How To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a very common problem. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail. It is usually not painful, unless the infection spreads.

Fungus usually live under certain conditions, like unbalanced pH levels of your skin, a low immune system, constantly in a moist area like sweaty toes or socks, bad hygiene and diabetes.

If left untreated, toenail fungus can cause cracking, splitting and even complete loss of the toenail. The good news is that toenail fungus is curable and can be treated inexpensively. Various natural home remedies can cure the infection in one or two months.

Here are the top ten ways you can get rid of and prevent future toe nail fungus. If the toe has pain or begins it begins to spread to other areas make sure to see a doctor.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic and can help prevent toenail fungus from spreading. At the same time, it kills bacteria and fungi.

  • Mix together equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and soak your toes in this for about 30 minutes. When you are finished dry it completely. Apply this daily and you will get amazing results within a few weeks.
  • Another way you can apply this is by making an antifungal exfoliating scrub by adding ground rice flour with 3 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Apply it as a paste where the nail is infected. Apply this three times a week. This paste can also get rid of dead skin and make your skin nice and soft.

2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antiseptic as well as antifungal properties that help a lot in the treatment of toenail fungus. This oil is also used to treat other kinds of skin infections.

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in one teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on the affected toenail.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then use a toothbrush to gently scrub the affected nail.
  • Do this two or three times daily until you are satisfied with the results.

3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is amazing for curing toenail fungus as most people already have it in their kitchen. It will remove any odor and is scentless.

  • Mix together ½ cup baking soda,¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, ½ cup of Epsom salt and 4 cups of hot water. After these are mixed add ¼ cup white vinegar.
  • Soak your foot in this for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water and dry completely.
  • Apply this twice a day or two weeks for best results.

4. White Vinegar
White vinegar is one of the best ingredients for treating toenail fungus because it fights the infection and helps restore the skin’s pH levels.

  • Mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of warm water.
  • Soak the affected toenail in this solution for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off and dry the affected area thoroughly.
  • Repeat twice daily until the fungus is gone.

Note: If your skin becomes irritated, add more water to the solution and repeat the process every other day instead of daily.

5. Oil of Oregano
The oil from oregano has many properties that will cure toe fungus some being, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal. This is what makes this treatment amazing and effective.

  • Mix together 2 drops of oregano oil to 1 Tsp olive oil.
  • Apply this to area that is affected.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse it all off and dry in thoroughly.
  • Apply this once to twice a day and for three weeks.

6. Listerine Mouthwash
Listerine mouthwash, which kills bacteria and germs in the mouth, can also be used to treat toenail fungus. The mouthwash has several compounds as well as alcohol that act as a strong antiseptic to keep away harmful bacteria and fungi.

  • Fill a small tub with Listerine mouthwash, or a combination of equal parts of Listerine and white vinegar.
  • Soak the affected foot in this solution for about 30 minutes, and then scrub the infected toenail gently.
  • Rinse it off and dry the affected area thoroughly.
  • Repeat this remedy once or twice daily until the infection clears.

7. Garlic
Garlic has many compounds and properties that will treat toenail fungus some of which are, allicin, ajoene and antifungal.

  • Mix together equal parts of garlic oil with white vinegar. Apply this to the infected toe and leave it on for three hours you may put a bandage on it while the day goes on. Apply this daily.
  • You can also can also eat one to two garlic cloves everyday to cure your toenail fungus.

8. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice has both antiseptic and antifungal properties. The citric acid present in lemon juice also will help stop the toenail fungus from spreading.

9. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has several volatile compounds and antiseptic properties that can fight any kind of infection and prevent skin irritation.

  • Mix five drops each of lavender oil and tea tree oil.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply this solution under the top edge of the affected toenail and surrounding area.
  • Leave it on for at least 10 minutes, rinse it off and dry your toes thoroughly.
  • Repeat two or three times a day.

10. Orange Oil
Orange oil contains antifungal properties that will cure an infected toenail. Orange oil may cause allergic reactions and have side effect, which is why it’s best to test a small spot on skin before beginning this remedy.

  • With a dropper place the pure orange oil between your toes and under all of your toenails. If your sin is very sensitive its best to dilute the oil with an equal amount of carrier oil like grape seed oil.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • Wash it off completely and dry thoroughly.
  • Apply this three times a day until you begin seeing results

The effectiveness of these natural remedies depends a lot on their proper use and application. Use these remedies for at least one or two months to see positive results. With patience and persistence, you can cure your toenail infection and prevent further complications.

source: healthyandnaturalhouse