Our nails even though not any sort of muscle or any sense, but still can be subjected to infections. Onychomycosis, a problem related to toenail fungus includes swelling of the toe, inflammation pain and thickening & crumbling of the toe nail. This occurs mainly because of wearing synthetic socks, abnormal pH scale, continuous moisture and poor foot or finger hygiene.
This can lead to your normal work life being hampered and not so good looking also. There are many ways by which you can treat such a problem such as laser or medical treatments but some of them cause complications beyond their capacity leading to a surgery. Despite all these, there are some ways, homemade ways by which you can treat the smaller issues when this occurs, and
They Are Listed As The Following:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar not only helps in soothing sunburns but also acts as an antiseptic. It also manages the pH 7 sugar level in the body, which might be the cause for such problems. The acidic properties further help the fungus to stop spreading to other areas. Mix water with it to be applied on the nail(s) that are affected up to 30 minutes to observe a difference.
2. Garlic Cloves
The anti-fungal herb that helps in boosting the immune system can be another option to get relief from such pain. If crushed and mixed with white vinegar, they both fight simultaneously to balance the pH scale and avoid any sort of fungal infection to spread. Soak your nails for about 10 mins in the solution to get the help that these ingredients can provide.
3. Lemon Juice
This can help your nails in many forms. People with ugly greenish- yellowish nails due to infection can use this to avoid any decoloring in the future. The antiseptic properties further make the fungus unable to spread all across the other nails. Apply fresh lemon juice on the affected nails for 30 minutes and wash them with plain water.
Even though bleach is a caustic substance and may irritate your eyes and other parts of the body, it is perhaps one of the best remedy for nail treatments. Mix bleach with water in the ratio of 1:10 and soak your nails in the solution for about 10 minutes. Wash the same after the time limit and within weeks the problem would be solved.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Essential oils can be an alternative to the chemicals that can harm your skin while treating nail infections. Mix it with olive oil and soak a cotton ball in the solution. Now apply the same on your nails to treat the fungal infection that could be about to spread all over the skin underneath the nails. Do this 3-4 times daily to see the positive results.
6. Oregano Oil
Oils have come very handy in treating skin problems and here it is no different. This is a perfect homemade remedy for Onychomycosis. Mix a teaspoon each of Oregano oil and olive oil, apply the same on the affected nails and leave them for about 30 mins and wash it off after 30 mins. Repeat this procedure twice on daily basis to see the same results as tea tree oil.
7. Coconut Oil
Take some coconut oil on your hands and rub it on the nails area but remember to rub it so that the oil goes deep into the skin underneath the nail. Do this 2-3 times daily to see the change. The exposed cell are difficult to handle when the fungal infection is spreading and thus the coconut oil applied helps these cells to stay intact against the infection.
8. Listerine Mouthwash
Euchalyptol, Thymol and Salicylate present in it help against building a strong immune system to fight off any sort of infection that may occur. Either by adding it in white vinegar or even directly, dip your nails in the solution for about 30 minutes. Wash the same after some time and see that the infection would stop immediately and would build a good immune system to counter such issues in the future.
9. Corn Meal Soaks
The natural remedy is good while countering the nail related issues. Mash the corn meal and add water in it to form a solution. Dip your nails in it to see problems vanish away. Even the medicines prescribed to treat this includes this ingredient.
Honey is a natural antiseptic and thus can be great against the fight with fungal infection. Mix it with lemon drops to make a solution and apply it on the target nails. This would act swiftly against the infection and problems caused by it.