What is Toenail Fungus?
1. Distal subungual tinea unguium – attacks the lower or bottom side of the nails and the nail bed
- Crumbled and deformed nail corners
- Thickened or fragile toenails
- The appearance of yellow spots on toenails
- Dry nails
- Toenail pain
- Foul smell coming out of the infected nail
- Hive and irritation
- Deformed nail that may lift off from the nail bed
- Development of Dermatophytids
Fungal Nail Infection – causes!
- Weak immune system and blood circulation
- Uncomfortable footwear
- Intense sweating
- Walking without footwear in dirty and humid public places
- Injury or infection to the nail or skin
- Preventing feet from exposure to the air by wearing your socks and footwear too much
Toenail fungal infection risk groups
Toenail fungus is not something strictly related to a specific type of people, it can happen to anyone, but there some people, who are more likely to toenail fungal infection. For example, people whose immune system is damaged and people suffering from AIDS and diabetes are prone to toenail fungal infection.
Homemade Medicine for Toenail Fungus Natural ingredients you find at home in your kitchen can be used to treat toenail fungus.
1. Baking Soda
Combine a one-fourth cup of peroxide, half cup of baking soda and half cup of Epsom salt with four cups of hot water, you will get a mixture that is another way to fight and cure toenail fungus. Just add a one-fourth cup of white vinegar to it and you are ready to go. Before applying this mixture on the affected nail, dip your toenail into vinegar for few minutes. If you want the toe nail fungus gone quickly, than follow these steps properly. This procedure must be repeated in every ten hours for about four weeks. Don´t forget to bandage the toe, you can wrap a tape around it, too.
2. Tea Tree Oil
An excellent disinfectant which works great on fungicide infections is tea tree oil. But it works only if the infection is not too old. It is not difficult to make, just take some oil from the tea tree and add few splashes of olive or thyme oil to it. Use a cotton ball to put it on the infected nail and allow it ten minutes to take effect. At the end, use a toothbrush and rub the nail gently.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Yet another effective solution to terminate toe fungus is a combination of equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. If you properly repeat the foot soak procedure, it will show its result in a couple of weeks. You can also use an anti-fungal wash instead, which is made of a paste of grounded rice flour and a few spoons of apple cider vinegar. By directly applying the paste on the infected toenail, it will remove the dead skin cells.
4. White Vinegar
Use white vinegar to get rid of fungus for good. It is an excellent home-made remedy. Combine one part of it with two parts of warm water and let your infected foot bath in the mixture for at least 10 to 15 minutes. It is possible that skin irritations occur. If that is the case, than just add more water to the solution and repeat the process every second day. When the bathing process is over, wash your foot appropriately to prevent fungus from spreading further.
An equal mixture of garlic oil and white vinegar cures toenail fungus also. If you don´t have garlic oil, you can put crushed garlic in some olive oil. The magical recovery comes from the anti-fungal properties of the key ingredient obtained from garlic, allicin. It slows down the activities of the fungus when applied on the affected area. After the procedure cover the toe with an elastic bandage. It won´t hurt you to eat a clove of garlic on a daily basis, too.
6. Orange Oil
Consider using just orange oil, or combine it with an equal amount of any carrier oil on a daily basis. Apply the oil using a dropper. Moisten the toes and put some oil on and under the toe nail. It is important to leave it for at least an hour, so it can do its job. But be cautious, orange oil can cause some allergic reactions, so in order to avoid that it is advisable to apply it on a small part of skin, just to avoid unwanted side-effects.
7. Listerine Mouth Wash
When combined with some vinegar and undiluted lemon juice, Listerine is a fantastic toenail fungus home treatment. It is not only a powerful anti-bacterial agent for your mouth cavity. Put your foot into it for 10-15 minutes.
8. Lavender Oil
The next remedy should be applied in winter or at least on not so warm days because after following the instructions you will have to wear a pair of thick woollen socks to let it work more effectively. Lavender oil is an effective remedy for curing toenail fungus. It has several volatile compounds and antiseptic properties. It should be applied beneath the top edge of the infected toenail and nearby area using a cotton ball.
9. Oregano Oil
Another antiseptic, anti-parasitical, anti-viral, anti-fungal and analgesic remedy is oregano oil. Its anti-bacterial properties mixed with a teaspoon of pure olive oil have a devastating influence on toenail fungus. It should be applied on the infected area with a cotton ball. Within a few week of proper usage of the remedy, positive results will be obvious.
10. Lemon Juice
Massage the affected area with fresh lemon juice or in combination with olive oil for ten minutes daily for one month and always wash it out with warm water. The citric acid fluid prevents spreading of bacterial and fungal infection in the toenail.
11. Vitamin E Oil
Toenail fungus can be erased by gently rubbing the infected area with Vitamin E oil.
12. Vicks VapoRub
Smearing the toenail with Vicks VapoRub on a daily basis helps treating toenail fungus as well. The infected foot must be completely dry after scrubbing it and cutting and trimming the nail. Once applied, the ointment should be covered with a bandage and you should wear socks after doing so. First results will be visible after six to ten weeks.
Another natural remedy for toenail fungus is onion. Rub a slice of peeled onion on the affected toenail.
14. Turmeric Powder
Turmeric Powder is also a good natural remedy for treating toenail fungus. After applying it on the infected nail leave it to dry. Once completely dry, wash it off.
Probiotic food that helps you fighting the toenail fungus fast is Yoghurt.
16. Hydrogen Peroxide
A mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and an equal amount of water will help in quick healing of toenail fungus. The affected toenail should be dipped in this solution for at least 20 minutes.
17. Rubbing Alcohol
After dipping the infected toenail in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes, let your foot dry thoroughly.
Homeopathic Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Some homeopathic therapies help curing toenail fungus indeed.
1. Fungisil : This solution definitely takes action against the fungus infection, represents a genuine homeopathic preference for curing the toenail fungus and rehabilitates the infected area.
2. Zetaclear : Its natural oils eliminate the infection and encourage the growth of healthy nails.
3. FUNG-B-GONE : Its main ingredient is vinegar, which prevents the fungus from growing and terminates it.
4. Nail – RX : This vegetal remedy is a forceful instrument for killing bacteria and the microbes that are the main reason for the infection.
Which Measures to Take to Prevent Toenail Fungus?
• Apply anti-fungal sprays or powders.
• Avoid sharing shoes and socks.
• Use only sterilized tools for the purpose of pedicure or manicure.
• Never bite the nails.
• Always wash your hands properly after touching infected nail.
• Your nails should be kept clean, dry and short.
• Always use a clean nail clipper, instead of trimming your nails with your fingers.
• Wear clean socks every day.
• Wear comfortable shoes.
• Don´t walk barefoot in public pools and places.