Onychomycosis, commonly known as toenail fungus, affects approximately 14% of the general population and can be a bothersome and embarrassing condition. However, you don’t have to face it alone. In this article, we will explore effective natural remedies for treating toenail fungus with the guidance of a naturopathic doctor or naturopathic medical student.
Understanding Toenail Fungus and its Symptoms
Toenail fungus is characterized by thickening and discoloration of the nails, which can make them brittle and prone to breaking off. It’s essential to address both the symptoms and the underlying causes of nail fungus to achieve long-lasting relief.
How Do You Treat Nail Fungus, One of the Trickiest Infections?
Conventional treatments involve topical or oral anti-fungal medications which can have serious side effects on the skin and liver respectively. From a naturopathic point of view, it is important to not only treat the symptom but also address the root cause and the context of the symptoms with respect to the individual patient and their lifestyle. In one patient nail fungus may be caused by immunodeficiency and in another patient, it may be caused by environmental factors.
Preventive Measures for Nail Fungus
Maintaining proper nail hygiene is key in preventing toenail fungus. Regularly cleaning and drying your nails, especially if you have excessive sweating or engage in activities that cause perspiration, can significantly reduce the risk of fungal infections.
Collaborating with a Naturopathic Team
When you work with a naturopathic doctor or intern to treat your nail fungus, there are many options available. We assess immune function and nutrient status to ensure the body fights infection effectively. Various herbal supplements can eradicate fungus based on individual needs.
Integrating Pharmaceuticals for Effective Treatment
In British Columbia, naturopathic physicians have the authority to prescribe pharmaceutical antifungals when necessary. A comprehensive treatment plan can enhance effectiveness and minimize side effects by combining natural remedies and prescription medications..
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