NHS
  • Pills are prescription only

Warning!
People with heart, liver and kidney problems should not take antifungal tablets or pills. They can cause rare but dangerous side effects, including heart and liver failure. You may need testing every 4 to 6 weeks to check for liver, kidney, or heart damage, depending on which antifungal tablets you use..

Fungal nail laser treatment

Laser treatment at a specialised clinic

Laser treatment is another way of treating your nails. The laser heats the nail and kills the fungus. Scientific studies show that it can accelerate therapy, but so far only in combination with topical nail treatments.

Laser against fungal nail

Pros

  • Effective method
  • Professional treatment support and advice
  • Many approved podiatrists offer this treatment in their practice

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Not scientifically proven to work
  • Statutory health insurance companies do NOT cover the costs
  • Treatment duration: Several months to one year

Fungal nail creams and ointments

Softens hardened nail to ease treatment

Cream against nail fungus can also be effective in certain cases. If the infected nail has hardened, external therapy with fungal nail solution is initially difficult. The use of a high-dose urea cream makes the nail more permeable and more receptive to further therapy.

Pros

  • Make application of fungal nail solution more effective

Cons

  • Only really effective in combination with fungal nail solution
  • Thickened areas can also be treated by filing
  • Warning: Do not use on brittle, crumbling nails

Treatment tips to beat fungal nail

3 tips from our professional podiatrist

Tip 1
Get the correct diagnose!

This means, go to a specialist or your GP to ensure your treatment will really work for your infection.

Tip 2
Be consistent!

We cannot stress this tip enough. If you pause your treatment or don't follow treatment instructions to the letter, you might reinfect yourself, which means you have to start over!

Tip 3
Be patient!

Your treatment can easily take up to 1 year! Your nail has to fully grow out... until the time your nail has fully healed, you keep running the risk of reinfection.

Fungal nail prevention

A clean & hygenic environment for great results

Fungi and bacteria are everywhere! Fungi and bacteria spores are easily transported by sweat to other areas. Usually this is no problem, but when suffering from fungal nail, you should be extra aware. Preventing reinfection, isolating the infection and proper treatment are key to fast recovery.

Top 10 prevention tips

  1. Keep feet dry & clean
  2. Disinfect your shoes with a shoe spray
  3. Clean your shower and bathtub with chloride or vinegar regularly
  4. Do not share towels and wash them at 60°C.
  5. Wear clean socks daily and wash them at 60°C.
  6. Wear flips or sandals in shower, sauna, swimming pool or locker room
  7. Do not reuse nail files
  8. Do not share nail clippers or sciccors
  9. Never wear shoes 2 days in a row, allow them to dry
  10. Never wear other people's shoes (you can even get or spread fungal nail from fitting shoes in a shoe store)

Try ProtectAir fungal nail treatments!

Complete fungal nail treatment + medical shoe spray

ProtectAir is a new and effective treatment that protects nails and shoes against fungal infections. This prevents re-infection, shortens treatment time and supports nail recovery. This is why Protectair is the bestselling treatment online in Europe.

Although every fungal nail infection is different, 1 of our customers posted her treatment progress and cost on our blog. You can read the full article here: "This is how I got rid of my fungal nail!".

The total treatment cost for the 9 month treatment were substantially lower than generic over the counter treatments available from Boots, Superdrug or your local pharmacy.

Example:

Full cost of 9 months treatment

ProductTimePrice
Week 1£ 21.95
Week 6£ 13.95
Week 12£ 28.95
Week 24£ 28.95
TotalWeek 35£ 93.90

Tip!
For a complete list of all the best-rated fungal treatments in the UK in please visit fungalnailtreatments.co.uk

Buy now!

Complete Fungal Nail Starter Kit + Medical Shoe Spray
€ 25,90
€ 24,95
Fungal nail starter kit + medical shoe spray + breathable nail polish
€ 31,90
€ 29,95
Fungal Nail Promo Kit (2x Solution) + Medical Shoe Spray
€ 39,85
€ 34,95
Fungal nail treatment (5ml)
€ 16,95
€ 16,95
Fungal nail treatment + breathable nail polish
€ 23,90
€ 21,95
2x Fungal nail treatment (5ml)
€ 33,90
€ 24,95