Toe nail fungus is characterized by blackening of toe nails, discolouration and eventual crumbling. The toe nails become thick, yellow and discoloured. While the fungus may infect the toe without any outward symptoms, toe nail fungus should not be ignored and should be treated immediately. Paranoychia and onychomycosis are the most commonly seen fungal infections.
Fungal infections in the toe arise because of poor personal hygiene, a damp, moist foot environment, bathing in public pools and poor immunity. Some home remedies can help fight fungal infections and protect your feet from rotting and decay caused by fungus.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are quite effective in treating toe nail fungus. Just immerse your feet in warm water containing a few table spoons of baking soda. You can also treat your feet to a hot soak that contains hydrogen peroxide.
This oil has powerful anti-microbial properties that help to ward off fungus. You can directly apply tea tree oil on the affected area or mix it with some almond oil for a less potent solution. Rub it well into your toe so that the tea tree oil seeps right into the nail. Let it stay on the nail for 10-15 minutes. Slough off the superficial debris with the help of a tooth brush. Continue to use tea tree oil for a few weeks to see effective results. In the mean time, soak your feet in hydrogen peroxide or potassium permanganate to prevent the fungal infection from recurring.
If you are susceptible to toe nail fungus, make it a ritual to apply a mixture of lemon juice and vinegar to the affected nail. Not only will this act as a potential fungicide but also leave your nails looking clean, healthy and sparkling.
Certain mouthwashes are very high on antiseptics like eucalyphtol which help fight against harmful bacteria. Mouthwash is also seemingly effective against toe nail fungus. Soak your feet in a tub containing tepid water. To this add a few capfuls of mouthwash and some vinegar. The anti bacterial properties of the mouthwash and the harsh acidic effect of the vinegar completely eliminate all traces of fungus.
If the infection is deep-seated just soaking your feet will not suffice. You can directly apply a concentrated solution of mouthwash and vinegar for more promising results. Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after a hot soak or a foot bath. Moisture is an excellent breeding ground for fungus.
It is important to remove the dead layer of the nail that has been affected by the fungus. Make a homemade scrub of semolina and vinegar and apply this gently to the affected nail in a circular motion. Use gentle strokes so that there is not too much discomfort or pain.
These are essential oils which are great remedies for toe nail fungus. Oregano oil has powerful anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti bacterial properties and lavender oil helps in reducing redness or itchy skin caused by the nail fungus.
Take a diet rich in curd and probiotics to help ward off fungal infection. Follow good personal hygiene. Wear loose cotton socks and change them frequently. Keep your feet clean and dry and don’t allow sweat to build up. Avoid bathing in public pools and if you do, make sure you soak your feet with an antiseptic solution to prevent the fungus from appearing.
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