Toenail fungus is an infection that gets in through cracks in your nail or cuts in your skin. It can make your toenail change color or get thicker. It can also hurt. Because toes are often warm and damp, fungus grows well there. Different kinds of fungi and sometimes yeast affect different parts of the nail. Left untreated, an infection could spread to other toenails, skin, or even your fingernails.
1.Coconut oil: Caprylic acid, one of the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil, has the ability to penetrate the durable cell wall of Candida and other fungi. Without its protective coating the cells of the fungus dissolve, effectively destroying the infection. Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to infected areas and let it soak in for at least fifteen minutes. Coconut oil is great for skin health, so there is no limit to how often you can use this treatment. Just make sure you aren’t allergic to coconuts before applying this product to sensitive tissue
2.White Vinegar: White vinegar help fight the infection and helps restore the skin’s PH. Mix one part of white vinegar with two cups of warm water, soak the affected toenail in the solution for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse it off and dry the affected area thoroughly. Repeat twice daily until the fungus is gone. If your skin becomes irritated, add more water to the solution and repeat the same process randomly.
3. Listerine mouthwash: Kills bacteria and germs in the mouth, can also be used to treat toenail fungus. The mouthwash has several compounds as well as alcohol that act as a strong antiseptic to keep away harmful bacteria and fungi. Fill a small tub with Listerine mouthwash, or a combination of equal parts of Listerine and white vinegar. Soak the affected foot in this solution for about 30 minutes, and then scrub the infected toenail gently. Rinse it off and dry the affected area thoroughly, repeat this remedy once or twice daily until the infection clears.
4. Orange oil: Orange oil also has anti-fungal properties, and can be used to treat infected toenails. Orange oil can cause allergic reactions and can have side effects, so it is important to test some orange oil on a small spot of skin before applying on the affected part. Use a dropper to apply pure orange oil between your toes and on and under your toenails. If you have sensitive skin then dilute the essential oil with an equal amount of carrier oil, such as grape seed oil. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Repeat two or three times daily until you see improvement.
5.Always Wash With Clean Water: Use soap and water to wash your feet and dry well with neat towels, including between the toes everyday. Trim your toenails straight across to keep them shorter than the end of your toe. Make sure the tools; blade, nail-cutter or scissors you are using are clean, too. Wash clippers and files with soap and water, then wipe with rubbing alcohol. Do not cover up the affected nails with polish, Your nail-bed needs fresh air and needs to breath properly, the nail polish won’t keep the fungus from going away.
6. Apply Baking Soda: Baking soda can be use to cure toenail fungus and it helps neutralize foot odor. Add one and half cup of baking soda, one cup of hydrogen peroxide and one-half cup of epsom salt to four cups of hot water. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and then add one cup of white vinegar to it. Soak the affected toenail in the solution for about 10 minutes. Wash with clean warm water and dry the foot thoroughly afterwards. Repeat the process twice daily for several weeks in order to achieve good result.
7. Foot wears: Wear shoes that fits well; not too tight, be smart about your footwear, choose socks that wick away moisture and change them regularly. They should be made of something that air can easily flow through it, like canvas or leather. Wear shower or rubber shoes during rainy seasons and around swimming pools.