A small skin cut, a broken nail, a damp foot—all of these could give a nail fungus a chance to wreak havoc. It’s not always easy to suppress its growth because it grows under your nails. Don’ worry, there are ways you can treat it. Here we’ll teach you how to make an effective toenail fungus home remedy. Follow these tips below.
Best toenail fungus home remedies
1. Tea Tree Oil and Cream Preparations
Tea tree oil is a popular natural remedy for various infections, like toenail fungal infection (onychomycosis). If used alone as a topical fungal agent, experts advice to use tea tree oil at 100% concentration twice daily for 6 months in order to produce positive results.
In one study that appeared in the Tropical Medicine & International Health, results revealed that 80% of the 40 patients with chronic onychomycosis (6-36 months) experienced complete cure, without relapse, when they used a cream infused with 2% butenafine hydrochloride (a synthetic antifungal agent) and 5% tea tree oil for 4 months.
2. Clove Oil
Eugenol is the active compound in clove oil that’s responsible for its many medicinal properties, including its antifungal activity. A clinical study showed that eugenol (at 85.3% concentration) in clove oil could inhibit various fungal species responsible for nail infection, like dermatophytes, Aspergillus, and Candida.
As to how, researchers found out that it causes extensive damage of the cell membranes of these fungi and reduces the number of their ergosterol, a component of their cell membranes.
Other clinical studies revealed that a 1% to 4% eugenol minimum inhibitory concentration is enough to fight fungal infections.
If you don’t have any skin cuts or known sensitivities, you can directly apply clove oil on the affected area. Otherwise, you should dilute it with virgin coconut oil or virgin olive oil.
3. Include More Probiotics in Your Diet To Prevent Toenail Fungus
Eating foods and supplements rich in probiotics, especially Lactobacillus acidophilus, would especially be helpful for those who developed toenail fungal infection after receiving antibiotics. As you might know, antibiotics also kill the good bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract.
Naturopaths believe that if there are imbalances with the normal flora of your gastrointestinal tract, you could be susceptible to many diseases, like yeast infection. If you’re susceptible to yeast infection, you’re most likely susceptible to toenail fungal infection, too.
Probiotics don’t really “kill’ fungi, but they help the body fully recover and rebuild the number of good bacteria in the intestines. To take advantage of this benefit, eat probiotic foods, like yogurt and kefir, or take probiotic supplements (powder or capsule form) thrice daily.
4. Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is widely known for its various medicinal properties. It fights bacteria, viruses, and fungi, even those strains that are drug-resistant. To use this for toenail fungal infection, take virgin coconut oil supplements and rub a thin layer on the affected area twice (preferably morning and night) every day until improvements are observed.
Now you know how to make a home remedy for toenail fungus. If you have any more tips that have helped you with this condition in the past, please share it with us.
5. Vicks VapoRub for Toenail Fungus Cure
Vicks Vaporub contains many antifungal oils. It includes thymol and eucalyptol ingredients.
Apply Vicks on your affected toenails. Cover the whole nail and massage it gently using your finger. Try not to rub it off with shoes or socks. Apply Vicks VapoRub once in the morning and once in the evening until the toenails heal. Be persistent, the toenail fungus would not be cured overnight.
There are no scientific research done about the Vicks VapoRub on toenail fungus treatment but many sufferers swear by its effectiveness. Always consult with your doctor before trying out any of these remedies.