Toenail fungus is far more common than what you think. Common symptoms include inflammation, swelling, crumbling, thickening or a yellowing of the nail. While it isn't normally painful, it can be if the infection starts to spread. Fungus thrives when your skin has abnormal pH levels, your immune system is weak or the area is continuously exposed to a moist environment. If you are dealing with a toenail fungus that just won't seem to go away, there are a couple things you can try at home to help cure the problem.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Since the vinegar is acidic, it tends to help prevent the fungus from spreading any further, while killing off fungi and bacteria. Combine equal parts of water and vinegar. Allow the toenail to soak in it for about 30 minutes each day. Once done, make sure to dry the area. If you use this treatment method every day over a few weeks, there is a good chance that you will notice a significant improvement in the area.
Just about every kitchen has baking soda in it. However, many people don't realize that it can be used to treat toenail fungus. It also helps with neutralizing any foul odors. Combine 4 c. water, ½ c. Epsom salt, ¼ c. hydrogen peroxide and ½ c. baking soda. Mix everything together. Add ¼ c. white vinegar to the mix and soak your toenail in the solution for 10 minutes. Clean it off with warm water and dry the area. Repeat 2x per day over the course of a few weeks to start seeing results.
Oil of Oregano
Oregano oil is loaded with antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal components. Because of all this, it works great for treating fungus. Mix a couple drops of the oil with a teaspoon of olive oil, and apply it to the affected toenail. Allow it to sit there for a good half hour. Rinse and dry. Repeat a couple times per day for three weeks to begin seeing results.
While these home remedies might work for some, they should never take the place of a visit to the podiatrist, such as those at West Central Podiatry Consultants. You need an accurate diagnosis of whether it is toenail fungus or not as well as how to best treat the problem. Together you can come up with a solution that is going to work for you and your busy schedule.