Healthy Feet from the Inside, Out – Alternative Options to Prevent and Cure Toenail Fungus
Onychomycosis . . . Huh? Yep, that’s right. You’ve seen it on your friends, your family members, and maybe even on yourself. So, what is it? TOENAIL FUNGUS! It is the rarest form of tinea unguium in healthy people but found more commonly in those who are immunocompromised. What does this all mean? Are there any alternative treatments that can help get rid of it instead of resorting to toxic substances that can leach into the bloodstream?
Lets start with the risk factors: Do you perspire heavily, work in a humid or moist environment, have a skin condition like psoriasis, or wear socks and shoes that don’t absorb perspiration? Do you walk barefoot in damp, public places, have athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) or have a minor skin or nail injury, a damaged nail or another type of infection? Lastly, do you have diabetes, circulation problems or a weakened immune system? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your next mission is to look How do your toes look? Do you see any discolouration, cracks or thick and hard-to-cut nails? Yes, Yes, and Yes!
To treat nail fungus, your doctor may prescribe an oral anti-fungal medication such as Terbinafine (Lamisil) or Itraconazole (Sporanox). These medications are taken for at least six weeks or up to a year and beyond and recurring infections are still always possible—especially if you continue to expose your nails to warm, moist conditions. These anti-fungal drugs have some serious side effects ranging from skin rashes to liver damage. Doctors may not recommend them for people with liver disease, congestive heart failure or for those already taking certain medications with which they may negatively interact. Another possibility is an anti-fungal nail polish called ciclopirox (Penlac). You paint it onto your infected nails and surrounding skin once a day, but again, it comes with risks.
A cleaner, natural option is to take preventative steps to avoid nail fungus. Choose socks made of natural fibres (bamboo), rotate through a few different pairs of shoes, be barefoot at home, wash your feet daily and dry them properly, and avoid wearing nail polish or artificial nails. If you don’t manage these conditions, you run the risk of recurring infections. To help with management of an existing condition, see a Certified Master Pedicurist (CMP) that is accredited through the North American School of Podology every 6 to 8 weeks for a pedicure. A CMP is trained to recognize foot conditions and can help reduce the thickness of the nails and remove excess fungus. You can also use Footlogix’s Antifungal Tincture, which has spiraleen. Spiraleen is derived from natural micro-algae called spirulina whose anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties help to minimize the fungal culture and support a stronger skin barrier without disrupting the skin’s natural flora.
The reality of this issue is that a fungus is a fungus, inside and out. This means that nothing will clear up the fungus until you’ve dealt with the underlying cause. You first need to take care of the internal conditions that may be interfering with your ability to heal. Consider making dietary changes like avoiding bread and sugar as both promote yeast growth. Try a detoxification program that focuses on reducing yeast in the body. If you are weak and tired, are diabetic or have an immune system that is compromised, then it’s time to take action. Start building up your immunity with therapies like Acupuncture from a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) and investigate ways to reduce your stress levels. To fight fungus, you need to take care of yourself, inside as well as outside.