Wednesday, March 11, 2015

When Good Toenails Go Bad

I've been so reluctant to post this entry, because who wants to talk about gross toenails and ugly feet, but let's face it, it's part of life.

Long story semi-short: I went out on NYE in 2012 and some gal smashed my big toe with her stiletto. It took forever to bruise, fall out and grow back. In the meantime I found out I was pregnant and was going for regular pedicures and foot massages. We all know even the cleanest salons can be subject to funky fungus, but I thought for sure not mine. Not to mention that pregnant women are even more subject to inviting fungus in and having it grow faster. I was the perfect candidate, a trifecta. Then about a year later I realized that my toenail had never really grown back right. It was cracking, thick and..... it wasn't the trauma, it was fungus. EWWW.

Toenail fungus is really common and can certainly be treated, but it's embarrassing enough that I swore off sandals, gripped tightly to my barre socks and just felt like my feet were too unattractive to show! I felt like I had done something wrong, I wasn't clean! But rest assured, this happens to the cleanest of people, assuming you've ever gotten a pedicure, shared a shower, perspired or worn close-toed shoes.

Typical treatments themselves are often harmful and toxic and have proven to cause birth defects. Even though I wasn't pregnant, no way was I going to take an oral or topical medication that was full of toxic ingredients for the sake of this fungi. So, per usual, I went on the search for a natural solution. There seem to be many homeopathic remedies listed on the internet (listed below) and I can't attest to their effectiveness, because the one product I found and used actually worked.

The company is called Citrus Way and they have a comprehensive natural line of foot care, which I'll also cover, but for now let's concentrate on the important stuff.


Nail Solution

Basically this small $15 bottle of solution is comprised of distilled water, grapefruit peel extract, absorbic acid and vegetable glycerin. Nothing harmful, nothing toxic, with extract that's the key to ridding fungus and preventing it from regrowth. Now, they recommend you soak said affected toe in hydrogen peroxide prior to exfoliating and applying each time, but I did that maybe every 3rd time. I'm busy, I can't be soaking my toes, but I still found that this worked. I did pay attention to thoroughly cleansing my nail and cleaning under neath with clean nail tools before applying. Low and behold, the toe nail started clearing. As it grew out and I clipped back the affected parts, it continued to grow out clear. I've also adopted using this on all of my toes after showering for preventative purposes and even on my fingernails when I change polishes.

Foot Refreshing Spray

This gentle spray helps kill bacteria and moisturize your feet without the heavy feel of creams, which can often be slippery. It's great when you've been walking all day and need some relief or if you've been a little unfair to your feet with high heels. You can spritz and go as well, which is nice for yoga or before throwing on sandals - with out sliding around. It's also perfect to pack along on beach vacations, sand is a natural exfoliator but the salt water can really dry your feet out. Just spritz all over and let the natural formula do the work. Great to extend the life of our pedicure (if you haven't sworn them off, like me.)

Intensive Hydrating Cream
Perfectly hydrating, paraben free, lightly scented and just a great overall cream for worn out or dehydrated feet. Such a treat when applied before bed, followed with cushy socks.

Foot File
Salon quality exfoliating that you can use at home and that you don't have to share with hundreds of people! Easy to grip and great to slough off that dead skin, leaving feet soft and smooth. Rinse file with soap upon completion, or if your dealing with any skin issues, clean with alcohol.



Other at home solutions:

Oils: Tea Tree (Maleluca), Orange Peel or Oregano
Apple Cider Vinegar Soak
Baking Soda, Epsom Salt & White Vinegar Soak
Garlic

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