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What are the Different Fingernail Fungus Treatments?

By K. Gierok
Updated May 17, 2024
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While fingernail fungus does have a nasty appearance, it is relatively simple to treat. Some of the most common fingernail fungus treatments can be performed at home with relative ease. For example, one of the most common forms of treatment includes the use of vinegar as a way to manage the fungus — research has found this method was commonly used by American pioneer women in the 1800s before the age of antibiotics. Those who still experience symptoms may require more aggressive fingernail fungus treatments, such as the use of topical creams, oral medications, and even fingernail removal.

Research has suggested that one of the most effective fingernail fungus treatments is through the use of plain vinegar. In fact, some journals from the 1800s suggest that American pioneer women used apple cider vinegar as a way to treat fungal infections of the fingernails before the use of prescription antibiotics. Individuals who are suffering from fingernail fungus should soak a clean cotton ball in plain or apple cider vinegar, and apply it to the nail. A band-aid should be wrapped around the cotton ball in order to hold it in place for several hours. Within a few days of this treatment, the fingernail should be as good as new.

Some studies have suggested that oregano oil can serve as one of the best fingernail fungus treatments. Individuals affected with fingernail fungus are typically encouraged to place one to two drops of the oil onto the infected nails in the morning and evening. In addition to topical use, those who consume oregano oil in their diets may see increased success with the treatment.

For some individuals, the best way to treat fingernail fungus may be through the use of topical creams. Typically, creams that are commonly used for fingernail fungus can be found over-the-counter at most pharmacies. Individuals who have questions about the use of these products are often encouraged to speak with a pharmacist in order to ensure proper use.

Those who have tried the remedies above and still experience fingernail fungus are often encouraged to use oral medications. As these medications are typically only available through prescription, it is essential that affected individuals seek medical attention. In some cases, a combination of medications may be prescribed for more serious cases.

As a last resort, fingernail removal may be required. Depending on the type of fungus present, this may not necessarily cure the fungus, and additional treatment may still be required. In this case, it is important to work with a health care team who is skilled in treating more serious cases of fingernail fungus.

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