You have done all of the research. You have found yourself a phenomenal toenail fungus fighting treatment, either through online research or through your doctor. The regimen has been started, but now you are anxious to know – what are the signs of toenail fungus healing? We have done the research and below will outline everything you need to know.
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Timeline Of Toenail Fungus Healing
The truth of the matter is having your nails heal from a serious toenail infection is a slow and arduous process. It is all about patience and consistency. That being said, this is what you can roughly expect:
Stage 1 – Initial Clearing
The first stage is the initial clearing of the fungal infection. Depending on the type of fungi you have come into contact with, this can manifest in a variety of different ways. However, for many people, it will result in an initial clearing of the nail either partially or completely.
Oftentimes, if the nail completely clears, people get optimistic that the fungal infection is gone and they stop applying the treatment. This is one of the worst things you can do! It is crucial to keep applying the treatment to ensure the fungi do not return.
Stage 2 – Fungi Growing Out
At this point, you should start to see the fungal nail growing out and slowly being replaced by a healthy, non-infected nail. This may take some time but continue with your treatment in order to ensure the destruction of your fungi. Many people give up at this stage because it can take so long to start seeing true results.
Stage 3 – Fungi Almost Clear
Once you reach stage 3 the fungi are almost completely gone. For most people, there will be a clear delineation between the the healthy, non-infected nail and the infected nail that is growing out. Make sure you take extra precaution when cutting the fungal nail – we recommend using special clippers.
Additionally, when you are cutting the nails, make sure you do not come in to direct contact with the infected clippings because you risk contracting the nail fungus in your fingernails. Use gloves, paper towels, or toilet paper to get rid of the infected clippings. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly when done.
Keep going with your treatment – you are almost there!
Stage 4 – Fungi Is Gone
At this point, the nail has been completely grown out and is completely clear. The important thing to note here is that there is still the possibility of residual fungi remaining, which is why it is so crucial to continue the treatment even after the nail has become clear. The remaining treatment time will differ from treatment to treatment, so touch base with your doctor.
However, one of the most common numbers we hear is one month – continue treating your fungal infection for one month to ensure that all remaining residual fungi have been completely eradicated. This will make sure you are completely fungi free.
Look Out For Other Fungal Infections
Even as your toenail fungus starts to clear up, it is crucial to look out for the signs of other fungal infections. This is because toenail fungus can easily spread and turn into various other conditions – this includes ringworm, jock itch, and most commonly, athlete’s foot. Look out for signs of these infections. These include itchiness, red patches, excessive itching at night, a funky smell, and more.
What Else Should I Do To Help My Toenail Infection?
It is important to keep in mind that whenever you have a fungal infection, you are leaving spores wherever you go and on whatever you come into contact with. This is why it is so crucial to remove the fungi from your life so you do not risk reinfecting yourself over and over again. We recommend utilizing StinkBOSS, which is a powerful home appliance that can easily remove 99% of bacteria and fungi from your shoes, socks, sheets, and more.
Additionally, there are a number of other options you can use to remove fungi from your personal belongings. There are plenty of sprays and powders you can use, along with aerosol options and more.
For a simple at-home recipe, we recommend putting apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle with water, and then spraying down everything your toenails come into contact with – this includes your shoes, socks, sheets, comforters, shower, and more. Yes, it will make everything smell like vinegar for a bit, but it is a completely low-cost way to kill the fungi in your life.
How Did I Get Nail Fungus?
In all honesty, it can be quite difficult to pinpoint where you contracted your nail fungus. This is because fungi are around us all of the time, and in most instances, they are completely harmless. However, you come into contact with the type of fungi that like to feast on your nail keratin, this is when you become infected!
Here are a few places that people usually contract nail fungus – from a gym or sauna, from their partner or children, from a nail salon, or even from just going barefoot while outside. The important thing is that you start treating your nail fungus as soon as possible so it does not spread.
There you have it! Signs of toenail fungus healing. Make sure you listen to your doctor and do everything you can to prevent spreading or reinfection of your fungal nails. We wish you the best of luck with your fungi fighting journey and hope you are well on your way to living fungi-free. Talk to your doctor if you believe you have nail fungus.