It is possible to cure toenail fungus with laser treatment, oral medications, topical medications or home remedies. There are many reports of success with all of these treatment methods to remove the toenail fungus and get the toenails to become clear again. The key to making sure that your toenails stay clear and fungus free is to make sure that you decrease your exposure to the toenail fungus spores.
The toenail fungus spores are basically the seeds that cause the toenail fungus infection. If you don't get exposed to them, you will not get toenail fungus again.
Here are the common sources of exposure to toenail fungus spores:
When you have athlete's foot, you basically have an infection of the skin that is caused by the same organism that causes toenail fungus. If you cure the infection in the toenails but you do not cure the infection in the skin, the toenail fungus can spread from the skin back to the toenails and cause another infection. In that case the end result is that your toenails become yellow, crumbly, the formed and thicker because they become reinfected.
If you have any areas of peeling skin on the toes or bottom of the feet it is important to make sure that you treat the skin infection at the same time you are treating the toenail fungus. Otherwise you are at high risk of getting a reinfection in the toenails.
The spores that caused toenail fungus are often shed as the nails crumble, crack and fall apart. Little bits of infected toenails and the spores that cause the toenail fungus infection can accumulate in your socks. You have to either replace your socks with new ones or wash your socks and hot water to remove the toenail fungus and fungal spores.
Fungus thrives in three conditions: when it is warm, dark and moist. The inside of your shoes, with your sweaty feet stuffed in them, provides the perfect environment for fungus to grow. Shoes are like little incubators for fungus. If you effectively treat the toenail fungus and the scan at the same time you're remove any active infection. However if you do not treat your shoes you may have large quantities of toenail fungus spores in the shoes waiting to cause a reinfection. It is important to disinfect your shoes completely to make sure that you don't leave any spores in the shoes that can infect the toenails again later.
The key here is to understand that the goal is not just to remove the infection from the toenails but also to make sure that you remove all sources of reinfection so that your toenails remain clear and healthy appearing.