Remedies for nail fungus is for combating Nail fungus, be it on the toenails or the fingernails, being that nail fungus is an unpleasant thing to have to contend with.
Formally known as onychomycosis, it is most often caused by moisture stuck in a warm dark place which is where the environment fungus thrives in.
In some situations, it can be caused by mold or yeast, but it’s still collectively called nail fungus-nail mold or nail yeast.
It more commonly affects the toenails because of shoes been most times warm and dark.
Mostly, a nail fungal infection will start off as a white or yellow mark on the tip of the nail.
As it begins to mature, the nail may become thickened, brittle/crumbly/ragged, change form, become blacker in color or get dull.
If the nail starts to detach from the nail bed, it is called onycholysis, which can be quite painful.
Without treatment, toenail fungus can go on indefinitely. Even with treatment, it can happen on and off.
Tea Tree/Orange Oil Rub
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, having fungicidal and anti-bacterial properties that make it popular in treating toenail fungus.
Orange oil has also displayed promising results when it comes to fighting off fungus and can be added to the blend as well.
Don’t forget to dilute the essential oil before applying to the nail.
You will need
- a teaspoon of tea tree oil,
- a half teaspoon of orange oil (optional)
- a half teaspoon of grapeseed or olive oil and
- Cotton balls
As soon as you notice the first signs of nail fungus, blend together 1teaspoon of tea tree oil, half teaspoon of orange oil, and a half teaspoon of grapeseed or olive oil.
Steep a cotton ball in the mixture and apply to affected nail pressing it on gently but firmly so the liquid comes out. Allow it dry naturally.
Alternatively, you can put 4-5 drops of tea tree oil in enough water to steep your feet in, and do that for 15 to 20 minutes.
Both treatments should be done consistently morning and evening.
Baking Soda & Vinegar Soak
Baking soda is not a fungicidal (it does not kill the fungus).
It is, however, fungi-static, which means it can stop the fungus from growing and spreading.
The reason it acts like this is due to its alkaline-the opposite of acidic-and fungus is able to progress when its environment is more acidic.
It seems counter-intuitive then, that using vinegar to fight nail fungus would be a good idea, but vinegar is a fairly weak acid and will help kill off the fungus without changing the Ph. value of the environment in a harmful way.
You will need:
- 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda,
- a cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- Water in a big container to soak your feet in and Paper towels.
Firstly, mix a cup of your chosen vinegar with sufficient water to steep your feet in. Steep for 15 minutes, and then pat dry with paper towels.
Follow this up by adding several tablespoons of baking soda to enough water to steep your feet in, and steep for 15 minutes.
Pat feet completely dry with paper towels.
Do this two times every day. The reason has been that the vinegar will kill off the fungus, while the baking soda will then inhibit the growth of more fungus.
Just Coconut Oil
I find this to be an exciting way to fight fungus without using harsh chemicals.
Medium-chain fatty acids are almost phenomena in how they work as natural fungicides.
The fungal membrane is critical to maintaining the “life” of the fungus, which is why many anti-fungal treatments target the fungal membrane.
Fatty acids, such as the ones found plentifully in coconut oil, naturally insert themselves in the lipid (fat) layer of the fungal membrane and disrupt its activities, leading eventually to cell collapse or disintegration and the ultimate destruction of the fungus.
You will need A bit of coconut oil and Gloves or a sink and soap to wash hands between applications.
Wear gloves or rinse your hands between applications. Apply coconut oil to the area and allow it absorb and dry naturally.
There is no need to pile a whole bunch on, a thin layer will do. Repeat 2-3 times every day.
Like athletes’ foot, you can work towards preventing toenail fungus by keeping feet clean and, most importantly, dry. Don’t re-wear socks, and makeup use of open-toed shoes if possible.
It takes a while and patience to get rid of toenail fungus, and for the nail to grow back healthy and normal again.
Be diligent about applying your treatments and don’t overlook preventative methods to keep the fungus from coming back.
Tip for best results
Before using these treatments, neatly trim back as much of the affected nail as you can with clean nail clippers (avoid peeling with your fingers).
Make sure to disinfect the clippers after usage in other to prevent the fungus from spreading. Wash feet in warm water, and pat dry.