Yeast and fungal infections are tricky to treat especially when you are suffering from a toenail fungal infection. It is typically caused when a fungi or yeast mold finds place in a cracked nail bed, where it settles and begins to multiply giving the nail its characteristic discolored appearance, often accompanied with pain. If the host’s immunity is very low, the yeast will quickly reach the muscular layer and then the blood stream, giving rise to a serious systemic infection. The treatment in this case must be prompt.
Effective Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus
Oral Anti fungal drugs available in the market can treat the infection but they have a serious side effect. When ingested, these drugs will also kill the good fungi present in the body and this in turn predisposes a person to a number of other opportunistic infections. Home remedies are an effective way to tackle fungal infections and the following are some of the popular ones used.
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking soda and Warm water
Start by soaking the affected nail in apple cider vinegar for 30mins. Then take2-3 tablespoons of baking soda and add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Add a little warm water if required. Make a thick paste out of this mixture and apply liberally over the nail. Let it remain for as long as possible and then wash off with warm water. Thoroughly dry the nail. You can repeat this twice a day.
- Tea tree oil and Vitamin E oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful antimicrobial agent and should be used liberally over the affected nail along with Vitamin E oil, which hastens the healing process and is also an important component of the immune system.
- Orange oil and Grape seed oil
Orange oil has shown to have potent antifungal properties. Grape seed oil is carrier oil and you can use any other oil of your preference as well if you wish to dilute the orange oil. Ideally, orange oil should be used in a concentrated form and applied on the nail with the help of a dropper.
- Garlic, Turmeric and Coconut oil
This combination is probably the most effective when dealing with fungal infection of any kind. Garlic has a compound named Allicin, which is a very potent anti fungal agent. Coconut oil also has very potent antifungal properties. In ancient Indian and Chinese medical system, it is believed that oral intake of coconut oil will cure fungal, viral and bacterial infections. The antibacterial properties of turmeric are well known either ingested or applied. Make a fine paste of this mixture and apply on the affected area twice or thrice a day. Eating raw garlic will also be immensely helpful.
- Oregano oil and Lavender oil
Oregano oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-parasitical, antiviral, antifungal and a potent analgesic. Lavender oil is powerful antiseptic oil. Combination of both these oils is vigorous mixture that will be a very efficient treatment of toenail fungus.
- Lemon Juice
Apply fresh lemon juice on the toenail. It will keep the fungus from spreading owing to the citric acid present in it. It is a powerful antiseptic and antifungal.
Fungal infections are resilient to treatment, so your effort will have to be consistent. Home remedies for toenail fungus are very effective in getting rid of the fungus. Just be patient and constant in their application.