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 Apart from the cannabinoids CBD, CBC, and CBG, terpenes also show promise to kill fungi. The terpene Beta-caryophyllene is very effective against a toenail…
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.
Cannabis and Toenail Fungus: Will it Work?
When it comes down to personal hygiene, taking care of toenails might be last on the list. When you get older, it is even more difficult, because a simple task like bending over to reach your feet, gets very hard to do. I don´t think anyone wants a fungus growing on your toe, but if you don´t practice good hygiene, you might just end up with one. If not treated probably, toenail fungus could become quite painful and if left untreated for too long, even dangerous.
Battling with any kind of fungus is not a pleasurable experience, but it’s a very common thing to have. Most people don´t bring their struggling with toenail fungus up in social gatherings. The good news is that CBD is totally capable to treat fungi.
What is Toenail Fungus Exactly?
There are many fungal organisms around that can cause fungal nail infections. The most common is a fungus called dermatophyte, but yeasts and molds are also commonly experienced. Any person of any age can develop a toenail fungus, but as you get older, your toenail becomes more brittle and drier. When then are cracks in the toenails, fungi find a way to enter. A weakened immune system and poor blood circulation also contribute to toenail infections. Sometimes, something like an athlete´s foot can cause toenail fungus too and it could spread from one toenail to another.
Your toenails are vulnerable around moist areas. That is why you might be more prone to toenail fungus if your feet sweat a lot. It is also a good habit to dry your feet well after a shower or a bath because the dampness could also attract fungi. In public areas, keep your feet well protected and wear footwear if you need to shower in a public bathroom. Prevention is always better than cure. But if you happen to pick a fungus up, do not worry, it is completely treatable. In fact, there are many antifungal products on the market. Cannabis provides an answer too!
How do Fungi operate?
Fungi are very common all over the place and can be found in singular- or multicellular organisms. They grow almost everywhere, but they mostly live in plants or soil. There are different classifications of fungi too. Some are decomposers and are found on dead material. Their role is vital as they recycle carbon and other material. Others are rather parasites and cause problems like rust, mildew, and scabs. When fungi are present in crops, there are big financial losses. Then some cause diseases in animals and humans that include toenail fungus, ringworm, and thrush.
While bacteria are single-celled organisms without a nucleus, fungi are organisms with a DNA-containing nucleus. They are called eukaryotes. Eukaryotes include humans, plants, and animals. Because of this character, it is more difficult to kill fungi as abrupt ways could cause harm to the body´s own cells. Fungi have a compound called ergosterol that acts similar to cholesterol in the human body. It is necessary for cell membrane integrity. To stop fungi from growing, ergosterol needs to be disrupted. Most anti-fungal medications prevent the development of ergosterol.
How Can CBD Products treat Nail fungus?
Out of all the cannabinoids, CBD is one that people look for when they deal with a medical issue. It has many therapeutic benefits. Apart from CBD, there is also CBC (cannabichromene) and CBG (Cannabigerol). All of these have great anti-fungus properties. The therapeutic benefits of CBD have been in the spotlight for a long time now. It has:
Treats stress and anxiety
Treats skin diseases
Treats epilepsy and diabetes
Fungi are Hard to Fight
It is not easy to get rid of fungi of any sort. This is why they need a just as stubborn component to fight against. The cannabis plant is very resilient and has built up a strong defense against fungi, viruses, and bacteria over time. The plant did that to protect itself. But because the cannabinoids in the plant interact very well will our own endocannabinoid system, it makes it a worthy opponent against fungi.
Apart from the cannabinoids CBD, CBC, and CBG, terpenes also show promise to kill fungi. The terpene Beta-caryophyllene is very effective against a toenail fungus that could be very resistant to other treatments. When the fungus lies under the toenail surface between the nail layers, it can be very hard to control and destroy it. Beta-caryophyllene works very much like other anti-fungus treatments, but with less harm done. The treatment period is also shorter as it reaches deeply into the affected areas. Conventional creams do not succeed in this.
Cannabis treatments on the market
Cannabis Topicals – A cannabis topical like a CBD full spectrum oil is very effective. You can also make your own cannabis-infused coconut oil at home.
CBD oil – CBD oil can also be taken orally, but the treatment would take longer.
Topical cannabis treatments would have the best results as it is directly applied. Cannabis per se is a safer way to treat a fungus problem as it is natural with no negative side-effects.