Signs of Toenail Fungus
Perturbed by the itchy fungus?
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a problem many people have.
Some signs of it are inflammation, swelling, yellowing, and thickening or crumbling of the nail.
So what triggers it?
Well, certain conditions help the fungus grow. For example — high acid levels in the skin, a weakened and compromised immune system, sweaty shoes and socks, bad hygiene, medical conditions like diabetes.
If not treated, toenail fungus can turn white, can cause cracking, splitting and even total loss of the toenail.
No worries, toenail fungus can be treated without shelling out a lot of money.
Here are some ways to get rid of toenail fungus. There are different home cures that can get rid of the infection in a few months.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – Apple cider vinegar has acid, it can help block toenail fungus from spreading. At the same time, it kills bacteria and fungi. Mix the same amounts of apple cider vinegar and water.
Soak your toenail in the mixture for 30 minutes a day. When you are done, dry your toenail very well. If you do this every day for a few weeks, it will help very quickly.
TEA TREE OIL – Tea tree oil fights germs and fungi, which helps treat toenail fungus. It is also used to treat other kinds of skin infections. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in one teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil. Use a cotton ball to put the mixture on your toe. Leave it on for 10 minutes. And then use a toothbrush to lightly scrub the nail. Do this two or three times a day until the nail is healed.
BAKING SODA – Commonly found in most households, Baking soda can also treat toenail fungus. It can help block feet from smelling too. Just add a half cup of baking soda, one-fourth cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, and half a cup of Epsom salt to four cups of hot water. Mix these ingredients well and then add then add one-fourth cup of white vinegar to it
Soak the toenail in this mixture for about 10 minutes. Wash your foot with clean water and dry it well. You can see the results sooner if you repeat it religiously. Do this twice a day for a few weeks.
WHITE VINEGAR – White vinegar is an excellent cure for toenail fungus because it fights the infection and helps maintain the skin’s acid level. You can mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of warm water. Soak the toenail in the mixture for about 10 – 15 minutes. Pat it dry with a clean cloth. remember hygienic plays a major role in healing. So, keep a separate towel or cloth for these purposes.
Repeat this twice a day until the fungus is gone.
NOTE – If this hurts your skin, add more water to the mixture, and soak your foot in it every week, instead of every day.
OIL OF OREGANO – Oil of oregano is medicinal in nature and it acts as a magic cure on germs, bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. It also helps ease the pain. This oil can be used to arrest the growth of toenail fungus. You need to mix two drops of oil of oregano in one teaspoon of olive oil. Now, apply this mixture on the affected area. Leave it on for at least 30-40 minutes. Now, wash it off and pat dry with a clean cloth. keeping your feet dry and free from sweat is very important.
Do this one to two twice a day for three weeks at least to see the results.
MOUTHWASH – Why mouthwash? Mouthwash has alcohol, it can kill germs, It goes without saying that it also guards from harmful bacteria’s and fungi. We all know it works wonders for our mouth but did you know that it can also be used to clear up toenail fungus? So, you can fill a tub with mouthwash or make a mixture with even amounts of Mouthwash and white vinegar. Soak the toe in the mixture for about 30 minutes or longer. You can see the skin getting softer. Now, scrub the toenail gently. Wash it off, and Pat dry nicely. Repeat this procedure for a quick healing.
GARLIC – Garlic can kill fungi and treat toenail fungus. Mix garlic oil with an even amount of white vinegar. Put the mixture on and around your toenail and cover it with a bandage. Leave it on for a few hours, and then take the bandage off. Do this every day until it heals.
NOTE – If you don’t have garlic oil, you can make your own. Fry two crushed garlic cloves in two tablespoons of olive oil, and strain the oil. These cures can only really work if you use them the right way. Try the cure for at least one or two months for them to work. If you keep trying them, you can cure your toenail infection and stop it from happening again.