We spend quite a bit of time going over various home remedies here on Skincare.net. However, we’ve yet to cover a topic that millions of American suffer from. I’m talking about toenail fungus! It’s one of the most unpleasant and embarrassing things that people have to deal with for years. I know some friends that have spent thousands of dollars on prescription medications in an attempt to clear up the fungus living under their nails.
What most people do is they give up. They just stop wearing open toe sandals and shoes. They do this instead of fixing the problem. I’ll tell you right now, avoiding toenail fungus is a terrible thing to do. The reason the fungus lives under your nails could be a number of things. Some of the reasons that you’re dealing with this condition might be medical related and rather serious. It’s best to not just ignore the condition.
Toenail Fungus Treatment And Everything You Must Know
Before I get into the specific treatments that you can attempt to clear up the fungus under or toenails and fingernails, I want to explain exactly what this condition is and why it’s so difficult to cure.
The medical term for toenail fungus is onychomycosis and it’s basically caused by wearing shoes and sneakers. Shoes are a breeding ground for fungus growth. They are warm, dark, and moisture gets stuck in your shoes. As a result, the fungus begins to grow. That’s not the only reason this condition develops. It can also sprout due to an overabundance of yeast in your body. Regardless of the cause, it’s referred to as fingernail and toenail fungus.
What To Look Out For
Nail fungus is pretty easy to spot. A normal nail will look clear and clear. It won’t be all that thick or brittle. As for nails that have been affected by fungus, they typically begin to look yellow, thick, and extremely brittle. The nail bed gets very dark and yellow at times. Not to mention, the shape of your nails can actually change. What typically happens is that the nail bed will begin to separate from the bed. This condition is known as onycholysis and it can be extremely painful to have to deal with. If you choose not to treat your toenail fungus, then it will not go away. You’ve got to take action if you want to clear this up and you can start by doing so right here. These are all toenail treatments to try at home!
This first “do it yourself” home remedy is one that many people choose to try because it’s so simple to do and maintaining discipline isn’t all that difficult. There’s a good chance that you’ve used this product at one point or another as well when sick with a chest cold. That’s right, I’m talking about Vick’s Vapor Rub!
Vick’s Vapor Rub Remedy
There was a publication way back in 2003 stating that they ingredients in Vicks could help cure toenail fungus. It seems to be a combination of camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oil that makes for an incredible solution to get rid of that gross fungus. The one thing you need to understand is that this isn’t a quick fix. In fact, there are no quick fixes when it comes to toenail fungus. I’ll try and give you a rundown of the process and everything that you’ll need to try this treatment out.
You’re going to need Vicks Vaporub, a clean dry towel, cotton swabs, nail clippers and a sock. Step one is trimming the infected nail down as far as possible without further damaging the nail. Clean you foot using hot water and soap then apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to them. Dry your feet very well in preparation for applying the Vicks. Take a small amount of Vicks Vaporub and apply it to the entire nail, underneath and in between the nail and your skin using a cotton swab or Q-tip. Cover the toe with a sock and wash the towel right away. Repeat this process for six months and see if your condition improves.
Tea Tree Oil Treatment
Another popular method is to apply tea tree oil as well as a little bit of orange oil. Tea tree oil is considered to be a natural disinfectant. The product contains anti-bacterial and fungicidal properties. Orange oil also has the ability to help you fight off fungus, which is why I’ve included it in the home remedy. The ingredients necessary for this treatment are 1 tsp of tea tree oil, 1 tsp of orange oil, 1/2 tsp of olive oil and some cotton swabs.
Mix all these oils together and apply the oil to a cotton swab. You should then apply the oil to the affected area and just let it dry. It’s important that you do this at a minimum twice per day.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
This is a strange formula but it seems to work well. Neither of these main ingredients is known for being fungicidal but for some reason when mixed together, they are able to fight off any nasty toenail fungus. I’ll break things down for you. Baking soda is very alkaline and fungus prefers to live in a very acidic environment. So what happens here is that the baking soda is able to alter the environment enough to disrupt things and the vinegar can then attack the fungus to help clear things up.
For this, you’ll need 5 tbsp of baking soda. A single cup of vinegar, water, a bowl, and paper towels. Mix the vinegar and water in a large bowl. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. Then add the baking soda to the mixture and soak your feet for another 15 minutes. Dry your feet off with the paper towel. Repeat once in the morning and evening.
Coconut Oil Remedy
The last remedy is known as the coconut oil trick. I’ll try and keep things as simple as possible here and just tell you why this works. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that are natural fungicides. These fatty acids breakdown the fungal cells and destroy the fungus. All you need for this is a jar of coconut oil, gloves or a q-tip and patience.
Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your toe that contains the fungus. Be sure to cover the entire area so that every affected portion of the toe nail is covered. Do this three times daily and you will benefit from the rewards. Yes, you’ll be fungus free sometime in the future!
If your condition doesn’t clear up through the use of various products and home remedies, then you need to seek professional help!