While there are various toenail issues that you have to deal with, one of the toughest ones is toenail fungus. The fancy name is onychomycosis. It is a common problem and can include various symptoms including swelling, inflammation, crumbling of nails, and others. It usually only painful if the infection spreads.
The problem is that fungus tends to spread in certain conditions, such as abnormal pH levels in the skin, a weak immune system, and sweaty shoes. It’s important to treat the condition because it can cause various nails problems including cracking, splitting, and losing the toenail. Fortunately there are some effective methods for treating fungus on toenails.
Baking Soda for Funky Smells and Fungus
You probably already know that baking soda can help with strong odors including as foot odor. You probably already have the ingredient in your kitchen, which makes it easy to use as a solution for treating toenail fungus.
The process is quite easy. First add ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, and ½ cup of Epsom salt, to 4 cups of hot water. Then mix the ingredients completely. Add ¼ cup of white vinegar to the mixture. The next step is to soak the fungus-filled toenail for around 10 minutes. Then use clean water to wash your toenails, and dry the foot completely. Repeat these steps two times daily for many weeks. This is a very easy procedure that it’s easy since you probably have baking soda in your kitchen already.
Apple Cider: Not Just for Drinking
You might be surprised that something called apple cider vinegar can help to treat toenail fungus. It’s mildly acidic and can have the effect of helping to prevent toenail fungus from getting worse and spreading on the nail. Besides that, the treatment is also effective in killing fungi and bacteria. This will help to make you more comfy.
First, mix an equal ratio of apple cider vinegar with water. Then soak your nails in the vinegar/water solution for half an hour every day. When you’re finished make sure to dry your toenail completely. If you use this solution every day for a couple of weeks you’ll quickly notice big improvements in your nails’ fungus.
Another step you can take is to use an anti-fungal exfoliating scrub. Add a couple spoons of apple cider vinegar to coarse rice flour. Then add the paste on as well as around the nail area affected by the fungus. Then scrub the area lightly. Follow this process a couple of times per week. This treatment will also be helpful in removing the dead skin cells, and can help in keeping your skin softer.
Oil of Oregano (Yes, Oregano)
Oregano is famous for adding flavor to food, such as Italian dishes. However, it also has many benefits that can help to treat fungus. Oil of oregano has many benefits including being anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. Such features help to make it an excellent type of treatment for dealing with toenail fungus.
First, mix 2 drops of oil of oregano in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Then add the mixture on the affected toenail. Leave it on the nail for at least half an hour. The next step is to rinse off the mixture. Then dry your toes completely. Repeat this process one or two times every day for 3 weeks in order to start seeing good results.
Seeing fungus on your toenails can be stressful if you’re self-conscious about how the nails on your feet look. However, the good news is that there are some effective ways to treat fungus. It will help to kill the fungus and prevent it from spreading.