Ask the Doctor: Toenail Fungus and CBD It is time again for “Ask the Doctor.” I particularly enjoy this monthly feature because it gives me an opportunity to answer your questions and help you on Can CBD Oil Treat Toenail Fungus? If you have never had an issue with it, you wouldn’t understand. Yes, toenail fungus can be very painful, along with embarrassing in public, and if it goes Topical CBD oil has antimicrobials that have the tendency to kill the fungus and is effective in some patients. Read on to know more.
Ask the Doctor: Toenail Fungus and CBD
It is time again for “Ask the Doctor.” I particularly enjoy this monthly feature because it gives me an opportunity to answer your questions and help you on your path to health and wellness.
If you have a question or health concern you would like me to address, please visit the Hotze Health & Wellness Facebook page and send me a private message. Mention Katy Christian Magazine in the subject line.
Any Solutions for Toenail Fungus?
I have a fungal infection on two of my toenails. It doesn’t hurt, but the nails are thick and discolored and look so bad that I am reluctant to wear sandals. Is there anything you could recommend for this? I have tried vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, Vicks VapoRub, and every antifungal ointment available , but nothing has helped.
Fungal infections of the nails, officially called onychomycosis, are extremely common and notoriously hard to cure. Over-the-counter products that you apply to the nails are often ineffective, as you have experienced. Prescription topical antifungals work better but do not always eradicate the problem.
That’s why I want to tell you about a specially compounded nail solution that many of our guests have had good success with. It contains the two most effective topical antifungal medications plus tea tree oil, a traditional remedy for fungal infections, and biotin, which helps with healthy nail growth. The “magic” of this solution is DMSO, which acts as a carrier to penetrate the nail and deliver the active ingredients deep into the nail where they are needed.
It is not an overnight cure—there is no such thing for this condition. However, if you use it daily for several months, you have a good chance of getting rid of unsightly toenail fungus once and for all. You do have to be patient, especially if your big toenails are affected . It can take as long as a year for a nail to grow out and be replaced by a healthy new nail.
Oral antifungal drugs may also be indicated, and in severe cases, the infected nails may need to be surgically removed. Laser therapy is another option, although study results of its efficacy are mixed. I suggest you first try the DMSO nail solution, compounded by Physicians Preference Pharmacy . Talk to your doctor (it require a prescription) or call the pharmacy at 281-828-9088 to learn more. Let me how it works for you.
I Am Nervous About Trying CBD. Is it Safe?
A friend of mine uses CBD oil at bedtime and says it helps control the anxious thoughts that used to keep her awake at night. I have a similar problem and want to try it, but I am nervous because it comes from marijuana. I would appreciate your opinion on this.
I’m glad you asked, because there is a lot of confusion about CBD and marijuana. To be clear, the CBD oils and other supplements on the market are from hemp, not marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, and all cannabis plants contain natural phytochemicals called cannabinoids. But where and how they are cultivated and used makes a tremendous difference.
The flowers and leaves of marijuana plants contain relatively high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive cannabinoid that alters perception, attention, and behavior. Hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%)—nowhere near enough to make you high.
The main cannabinoid in hemp is cannabidiol (CBD). CBD supports your body’s own endocannabinoid system, which produces natural cannabinoids that influence everything from sleep, mood and emotions to immune function, inflammation, and pain perception. By balancing and enhancing this system, therapeutic doses of CBD from hemp have been shown to improve sleep, relieve anxiety, boost the immune response, and decrease pain and inflammation.
I have spent months studying this effective and versatile compound and often recommend it for the above conditions. Unfortunately, I have run across a lot of misinformation and ineffective products that contain only paltry amounts of CBD, so it is important that you do your homework before purchasing. Look for organic, full-spectrum hemp oil with a standardized level of CBD and purchase only from a trusted source. Quality products are a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
If you would like to learn about or order the oral or topical CBD-rich full-spectrum hemp oil I recommend, call Hotze Vitamins at 800-579-6545.
