Nail Fungus is a common ailment most people might probably get once or twice in their life. People might have this but they might not be aware, some might know but does not really understand what the cause of the infection is, or how to treat it properly. What is a nail fungus infection? It is when a fungus, rarely mold or yeast, infects an exposed nail by borrowing into the nail bed and living off your nail. The riskier nails are the toe nails since it is directly exposed to the floors, wet surfaces and infected soil.
Usually, the nail becomes discolored, wherein the color depends on what type of fungus affects it. Nail fungus eats off the cells in the nail so it leaves a dead, brittle and thick nail. This embarrassing condition may persist for many years and may affect a person’s self esteem. Worse nail fungus cases may emit foul odor and have scabbing nail beds. This is a severe condition that may need immediate attention. Therefore, it is very important to know how to treat nail fungus in early or mild stages and prevent it from occurring again.
Home Remedies for Nail Fungus Treatment
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Listerine
Mix the apple cider vinegar and Listerine into equal parts. You can store it on a bottle and then utilize a small dispensing bottle that a dropper can fit. Put 3 – 4 drops into the affected area daily for 2 weeks, and monitor the changes of the color. Once the nail becomes softer and lighter, continue using the solution occasionally until the nail falls off and new ones grow.
- Vicks VapoRub and Tea Tree Oil
Potassium Hydroxide solution
An integral part of the nail fungus treatment is to make it softer. Rub the affected nail with Vicks VapoRub twice a day, followed by a swab of tea tree oil. Watch the difference after 2 weeks of continuous use. If you notice the nails are becoming softer, you can follow it with the 10% Potassium hydroxide solution. The Potassium can be purchased, then mix the 20% with water. Potassium hydroxide is also used in identifying the nail infection, as the fungus reacts with the solution, thereby killing it.
- Vinegar and Baking Soda
This home remedy is the most popular since Vinegar is a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial; you will need to mix warm water with vinegar in equal parts. Add 2 tablespoon of baking soda into the solution and soak your affected toes or fingers, preferably 30 minutes so the solution enters deep into the nail beds. You can also leave the solution seeped on your nails overnight to make it more effective. Allow 3 months of continuous practice and see the results.
There are many other home remedies out there, sometimes prescribed by physicians and often suggested by fellow patients of the infection. However, with all these remedies, consistency is important. Treatment of this aliment is rather long-term since the condition is lodged deep into the nail bed. A good advice is to make the remedy habitual and set a good schedule to do the ritual. Patience is indeed a virtue.