Colloidal silver as treatment for toenail fungus

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Toenail fungus is a stubborn infection, one that can take up to one full year, in order to solve. Among the most common treatment options, there are topical solutions, anti-fungal oral medication and laser ablation. The surgical removal is reserved for the most severe cases, unresponsive to the above mentioned treatment measures. More recently, colloidal silver started to be presented as a potential treatment for toenail fungal infections.

What is colloidal silver?

Colloidal silver is a preparation, which contains nanoparticles of silver, in a colloidal base. The preparation has been used since the ancient of times, being appreciated for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. However, it was only recently that colloidal silver was suggested as a potential treatment measure for stubborn toenail fungal infections.

Traditional treatment

The traditional treatment with colloidal silver is based on the idea of soaking the infected toenails in this substance, for about twenty-thirty minutes each day. The most important thing is that you are consistent and follow the treatment for the recommended period of time, meaning one month. If you follow the treatment accordingly, you will notice the healthy toenail growing. All you will have to do then is to trim off the old part of the toenail, affected by the fungal infection.

Even though the treatment with colloidal silver is recommended to be followed for one month, it can take several months and, sometimes, up to a year, for the healthy toenail to grow back. So, you need to be patient and trim the infected toenails on a regular basis, so that the healthy toenail(s) can grow back.

Is there any downside to this form of treatment?

The only downside would be that colloidal silver can be expensive, especially for the quantity that you will need to do a foot soak. However, below, you will find an alternative to the traditional treatment.

Alternative treatment

If your budget is limited but you are interested in treating your fungal infection with colloidal silver, you can give the alternative treatment a try. The first thing that you want to do is take a clean nail file and file the infected part of the toenail, as much as it is possible (make sure that you are not too aggressive, as such kind of filing can lead to bleeding and increase the risk of infection).

Once you have filed the infected toenail, take a cotton ball and soak it in colloidal silver. If several toenails are affected by the fungal infection, repeat the process for each nail in particular. Place the soaked cotton ball on top of the infected toenail and use a finger from a surgical glove, in order to cover and keep the cotton ball into place. Keep it on overnight and clean your toenails in the morning. Repeat the same treatment for a couple of weeks, trimming your infected part of the nail, as the healthy one begins to grow. Be patient, as it will take several months, before the infected toenail disappears altogether.

Studies confirm the efficiency of colloidal silver in the treatment of fungal infections

A study[1] published in 2008, in the Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, demonstrated that colloidal silver is an efficient treatment solution against fungal pathogens. The study was undertaken by the Department of Microbiology, within the Kyungpook National University of Daegu, Korea and it proved that colloidal silver was even more efficient than commonly administered antifungal medication.

According to the authors of the study, colloidal silver is indeed one of the most powerful and effective antifungal agents in the world. Moreover, it is 100% natural, which means that there are no risks of side-effects or allergic reactions. For the study in question, the authors tested the effects of spherical silver nanoparticles on fungal pathogens, in order to confirm their antifungal properties. The study concerned two of the most common pathogens involved in the appearance of fungal infections, meaning Candida and Tricophyton.

The efficiency of colloidal silver was compared to commonly administered antifungal medication. It was discovered that colloidal silver is equally efficient in treating fungal infections as amphotericin B, a popular antifungal drug (intravenous administration). Also, the study revealed that the efficiency of this preparation is superior to one of the most often prescribed antifungal drugs, meaning fluconazole.

This study comes to confirm the usage of colloidal silver for a wide range of fungal infections, including athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

Colloidal silver represents an excellent alternative to antifungal medication, especially the one that is administered orally (can damage the liver and is thus contraindicated in those who already suffer from chronic liver disease). Plus, the treatment is easy to follow, with two clear opportunities, the complete foot soak or the individual application of soaked cotton balls. Follow the treatment for one month, trimming the infected nail and, soon, you are noticing the healthy nail growing back.

What else should you know about colloidal silver?

Colloidal silver is a natural preparation, so you can use it, without worrying about side-effects or allergic reactions. Given the fact that it is a topical treatment, it can be taken by those who have pre-existent conditions, such as chronic liver disease or diabetes. The most important thing is that colloidal silver does not interact or interfere with any medication, so, once again, you can take it without worries. However, just to be on the safe side, talk to your dermatologist, before considering any treatment for such infections.

Final word

Colloidal silver is an excellent topical solution for the treatment of stubborn toenail fungal infections. It works to remove the fungal microorganisms, while allowing the healthy nail to grow back. It is a natural preparation, so it can be taken by anyone, including by those who suffer from certain conditions, such as the ones mentioned above. The treatment lasts for about one month, with the nail being completely replaced in several months (up to one year). For more information on treating fungal infections with colloidal silver, you can talk to your current physician or dermatologist.

[1] Antifungal effect of silver nanoparticles on dermatophytes. Kim KJ, Sung WS, Moon SK, Choi JS, Kim JG, Lee DG. Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701, Korea. J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2008 Aug;18(8):1482-4. Link:

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About the Author Amanda Powell

Amanda has struggled with plantar fasciitis for many years until she gathered enough knowledge to manage the symptoms and rid herself of all the problems. As there are too few sources for foot health issues, she has decided to help others with her knowledge about this and other foot conditions.

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