Home remedies for Toenail fungus
This article is about home remedies for toenail fungus, causes and symptoms. Fungal disease of the nails is also known as Onychomycosis. This condition affects the toenails or finger nails. The toenail infection is very common.
Causes: Abnormal PH levels of the skin, especially after bathing and if the hands and feet are not dried properly. The infection usually develops on the nails when people with low immunity get continuously exposed to warm, moist environment, sweaty shoes, poor hygiene, and trauma of the nail. People with blood sugar problems have a higher chance of getting infected with this.
Symptoms: Nail becomes thickened and discolored. Infection of the nail finger begins with a white or yellow or even a blackish spot under the tip or along the side of the nail. The toenail color can vary from brown or yellow to white; nail can become brittle and if not treated in the early stages, the skin around it becomes inflamed or painful. Toenail fungus symptoms also include swelling, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail.
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Home remedies for Toenail fungus that are useful -
Take tea tree oil and lavender oil in equal parts. Then soak a cotton ball in this mix. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 to 3 times a day.
Make a paste of Turmeric powder (Curcuma longa) with water and apply it on the affected area. Then leave it till it becomes dry and then wash it off.
One should wear open end shoes.
Synthetic socks such as Nylons are not advised, as they do not allow the moisture to pass through and away from your skin and might cause irritation to the skin.
Mix 2 drops of Oregano oil with a teaspoon of Olive oil. Then apply this mixture on the affected area. Oregano oil is known for its antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Wear cotton socks.
Take more probiotics, and Yogurt is a good source.
Always keep the nails trimmed.
People should sprinkle antifungal medicated powder on the socks.
When the toenail fungus infection occurs, the PH of the surrounding skin nail becomes more alkaline in nature. The fungus grows in an alkaline environment. In acidic area, it cannot survive. Hence the application of cider vinegar is useful. A Doctor should be asked as to whether the vinegar should be diluted or not.
Apply Vicks vaporub on the affected nail.
Eat one clove of garlic daily. Garlic contains allicin, which has antifungal properties.
Vinegar can inhibit the growth of Bacteria. The acidity of vinegar relieves itching and restores PH balance, which is useful to combat fungi.
Tincture when applied externally can be used to treat fungal related problems. Apply 3 to 4 drops of the tincture on the affected area and then allow it to dry.
Apply Neem Oil indica on the affected area. Neem oil can treat different types of fungus including nail fungus. Neem has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.
Avoid sharing of personal belongings like shoe, socks or gloves as they can be a medium for transferring the fungus.
Application of eucalyptus oil is advisable.
I hope the home remedies for toenail fungus listed above are useful to all people. In many situations it is advisable to seek the help of a Medical Doctor.
By Veena Deo
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