Do you have a toenail that is hard, discolored, disfigured, and falls off after some time? This kind of toenail is because of an infection called toenail fungus caused by a type of dermatophytes.
Toenail fungus is also called onychomycosis. It is a distressing infection, not because it is painful, but mostly because it makes your toenails lose the beauty and natural shine they should have.
Sometimes having over the counter prescriptions does not help in getting rid of the fungus. Here are some remedies to get rid of toenails fungus that you can use at home to get your toenails back in shape.
Listerine is an antiseptic mouthwash. It has been shown to help cure toenail fungus because it has antibacterial and antifungal ingredients in nature.
To use it effectively as toenail fungus treatment, you are required to soak your feet in water containing some Listerine. Keep your feet soaked in the mixture for about 30 minutes.
The best Listerine mouthwash to use is the one with the amber color. Do not use a lot of water as that would require the use of so much Listerine. Use a small amount of water so that just one cap of Listerine is enough. Ensure though that the water can comfortably cover your feet.
Using vinegar helps control the fungus by killing it since vinegar is a bit more acidic than it can take. Some people use a mixture of vinegar and Listerine, while others use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.
Either way, it serves to show that vinegar is an important ingredient in fighting toenail fungus.
When using vinegar and water only, use a ratio of 1:2, which is one part of vinegar to two parts of water. Soak your feet in the mixture for about 20 minutes and rinse off later.
When mixing that with baking soda, use a few tablespoons of baking soda in the mixture or, if using Listerine, use one cup of Listerine in the mixture.
3. Tea tree oil
It is another one of the remedies to get rid of toenails fungus. It has been shown that applying this oil on the affected toe twice every day helps to get rid of the nail fungus. The tea tree oil applied should be 100% pure. It should not be mixed with anything else.
It has been shown that it is only in this pure state that the tea tree oil effectively cures toenails after it is used for three to six months. The active ingredient in the oil is Thymol, which is antifungal in nature.
4. Vicks Vaporub
A study published in the Journal of The American Board of Family Medicine, JABFM, treating toenail fungus with mentholated ointments works.
The study indicates that there is an 83% success rate when using Vicks to treat the fungus. You must read – 11 little-known uses of Vicks VapoRub.
To use Vicks effectively, you apply the ointment to the affected area directly using a cotton swab twice daily. After 48 weeks, the fungus is said to have disappeared.
The ingredients that make Vicks effective in curing the toenail fungus are camphor and eucalyptus oil (1).
5. Snake Root Extract
It is found in plants belonging to the sunflower family. A study conducted with 110 respondents found out that the extract can help heal this fungal infection.
The extract is applied twice a week on the affected toe for the first month. After that, the frequency can be reduced to once every week and eventually stop when you are satisfied with the results.
For better results, sunflower oils are ozonized. Ozone is known to inactivate fungi, therefore, stopping their spread (2).
6. Oregano oil
Oregano oil comes from Oregano plants, and it has the ingredient Thymol. Thymol has antifungal properties. Therefore, the use of oil helps remedy the fungus problems. The Oregano oil should be applied to the toe by rubbing it around the whole toe.
The oil should be applied by massaging it until it is fully absorbed into the skin. This is done two or three times every day.
Some people opt to mix the Oregano oil with other ingredients like Coconut oil, tea tree oil, and vinegar.
7. Coconut oil
This is another one of the effective home remedies for toenails fungus. Coconut oil, just like Oregon oil, should be applied to the affected toe area after cleaning.
The oil is then massaged into the skin until it has been absorbed. This is done twice daily until you get rid of the toenail fungus. The lipids in the coconut oil interact with the fungal membrane of the fungus.
This is the membrane that maintains the fungus’s life, and therefore interacting with it causes the fungus to die off.
This is one of the miracle cures and remedies in the home. To use the garlic, you crush it and mix it with warm water to extract the required ingredient. This ingredient is called Ajoene.
The crushed garlic can also be placed on the affected toe for 30 minutes before washing off. The remedy should be used twice daily for effective results.
In a study published by the Ulster Medical Society, UMS, it was found that garlic was able to cure athletes foot, a fungal infection in all the participants.
This study proves the antifungal properties of garlic, which can be extended in curing the toenail fungus.
The wrap-up words
These are some of the most common and effective remedies to get rid of toenails fungus. The remedies use readily available products and herbs that are not expensive, which will not harm your body.
If one remedy does not work for you, try another one or try using a mixture of some. Your toes must be kept clean, and the toenails cut short for the remedies to work properly.
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A balanced and nutritious diet will help to fight the infection or any condition. Hence, the inclusion of proportionate proteins, carbohydrates, fats, iron, and minerals is necessary.
Sometimes, the infection may take a longer period to heal. Especially, people with diabetes may face similar risks due to weakened immunity. Consult your doctor immediately for the next course-of-action.
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