Are you embarrassed to kick off your shoes in public or around people? Do you find yourself covering your feet at places like the beach? Instead of trying the latest toenail and foot fungus treatments, try using natural household products and easy treatments to take care of your problem.
Toenail fungus, which is also known as onychomycosis, causes inflammation, thickening, swelling, yellowing, and pain in the toenail and toe. An additional symptom is crumbling of the toenail, which is due to abnormal skin pH levels and can happen because of poor hygiene, a bad immune system, exposure to high levels of moisture, and/or poor circulation.
Cure your discomfort by using these natural products and be worry-free the next time you decide to take your shoes off and wiggle your toes in public.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree and is known for its exceptional antiseptic properties. First, begin by cleaning the affected area and then apply tea tree oil directly to the toe. Allow the toenail to become fully soaked for about 10 minutes and then scrub it off. Repeat daily.
6. Baking Soda
Not only can baking soda treat and remove a damaged toenail, but it can also keep the fungus from returning. It also has the ability to dry up the excess moisture on your toes, and it can even help with foot odor. Create a paste using baking soda and water and apply it directly to the toenail. Let it soak for 10 minutes and then rinse it off. You can also create a foot bath by mixing a bucket of water with baking soda and letting your feet soak completely.
Using a fungus to kill another fungus? Yes! This fungus treatment contains a fungus that is harmless to the body but is strong enough to kill the toenail fungus. Mix a cup of cornmeal and two quarts of water in a tub that is big enough to fit your entire foot. Let the cornmeal sit in the water for an hour and then soak your foot for a half hour or more.
4. White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is somewhat acidic, so natural remedies that include apple cider vinegar work great to balance the skin’s pH levels. It can also help prevent the fungus from spreading and kills bacteria and fungi. Mix equal parts vinegar and water and soak the infected area for 30 minutes daily. Make sure to dry your foot afterward thoroughly.Related: 13 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Since mouthwash kills bacteria and germs in your mouth, it should work to kill the bacteria and germs on your feet, right? Yes! It has antiseptic properties that work to keep harmful bacteria and fungi away. Mix equal parts white vinegar and mouthwash, soak the infected foot or toe for 30 minutes, then scrub the toenail gently. Repeat the treatment once or twice a day until the foot fungus clears.
2. Lavender Oil
While its smell is soothing and relaxing, lavender oil also has antiseptic properties and can even prevent skin irritation. Use a cotton ball to apply lavender oil to your foot, leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, and then rinse it off. You can repeat this treatment multiple times a day.
Garlic’s antifungal properties are ideal for treating foot fungus, thanks to its compounds that include allicin and ajoene, among others. Combine crushed up garlic or garlic oil with white vinegar. Apply the mixture on and around the infected area and then cover it with a bandage. Leave the bandage on for a few hours and repeat daily until you see the fungus clear.Related: Fighting Foot Fungus Without a Prescription