Toenail or fingernail fungus can be very annoying and makes your nails look ugly as well. Nail fungus happens when moisture is trapped in a warm place such as the inside of your shoes. As a result you can end up with toenail fungus. However, there are plenty of toenail fungus home remedies.
When you first get a fungal infection, the nails will have a white or yellow spot usually at the tip of the nail. As the infection develops, the nail can become thick, brittle and even change shape or color.
If the infection is severe, the nail can start to separate from the nail bed. This is called onycholysis and can be very uncomfortable especially when wearing shoes.
There are a number of proven toenail fungus home remedies and here are a few:
#1 – Tea Tree Oil Rub
Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant since it possesses fungicidal and anti-bacterial properties. As a result this is a popular remedy for treating toenail fungus.
As well adding some orange oil has shown promising results when it comes to getting rid of toenail fungus. It is important to remember to dilute the essential oil before applying to your toenails or fingernails.
1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
1/2 teaspoon of orange oil (optional)
1/2 teaspoon of coconut or olive oil
Mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl and then soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Take the cotton ball and apply to nail by pressing it on gently but firmly so the liquid comes out onto the nail. Then let the nail dry naturally.
As well you can add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil in enough water to soak your feet. You should soak them for about 15-20 minutes. You will want to do either treatment in the morning and again in the evening to ensure results. Do this treatment until the fungus has been removed.
#2 – Soak Feet with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda is alkaline. Fungus flourishes in a more acidic environment. As a result, baking soda helps to balance the environment.
It may seem that adding apple cider vinegar would undo the alkaline environment, but it is a weak acid and helps to kill off the fungus without actually altering the pH on the nail.
4-5 tablespoons of baking soda
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
Bowl or pan to soak your feet in
Mix the vinegar in a bowl or pan with enough water to soak your feet. Place your feet in the pan and soak for 15 minutes. Remove your feet and dry with a soft towel.
Next add baking soda to a bowl or pan with enough water to soak your feet and then soak your feet for 15 minutes. Remove your feet and dry again with a soft towel.
You will need to do this twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening).
#3 – Using Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids and works as a natural fungicide. The fungal membrane is needed to maintain the life cycle of fungus.
The fatty acids in coconut oil disrupts the fungal membrane and as a result the fungus is destroyed.
Coconut oil (buy organic)
This is easy to use. Simply massage the coconut oil into the nail bed. You can do this a couple of times of day and continue until you see that the fungus has been destroyed.
Preventing Nail Fungus:
It is important to keep your feet clean and more important to make sure that your shoes are not breading grounds for bacteria or yeast. While you are working on getting rid of the fungal infection, wear clean socks each day or wear open toed shoes.
It can take some time to get rid of toenail fungus and to have healthy, pretty feet again. Just be diligent with your treatments and have a little patience.