Can Peroxide Treat Nail Fungus?

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Senior's feet with nail fungus (Image: ra3rn/iStock/Getty Images)

Nail fungus can be attributed to the growth of fungi within the nail bed. This can be the cause of exposure to warm, damp environments. Initially, the fungus may appear as a white or yellow spot on the nail and can develop into a more serious condition that causes the entire nail to thicken, discolor and even crack. This can cause pain and tenderness when touched or even when exposed to cold or heat.

Oxidative Therapy

The use of hydrogen peroxide to treat nail fungus, is also known as oxidative therapy. Treating nail fungus require that the toenail be soaked several times a day in a 3-percent peroxide solution. If the hydrogen peroxide exceeds 3 percent, it may cause skin irritation.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar

Another solution involving the use of hydrogen peroxide to treat nail fungus includes soaking it in a solution mixed with vinegar. The solution is mixed 50:50 hydrogen peroxide to vinegar, and you then soak the affected nail in the solution and allow it to dry thoroughly before covering.

Prevention

Nail fungus is contagious. When using a public venue, remember to keep feet and nails adequately covered. Keep nails short and clean and after washing feet thoroughly, be sure to dry completely. The use of anti-fungal sprays and powders in shoes can help kill any lingering bacteria, but allow shoes to dry thoroughly before wearing them again. This may mean that you will need two pairs available at all times. One to wear while the other air dries.

Warning

If you feel that you have any sort of nail fungus, it is best to consult your family healthcare practitioner. Getting treatment as soon as possible can help to keep the problem from becoming worse.

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