Ways to Treat Nail Fungus at Home
If you are suffering from nail fungus, you probably know how painful and uncomfortable it can be just to try to get through daily life. Nail fungus can cause extensive damage to the health and appearance of your nails if left untreated.
Alternative Treatment Options for Nail Fungus
Understandably not everyone wants to have the doctor treat such ailments, when there may be some alternative treatments that you can do at home. One of the important things to keep in mind – and one of the common threads for the at home treatments listed below is that you’re dealing with a fungus or a mold. In order to treat such an entity, you need to employ antibacterial or anti fungal tools to counteract the affects and damage of the fungal infection.
Of course if after trying these treatments, you do not see any improvement in the condition, or it gets worse, make sure you contact a medical professional. You may need stronger antibacterial or anti-fungal treatments depending on how deep the infection goes.
Options Available at Home for Treating Nail Fungus:
Listerine – Listerine, particularly the classic gold variety, is an effective tool for combating nail fungus. Because of its composition – which includes menthol essential oil and ethanol – it is in a unique position to be one of the more effective home treatments of nail fungus. It is recommended that the affected area be soaked in the mouthwash for up to 20 minutes a day.
Vinegar – Armed with disinfectant and antibacterial properties, vinegar is most effective in treating nail fungus when it is mixed with water in a 50-50 ratio. Soak your nails in this mixture for 15-20 minutes daily for 2 months.
Alcohol – Alcohol is a great remedy for cleaning cuts and infected areas in general. When used as a nail fungus treatment, make sure you soak your nails for 20 minutes a day.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Hydrogen peroxide has been around for decades as an unsurpassed antibacterial solution. It is as effective as rubbing alcohol for treating cuts and infections. Make sure you dilute it with water and soak the infected area for up to 15 minutes.
Turmeric – A lesser known solution, turmeric contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that makes it a great option for battling nail fungus. Simply mix a solution of turmeric and water, then apply the paste on the affected nails. Allow it to dry, and then rinse it. Make sure you dry your hands or feet thoroughly after application and rinse.
Lavender oil and Tea tree oil – These two essential oils – available from holistic medicine shops and vendors – when combined make a wonderful combination for treating nail fungus. Mix equal parts of both essential oils, and apply lightly to the affected nail(s) up to 3 times a day. Lavender essential oil is effective for fighting infection, while tea tree oil contains antimicrobial and antibiotic properties.
Cayenne Pepper – Cayenne pepper, like so many other items on this list, has powerful antibacterial properties. In order to use cayenne pepper to treat nail fungus, first clean the affected area and dry it well. Make a paste out of the cayenne pepper (1/8 teaspoon) and 3 ounces of water. Spread the paste on the affected area and cover by wearing socks. Once dry, rinse off and dry nails thoroughly.