Are you noticing swelling, discoloration, thickening and abnormal growth of your toe nails accompanied by pain? These signs are indicative of toe nail fungal infection, medically known as Onychomycosis.
The situation is not only painful but quite embarrassing at times. You should start treating this fungus attack as soon as you notice the early symptoms. You can avoid harsh medical treatment by trying out these simple and easy home remedies before the condition gets worse.
Because, if you do not treat the infection in time, chances of it spreading to other nails increase considerably.
Home Remedies For Toenail Fungus
Vicks Vaporub is found to be an effective cure for toenail fungus attack. The medicinal herb thyme(Thymus vulgaris) used in Vaporub is effective in inhibiting the growth of dermatophytes that cause nail fungus. Wash your feet in warm water so that the nail cuticles become softer.
Applying a dab on such soft surface helps Vaporub penetrate the skin intensely. Coat the nail with the Vaporub and massage it gently. Cover your feet with socks or wrap band-aid around the nails. With regular use you can get back clear growth on the nails
Another way to deal with toe fungus is to use vinegar. If the nails are very thick, file them gently so that vinegar penetrates more effectively. Apply vinegar generously drop by drop and allow it to air dry. You can do this 1-2 times a day.
Another way is to mix one part of vinegar and two parts of water in a tub and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes every day. The acidic properties in vinegar help curb the fungus activity by preventing their growth. It also relieves itching. If you experience any irritation in the nails, reduce it to few times a week. Its acidity even helps in restoring the pH balance.
Listerine Mouth Wash
Surprised to see a mouth wash in the list of treatment for toe fungus? Yes Listerine mouthwash has proved very useful in eradicating toe fungus. This strong antiseptic mouthwash contains Thymol, Eucalyptol, and Salicylate as curative ingredients which help in curing the fungus growth.
Apply Listerine directly on to the infected nail with a cotton swab and keep it for about 20-30 minutes. You can even mix few drops of Apple cider vinegar into Listerine. Avoid using the blue Listerine as it may turn the nails blue temporarily.
Soak your washed feet for half an hour in olive oil every night before going to bed. Doing it regularly prevents drying and cracking of fungus infected area thus softening the nails and cuticles.
You can dilute with natural oils like Tea tree oil, Oregano oil for more effectiveness. Continue this treatment until the fungus is vanished completely.
Garlic has immense medicinal value. The best part is it works effectively both internally and externally. Its powerful anti fungal and anti bacterial properties arrest the growth of fungus and you can see the result in couple of months depending on the severity.
Crush a few fresh cloves of garlic and place them on the diseased nail and put a band aid around. If it is messy you can take out the juice after crushing the garlic and apply drop by drop.
Another way is to apply garlic oil. Please remember to wash the feet before and after the application. Other home remedial treatments include treating your nails with coconut oil, Oregano oil, Neem oil, Tea Tree oil, Lemon juice etc.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.