Treating nail fungus infection has never been easier in any other era like in this era. There are so many ways to treat nail fungus infections and while some may include the use of creams, gels, and even medications, there are other ways that are natural. These natural ways have proven to be effective in treating infections and preventing their recurring. Some of these
The diet that one engages in is very crucial in determining how their overall health will be. When dealing with nail fungus infection, changing your diet will greatly change the situation. The body will always need healthy micro-flora to be able to fight off fungal overgrowth. When you engage in foods that are rich in probiotics like yogurt, you will be able to supply your body with healthy bacteria that will diminish the growth and spread of parasitic fungi. You can also use probiotics supplements. Also increase your intake of proteins, iron, and vitamins for healthy nail growth.
Tea tree oil has been found to have antiseptic and antifungal properties that are very helpful in remedying fungal infections. It is the perfect remedy for onychomycosis. When using this oil, ensure that you clean the infected nail as well as the areas around it with alcohol. You can then apply this oil and let it soak in for about ten minutes. Afterwards, scrub the nail using a gentle toothbrush. If you are using the oil on the skin after nail removal, mix it with olive or almond oil on a ratio of 1:1. Apply it until the nail grows back completely.
This is one of the preferred methods as it can be used either topically or internally. To use this method, you have to mix ACV with Epsom salt on a ratio of 1:1. You can then add six parts of hot water to make the final solution. Let the water cool down until it is warm so as not to burn your skin. Soak your feet in this solution for around 30 minutes or more so as to kill the fungus. Do this twice a day. You can also make a beverage by mixing two teaspoons of this vinegar with eight ounces of water that is warm. Add a teaspoon of honey so that the beverage can be sweeter.
This is oil that has antifungal properties that will benefit your fungus infected nail. Its use should be cautioned for people with sensitive skin because it can cause reactions. Therefore, you should test the oil on a small area of your skin to check for reactions since citrus allergies are very common. If your skin is sensitive, dilute this oil with other oils like olive oil. Apply the oil on your nail and between the toes and let it soak for around one hour.
Other than using organic apple cider vinegar, you can opt for the everyday vinegar. All you have to do is mix two parts of the vinegar with four parts of water. Always use warm water because cold water will not stimulate the vinegar to make it effective. To this mixture, you can also add Epsom salt and thyme oil since it is very soothing. Soak your feet in this solution for around thirty minutes and twice in a day to get the most effective results.
Coconut oil has an active component called caprylic acid and it is a medium-chain fatty acid. Coconut oil is able to penetrate the Candida cell wall as well other fungi easily and effectively. This will cause the cells of the fungi to dissolve because they lack protection and they are fragile. Apply coconut oil on the affected area and let it soak for around fifteen minutes. Before use, ensure that you are not allergic to coconut oil to avoid any unprecedented results. Other than clearing your nail fungus infection there are also numerous benefits that coconut oil has for your skin. Therefore, you can use this treatment as long as you want to.
Oregano is an herb that has amazing anti-fungal properties that help with eliminating fungi effectively. To use this remedy effectively, mix the oil with carrier oil on a teaspoon and using a piece of cotton, dab the mixture on the infected nail and let it soak for a while. Other than buying the oil, you can make your own oregano-infused oil. It is easy and especially because oregano is a perennial plant that grows easily in temperate climates. Be consistent in using this oil and you will notice a change.
Lavender oil also has anti-fungal properties and it has long been used to treat mild cases of nail fungus infections. For effective use, you are required to apply a few drops of the oil to the nail that is infected. Do this when you are heading to sleep so that the oil can soak overnight to get the best results. To ensure that the oil does not get rubbed off from by the bed sheets, you can wear a pair of socks made of wool. Avoid those made from synthetic materials because they will worsen the situation instead of helping.
Typically, for fungi to thrive, they need a very acidic environment. When you use baking soda, you will be introducing an alkaline environment that inhibits the thriving of fungi. Sodium borate is also known as borax and it is a very powerful and potent fungicide. When you combine these two, there is no chance left for growth of fungi. To use these products, make a paste by mixing equal parts of baking soda and borax with enough water to make a paste and not a solution. Rub this paste on the infected nail after wetting it. Keep applying the paste even after the infection appears to have cleared for up to two weeks.
Organic corn meal is very rich in a fungus that does not affect the body but very deadly to Candida which is the parasitic fungus that causes most infections. To use this method, you will need a big container that can accommodate your feet or one foot. In the container, mix two quarts of water with a cup of cornmeal. Let the cornmeal soak in the water for around one hour then you can soak your feet in the mixture for thirty minutes or more. Since cornmeal is not harmful to your skin, you can use this treatment procedure as often as you can. People have also reported success stories with using the method once a week.
All these are proven ways to get rid of nail fungus infection. Therefore, you no longer have to worry about the infections or seek expensive ways when you have these ways. You can also use these methods to prevent re-infection.
Dr. Soumya Podduturi is an Aesthetic Dermatologist, Dermatologist, Dermatosurgeon, Trichologist, Pediatric Dermatologist, Cosmetologist with 8 Years Experience