Toenail fungus or Onychomycosis can be the result of abnormal pH of the skin, exposure to moisture, wearing synthetic socks, compromised immune system, poor foot hygiene. Symptoms of toenail fungus are: inflammation, pain and swelling of the toe, yellowing, thickening. It can be cured at home but in some cases the nail needs to be removed with a surgery. Here are some options given to you as home remedies for treating the toenail.
- Olive leaf extract
You can use this extract every day and not only will it cure the fungus but it also helps destroying bacteria and can lower cholesterol. If you meet up with discomfort while using the olive leaf extract, try to lower your daily dose. This can happen because the olive leaf is a powerful detoxifier. When the discomfort stops you can return to using it as recommended.
- Apple cider vinegar
This is definitely the top home remedy for toenail fungus. It can be used topically, internally or both. With six parts of hot water mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part Epsom salts and use it after the water cools a little but still has warmth in it. Soak your feet in it two times a day for around half an hour.
- Corn meal
Mash up one cup of cornmeal and two quarts of water in a container where you can fit your foot. Let it like that for one hour, for the cornmeal to have time to soak in the water and after that put your foot in it for 30 minutes. It is still not known how frequently you can use this remedy, but it has been proven that it even works if used once per week.
- Tea tree oil
This is a very effective remedy for toenail fungus. Tea tree oil acts as antiseptic and fungicidal remedy. Before applying the tree oil clean the areas around the infected nail and after that let it soak in. When 2 minutes have passed scrub the nail with a toothbrush very gently. When tea tree oil is applied directly on the skin it has to be used with a natural carrier such as olive or almond oil. Do this every day as a home remedy for toenail fungus.
- Orange oil
The orange oil can be applied using a dropper. Apply it on nails and between toes. In some cases, for some people who have sensitive skin orange oil can be dangerous. If this happens to you mix the oil with a natural carrier like olive oil. The orange oil can be used daily.
- Coconut oil
The coconut oil is a great home remedy because it contains caprylic acid which has the ability to penetrate the durable cell wall of Candida and other fungi. It destroys the infection completely. Put a thin layer on the infected nail and leave it like that for 15 minutes. Because coconut oil is also great for the health of your skin, there is no limit to how much you use it.
- Lavender oil
Every night before going to bed you can apply a few drops of the lavender oil on the infected area and do not remove it when going to sleep. You can cover your foot with wool socks. Even if the nail looks healthy it can still be infected so continue using this remedy for a few weeks after you think you’ve cured it.