Question: What Happens If Toenail Fungus Goes Untreated?

What is the fastest home remedy for toenail fungus?

Hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide can kill fungus that grows on toenails.

Black tea.

Soaking feet in plain tea can also be beneficial in treating toenail or foot fungus.

Apple cider vinegar.

Baking soda.

Epsom salt.

Clean socks and shoes.

Essential oils.

Ozonated oils.More items…•.

Can toenail fungus get into your bloodstream?

Widespread infection. This may cause cellulitis, a condition that produces swollen, red, tender skin and must be treated with antibiotics, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. In severe cases of cellulitis, the infection can enter the bloodstream and be deadly.

What happens if you leave toenail fungus untreated?

A severe case of nail fungus can be painful and may cause permanent damage to your nails. And it may lead to other serious infections that spread beyond your feet if you have a suppressed immune system due to medication, diabetes or other conditions.

Will toenail fungus go away on its own?

Fungal infections of the toenails — also known as onychomycosis — don’t go away on their own, and if left untreated, the fungus will spread and can eventually destroy the nail.

What kills toenail fungus?

Options include terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox). These drugs help a new nail grow free of infection, slowly replacing the infected part. You typically take this type of drug for six to 12 weeks. But you won’t see the end result of treatment until the nail grows back completely.

Can toenail fungus spread to other parts of the body?

The greatest danger of not treating the foot or toenail fungus is that it can spread to other parts of the body, such as the hands and groin. If for some reason you can’t treat your toenails, at least use an antifungal topical cream on the surrounding skin, Dr. Ng says.