Tomorrow, April 19 is National Garlic Day. Garlic has been hailed as a miracle product, thought to help lengthen life, lower cholesterol, prevent certain types of cancer, reverse high blood pressure, stave off the common cold and help you overcome fatigue. Pretty good for a pungent little clove that costs about a dollar at your grocery store.
In addition to all these miraculous abilities, garlic has been hailed as a homeopathic cure for fungal infections, including toenail fungus. Some people think that eating 1-2 cloves of raw garlic a day can cure a fungal toenail over time due to the clove’s anti-fungal properties.
The first sign that you’re developing a fungus underneath your toenail will be a white or yellow spot on the nail. Over time, if left untreated, the infection will spread, and your entire toenail will become thick and yellow. The infection is unsightly but can also become painful.
There are many over-the-counter or natural treatments available for toenail fungus, but they take a long time (think a year or more) to clear up the infection if they even work at all. In my Houston podiatrist office, I offer a variety of more effective treatments that will clear up toenail fungus far faster than OTC remedies or natural treatments like garlic.
I also offer KeryFlex in my office, a toenail replacement product that looks and feels like a real nail; it can be applied over your existing nail so you can comfortably wear open-toed shoes and enjoy pedicures while your fungal toenail heals beneath.
No matter how much you love garlic, there’s no reason to live with an embarrassing nail fungus for an extended period of time. If you have a fungal toenail, come into Tanglewood Foot Specialists to being treatment immediately and restore your feet to their former beauty.