People tend to be embarrassed by a case of toenail fungus, but below are three natural ways to treat toenail infections that can have you proud to show off your feet again.
Wearing socks regularly means you are creating a dark and wet environment that is perfect for fungus, and this occurs around your toenails. Therefore, it is all too easy to have a case of a fungal infection occur in relation to your toenails.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil can treat a fungal infection of the toenail, dandruff, ringworm and even jock itch. Use ½ teaspoon of olive oil and ½ a teaspoon of orange oil mixed with one teaspoon of tea tree oil. This mixture can be applied to the nail using a cotton swab. Another option is to soak your feet in warm water with five drops of tea tree oil mixed in. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes.
Tea Tree Oil can be very beneficial to keep in your home, since it treats fungal infections and also can be added to shampoo to help ward off lice for school-age children who might be regularly exposed to these pests.
Coconut Oil is another alternative for natural treatment of a fungal infection when it affects the toenails. Apply coconut oil directly to the affected toenails. Do this twice a day and do not wash the oil off afterward.
Coconut oil can also be used to treat cracked skin, dry patches and blisters if you are affected by athlete’s foot. Again, apply directly to the spots that are an issue.
Mix vinegar and baking soda and add to warm water to create a foot soak. This will help get rid of a fungal infection because fungi can not live when exposed to the acidity of vinegar. Soak your feet for approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Once you are done, dry your feet completely.
Vinegar is normally kept for various recipes, so it is common to have this in the home. Therefore, this may be your first choice when it comes to treating fungal infections.
Still, having oils like coconut and tea tree oil added to your home stock can be a wise choice, since they come in handy for multiple occasions and to treat multiple conditions that you’d rather treat at home than have to run to the doctor for on a weekly or monthly basis.
People who exercise a lot or spend a lot of time in socks, like day laborers who work long hours, are prone to conditions like athlete’s foot and fungal infections of the toenail.
Having these three things on hand make it much easier to treat the condition on your own and go back to having feet that are healthy and not uncomfortable.
Try out any one of these treatments and see the difference in your condition. It is best to not try to mix these treatments, but instead focus on one and see the success in a few weeks.