Last Modified on Feb 05, 2015
Natural treatment options for nail fungus are numerous and range from home remedies to dietary changes and supplements. A number of natural remedies effectively treat fungal infections and act as safe fungicides, for both internal and external treatment of the body.
What Is Nail Fungus?
Toenail fungus, formally onychomycosis, is a very common fungal infection that afflicts the dark, moist environment of the feet and can be picked up just about anywhere (fingernail fungus is possible as well and can be treated in the same way, but occurs less often).
Symptoms of a toenail fungus infection are generally limited to the nail itself and begin with a white or yellow patch beneath a nail's tip. This will worsen until the affected nail thickens and/or becomes brittle, if left untreated. Other symptoms include changes in nail color and shape; eventually nails will split or even separate from the nail bed.
Toenail Fungus Home Remedies
Nail fungus is a tricky condition to treat and takes many months to see results. Many natural remedies promote soaking the nails in a solution and then applying one type of antibacterial oil or another. The key to curing this condition is to continue your treatment of choice daily and for at least 3 to 6 months!
Apple Cider Vinegar Soaks
Apple cider vinegar soaks are very popular foot fungus treatments. The treatment calls for diluting apple cider vinegar with warm water and soaking affected toes for at least 20 minutes daily.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful antifungal agent and made from the leaves of the Melaleuca plant. The oil is widely used around the world to treat not only fungal infections, but also acne, abrasions and cuts to name a few. Applying a few drops tea tree oil after showering to affected nails recommended.
Oregano oil is another popular cure for toenail fungus. Oregano oil is made by extracting by steam distillation from the oregano plant. Applying 1-2 drops of oregano oil on the affected toenail 2 to 3 times a day for 3 months minimum has been reported to be very effective for nail fungus.
Eliminating sugar from one's diet has helped people suffering from toenail fungus. Also, using herbs and supplements that kill candida helps the body in fighting off fungal infections.
While nail fungus is an ugly and embarrassing condition, it can be cured with pH-balancing soaks and the application of antibacterial remedies. However, patience and perserverence is absolutely necessary in achieving a cure!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I have been using a mixture of Apple cider vinegar, borax and hydrogen peroxide on 3 fungus nails for about 2 months now about 5 times a week. My toenails are looking better. I spent about $450 having them lasered 2 years ago and that made them better, but in the process of filing them down, the assistant infected 2 other toes which weren't covered. External soaking and the internal antifungal remedies are the best option for the long term. Good luck to everyone out there treating this menace.
Replied by John
Los Angeles, Ca