Toenail fungus is a common problem and it isn’t pretty. When the temperature starts to rise, the urge to kick off our shoes and put on sandals or flip-flops is hard to ignore. But with our feet on display, it’s time to pay a bit more attention to our toenail hygiene and get rid of any unsightly, yellowing caused by a fungal infection. Here are four simple remedies for dealing with this annoying problem…
When we have problems with our feet, the last thing we tend to think of are hygiene products that we use in our mouths. But the fact is that mouthwash contains substances that are actually very effective for combatting toenail fungus. Simply take a powerful mouthwash such as Listerine, mix 2 fl oz with 2 cups of hot water, and soak your feet in it for 30 minutes. Your feet will be fungus-free and smell minty fresh too!
2. Curcuma and coconut oil
Curcuma is a natural fungicide and also has a powerful antibacterial effect. When combined with coconut oil, it forms a substance that will quickly get rid of toenail fungus and nourish the skin and nails at the same time. Prepare a paste with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and a tablespoon of curcuma. Apply a thick layer of paste to the affected nails, leave it for 30 minutes and then wipe it off with a dry cloth. Your nails will be completely rejuvenated!
3. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is strongly antibacterial. In contrast to the topical solutions we’ve already discussed, this vinegar works internally. Ingesting about one tablespoon mixed with hot water and honey every day will help to keep your toenails free from fungal infections.
4. Tea tree oil
To get the full benefits of this remedy, first clean your toenails with a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol. Now massage the tea tree oil into your toenails and let it soak in. You’ll see major improvements in no time!
How to deal with toenail fungus
Here are some practical tips:
- when treating toenail fungus, always be sure to thoroughly wash your hands and any implements you’ve used (e.g. scissors, tweezers, cloths) to avoid spreading the fungus.
- fungus is often caused by perspiration and humidity, so make sure your feet get enough air and stay dry.
- maintain good foot hygiene by washing your feet thoroughly several times a day, especially during the the summer when they’re often in contact with sand, grass and dirt.
- be patient: a fungal infection can be quite persistent — it may take several days or even weeks of regular treatments to get rid of it.
With these simple and effective treatments you won’t need those expensive remedies from the drug store. The key is to apply the treatments regularly and remain consistent. But if after a month you don’t see any improvement, it’s best to consult a doctor for some professional medical advice.