If you didn’t know, Epson salt has numerous beneficial properties.
People refer to it as one of the most potent home remedies. Among others, it can be used for pain, exfoliation, treating splinters, but also troublesome conditions like toenail fungus.
Like most types of salt, Epsom salt is great for exfoliation and removing dead skin, making it really efficient for fungus. This also makes it a great but cheap cosmetic product. It works well for inflammation as it is able to remove various toxins from the body.
Although the product has numerous benefits, you still need to be careful when using it. Irritations are commonplace, so you will have to be attentive when you start using it for the first time. No matter how you're using it, start with smaller dosages and see how your body reacts to it.
Oftentimes, people use it as an additional medication. It is especially great for toenail fungus as it can be used in conjunction with other topical creams and home remedies. Still, you will have to consult your doctor beforehand. Keep in mind there are certain conditions which are worsened by salt, so it’s not as if you can use it on any occasion.
What is Epsom salt?
First of all, let's explain what Epsom salt is and how it works.
This substance is a magnesium sulfate compound that has different properties compared to sodium salt. It is not new; in fact, people have been using it for hundreds and hundreds of years as a popular home remedy. Nowadays, it is mostly used for its relaxation properties. Some people use it weekly for hot baths and foot soaks.
Although this salt is full of magnesium, your body will absorb just a small amount of it. As a result, your magnesium levels will not drastically increase when you use it. Thus, you cannot use it as a supplement.
In terms of its healing properties, Epsom salt is famous for its ability to reduce pain and promote healing. Besides toenail fungus, there are some indications that it can be used for gout, treat other infections, and eliminate foot odor.
Making a foot soak with Epsom salt
Making Epsom foot soak is rather easy. Here is the step-by-step process:
- First, you will have to buy a plastic tub or some other vessel. Make sure this tub is used exclusively for the foot soak. This is especially important if you're using Epsom salt to treat toenail fungus as you don't want for fungus to spread
- Fill the tub with water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt. It’s better if you use lukewarm or hot water. There is no need to feel cold
- You will need to soak your feet for at least 30 minutes. When treating toenail fungus, this treatment will have to be repeated each day
- You can add essential oils to improve the smell. It is also possible to combine Epsom salt with other popular home remedies for toenail fungus
- After the soak, you will have to dry your feet properly. Fungus loves humid environment so you will have to make sure your feet are dry at all times
- If you notice any issues, pain, inflammation, make sure to contact your doctor immediately
How does Epsom salt work for toenail fungus?
Although there are numerous benefits to using Epsom salt foot soak, most people use it as a treatment for toenail fungus. What makes it so popular for this particular condition? Why don’t you use traditional medicines?
Well, the toenail fungus drugs are usually very volatile. Side effects are commonplace. Furthermore, there is a chance that one of these medicines will have a negative impact on vital organs such as the heart and liver. In fact, the patients are forced to take a blood test before a doctor can prescribe one of these drugs. Because of that, most people are willing to try alternative medicines.
Epsom salt can work well for this particular problem due to its exfoliation properties. The toenail fungus will start growing on top of your toenails, but also under them. Sometimes, it is really hard to notice how much fungus there is underneath your toenails. One of the best ways of treating the issue is through exfoliation and regenerations. The patient will remove the skin over and over again until there is no more fungus on it.
Wrapping it up
Epsom salt treatment takes a lot of time (usually weeks and even months), but it isn’t as dangerous as your regular drugs. People who are using it for this particular condition will have to be patient. Keep in mind that most topical creams work in a similar way, and it takes time for the first results to be noticeable. No matter what, continue the therapy for a few more weeks, even if you think that there is no more fungus on your toenails.