How To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus: 5 Home Remedies
Nail fungus is such a common problem these days that many people are searching for information on how to get rid of it, and anyone who has suffered with nail fungus knows it’s not easy. But before we get into ways to treat nail fungus, lets take a quick look at what we’re dealing with.
What Is Nail Fungus?
Fungal infections can arise on any area of the body. It is quite normal to have fungi in, and around the body. However when fungi begins to overgrow, then fungal problems become obvious, unsightly and uncomfortable.
When we experience a fungal overgrowth, fungal infections can appear anywhere from the skin, to the digestive tract, to the eyes.
Fungal infections are generally a systemic problem that may require internal treatment, as well as external treatments like , to really get on top of them.
Nail fungus can appear on either the toenails or the fingernails, and is known as Onychomycosis (also called tinea unguium).
How To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus
Getting rid of toenail fungus, like other forms of fungus, can be a bit of a challenge and generally requires a two step approach. Often to be really successful it needs to be treated both internally and externally to get it under control.
There are however, some simple home remedies that can help to get fungal nail infections under control if caught early and keep them at bay, and when an internal approach is combined with an external treatment, then with some time and commitment, the nail fungus may be cured.
Nail Fungus Home Remedies
I’ve split these five home remedies for toenail fungus into two groups: internal treatments and external treatments.
This way if you choose to try some home remedies, you can attack the problem head on by creating your own two step treatment for your fungal nail infection. Once you’ve decided on a strategy you’ll be on your way (hopefully) to getting your fungal overgrowth under control.
Attack Toenail Fungus From The Inside
You can use a good quality probiotic to help to balance your intestinal flora. Over time this can help to control fungal overgrowth on, and in your body. A more powerful alternative to commercial probiotic powders or capsules, is to make your own fermented foods at home such as sauerkraut, fermented green papaya, kefir or even home made coconut yogurt! These fermented foods are all probiotic powerhouses that can be consumed every day to help keep bacteria and fungal colonies in your body balanced.
2. Bentonite Clay
Bentonite clay can be used both internally and externally to help to control fungal problems. Try to ensure that you buy food grade Bentonite Clay if you plan to use it internally, and do not use metal utensils to store or mix your clay. Follow the instructions for internal use on the packaging of the product. To use clay externally, simply mix to a paste with water and apply to the affected area. Leave to dry and then rinse off or better still, wrap in plastic wrap and leave on for several hours or overnight. Do this several times a day if possible, or at least daily. Bentonite clay is very effective for all types of fungal infections.
Attack Toenail Fungus From The Outside
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Make a solution with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Soak your feet in this solution for 30 minutes, then dry your feet thoroughly. Do this every day and within a few weeks you should begin to notice improvement in your fungal nail infection.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is highly anti-fungal and can be used topically to help to control fungal infections. Simply use a cotton ball to apply tea tree oil to the affected toenails several times a day. Lavender oil can also be used as it is also highly anti-fungal.
5. Listerine Foot Soak
Listerine mouthwash can reportedly be used for fungal nail infections also. Simply soak your nails in Listerine for 15-30 minutes then rinse off and dry your feet well. Repeat this once or twice a day until the infection is cleared.
The Easiest Way To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus Or For Advanced Nail Fungus
If you really just want to get rid of your nail fungus quickly and don’t have the time or patience to try the home remedies listed above, or your nail fungus is advanced and not responding to the natural treatments you may need to try a professional nail fungus treatment to improve your chance of success.
However even when using these stronger products, don’t forget that your fungal problem also needs to be attacked internally and this should be a long term strategy for best results.