How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus – 3 Step Treatment

It’s uncomfortable.  It’s embarrassing.  It’s toenail fungus.  How did it get there and how do you get rid of it?  Fungus is a living organism that thrives in dark, moist places – in this case, under and around the toenail.  Because your feet are encased in socks and shoes all day, the darkness and wetness from sweat create an ideal environment.  Should your skin’s pH level fluctuate too much, you toenail experiences trauma, or you have poor foot hygiene, the chances of developing fungus increase.  So, how to get rid of toenail fungus?  There are three main methods and each one should be given time to work before taking the next step.

Step #1 – Use a Topical Toenail Fungus Treatment

While prevention is the best medicine, a topical product is the cheapest and the most effective method of toenail fungus treatment.  There are many different creams and ointments you can purchase meant specifically for fungus removal.  Depending upon the severity, you may talk to your doctor first, or simply go to your local pharmacy and purchase an over-the-counter medication.  Carefully read all the instructions and understand that it may take time for the medication to eradicate the fungus.  In the meantime, make sure to minimize additional nail trauma and keep your feet as dry and out in the open as possible to prevent the fungus from spreading.

Step #2 – Prescription Oral Nail Fungus Medications

If you find that the topical toenail fungus treatment has done nothing, or your problem is already very severe, see your doctor for additional information.  He or she may provide you with prescription oral medications that will kill the organism from the inside out.  Prescription medication can be costly, though, and it will take time (some as long as 3 months) for the infection to completely go away.  During that time you may experience numerous side effects, so be sure to read all the information your doctor provides you with so you know what may happen during that time.  As you take the medication, another good idea on how to get rid of toenail fungus is to make sure your shoes dry out and avoid repeat uses of socks.

Step #3 – Nail Removal

The final method of how to get rid of toenail fungus is rather extreme.  Nails are our natural protective guards for our fingers and toes, so nail removal should be considered only as a last resort.  With no nail to live under, the fungus will die and leave you organism free.  However, you will be toenail free as well.  Schedule time with your doctor to discuss this option.  Losing one toenail may be acceptable, but should all your toes be infected, the decision may be more difficult.  Only your doctor will be able to decide if nail removal is your only option left in the battle against the fungus.

Always opt for a topical treatment before anything else.  It can take time, but when it comes to how to get rid of toenail fungus, it can be the quickest and easiest method.  Be sure to keep an eye on how you are treating your feet as well as your shoes and socks in order to avoid the same problem in the future.

What to Ask Your Dentist Before Root Canal Treatment

If you’ve got severe toothache due to some kind of infection in your teeth, take it as good news when your dentist tells you that you’ll need a root canal treatment. This means that you don’t need to have your tooth extracted and there’s still a way to save your tooth.

Infection that can be saved by root canal treatment is often caused by a cavity that’s been left untreated. Your tooth could have had an inflammation from a trauma or other extensive procedure done on your teeth previously. For instance, you might have had fillings that were done hastily. Root canal doesn’t just stop the toothache. It also helps keep the bacteria from spreading into your jaw.

But prior to having this treatment, consultation with a dental expert is very important. You should make sure that a professional examines your teeth and your medical history thoroughly. You also need to know which questions to ask. This will help you have realistic expectations and avoid risks after the procedure.

You need to be sure that you are a good candidate for root canal treatment. You should ask the attending expert at the dental clinic what exactly is the problem with your teeth. You should also tell him all the problems you are experiencing with your teeth. It’s the only way that he can assess if a root canal treatment is right for you. If he thinks it won’t solve your problem, he should recommend another procedure to address your concern.

You should also ask how the treatment will be done and how many visits would it take to finish it. After assessing your problem, he should be able to inform you the number of visits needed and how long each session would take. You should also agree if your tooth will be numbed or if you’ll have a mild sedation. Most of the time, though, root canal isn’t really painful; so numbing of the tooth is usually enough.

