It?s sandal season again, are you worried about unsightly nails? Toenails that are starting to thicken and change color may have onychomycosis.
Toenail fungus typically begins with a yellow or white spot under the tip of the nail, eventually fungal infection travels deeper to distort, thicken, discolor, and crumble the nail at the edge. There are many over the counter products readily available, but some can come with adverse side effects.
Apple cider vinegar is gaining popularity for its many uses in alternative healthcare from curing hiccups to aiding in weight loss, it can also help to cure toenail fungus. It is not the most popular method, but its natural antifungal properties can help it from spreading, as the mail becomes more alkaline and the fungus thrives in that environment. Apple cider vinegar is thought to work as it helps to restore pH balance of the nail and surrounding skin. To try this remedy treat your feet in an apple cider vinegar foot soak at a 50:50 ratio with warm water stirred, soak clean feet for 15 minutes, completely covered twice daily, drying thoroughly. Use raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, give it a bit of a shake before using to redistribute the floating strands of raw enzymes and gut friendly bacteria which promote healing, especially when taken internally.
Tea tree oil, melaleuca essential oil is known for antifungal and antiseptic properties and has been used widely in Australia for over 100 years. Small studies have concluded that it is effective against toenail fungus. To try this remedy paint tea tree oil directly onto dry and clean nails twice daily using cotton swabs.
Oregano oil contains thymol which has been found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties making it effective in treatment of toenail fungus. To use it apply the oregano oil directly to the affected nails twice daily with cotton swabs. It can even be used in combination with tea tree oil, both are extremely potent, so there is a risk for irritation or even allergic reaction, use with caution.
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral mined from dried salt lakes, that has been shown to kill a variety of fungus and works well on toenail fungus as well as athlete?s foot. To try this mix borax with baking soda and water to make a paste which can then be applied to clean wet feet, rubbing them with the paste twice daily.
Toenail fungus can look like other conditions, so it is suggested to get proper diagnoses from a doctor before trying any natural remedy. Toenail fungal infections can be difficult to treat and can take months to treat, it is important to continue with a treatment until the old nail has completely grown out, used diligently natural home remedies can completely clear toenail fungus.