Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BEST Treatments for Toenail Fungus would NOT Include Cornmeal Mush!!

I was shocked recently to read in the Chicago Tribune that "Cornmeal Mush" may help "cure" toenail fungus!  This article suggests soaking your cornmeal for an hour then soaking your feet for an hour.  While I have heard MANY home remedies, this is the first I have heard that cornmeal has antifungal properties!
Fungus residing in the toenails is very difficult to "cure" because there are so many factors that contribute to its existence and infection - its not so easy to just say the infection developed because of a pedicure.  While pedicures can, and often do, directly cause fungus to be seated within a toenail, there are many other factors that make treating fungus challenging. 

It is important to treat toenail fungus, known as onychomycosis, because it can spread to other nails, worsen in an isolated nail, cause deformity of the affected nails and cause a fungal infection in the skin.  Once you have decided to treat the nail, you need to be committed as persistence is very important.  Despite what the pharmaceuticals would have you believe, there is no "magic pill" that rids you of fungus permanently. The best defense we have now is a combination of treatments which includes laser treatments, topical treatments, treatments and possibly including short term oral antifungal treatments. 

Not everyone is ready to treat their fungal nails and while I am a podiatric physician I am also a woman who understands that decision!  There are certain times when a pedicure is a must!  Many podiatrists now offer a cosmetic temporary solution that will allow you to show off your pedicure without worry that your toes will be a source of embarrassment.   I have recently began using KeryFlex which will transform your ugly nails (whether there is fungus in them or not) to a normal looking nail that will last for weeks.  KeryFlex will also help stop the spread of the disease as it creates a seal over the fungal nail.

Deciding when and how to treat your onychomycosis is a decision you should make with your podiatrist.  While home remedies may show improvement in some individuals, the most effective and direct treatments should have research behind them and clinical results.  I think most podiatrists would agree - leave the cornmeal at the breakfast table and bring your feet to us!

11 comments:

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  3. Cornmeal when mixed with water is very effective at removing dead skin. Direct anti-bacterial or anti-fungal properties are unproven. What is clear however is conditions benefited by the removal of dead skin are benefited by wet cornmeal treatments. Toenail fungus is killed by the presence of oxygen in the air. Debris under the toenail not only feeds the fungus but provides a low oxygen environment for it to thrive. Cornmeal baths removes the debris and softens the nail effectively removing the food source and increasing oxygen levels under the nail. By no means is this a cure but it does help the condition.

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  4. Toenail fungus is a very common problem and if it left it left untreated then it can cause splitting, cracking and completely loss of toenail. But it is curable natural home remedies are really effective. The apple cider vinegar is helpful as it is mildly acidic and helps to prevent fungus. Oil of Oregano is also helpful as it has the antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic properties.

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  6. I too read the article in the Chicago Tribune. I'd been dealing with the toe nail fungus for close to a year; seen 3 doctors who prescribed $90 meds. Then I ried the cornmenat and VOILA!! within 2 mos. all was cured. Never trust a doctor tryint to SELL a treatment.

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  7. So for a month I've been putting Vicks all over my big toenails with a little improvement. My right toenail has a new nail growing under it. I read about the cornmeal method. I also read that there are different kinds of toenail fungus and to try different methods. I actually filled a pan with dry cornmeal and buried my feet in it. Kept them under the dry cornmeal for over an hour. I also sprinkled cornmeal in my shoes too. I used Vicks again on my tonails and sprinkled cornmeal and covered with bandaids. Soaking in dry cornmeal worked the best. My toenail on my right foot just fail off! I'm going to keep doing this, until I'm sure the fungus is completely gone. Very happy with this method, it worked for me. Plus, it made the skin on my feet super soft.

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  8. Nail is attractive organ in my body so you must be take care your nail for any else.
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  9. Our foot has to walk on germs,bacteria,faces our sweat of tiredness and also foot aches.These all may cause foot disease like foot fungus,crack and even skin problems.Using best foot massager is an option to restrict these problem from being occurred.

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  10. Corn meal has impressive antifungal properties. Corn naturally contains a form of fungus that doesn’t affect the human beings but is very deadly to Candida, the fungus that most commonly causes infections in human beings. Mix some corn meal in water in a container that can also accommodate your feet and put your feet in that mixture for about half an hour. Repeat the treatment as often as you might like.

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