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.
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.