There are several ways to treat toenail fungus. Home remedies, especially using natural ingredients which are tried and tested over ages are the best way to ensure healthy and shiny nails. Here are a few natural ways to treat toenail fungus.
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used since ages in many countries to treat stubborn toenail fungus effectively with immediate effect. Apple cider Vinegar can be used both topically as well as consumed daily for proper treatment. Two to three table spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar can be mixed with a table spoon of honey and added to about 8oz of luke warm water and consumed daily for a fungus free body. To apply topically, Apple Cider Vinegar can be either applied raw on the infected toenail with a cotton swab or one could take a foot bath in Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in Warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes, twice daily. Repeat the process for a few weeks to see considerable improvement in the toenail condition.
This wonder oil has been used to treat many microbial infections like fungal, bacterial as well as viral infection specific to skin or hair. Caprylic acid in coconut oil is a very potent antifungal and has the ability to penetrate deep in to the cell to kill stubborn fungus like even Candida. Caprylic acid breaks the outer durable layer of the fungus. Once broken, the cell dissolves with exposure to Caprylic acid. Apply a few drops of coconut oil in the infected toenail, tape it and leave it overnight for best results. It is suggested to use a paste of baking powder and water to prevent further fungal growth. Repeat the process for a few weeks to achieve desirable results.
Oregano oil has strong antifungal properties have been used for a very long time, especially in the Mediterranean countries for it’s sure shot results. Oregano oil can be applied directly on the infected toenail by adding together with a carrier oil like olive oil and coconut oil as a few people may be sensitive to raw Oregano oil. Apply a few drops of oregano oil, tape it or wear a sock and keep it overnight. Repeat the process, till you get satisfactory results and the toenail infection disappears completely.
Tea tree oil is known for it’s anti septic and antifungal properties and is used in many skin and hair conditions. For an effective remedy for toenail fungus, clean the surface and the surrounding area of the infected toenail. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil directly on the toenail and leave it for 20 minutes for the skin to soak the oil. You can use a soft bristle brush to softly brush off the residue using one direction to brush off. Repeat till you get healthy nail devoid of fungus. Ideally 2 to 3 weeks of diligent use should keep the toenails free from fungus.
Orange oil is a tried and tested anifungal agent which has been used since ages to treat fungal skin conditions, especially stubborn toenail fungus. Orange oil if applied directly on skin, can cause irritation or redness due to sensitive skin. Thus always add equal proportion of orange oil to any carrier oil and apply it in the affected toenail fungus with a dropper. Keep it overnight and repeat the process till you get shiny nail free from fungus.
This is a power packed combination to treat and heal toenails infected with fungal infections. Baking soda has an alkaline nature, which helps create an alkaline environment non-conducive for the fungal growth. Borax is a powerful antifungal which kills the fungus in the alkaline environment. Mix equal portions of Baking soda and Borax, add water to make a paste and apply it at the affected area for a fortnight to achieve desirable results.
Extract of Olive oil has shown remarkable results as an antifungal and antiviral. The extracts of Olive oil can be had in the form of supplementary tablets or extracted fresh from leaves and had. Due to it’s powerful antioxidant properties, it has shown a considerable improvement in the toenail fungal condition. Olive leaf extract can be prepared by washing and then drying the leaves under sunlight and then mixing them in a blender to get a pulp, which is ready for use. Olive leaf extract shows considerable results in shedding undesirable fat deposits from the body.
Many a fungal infection is caused by an imbalance caused in our body which allows and promotes growth for the undesirable fungal infection especially onychomychosis. Thus it is very important to keep a healthy flora of the gut, which can be achieved by having probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria ingested in the form of a probiotic drink or probiotic tablet to prevent the growth of fungus in our body. Lactobacillus found in every probiotic drink secretes an enzyme which is deadly for Candida, thus checks further fungal growth. A regular supplement of probiotics can keep candida at bay.
Though lavender oil works on mild to moderate conditions of toenail fungus, it has shown slow and steady reduction of toenail fungal infections. The antifungal properties in Lavender oil help kill the candida and prevent further growth of the fungus. Apply a few drops of organic Lavender oil to the affected area and keep it overnight . Repeat the process for a few months to clear mild toenail infections completely.
A very interesting remedy to treat toenail fungus is the use of Corn meal, which has shown remarkable results specially in treating Candida infected fungal infections related to skin. In a tub mix one portion of corn meal with 2 portions of water and keep it aside for the cornmeal to soak water for an hour or so. Dip the affected toenail in the cornmeal water and keep it for 20 to 40 minutes. Repeat the process every day for desired results within a month. The process can be repeated many times in a day, as cornmeal is extremely safe on the skin and nails and has no side effects.
Now that you know how to treat toenail fungus the natural way, go ahead and have talons with bright and shiny nails.
Dr. Soumya Podduturi is an Aesthetic Dermatologist, Dermatologist, Dermatosurgeon, Trichologist, Pediatric Dermatologist, Cosmetologist with 8 Years Experience