Make sure you dry your feet well after the treatment. You may also prepare a scrub of apple cider vinegar and ground rice flour. Use it to exfoliate the infected area 3-4 times a week. Apple cider vinegar has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties and is a great help in fighting and preventing the spreading of nail fungus.
People with very sensitive skin may have to reduce the amount of vinegar they use for the solution as its high concentration can irritate the skin during a 30-minute session. If you notice that the skin gets red or peels in areas that are not affected by fungus, use half of the suggested amount of vinegar.
You can also do the vinegar treatment 2-3 times a week rather than daily and apply other products or solutions on the remaining days.
Baking soda is known for its antibacterial properties and has been used for years as a home remedy for acne and other skin infections. When used for toenail fungus treatment, it does not only kill the bacteria but also stops the development of fungus and neutralizes foot odor.
The best way to incorporate baking soda into the toenail fungus treatment is to prepare a solution of 1,5 l of water with 5 tablespoons of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and 5 tablespoons of Epsom salt and the same amount of vinegar.
Soak your feet in this solution for 10 minutes and dry them well. If you repeat this process once or twice a day, after just 4 weeks you should notice a significant decrease of toenail fungus symptoms. The solution prevents the fungus from spreading and gently dissolves the infected toenail. For better effects, exfoliate the damaged nail every two to three days.
Snakeroot Leaf Extract
While it might not be a very commonly used product, snakeroot leaf extract is really worth trying. Some health food stores will stock it, or else you can buy it online. The results are worth the hassle since snakeroot leaf extract has been proven to be almost as effective as topical ointments.
It gives quick results and if you apply it on the affected nail three times a week for a month, you will already notice the decrease in the fungus symptoms. Over the following two months, you need to gradually reduce the amount of the product you use but make sure you continue the treatment for a full three months in order to achieve permanent results.
Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano finds use in a wide range of cosmetic products and medicines due to its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Regular use of a mixture of olive oil and oil of oregano stops the growth of fungus, reduces the inflammation and enhances the regeneration of the nail plate. Apply it twice a day on the affected toenail for three weeks and you will see spectacular effects.
One of the very popular hygiene products that have is used in antifungal treatment is mouthwash. It’s designed to kill bacteria and germs and works great as a toenail fungus treatment product. For extra antiseptic effect choose a mouthwash that contains alcohol.
You can prepare a strong solution of equal parts of mouthwash and vinegar and apply it to the affected area twice daily or mix half a cup of mouthwash and half a cup of vinegar with two liters of water and soak your entire feet in the solution for 30 minutes.
The latter option will give you the extra benefit of softening the skin on your feet. Those who don’t exfoliate feet regularly and have many layers of dead skin cells may notice that chunks of skin will come off after just one treatment. It is normal and only shows that you need to improve your foot beauty regime in the future.
Due to the high level of fatty acids, coconut oil helps fight fungus since it changes the structure of the fungal membrane. When you apply coconut oil on the toenail affected by fungus, it will gradually cause the fungus cells to disintegrate.
This treatment might be a bit more time-consuming and you will have to wait longer for the results, but is ideal for those people whose feet are very sensitive and might react with redness or irritation to some harsh products like vinegar or mouthwash.
When should I seek medical help
If toenail fungus doesn’t get stopped and treated properly at an early stage, it may infect other nails, cause their deformation, permanent damage or even loss. People with an impaired immune system or diabetes risk developing skin tissue infection if they don’t react promptly to the problem of nail fungus.
If you see that fungus has affected your nails to such an extent that they start cracking, splitting or getting deformed, then it’s time to see the doctor who will let you know which of medical treatments suits best your nail condition.
Nail fungus develops in the deeper layers of the nail so the most effective way to stop it is to act both from the outside, through various treatment we described above and from the inside, by using prescribed an antifungal medication.