Have you heard of Onychomycosis? You might not be familiar with that term, but what about a more common name for it? Toenail Fungus.
Characterized by inflammation and pain, swelling of the toes, yellowing, thickening and crumbling of the toenail, toenail fungus is not a pretty sight!
What causes toenail fungus?
There are a variety of causes at play when it comes to foot fungus such as:
- An abnormal pH balance
- Continued exposure to moisture
- The wearing of synthetic socks
- A compromised immune system
- Excessively sweaty feet
- Bad foot hygiene
The great news is that there are numerous treatments and preventative measures that you can take to get rid of and stop foot fungus from sticking out its nasty little head again.
These come in the forms of topical treatments, oral anti-fungal medicines and in extreme cases even surgically removing the toenail. There are however some side-effects (as with most modern medicines) that these medicines have such as swelling in the mouth, hives, rashes, blisters, headaches, dizziness, nausea, liver damage, fatigue, fever, and diarrhea, all leading to even more pain ON TOP of the pain of a toenail infection
Traditional Herbal Medicine
Does exactly what modern medicine does sans the side-effects. Natural cures involve the use of natural oils, juices and dried herbs. It’s the easier, much more affordable and less harmful way to treat toenail infections.
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That being said, here are our top remedies for foot fungus
1 ) The Apple Cider Vinegar Soak
Because it’s mildly acidic, apple cider vinegar helps to prevent toenail fungus from spreading and also kills bacteria and fungi
For soaking, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and then let your feet soak in the solution for 30 minutes. Make sure you completely dry your feet once you’re done soaking.
2 ) The Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak
With its antiseptic and antifungal properties, Tee Tree Oil is an all-round winner.
For the rub, mix about 15 drops of tee tree oil with one teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil. Now use a cotton ball and apply the mixture to the affected area. Let that sit for about 10 minutes and then use an old toothbrush to gently scrub down the area. It takes about a week of applying this rub three times daily before the problem will be cleared up.
Want to know more about the amazing benefits of using Tea Tree Oil? Read this article for some great reasons on why you should always keep Tea Tree Oil in your home
3 ) Baking Soda Soak
Baking soda is great for killing bacteria and also helps to neutralize foot odors
For soaking, mix ½ a cup of baking soda with ¼ cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, ½ a cup Epsom salt and 4 cups of warm water. Mix it all up and then lastly add ¼ cup of white vinegar. Soak your feet in the solution for about 10 minutes then wash and dry properly. Use it twice daily for the best results.
4 ) The Vinegar Soak
White Vinegar is a champ for treating toenail fungus because it fights the actual infection and can also help restore the skin’s pH balance
For soaking, mix one part white vinegar with two parts warm water and then let your feet soak for about 10 minutes, twice daily for best results.
5 ) The Oil of Oregano Rub
With its antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties, Oil of Oregano is yet another miracle worker straight from nature, and it’s a great treatment for toenail infection.
For the rub, mix 2 drops Oil of Oregano with one teaspoon of olive oil. Then apply the mixture to the affected area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes are up, you can rinse and dry your feet properly. Repeat this twice daily for 3 weeks for the best results.
6 ) The Listerine Soak
Listerine doesn’t only kill bacteria orally, but works wonders for toenail fungus
For the soak, mix equal parts Listerine and White Vinegar and then add it to a foot basin filled with lukewarm water. Next, soak your feet in the solution for half an hour and then gently scrub down the infected toenail. When used twice daily, this soak is even more potent at getting rid of toenail fungus
7 ) The Cornmeal Mush
Corn hosts a form of fungus harmless to the human body yet deadly to Candida, one of the most common fungal parasites that cause infections of the foot and toenails.
For the mush, mix one cup of cornmeal with two quarts of water. Let the cornmeal and water mingle for at least one hour before inserting your foot (or both feet) into the mix, and then let it soak for at least half an hour. You can use this remedy as often as you like to help treat and prevent toenail and foot fungus.
8 ) Oral Supplements
Taking oral supplements can help treat and cure toenail and foot fungus. We especially love Olive Leaf Extract because it cures fungal infections and is also anti-bacterial and antiviral.
Another great supplement to consider is probiotics because an imbalance of the healthy micro-flora in your boy can reap havoc and cause all sorts of infections. Taking a great probiotic supplement along with either one of the remedies we listed her will improve the effectiveness tenfold.
Wrapping it up
We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that you’re now armed with all the know-how on how to get rid of irritating foot fungus. There are countless home remedies that are just as (if not more) effective at treating fungal infections of the feet that have zero side effects – the same cannot be said about modern medicine – that will lead you on a healthier stride towards the future.