6 Top Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus

| 8/11/2015 10:55:00 AM

 6 Top Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus

Don’t let a toenail infection get the best of you; try these easy and effective home remedies for toenail fungus that will help you get your nails back to normal.

An infection on your toenails can be bothersome and embarrassing. Unfortunately, conventional treatment, which consists of various liquids, lacquers, or other topical or oral medicines often take a long time to work, aren’t effective, and cost a pretty penny. In fact, it seems that even the most effective antifungal medicines have a cure rate of only around 30%.[1,2] But that is no reason to get discouraged; these home remedies for toenail fungus work well, are cost-effective, and use all natural ingredients.

What is toenail fungus?

Nail infections are caused by an overgrowth of fungi, including yeasts and molds. It usually begins with something small, like a white or yellow spot under the nail. Gradually, this spreads deeper into the nail, causing discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of the nail. It may become painful as the infection worsens. The medical names for toenail fungus include onychomycosis and tinea unguium.

6 Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus

In order to effectively treat a toenail infection, you will need to use antifungal agents. But these don’t have to be prescription or made out of potentially harmful chemicals; a variety of herbs, oils, and other natural substances have antifungal properties of their own.

Baking soda. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda actually has significant antifungal effects. Laboratory studies show that baking soda is effective against many fungal species that are commonly involved in toenail fungus – in fact it inhibited the growth of 80% of fungal isolates tested in one study.[3] Try making a paste out of water and baking soda and spreading it on your nails. Alternatively, add some baking soda to a bucket of water and do a daily foot soak.

11/2/2015 6:26:05 PM

For natural remedy, tea tree oil is one recommendation I can give to you. Combining it with coconut oil will also beneficial. For those who regularly using shoes and socks, pay attention on them too and keep them dry, because fungus can grow back easily in the wet environment. http://kansascityfootandankle.com/fungal-nails/

8/24/2015 10:20:16 AM

I've had good results with goldenseal tincture.

8/24/2015 8:00:01 AM

Full strength vinigar applied to the nail and where the nail and skin meet. As often as possible. I used unfiltered.

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