Have you recently noticed your toenails turning yellow? Perhaps you don’t have completely yellow toenails, but there’s a yellow streak on your nails. Or maybe there is some other form of discoloration.
Should I be Worried About Having Yellow Toenails?
Yellow toenails, along with nail discoloration ranging from white, green, brown or even black toenails, are usually caused by toenail fungus. The discoloration is caused by keratin debris lodged between the nail and the nail bed. If you have yellow toenails, white toenails, green/brown toenails, or black toenails, but no other symptoms, consider yourself lucky that you caught the infection before it had a chance to spread! Toenail fungus can cause serious damage to the nails. As the infection progresses, the nail will thicken, turn brittle/crumbly and eventually separate from the nail bed resulting in permanent damage. It may also emit a foul odor and can cause some serious pain.
I Don’t Want Yellow Toenails! How Do I Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus?
The most important thing is that you don’t let the fungus infection spread. If it spreads, having yellow toenails will be the last of your worries! You have 3 options for treatment: Home Remedies, Prescription Drugs, and Over-The-Counter Non Prescription Medication. Some work slowly, while some don’t work at all. Some are very effective with no side effects, while others may also be effective but have serious negative side effects. Let’s briefly examine the pros and cons of each treatment option.
For many people with yellow toenails caused by nail fungus, this is the first treatment option they turn to. With the internet, it’s easy to find a toenail fungus “treatment” that you can apply with common household products. Some of the more common toenail fungus Fungus Clear home remedies include vinegar, mouthwash, Vick’s Vapor Rub, rubbing alcohol, and even oregano and olive oil. But do these methods work?
Based on our experience, we would say that no, toenail fungus home remedies do not work. In fact, they may cause more harm than good – the delay in seeking effective treatment may allow the toenail fungus to spread and take root, making it very difficult to get rid of and potentially causing permanent damage.
Prescription Drug Treatments
There are two groups of prescription medications for nail fungus: topical drugs applied directly to the infection and oral medications. One of the most commonly prescribed topical drugs is Penlac, which is applied daily to the infected toenails. The major downfall to this product is that it takes several months to totally get rid of the fungus. It is also only effective for mild cases of toenail fungus. Side effects are relatively minor, and are usually limited to skin irritation and redness.
Some doctors prescribe oral drugs to combat nail fungus, which delivers the medicine through the bloodstream to the infected areas. Some of the more common choices are Lamisil and Sporanox. Treatment period is 12 weeks, but there can be some pretty nasty side effects. Common ones include severe stomachaches and headaches. Side effects can also include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, liver pain and liver damage and jaundice. Because of the severe side effects, we would suggest that these drugs not be used unless your case of toenail fungus is extremely advanced. If you just have yellow toenails and few other symptoms, we suggest you stick to the following option.
Over-the-Counter Non-Prescription Medications – Our Recommendation
This is the option we would suggest for most sufferers of nail fungus. We’ve found that the most effective over-the-counter medications contain natural anti-fungal oils. These treatments work most effectively to fight toenail fungus and yellow toenails when a two pronged treatment approach is used, including an oral spray that delivers medication to the bloodstream to weaken the fungus and a topical solution that applies an anti-fungal solution directly to the infected area.