Keep Your Questions Coming
I hope these suggestions are helpful to you and to others who are dealing with these common problems. Keep your questions coming! Send me a private message on Hotze Health & Wellness Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HotzeHWC/ . Don’t forget to mention Katy Christian Magazine in the subject line. And remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question.
To learn more about the Hotze Health & Wellness Center and schedule a Free Wellness Consultation—via telemedicine or at the Center—call us at 281-698-8698 or visit hotzehwc.com .
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Dr. Steven Hotze
Dr. Hotze is the Founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International. Dr. Hotze received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Hotze believes that everyone deserves a doctor and a team of professionals who can coach them onto a path of health and wellness, naturally, so that they can enjoy a better quality of life without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Dr. Hotze is the best-selling author of Hormones, Health, and Happiness, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness and Do A 180. Suzanne Somers dedicated an entire chapter to Dr. Hotze in her New York Times best seller, Breakthrough. “This Texan doctor is going to steal your heart,” writes Somers. “He has so much energy he can’t wait to get to his office each day.” Dr. Hotze has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows across the nation, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates, CBS’ The Morning Show and The Biography Channel. He has also appeared on the morning program, Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan. Dr. Hotze hosted “Health & Wellness Solutions” radio show on KSEV 700 AM and “Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution” radio show on KPRC AM 950 and iHeart radio. He currently hosts the Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution podcast. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Janie, for 52 years. They have 8 children and 23 grandchildren.
Can CBD Oil Treat Toenail Fungus?
If you have never had an issue with it, you wouldn’t understand. Yes, toenail fungus can be very painful, along with embarrassing in public, and if it goes untreated, toenail fungus has the ability to be dangerous. Another misconception several people have is that this fungus is much more common than you might think. This is simply because no if you have toenail fungus, you don’t want to talk about it or discuss it with your friends.
Having to deal with toenail fungus will never be something you enjoy. Never. That being said, there is some great news brewing up on the subject. If you have toenail fungus and have tried using every product you can find for relief without success, CBD oil may be what you need to try. There have been several studies and plenty of people saying CBD is able to get rid of the fungus much quicker than many popular products currently on the market. On top of that, using CBD has fewer side effects than many of these other products.
Before we go forward with discussing exactly how CBD can be used against the toenail fungus, we need to be clear about something. No, you will not get high using CBD. Yes, like marijuana, this is a compound found in cannabis plants. That being said, THC is what creates the buzz when smoking marijuana. CBD, however, has more in common with hemp. CBD is used to relieve symptoms rather than experiencing an alteration to the mind. Regardless of the method, you use CBD or the amount being taken, you will not get high as a result. Now, we can continue.
We have all heard the expression that an ounce of prevention is much more valuable than a pound of cure. This saying also applies to how we go about caring for our feet. For instance, you will be far less likely to end with toenail fungus if you are keeping your feet both clean and dry. If you are doing this, it is less likely that you will end up with any type of foot infection.
So, before you kick off the shoes or sandals for a romantic walk on the beach, remember, fungi and other microscopic organisms are very difficult to avoid coming into contact with. More than this, your toenails are very vulnerable when taking a stroll in damper areas where you would typically enjoy being barefoot.
Also, places like a locker room shower or a public swimming pool can be a haven for several types of fungus. If places such as these are part of your regular routine, make sure you are wearing flip flops or some other type of shower shoe. Simple practices such as these will go a long way when it comes to keeping your feet and toenails both clean and infection-free.
Because of their analgesic and antifungal characteristics, CBD oils can play a significant role concerning both the treatment and prevention of popular issues with feet such as fungal infections and even athlete’s foot. There are plenty of clinical tests and studies currently being done and there is still a ton we have to learn. Still, doctors and scientists alike have already been able to discover there are specific qualities and characteristics of the cannabis plant that are ideal for relieving foot fungus.
How is cannabis effective concerning toenail fungus?
There are plenty of health benefits when it comes to using CBD products. One of these, in particular, its antifungal properties, make CBD oil a useful source of treatment for fungal nail infections (1). The plant has petroleum extracts that scientists have found are able to inhibit fungi growth in the human body. Because of these extracts, CBD oil can be very resourceful when it comes to both preventing and treating infections created by fungi.
