Safe Treatments for nail fungus

Safe Treatments for nail fungus 

Nail fungus can be a rather embarrassing situation, leading you to avoid wearing sandals or any footwear that shoes your toes.    While fungal infections can be difficult to treat, they are not impossible to get rid of.  With a little vigilance on your part, home remedies can
zap away your fungal infection.
Safe Treatments for nail fungus

What Causes Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is caused when fungi burrow into your nail bed, causing your nails (usually your toenails) to become crusty, thick, discolored, and distorted.  Nail fungal infections can cause pain and discomfort when the infected nails begin to separate from the nail bed, which they often do.  They can also cause your toes to emit foul-smelling odors.

How do I get Nail Fungus?

You can pick up a nail fungus from a variety of public places, the gym, pools, locker rooms, showers, etc.  You can also get a nail fungus when having a pedicure if the pedicurist does not keep sanitary conditions.

How is Nail Fungus Treated?

Many antifungal creams are available over the counter, however, many have disappointing results.  Doctors can prescribe oral anti-fungal medications which tend to work better, however, they also have some nasty side-effects (including liver damage).  These fungal drugs can also be very expensive!
Natural Remedies for Nail Fungus
There are some very safe home remedies to stop your nail fungus that are without all the nasty side effects.

First, Foot Hygiene:

  • Keep your nails trimmed short and neat
  • Keep dirt out from under your toenails
  • Allow time for your feet to dry after showers, baths, or swimming
  • Use absorbent socks
  • Change your socks daily
  • Discard old shoes that may contain fungal spores.

Apply Essential Oils –

the following essential oils have shown positive anti-fungal properties.
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Orange Oil
  • Oregano Oil (you may see this ingredient listed in anti-fungal products called Carvacrol)
As with all essential oils, you should dilute them in a carrier oil before applying.  I recommend something natural and good for the skin such as Grapeseed, Olive, Sunflower, or Almond Oil.    Apply an essential oil at least twice a day.  Be consistent about it.

 Try Coconut Oil –

many people will swear to the anti-bacterial and ant-fungal properties of coconut oil.  It hasn’t been “clinically proven” to heal foot fungus, however, it is an inexpensive option to try and will make your feet luxuriously soft in the process!  Simply rub a small amount of the oil into your toes twice daily.

 Use a Vinegar Foot Soak –

traditionally, vinegar was used to ward of nail fungus.  You can try soaking in a part vinegar to 2 parts warm water once daily.  Some people add baking soda to this foot soak.

Try a Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak –

If you aren’t interested in smelling like a jar of pickles from the vinegar soak, you could try a “Tea Tree Oil Therapeutic Foot Soak” found here. 

Tip—anytime you use your hands to apply treatments to your toes, wash in between touching non-affected toes so you are not spreading the fungus
These treatments will not work instantly!  (Rome wasn’t built in a day).  It takes time to get rid of the fungus and you often have to wait for your toenails to grow out before you notice a huge difference.  Patience is the key here.

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