Toenail fungus is a very common medical condition that happens to many people. If you ever notice the edges and/or underneath of your toenail discoloring or turning yellow, it is a possibility that you might be afflicted with nail fungus. The medical terms onychomycosis and tinea pedis (athletes foot) are often used interchangeably for nail fungus infections. What causes toenail fungus then? A quick search on the Internet reveals aging, poor hygiene (mainly on the feet since it is often covered with footwear) and like the name suggests, fungal organisms thriving on the nails.
Toenail fungus is generally harmless without complications other than the vanity issues that comes with it. Ironically, the best treatment (at least for non serious cases) is to wait it out or just snip the infected portion off. It is crucial to take care of the general hygiene in that area in case the fungal infection spreads to other nails. They include basic measures such as changing footwear (including socks) frequently, drying and cooling your feet whenever possible and wearing breathable socks. 100% cotton socks usually aggravate the condition as cotton absorb bacteria and sweat until you wash them. They make your feet smell horrible too. Materials such as polyester, merino wool and nylon works best as an alternative.
Medical Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Both my family doctors and dermatologist have insistently said there is medically no true treatment for toenail fungus. At least, there is no scientific method to eliminate the root of the problem as of the time of this article posting. A lot of toenail fungal infections return and even spread to other toenails if you disregard the condition. I trust them based on their professionalism and confidence when touching on this topic. However, why are we seeing so many products for fungal nail treatment then? There are even products such as antifungal nail polish and "system" types of treatment. There are in fact quite a number of Emoninail reviews scouring on the Internet and I would say most of them paint it in an extremely good, positive light. So, it should rightfully be a fantastic product, right?
Does EmoniNail Really Work Then?
To cut it short, no it is not. The product does not really work (well) as an effective treatment. Most over the counter medication for toenail fungus are topical in nature. You apply where the infection is and the anti-fungal compounds will supposedly destroy the fungi, returning your nail to a beautiful state. At least that is how it is supposed to work for products like EmoniNail. The difference is, it is much more expensive compared to other products at your local pharmacy. Being more costly than competitors does not make it marginally more effective then them (this applies to just any product out there). EmoniNail contains the rather common organic compound, undecylenic acid, which is generally used for anti fungal treatment. However, as stated earlier, this is a common compound in many topical treatments. I would suggest getting your budget topical ointment instead (they typically cost $10-$20 at most).
On a brief side note, having FDA approved ingredients does not mean much at all. To highlight this point, another product named Zeta Clear (sometimes ZetaClear depending on retail market) claims to have FDA approved "natural" ingredients. However, reviews have not been optimistic as well. In fact, under the legal disclaimer on the website, they have stated the product is not intended as a cure or treatment!
You can try more natural forms of treatment such as products containing tea tree oil, lamisil spray or lamisil cream. Or as mentioned earlier, just trimming the infection parts away and maintaining a good feet hygiene. Visit your dermatologist or podiatrist if things really get serious.
Here are some better or suggested treatments for nail fungus instead:
- Using a vinegar soak. Vinegar is mildly acidic and contains antifungal properties.
- Using bleach
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