Contrary to the popular belief that you can contract toenail fungus by trading shoes with someone who has a fungal infection, the immune system is what makes the final call. If your immune system is intact, you could walk away unscathed.
So, where does this leave individuals with autoimmune disorders such as diabetes?
One of the reasons that nail fungus is so common among the elderly is because many elderly individuals are also diabetic.
Individuals with diabetes often find themselves in a vicious cycle once they’ve contracted nail fungus. This is because diabetes patients cannot regulate their insulin levels naturally, leading to unusually high blood-sugar levels. That’s right, sugar, he one thing that most people can’t get enough of and the one thing upon which diabetics depend without fail. Fungus is so dependent upon sugar that it could live and thrive on sugar alone- and it does.
As the infection becomes more severe, patients may find themselves needing less insulin to regulate their blood glucose levels. Higher doses of insulin may lead to dangerously low glucose levels, which, in turn, require sugar spikes that the fungus can use to progress.
Nail Fungus Treatment Options
That said, addressing the infection and finding a suitable nail fungus treatment before it gets out of control is critical. Oral antifungals, used to treat fungal infections of the severity that may develop in diabetics, are extremely hard on the liver, and may lead to complications, including heart failure, in those with autoimmune disorders. As such, diabetics cannot take them.
So how do diabetics get rid of nail fungus without taking prescription antifungals?
Sufferers with diabetes can treat and eventually cure nail fungus with a simple home care regimen. Diabetics are usually on an insulin schedule. In order to avoid forgetfulness, sufferers can plan their home care routine their insulin injections.
Twice daily soaks should be incorporated into your routine. Soak once in the morning when you get up, and once at night before bed, or after dinner, whichever is easier. Allow 12 hours between soaks to allow the home remedy of your choosing to work on the infection.
Soaks should consist of warm water and vinegar, two parts to one. You can use a basin or a small bucket, whichever is easier. Since nail fungus can be painful, it’s important that you’re comfortable during your routine. It’s hard to stick with something painful. Soak the affected areas for 15 minutes or until the nail is completely saturated.
If the water cools down before the 15-minute mark, it’s not warm enough. Once 15 minutes has passed, towel dry the affected areas and let them air dry. This is the hard part, only because it requires patience. It helps to have a novel handy.
There are over-the-counter antifungal ointments that you can purchase either online or instore at your local pharmacy. These topical ointments are budget friendly, so you’ll never need to worry about breaking the bank picking one up. Chances are, you’ll need to pick up a few. Nail fungus has a tendency to stick around longer in those with autoimmune disorders than it does in those with otherwise healthy immune systems. Most come in a small bottle with a small brush, like nail polish. Simply paint the ointment onto the affected areas as directed, generally twice a day. Precede each application with a 15-minute soak.