Ozone/Oxidative Therapy for Nail Fungus

First reported by Dr. T H Oliver in 1920, ozone and oxidative therapies have been used extensively by doctors for a wide range of health problems. Additionally, these procedures are therapies for contaminated wounds, burns and infections. The use of oxygen to heal is based on the idea that it breaks down and eliminates toxins from the body by “burning” them through the process of oxidation.

In the process of ozone and oxidative therapies, white blood cell production is encouraged, there is an increased delivery of oxygen to the cells, red blood cell flexibility is expanded and metabolism is also stimulated. Because of its ability to kill harmful organisms, many cities purify their drinking water with ozone.

Ozone therapy can be received in one of several ways, including injection, inseffulation, ozone “bagging,” external use of ozonated olive oil, and autohemotherapy. Inseffulation is the process which consists of inserting a tiny tube into the infected area and up to half a liter of pure ozone in a humidified gas is introduces in less than thirty seconds. In order to fight nail fungus, the best delivery of ozone to the body is by bagging or the application of ozonated olive oil. Bagging is done by placing the infected fingers in a plastic bag and filling that bag with ozone. Ozonated olive oil, available in many natural health stores, is made by bubbling ozone through olive oil for several days until it solidifies. An effective way to reduce both the symptoms and prevalence of the infection is to apply ozonated olive oil to the affected nail several times daily until the fungus has died and the healthy nail has regrown.

Oxidation therapy is commonly administered via hydrogen peroxide. Because the body’s cells produce hydrogen peroxide as a first line of defense when confronted with harmful organisms, it is known as an effective and natural immune system booster. To match nail fungus with oxidation therapy, a finger soak is the best application. It is wisest to use food grade hydrogen peroxide (35%) as the over the counter solution (3%) contains other chemicals and impurities that may adversely affect sensitive skin. Mix 2 ounces of the food grade type with warm water and soak the nails infected with the fungus for 30 minutes. If using the over the counter version, you will need nearly twelve times the hydrogen peroxide to make an equally effective solution. Repeat three to four times per week until the infection has cleared.

Hydrogen peroxide is extremely safe and effective for nail fungus when used with care. Because the pure form of the solution is highly toxic and dangerous, it is absolutely necessary to take care when using this home remedy by always diluting it correctly. When administered in proper amounts this has shown great promise against nail fungus.

When cleansing your nail fungus with ozone or oxidative therapy, the success depends entirely on your willingness to use as directed and to continue your chosen course of therapy for a considerable amount of time. The process is so lengthy due to the fact that even after the fungus has died and the nail begins to clear, it must continue until the infected portion of the nail has completely grown out. Unfortunately, because the process can take six months or longer, many people choose to live with it rather than take measures to combat it.

Once the fungus has been effectively killed and the nail is completely healthy, it is vital to take steps to ensure that the fungus does not return. Keeping nails clean and trim is important to ensure that the fungus cannot make a home under the nail. Never pick at hangnails or other skin around the nails; germs can more easily find a way into your nails if you do. When your hands are to be exposed to water for prolonged periods of time, use rubber gloves and make sure to give the gloves ample time to dry inside out after use.

If you typically have your nails done at a salon, be sure that it is a reputable one that understands the importance of sterilizing all manicure equipment. It also may be necessary to discontinue using nail polish or artificial nails as they can trap moisture under the polish and encourage the growth of fungus. It is also imperative to keep the hands clean, especially after contacting fungus that may reside on other fingernails or toenails because of the contagious nature of the fungus. Additionally, maintaining a healthy immune system is a key to fighting any fungal infections to which you may be exposed.