Toenail fungus is a nasty infection.
While the problem is mostly cosmetic, we recommend that you treat it as soon as possible. If you leave it be, there is a good chance it will lead to complications. One of the biggest problems is that fungus tends to spread around, so don’t be surprised if it affects your other toes.
Toenail fungus is really easy to notice. It is represented by toenail discoloration.
Most doctors will prescribe medicine for treating the issue. Unfortunately, fungus drugs are often volatile and may lead to some nasty side effects. For example, if you have liver issues, you should stay away from this medication. In fact, all patients are required to take a blood test before they can start using oral drugs.
There are also topical creams that can be applied to the surface area.
A lot of people suffering from this issue will try a third solution which is home remedies.
These remedies are easy to come by, you can apply them at home, and they provide similar results to topical creams that can be bought in drugstores. Better yet, some of them are cheaper than the common fungus drugs.
Here is a list of three of the best toenail fungus treatments you should try today:
- Essential oils mixture
Essential oils are pretty amazing. They can be used for various conditions. Even if you’re healthy, they are great for the skin. So, when the treatment is over, you can continue using them for your skin. There are lots of different essential oils that you can use, such as lavender, coconut, tea tree, etc. However, they provide the best results when used in conjunction. There are certain things you need to know about essential oils. For example, it is best to use the products which are as natural as possible. You should also avoid those that have too many additives. While there are no definitive studies regarding the efficiency of essential oils for toenail fungus, there are numerous users who have claimed that these items helped them treat mild types of toenail fungus.
- Baking soda
Baking soda is often used for various affliction. This popular home remedy can also provide limited results when used for toenail fungus. The best thing about baking soda is that it is able to soak up humidity around toes. As you well know, fungus thrives in a moist environment, so this is effectively removing the main ingredient allowing the fungus to survive and spread. According to one smaller study, a team of researchers has found out that baking soda is able to help in 80% of cases. If you think about it, this is a huge percentage. In fact, there are certain types of drugs that don’t have such high efficiency. Even if it doesn’t eliminate fungus, there is a good chance it will reduce the area affected.
Our grandmothers have used vinegar for various conditions: high temperature, inflammation, sickness, etc. Did you know it can also be used for toenail fungus? Every household has vinegar, which means you can start using the treatment as soon as you finish this article. The main reason why vinegar can be useful is because of its high acidity. It doesn’t work well for fungus limiting its growth and ability to survive. You just have to put your feet in a vinegar soak (2 parts water, 1 part vinegar) and leave them be for a while. Keep in mind that the smell of vinegar can be overpowering, which is why you might want to consider adding essential oils to break down the scent.