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Home Remedies for Fungal Nail Infections – Are they Worth the Risk?

Home Remedies for Fungal Nail Infections – Are they Worth the Risk?

Having nail fungus can be an uncomfortable, challenging and quite often embarrassing experience. Although not life threatening, fungal nail infections should not be left untreated. For several reasons, many nail fungus sufferers have turned to ‘natural’ or home remedies for treatment; however these people could be taking a big risk.

Many people consider home remedies to treat their nail fungus, perhaps in order to avoid the embarrassment of going to a specialist, or maybe because home remedies seem like cheaper alternatives. Whatever the reason, the following are some important points you should consider before you decide which treatment to go for:

The Risks of Home Remedies for Treating Fungal Nail Infections:

No strict standards

For all medications sold over the counter, manufacturers must comply with standards 100%. This goes for both natural and synthetic products. Although not all manufactured products are completely safe, standard dosages and frequencies of use can be prescribed for general safe use. However, there are no clearly defined standards for home remedies. Dosages are largely based on personal opinion which poses a higher risk for undesirable reactions.

Different Recipes

Different people have different home remedies for nail fungus. It is important to acknowledge that people may have different ways of mixing and using their remedies. Before using such remedies, please remember that one person’s home remedy for nail fungus may have worked for them but you cannot be sure it will work for you. Furthermore, different people can have different recipes for similar nail fungal ailments leading to even more confusion.

Longer Recovery Time

Home remedies may take quite some time to bring about the desired effect (if they work at all). Even standard treatments for nail fungus take a long time to show results therefore you should expect most home remedies to take at least an equally long period of time. The problem here is that you may never be entirely sure if a home remedy is working or not; since there are usually no standard treatment courses you may always be asking yourself, ‘did I give it enough time or not?

Finally, please remember: although they are not life threatening, fungal nail infections need to be dealt with very carefully – preferably by a professional – else instead of getting better; they may get further aggravated.

Have you ever had a fungal nail infection?  How did you deal with it? Tell us in the comments below…

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