Toenail fungus is also known as onychomycosis. It is a disease caused by fungi that attack the nails from beneath and takes root. The group of fungi that attack the feet and cause this condition is called dermatophytes. It feeds on the keratin of the nail causing yellowing, lack of rigidity, discoloration and if not treated disfiguration. The disease is contagious.
Causes of Toenail Fungus
- Keeping the feet in damp and enclosed shoes for long which is the major cause.
- Wearing socks and shoes for the whole day.
- Frequently visiting public gyms and pools where your toes will stay dump for long.
- Lowered immunity
- An abnormal change in the PH of the skin.
- The infected nail thickens, turns yellow and eventually brown.
- The skin that accumulates under the toes start to produce a foul smell.
- Wearing shoes is no longer comfortable.
- Fuss pockets start to form, and the tissue around the nail becomes tender.
- If the disease worsens, the nail will crumble to become weak and falls off.
Baking Soda and Toenail Fungus Treatment
Baking soda is a home remedy for different diseases, and it is as a miracle cure for fungal infections. The combination of baking soda and water forms an alkaline solution making it hard for fungi to continue growing in the area. With lukewarm water, rub the baking soda on the infected area, let it stay for a while, rinse it off and dry the toes. It is that simple. After some days of application, the affected toes will become loose and fall. The falling off should not be a bother because another nail will grow.
Almost all households have baking soda in their kitchen shelf. And even if you do not have it, it is readily available and affordable in your local stores. It does not have any side effects, and so far, it is among the safest and cheapest cures for toenail fungus. Baking soda can be used to treat toenail fungus in many ways as listed below:
Baking Soda with Water
- Mix baking soda with water in the ratio of 2:1.
- Mix them well to form a thick paste.
- Clean the infected area with lukewarm water and dry it.
- Apply the mixture to the entire toe. You can use a makeup brush or cotton wool.
- Let it stay for about 15 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water and dry the area.
- Repeat the procedure twice a day until the symptoms clear completely.
Baking Soda with Water Soak
- Put enough amounts of water in a basin or a bucket.
- Add a few tablespoons of baking soda in it; this depends on the amount of water.
- Soak the foot with the infected nails in the mixture for 15 minutes.
- Remove and dry the area.
- Repeat this two times in a day until the symptoms clear completely.
Baking Soda with Apple Cider Vinegar
Baking soda is alkaline while Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic. While the alkaline prevents further growth, the acidity kills the existing fungus without affecting the PH level. This process is done in two steps as explained below.
- Add a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in enough amounts of water.
- Soak your infected foot for about 15 minutes
- Remove and dry.
- Add several spoons of baking soda in the same water.
- Mix well and soak your foot for another 15 minutes.
- Dry the area completely.
- The process should be done twice a day.
Baking Soda with Boric Acid
Boric acid is also called borax powder. It has properties of killing fungi hence works perfectly for toenail fungus. The product is currently banned in some countries so you will have to check if it is in your state.
- Mix enough amounts of baking soda and borax powder with water.
- Mix the ingredients to get a thick paste.
- Rub the mixture gently on the infected toe.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
- For faster results, repeat the process two times a day.
Baking Soda with Lemon Juice
Both ingredients create an alkaline environment preventing the infection from spreading further.
- Combine baking soda and lemon juice to form a thick paste.
- Apply the paste to the infected nails.
- Leave it for 20 minutes.
- Rinse and dry the area.
- Repeat the process twice a day.
Things to Remember When Using Baking Soda for Toenail Fungus.
After a week of using the above remedies, the toenail might become loose and fall off. Do not worry because a new one will grow.
If you visit a salon for a pedicure, ask the attendant to disinfect the tools. Remember we mentioned that the condition is contagious.
Since the fungus thrives in moist and dark places, your shoes could be an easy target. Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes and socks. This way, your feet will remain dry preventing fungus from attacking the nails.
- Keep your toenails short.
- Clean your feet after using public spas, swimming pools, and showers.
- Air your feet by wearing sandals or flip shoes often.
- Never share your socks or shoes if you have toenail fungus.