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What To Do About Toe Nail Fungus

Dear Sunny,

What can I do for toe nail fungus? I’m afraid to take the prescribed medications and I’d like to get into my sandals this summer.

— Sandal-less

Dear Sandal-less,

Fungi are very hardy and virulent creatures that thrive in moist, wet areas. Often times, you see fungus in the form of ringworm and athlete’s foot. These are relatively easy to cure because they are only on the surface of the skin. Toe nail fungus is harder to conquer because your toe nail acts as a shield to protect the fungus from being harmed. There are several things you can try, but you need to be just as tenacious as the fungus and remember this requires daily attention.

One of the simplest items to use on toe nail fungus is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Bragg’s vinegar has the Ômother’ in it, which is rich in enzymes from the fermentation process. So dabbing a cotton ball or soaking your toe in vinegar can help kill the fungus. Another popular remedy is to use tea tree oil. This anti-fungal and anti-viral herb has an aromatic scent and should not be used on open cuts. Always use caution with these two products because they can cause drying action to the skin around the toenail if exposed for lengthy periods of time. Oil of Oregano is another popular very potent anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral that can be used to treat many fungal infections. This supplement may be taken both internally and applied externally.

Most people only apply an exterior product to the nail, but there are also some internal products that can help in the battle. Herb Pharm makes a formula called Spilantes/Usnea Compound; when combined with external products, this can help fight infection. Another great internal fungi fighter is Neem. Taken in pill form, neem can is a very potent anti-fungal herb.

An agent that can be both taken internally and applied externally is Colloidal Silver. Silver has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is very safe to use in repeated doses. If you’re worried about turning blue from taking silver, don’t! The only reason why someone may turn blue-ish in color would be if the water used in the process of making the silver is not properly distilled. In order to ensure your product is of good quality, make sure you buy it at a local health food store like Sunny Bridge.

Lastly, there are some common tips to ensure the product you’re using will work more efficiently. Whenever you can, don’t wear shoes or socks so you don’t encourage damp, dark areas for the fungus to thrive. Keep your toe nails short and un-painted, allowing the medicine to get beneath the nail as much as possible. Soaking your foot in Epsom salts or detoxifying bath salts can soften the nail. Apply the medicine directly to the toe nail right after soaking.

Unfortunately, toe nail fungus can take several months to grow out; but being diligent will pay off. Before you know it, you’ll be back in flip flops.

Make your day a sunny day,