Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails
Men are more likely to get it than women. The older you are, the better your chances are, too. People who have diabetes, athlete’s foot, or a weak immune system, who smoke, or whose family members have it are also at a higher risk. If you spend a lot of time in the water or you’ve injured your toenail, your odds for getting toenail fungus go up.
The way you treat toenail fungus depends on which fungus you have and how bad the infection is. Your doctor may try one thing or a combination:
- A topical cream that goes directly on the nail
- A topical nail lacquer
- An antifungal prescription pill
- A laser treatment that removes the damaged area of the nail or skin
In some cases, you might need to have the nail removed completely with surgery.
These treatments are often effective, but they may cause serious side effects ranging from upset stomach and dizziness to severe skin problems and jaundice.
This may be why many people try home remedies instead. Here are few things you can try at home to treat toenail fungus.
Step 1: Pour 3 cups of antiseptic mouthwash and 3 cups of apple cider vinegar into a large basin.
Toenail fungus is quite common and can be caused by several contributing factors, including wearing sweaty socks for a prolonged period of time, sharing footwear, and walking barefoot in public places such a pools and gyms. Toenail fungus has a variety of symptoms: change in toenail color, a bad-smelling odor coming from the nail, and a hardening of the toenail. It’s imperative that the fungus is treated as soon as possible. Follow this simple home remedy to help kill the nail fungus without using harmful chemicals.
Step 2: Soak the foot (or feet) with the nail fungus in the basin for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Remove your foot from the basin and dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
Step 4: Pour equal parts tea tree oil, thyme oil and olive oil into a 6 ounce bottle with a dropper
Step 5: Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Use the dropper to apply the oil mixture to the infected nail(s).
Step 6: Allow the oil to sit on the nail(s) for at least 15 minutes.
Step 7: Use a toothbrush to gently scrub the oil mixture into the nail(s).
Repeat this entire process at least once a day until the fungus has cleared up.