You need to ask your dentist about the disadvantages that may be encountered in the procedure. You should also ask if and how they can be avoided or dealt with. For instance, there may be cases when an infected tissue is stuck deep in the root. If this is part of your dental problem, it can be easily treated and the infection will soon be gone.

Last but not the least, you should naturally ask about the cost of the procedure. Charges vary depending on the extent of your problem, your location, and the level of expertise of the dental professional. This will help you prepare your budget, check inclusions in your medical or dental plan, and, if needed, save a certain amount in your next paycheck to help pay for your treatment fees.

Writing Acronyms As a Way to Create Internal Communication For Dissociative Trauma Survivors

Acronyms are some of my favorite writing exercises in my therapeutic work with dissociative trauma survivors with DID/MPD.  I am repeatedly impressed with the amount and quality of helpful information that can surface through the use of acronyms.

Acronyms are helpful when you get stuck.  They are also particularly helpful when addressing a topic head-on or “with logic” is getting you nowhere.  Sometimes, it is better to take a more gentle, roundabout, less direct approach.  Let the information and feelings surface on their own without having to break the no-talk rules that are often so deeply embedded within.

Acronyms are particularly helpful when you just can’t quite figure out how to say what is going on for you.  Or, when the parts inside are struggling with whether to tell you or not, and they don’t want to say it directly.

Acronyms are a creative way of “telling without telling.”

Step One:

Pick any word or phrase or theme that describes how you feeling or what you are thinking at that moment, i.e.:

  • What’s bothering me today?
  •               Upset about school
  •               Angry with my boss
  •               Blocked feelings
  • How would I describe how I feel today?
  •               Frustrated and mad
  •               Totally numb
  •               Scared of everything
  • What about my relationship with _________.
  •               My mother is stupid
  •               Afternoons with Suzie
  •               Uncle Ralph is weird
  • I am remembering ________.
  •               Nights at that house
  •               Visits from Ted
  •               Nightmares
  • I keep thinking about __________.
  •               Voices I hear
  •               Seeing others inside
  •               My puppy Patches

Write this word or phrase vertically on the page.

 Step Two:

As you think of that theme, take one letter at a time, and write down the first word or phrase that you think of that starts with that particular letter. Again, there is no right or wrong, just write down the words that come to mind as you think about your theme word. If you immediately think of more than one word for any particular letter, you can write down both words if you want to.

If you get stuck on a letter that is difficult, you can adjust the exercise however you see fit. The easiest option is to turn the difficult letter into any “miscellaneous” letter of your choice, allowing you to fill that spot in with any words that come to mind about your theme.

Step Three:

Once you have completed the list of words for your acronym, read through what you have written. Take this writing exercise a step further by using that same list of words as parts of a paragraph. The words can be used in any order in combination with as many other words as needed to complete your paragraph.

Read through your paragraph. Is there a particular phrase, or word that stands out to you? Again, there is no right or wrong answer. Pick a word or phrase that either needs further explanation, or seems to summarize your thoughts the best, or just “hits you” as important.

Step Four:

Using this new word or phrase, start the exercise again. Repeat this process as many times as necessary – with a new acronym, a new list of words, a new summary paragraph. You can repeat this process again and again because each new acronym will lead to greater understanding of the issue at hand.

Example of Acronym Writing:

I    inside

N    never

T    terrible

E    each

R    reaching

N    not

A    again

L    live

Reaching the inside is not as hard as you might think. Yes, they have experienced terrible things that no one should ever have to endure. They need reassurance that they will never have to do that yucky stuff ever again. Let each part of you live a safe life.

R    real scared

E    everybody

A    again

S    still

S    safe

U    understand

R    reality

A    always

N    nobody

C    crying, comfort

E    each

I understand that everybody feels real scared about writing, and talking, and telling. It is important to know the reality of what has happened so you can learn how to become safe. It is OK now for each of the child parts to have comfort. They are still crying because they have been hurt again and again. They need to know they can always be safe. I am here to help you find safety. Nobody deserves to be hurt, not even the inside parts that are named Nobody.

If you are struggling to find your words, start writing your acronyms today!