How Are Thick Toenails Treated?

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Thick toenail treatment includes several options, such as keeping nails carefully trimmed, using natural solutions such as tea tree oil and olive oil, soaking feet in solutions made of vinegar and water, using topical gels and using oral medicines. Many different issues cause thick toenails, including fungal infections, injuries to the nails and underlying diseases, such as diabetes. Treatments vary according to the primary cause, and include short-term and long-term measures to alleviate symptoms.

One simple and cost-effective method of eliminating thick toenails is routine care and maintenance of nails. Thickened toenails need special trimming to avoid further irritation and to ensure proper growth in the future. Before trimming begins, inflicted individuals should immerse thickened nails in a small tub of lukewarm water for approximately 10 minutes. Nail nippers, instead of traditional nail clippers, help to remove the thickened nails without applying excessive pressure.

Topical treatments include using natural solutions, such as tea tree and olive oils. These oils dissolve into nails; they have nutrients and minerals that penetrate nails’ surfaces and promote healthy new growth. Soaking nails in apple vinegar removes the thickest top layer from the nail, as do topical gels (such as Nonyx) provided they have high PH levels. Lastly, oral and topical medications minimize effects of thickened toenails caused by fungal infections.