When trying to get freed from nail fungus in our lives, we are constantly attacked by often misguided information on the topic. It is our duty to investigate, and separate fact from fantasy. This is even truer since we are talking about your health. Even when reading this article, read other opinions to get the right picture of the topic. I have collected a list of the top 5 myths about nail fungus based on the German words Mittel Gegen Nagelpilz (as I study in Germany and am trying to practice my translation skills), let’s see what they are:
1. There is no cure for nail fungus.
This myth leaves people hopeless. There IS cure for nail fungus, it just isn’t a day cur like most people would want, but the cure is possible. Even when your nail falls out, it can regrow again healthy and strong again. Nail fungus can be attacked with different treatments or a combination.
2. There are quick solutions for nail fungus.
No, there isn’t. Nail fungus is hard to get rid of since it’s underneath the skin. The treatments (all of them, whether they are natural or medical) last several months. It can take up to a year to fully get rid of the fungus. And this means a whole year without missing the application of the treatment for a single day. Neglecting to treat the fungus daily can make the difference between failure and success.
3. It’s caused by poor hygiene
This myth is one of the oldest. It may be caused by the appearance nail fungus get once the nail fungus spreads strongly. The truth is it got nothing to do with hygiene. You can be the cleanest person on the planet and still have nail fungus due to other factors. This is also why you can’t eliminate the fungus by washing thoroughly or scratching.
4. There’s one home remedy that will work for everyone
You will find-especially online- many people claiming certain natural treatment brought success to them. Though this may be true to them, it doesn’t mean it will be true to you. Natural treatments are not scientifically proved, more often they rely on word of mouth and knowledge passed form generation to generation.
5. Cremes and gels are the best types of treatment.
Although using a cream or gel may seem like the wisest treatment, it isn’t. Using cream would be attacking the fungus from the outside. And research has proven it is -in the great majority of cases- useless. The nail fungus is under the hard surface of the nail, and gels can’t penetrate the nail enough to make a huge difference. Doctors prescribe medicine that attacks the fungus from the inside. These medicines are pills, but they pose certain risks given some factors, that is why they are under prescription.
You should also treat the fungus directly with a natural anti-fungal topical solution. A treatment program for nail fungus must be adhered to regularly and over the long haul. Even when visible evidence of nail fungus has disappeared, it tends to recur until you have eliminated the cause: the invisible fungal spores underneath the nail. Apply a topical formula to your nails at least three times a week and up to twice a day, every day. It is best to continue treatment for about six months to ensure you have eliminated all fungus beneath the nail.