There are thousands of remedies to treat toenail fungus infections. However, you should always consult a doctor when you spot toenail fungus.
At first, it may seem like an injured toenail, later, you’ll spot many signs as well.
Discolouration of the toenail is the first symptom you’ll observe. You should consult a doctor, get a prescription of medicines and then start home remedies simultaneously.
Experts believe that toenail fungus can be treated using some home remedies only when it is in the beginning stage. Here are 15 home remedies you can try.
1. Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Also known as Magnesium Sulfate, Epsom salt can be used to treat toenail fungus infection. You can add a cup of Epsom salt to two litres of warm water.
Mix the mixture well and then soak your feet in the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes.
You can also sprinkle some Epsom salt on your toenails. Another way of using Epsom Salt is to make a thick paste using water and Epsom salt and apply the paste to your affected toenail.
You can leave this paste on for a long time (an hour or two).
2. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil is used for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, antiallergic, antimicrobial, and cleansing properties. It is used in many cosmetic products too!
You should add a few drops of tea tree oil is a tub full of warm water. Just about 3-4 drops of tea tree oil should do.
You can also mix tea tree oil in other carrier oils to avoid burning sensations and rashes. Make a thick oil paste and apply on the affected toenail. Repeat this twice a day.
3. Garlic Extract
Garlic root, plant and its extracts have antimicrobial properties. Consuming garlic or garlic-based herbal supplements can help you improve your immunity and treat various diseases:
high blood pressure, heart diseases, certain cancers, and fungal infections.
Garlic consumption or garlic oil can also be brushed onto your toenails.
Many studies have shown how cornmeal can be sprinkled on your feet and nails to avoid fungal infection and fungi overgrowth. You can also make a cornmeal paste.
Take some cornmeal and add it to water. Pour it in a pan and allow it to come to a boil. Now let the water cool down and you can soak your feet in the soak for 30 minutes.
Some people have seen dramatic results within a month. You can brush it on your nails as a paste as well.
Mineral deficiency can often result in weakened immunity and allow the fungus to grow and thrive.
Zinc deficiency is one of the biggest causes of toenail fungus too. Add foods in your diet that are rich in zinc and other minerals.
For example, oysters, meat, ginger, other vegetables and meat.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda reduces the risk of fungal infections and helps reduce fungi overgrowth. Although studies suggest that baking soda can reduce the growth of fungus, it can’t completely kill fungi.
You can soak your feet in a solution of water and a cup of baking soda. Soak your feet in this warm solution for at least 15-20 minutes,
You can use normal vinegar or apple cider vinegar to treat fungal infections. Vinegar and ACV have antifungal properties that can reduce the growth and multiplication of fungi.
Put a cup of ACV in a warm water tub and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
8. Green and Black Tea
Both green and black tea has antioxidants that can improve the quality of your toenails and surrounding skin.
You should save some black and green tea bags and boil water by adding these teabags. Then soak your feet in this solution.
This can help your toenails to remain clean and hygienic. Fungi can’t survive in cleaner toenails.
9. Vicks Vaporub
Studies support the efficiency of Vicks Vaporub as it has peppermint essential oil and many other antifungal and antibacterial ingredients that control the infection and make it easy to manage the symptoms.
You can massage your toenails with Vicks at least twice a day for 6-8 months.
10. Mouthwash (Listerine)
Listerine is a commonly available ingredient in every household. You should pour about 5 spoons of mouthwash in a tub of warm water and soak your foot in it.
You can also use a cotton ball to apply Listerine to your toenails. This helps Listerine penetrate the nailbed.
11. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide can be bought from any local medical store. Adding half of the hydrogen peroxide and half of the water can be a great soak for your feet.
You can also add other essential oils to this solution. Hydrogen Peroxide’s regular usage can kill most fungi.
12. Essential Oils
Most essential oils have antifungal properties and soothing properties too. You can use tea tree oil, cinnamon oil, lavender oil, jasmine oil, cinnamon oil, lemon and lemongrass essential oils.
You can either use a blend of essential oils or use them individually to create a foot soak. You can also blend the oils with carrier oils and apply the paste.
13. Ozonized Oils
Ozonized oils are commonly available these days. You can simply brush them on your toenails at least twice or thrice every day for a month or two. These oils can treat up to 90% of toenail fungal infections.
14. Dietary Changes – Probiotics
Adding probiotics and yogurt to your diet can boost your immunity and make it easy for your body to fight the fungus naturally.
You can also add dietary supplements, minerals, salads, fruits, vitamin C foods and a lot of water to help flush out toxins and fungi.
Menthol topical ointment is said to have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties since the ointments are used to treat cold and cough.
You can brush some menthol topical ointment every night and cover your toenails by wearing clean socks. Rinse your toenails with warm water.
Theories to support the effectiveness of home remedies in the treatment of toenail fungus
NCBI explains about one of these home remedies, “The results of our study indicate that this new topical antifungal containing vitamin E and essential oils of lime, oregano, and tea tree is an effective and safe option for topical therapy of onychomycosis.”
Most home remedies have been tried and tested by people. However, there is not much evidence that supports the efficiency of home remedies alone.
You should consult a doctor immediately if your case worsens and you see your toenail becoming worse.
Relying only on home remedies for a longer duration can be dangerous as the infection may penetrate and the fungi may enter your bloodstream.
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