13 Tips To Get Rid Of Toe Nail Fungus Naturally
Toe nail fungus is a very common nail problem for both men and women and can be really disturbing. More than often, people don’t realize they have a toe nail fungus until the appearance of their toe nails visibly change to the worse.
Some symptoms of toe nail fungus include the thickening of the nail, becoming yellowy and looking less than healthy. In addition, when you need to cut it, it doesn’t cut easily and straight.
Toe nail fungus can be very persistent and the sooner you take some measures to deal with it, the better results you will get. Otherwise, it will persist and gradually deteriorate and this can even lead to losing your nail completely.
So, let’s see some effective tips to get rid of toe nail fungus naturally. Some of these treatments and tips can even be used as preventive measure for not developing toe nail fungus again.
Apply Australian Tea Tree Oil
If your toe nail fungus is relatively recent, Australian Tea Tree Oil is a good solution. This essential oil is one of the most used ingredients in DIY therapeutic skin care products including those for acne or blemish prone skin due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
So, what you have to do is apply some drops of tea tree oil on some cotton, put it on your nail and keep it there for 10 minutes. Then, use a little brush to clean up the area.
You can also mix tea tree oil with thyme essential oil or olive oil but using tea tree oil directly on the nail without diluting it first is completely safe.
Wear a clean pair of socks each time
Once you have been diagnosed with toe nail fungus or you are sure that you have toe nail fungus, it is important to remember to change socks every time you go out and preferably wear cotton ones because they let your toes breathe, they are absorbent and prevent sweating as opposed to synthetic socks.
Use Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil has antifungal and antiseptic properties, and therefore it can deal with infections and prevent skin irritations.
For better results, mix the same quantity of lavender essential oil with tea tree oil and heat them slightly. Apply a little amount of the mixture on some cotton and then up to your nail, following the same procedure two to three times a day.
Some good time for application is before going to bed at night. If you also put on a pair of woolen socks after application, it will make this treatment even more effective.
Sanitize your shoes
Normally, each time we wear a pair of shoes, we should let it out in the air more than a full day, not to mention that some people recommend leaving them out for four or even seven days.
Since this is not always possible, there are a lot of other ways to sanitize your shoes depending on their material.
Have you tried Baking Soda?
Baking soda can also be used for toe nail fungus among its multiple other home and health uses.
For this toe nail fungus natural treatment, you will need half a cup of baking soda, four cups of warm water, ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide and half a cup of salt. Mix all the ingredients and add ¼ cup of white vinegar.
Soak your infected toe nail into some vinegar and then apply the above mixture on the nail using some cotton. For better results, cover your nail with a bandage.
Repeat the process every 10 hours for around four weeks. If you persist on this treatment, you will experience some positive results of getting rid of your toe nail fungus.
Keep your feet and toe nails dry
After each time you have a shower, it is important to dry your feet very well because funguses just love dampness, so as long as you provide for them a perfect place to live, they are not going to disappear easily.
Also, try to wear open shoes as much as possible.
How about some Garlic?
Magica de Spell, the cartoon character is not the only one who hates garlic but it seems that toe nail fungus is too. Garlic contains allicin, a component that has antifungal properties and therefore it can be used for a natural treatment of toe nail fungus.
For better results, mix the same amount of garlic oil with white vinegar. Apply this around the nail as well as on its surface and cover the nail well. This mixture can slow down the development of fungus in just a few hours.
In case you don’t have garlic oil, you can smash two cloves of garlic and add two tablespoons of olive oil. Let the mixture rest for 24 hours after which it will be ready for use.
Also, if you don’t have anything against this lovely healthy plant bulb (would you ever imagine how food would taste without garlic?) you can eat a clove every day or just start using it more in your cooking. Probably raw garlic works better.
Use Carnation and Camphor Essential Oils
Carnation and Camphor essential oils carry excellent antifungal properties (that´s why a lot of people use Vicks VapoRub ointment on their affected by fungus nails because it contains camphor.)
Treating your toe nail fungus with carnation and camphor essential oils can be very successful.
Let´s see what you need to do. First, soak your feet in some warm water in which you will have diluted before one tablespoon of baking soda and a little vinegar, preferably apple cider vinegar.
After you finish with this foot soak, dry your feet well using a clean towel and file the infected area of the nail to make its surface thinner and make it easier to absorb the essential oils. You can also cut the nail a little if necessary.
Apply two drops of each essential oil, one on the edge of the nail and the other on its surface. Let them get absorbed and follow up with the application of some Vicks VapoRub cream with which you will need to rub the surface of the nail and the area around it till the cream gets absorbed.
Use apple cider vinegar and make a foot scrub with it
For this natural treatment, you will need to mix the same amount of apple cider vinegar with water and soak your toe nail in it for half an hour daily. After that, dry your feet very well.
You will need to continue with this treatment for some weeks in order to get some positive results.
Alternatively, you can make an antifungal exfoliating scrub mixing some rice flour with apple cider vinegar. Apply it on the affected area and rub softly. That can not only help with fungus but also get rid of dead skin cells and make your skin soft.
Make a foot soak with white vinegar
White vinegar is one of the best ingredients for toe nail fungus treatment. Mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of warm water and soak in your affected nail for 10-15 minutes every day till you treat your nails completely.
In case of skin irritation, add some more water and repeat the process every other day. It is also very important to dry the area of your nails well after each soak to prevent the fungus from expanding.
Use orange essential oil and lemon juice
Orange essential oil has antifungal properties and therefore it can be used for treating nail fungus. Use the bottle’s dropper to apply some one or two drops of this oil on the nail and let it dry.
Similarly, lemon juice owns antiseptic and antifungal properties. The citric acid that lemon juice contains prevents the fungus from expanding.
All you have to do is apply an adequate amount of fresh lemon juice on the affected area and let it work for ten minutes. Then, you can rinse the area with some lukewarm water and dry your toes well.
You can follow this treatment every day for a month or even more.
How about some oregano oil?
Oregano oil is excellent for nail fungus. You just need to mix two drops of this oil with a teaspoon of olive oil and apply on the nail once a day. Continue this daily treatment for three weeks and enjoy some really positive results.
Create a paste with zeolites
Zeolites are clay minerals that are contained in rocks created from molten lava and ash, so unless you live near a volcano and you have unconditional access to those rocks, you can find zeolites sold on the market.
They can be expensive but if you want a cheaper version, you can go for a lower purity grade of zeolites.
Creating a paste with zeolites and applying on your toe nail every day can be effective at dealing with your nail fungus.
All in all, these were some tips to get rid of toe nail fungus naturally. Always remember to follow these natural treatments for as long as it is recommended before you start drawing conclusions about whether they are effective enough.