BEST HOME REMEDIES FOR REMOVING TOENAIL FUNGUS

Toenail fungus is infection that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail and it is completely harmless. But, as the fungal infection goes deeper, the nail starts crumbling, thickening and yellowing. If is left untreated, the toenail will thicken and crumble at the edge and it can even affect several nails. Medical experts explain that if the infection gets serious, it may result in splitting, cracking or even losing a toenail. So, in order to prevent spreading and painful inflammation, you should start with a proper treatment.

Fungus usually appears as a result of poor hygiene, weak immune system, diabetes and low pH levels of the skin. In order to prevent occurrence of fungus infection, you should not leave your feet soaked in sweat for a long period of time.

Below we are going to present you 10 natural remedies that will help you to destroy the fungus. The best part is that you will need simple and cheap ingredients and you can use them at your home.

BAKING SODA

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • ½ cup of Epsom salt
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ¼ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ½ of baking soda

Method of preparation and use:

Mix the baking soda and Epsom salt and then add the hydrogen peroxide and the white vinegar. Stir and soak the toenail affected by fungus for 10 minutes. After that, rinse it off with water and pat dry. Repeat the procedure for a several weeks.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice contains citric acid which is potent antifungal and antiseptic remedy. All you should do is to apply lemon juice on the toenail affected by fungus and leave it act for half an hour. After that, wash your feet and pat dry. By your choice, you can apply some olive oil on the toenail. Repeat this procedure several times a day until the fungus disappears.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water

Method of preparation and use:

This acidic remedy will prevent spreading of the fungus by killing the fungi and bacteria. Mix the ingredients and soak the toenail for half an hour. Rinse off and pat dry.

LISTERINE MOUTHWASH

Listerine mouthwash efficiently removes the oral bacteria, but also has the ability to remove the toenail fungus. Soak the toenail in Listerine and then scrub the affected area. You should be very careful not to hurt the affected area. Next step is to rinse off your feet and pat dry. Repeat the procedure twice a day until the fungus disappears completely.

TEA TREE OIL

Ingredients:

  • few drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive/coconut oil

Method of preparation and use:

Tea tree oil possesses potent antifungal and antiseptic properties that will destroy the fungi. Mix the needed ingredients and soak a cotton bud and then apply it on the toenail. Leave it act for 10 minutes and then rinse it off. Repeat this procedure 3 times a day.

ORANGE OIL

Orange oil has potent antifungal properties, but people who are allergic to it should not use it as it might cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.

In order to destroy the fungi, apply orange oil on the toenail and leave it act for 30 minutes and then rinse off. Repeat the same procedure 3 times a day.

Note: this ingredient is not as effective as the previous, so you should be persistent in order to get the desired result.

GARLIC OIL

Prepare a mixture of equal amounts of garlic oil and white vinegar and apply the resulted mixture on the affected area. Then, wrap the toenail with a bandage and leave it stay for a few hours. After that, remove the bandage, rinse it off and repeat the same procedure.

You can prepare your own garlic oil. All you should do is to crush 2 garlic cloves and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Later, drain the oil. Note: you can use only 2 cloves per a day.

LAVENDER OIL

Ingredients:

  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

Method of preparation and use:

Mix these two oils and apply the mixture by using a cotton pad. Leave it act for 10 minutes and rinse it off. Use this mixture 2-3 times a day.

OIL OF OREGANO

Ingredients:

  • 2 drops oregano oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Method of preparation and use:

Mix and apply the mixture on the infected toenail. Leave the mixture to act for half an hour and then rinse off and pat dry. Repeat the procedure once or twice a day, in a period of 3 weeks.

WHITE VINEGAR

The mixture of white vinegar and warm water will restore the pH value to the skin and also will stop spreading of the infection. Simply mix one part white vinegar and two parts warm water. Apply the resulted mixture on the affected toenail and leave it act for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. Use this mixture twice a day until the fungus disappears completely.