Both cannabis and the oils that are extracted from it can soothe any pain that is caused both under and around the area of an infected nail. When a fungus is left untreated, it has the ability to irritate and even eat away at a toenail, causing the nail to begin disintegrating and even fall off. This leaves tender skin beneath the toenail that should be covered up exposed, producing a higher risk of experiencing pain and can even make something as simple as walking difficult. Cannabis is full of both pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that will make it easier to walk with the soreness from the infection, making it less painful (2).
How to treat toenail fungus with CBD oil
There are several options available to you if you’re wanting to use CBD oil to treat or prevent a toenail fungus infection. While a new method of using CBD is found almost weekly, there are a few that will be more effective than others with this specific cause.
You will be able to experience highly localized results with topical products. What exactly is a topical? In short, a topical is a CBD product containing cannabis oil you can directly apply to the skin of an infected area. They normally will come in the form of a cream, lotion, or an oily liquid. By using a topical, you are able to apply the solution exactly where it is needed. It can be rubbed in and around the toe, making it less likely the infection will spread to other toenails.
If you are considering purchasing a CBD oil topical for an issue with skin or an infected nail, take the time to make sure what you are buying has been made with full-spectrum CBD oil instead of oil with just hemp seed. Hemp seed oils have less of a range concerning the compounds it is made of. You will benefit more from using a full-spectrum CBD oil because of the terpenes, essential oils, fatty acids, and cannabinoids you won’t receive with a simple hemp seed oil.
Because of both their effectiveness and convenience, soft gel capsules that have been filled with CBD oil are becoming more and more popular with people who use CBD. There isn’t a lot of effort involved with taking these capsules. It is as simple as taking vitamins while eating breakfast or drinking your morning coffee. For the most part, these capsules are tasteless unless you purposefully buy them otherwise. You won’t even realize you are taking them.
You are not going to have the highly localized results taking a capsule as you will receive using a topical. But, this in no way means taking a capsule will not be effective. The CBD oil’s cannabinoids will still be able to interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body, enabling them to attack the infection in and under your toenails from inside your skin.
There is still a lot of study and research that needs to be done, but many CBD researchers will tell you ingesting the oils is more than likely the most effective method of using them. Because of this, it might make sense to spend time looking for a cannabis edible you may enjoy trying.
Vaping CBD Oil
Vaping products took over the scene and became a billion-dollar industry when smokers realized the products were safer than smoking a conventional cigarette filled with tobacco and other additives. These products are also a great means of lowering the amount of nicotine being used when vaping, if not kicking the nicotine habit altogether. Recently many vaping products have begun adding CBD oil to the ingredients.
There are currently plenty of studies that have already been completed suggesting that vaping is the quickest method of experiencing the effects of CBD oil. With vaping, CBD oils are able to enter the bloodstream quicker than using it by other methods such as a lotion or cream. This allows relief to an infected area as quickly as possible.
A few things to keep in mind
Not everyone is going to have the same results using CBD oils. These oils interact with your body’s systems. Because each body is different in terms of its makeup, not everyone will receive the same effects. That being said, if you have been using CBD oil for a while and aren’t receiving the results you were hoping for, here are a few ideas to consider.
Has CBD had the opportunity to build up in your system?
It is going to take time to determine exactly how much CBD you should be using and how often. This amount will be different for each individual. When using CBD oil first becomes a part of your routine, you should consider starting with a lower dosage. Start taking the CBD daily and increase the amount you are using just once or twice a week until you discover the amount that works best for your body. Give it a chance to build up in your system.
Also, remember, similar to many other chemicals and compounds, your body has the ability to build a tolerance with CBD. Once you have found an amount that is helping you and have been taking it for a while, it’s not uncommon for the results to decline. This doesn’t always mean you need to start using a higher dosage than you have been. The best idea may be to go a few days without using CBD at all, and then return to the dosage you were using.
Are you purchasing your CBD oil from a reliable source?
