There is nothing worse than having toenails that are itchy, cracked, discolored or at the verge of falling apart. If you notice these symptoms on your nails, then you may be suffering from nail fungus infection. If so, then the most important thing to do is take action right away, and what better place to start than right at home. Indeed, you do not need to purchase over the counter treatments or prescription medication first since you can make do with what you have at home.
Here are some excellent home remedies for nail fungus infection:
Most homes have baking soda on stand-by, and you might just have a box in your pantry. Aside from being a great deodorizing and cleaning agent, it can be used to treat nail fungus as well.
How to: Simply mix half a cup of baking soda with four cups of freshly boiled water. Add in half a cup of Epsom salt and quarter of a cup of peroxide. Mix it together and apply the mixture on your nail every ten hours. It helps to keep the toes covered after application. It should take around four weeks to clear out.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is not just for cooking. It is also a powerful antiseptic that kills pathogens.
How to: Simply soak a clean cotton ball with the vinegar and put on top of the affected nail. Tape the cotton on for several hours every day.
Garlic contains the compound allicin, which is a powerful antifungal property.
How to: To treat nail fungus, simply mix garlic oil with white vinegar and apply on the infected toenail. Cover the toe with bandage. In case you do not have garlic oil at home, simply crush three garlic cloves and place it in two tablespoons of olive oil. Allow it to sit for a day before using the mixture. Another method is to crush a clove of garlic and tape it over the infected nail.
Another common staple that you can find in the kitchen is lemon juice, which has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties due to its citric acid.
How to: To use lemon juice as an anti-fungal remedy, apply freshly squeezed lemon juice on the infected toenail. Leave the mixture on for ten minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Repeat the procedure daily for one month.
Listerine or any other strong mouth wash with alcohol content can effectively kills bacteria in your oral cavity, and can be strong enough to kill fungus on your toenails.
How to: Fill a small container with the mouth wash. Add a portion of vinegar and fresh lemon juice. Soak your infected toe nails in the solution for ten minutes, gently scrubbing the infected toe. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and be sure to wash your hands with soap as well.
Home remedies are easy to use and cost effective, but they still take time and effort. Make sure that you start today and remain consistent with your efforts to make sure that you see results the soonest time possible.