As the use of CBD oil becomes more and more popular, the products can be found almost everywhere you look. Gas stations, bars, coffee shops, I even saw a movie rental place advertising they now sell CBD oil the other day.
These products will not all be the same with such a high number of retailers. Some of the products simply aren’t going to be as high in quality. The FDA currently hasn’t approved CBD oil products without a prescription from a doctor. Because CBD isn’t being federally regulated, anyone can print their own labels for the products they are selling. This provides them the opportunity to say what they have is better than it really is.
When purchasing CBD oil products, make sure what you are using is from a brand that is well established. Take the time to do a quick google search of the brand name so you can read reviews and see what other people are saying about the product. Also, only purchase a CBD product that was tested by a third party.
Method of using CBD oil
As we mentioned earlier, a new method of using CBD is found on almost a weekly basis. We listed a few methods of use that are most effective when CBD is being taken to treat toenail focus. If you have been using one of the methods and are unable to see a difference, try using a different method before making the conclusion that CBD doesn’t work for you.
Does CBD Oil Cure Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is referred to as onychomycosis in medical terms. It mostly affects the big toenails and is rarely seen on fingernails. This condition is difficult to treat and takes a long time to get cured. It leads to whitish-yellowish discoloration of the nails affected. The nails also become thick, brittle or fragile and out of shape. This causes the nail to become detached from the nail bed. It mostly occurs in people who have a suppressed immune system. Toenail fungus is caused by dermatophytes or fungus that infects the skin most of the times. The other causative agents include yeast or mold as well. (1)
Toenail fungus is not a serious condition and it goes away with treatment in healthy people. However, in people with a weak immune system, the skin surrounding the toenail fungus is prone to bacterial infections. It is best to take preventive measures in order to avoid onychomycosis. Since fungus grows in wet and damp places it is necessary to keep the feet dry after taking bath or washing feet, not wearing very tight shoes and letting the feet breathe as often as possible by wearing flip flops or slippers often and not sharing towels or socks with other people. (2)
Does CBD Oil Cure Toenail Fungus?
Cannabis is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties thus making it effective against toenail fungus. Some studies have shown that cannabis is capable of getting rid of toenail fungus but not as effective as the conventional methods of treatment. Although they have fewer side effects and faster mode of action research still has not completely proven their efficiency. Studies have shown that they help in relieving the pain caused by the infected nail. Since the fungus eats the affected nail and exposes the underlying tender skin it becomes extremely painful and uncomfortable while walking. The CBD oil is helpful in soothing the inflamed skin and making it easier to walk and it has also shown to hasten the healing process of the infected toenail and provide relief from pain as well. (2)
The role of cannabis in curing toenail fungus is still under research and study. There is little data available regarding its efficiency and therefore it is not prescribed commercially by the doctors. They prefer to use conventional methods to get rid of toenail fungus that is rather difficult to treat and takes a long time to get cured. In many cases, patients have reported relief by using CBD oil directly on the infected part that led to the fungus completely dying off. The drawback to this was that the fungus returned on discontinuation of the treatment. Patients who do not respond to conventional methods of treatment have tried cannabis oil and the results have varied from person to person. Some had a better response to the treatment while in others the fungus remained as such with temporary relief or no relief at all. Topical antifungals have shown less efficiency against persistent fungal infections. Oral antifungals along with topical use have shown better results. (2)
The results of anti-fungals and anti-microbials have also shown varied results in different people due to development of resistance against the anti-fungals. It is due to this reason that most treatment options available are ineffective and take a long time to get cured. Topical CBD oil has antimicrobials that have the tendency to kill the fungus and is effective in some patients. It is better to prevent the fungus from growing in the early stages and take proper measures when the person is more prone to toenail fungus. Diabetics, people with suppressed immunity, patients undergoing cancer treatment, heart patients are more prone to developing toenail fungus and therefore should take measures from the starting to avoid severe fungus from growing. Wearing properly fitted shoes, drying up feet thoroughly before putting on footwear and avoiding sharing of towels and socks can help prevent toenail fungus.