Oftentimes, nail fungus is not really bothersome and may not even require treatment. But nail fungus on either the toenail or fingernail (which is also known as onychomycosis) can be uncomfortable and unpleasant to look at.
Nail fungus starts when moisture is trapped in warm and dark places where fungi thrive, such as your shoes. In some instances, nail fungus is due to yeast and/or mold.
Regardless of the cause, if you have nail fungus, you definitely want to get rid of it as soon as possible. While there are treatments available that you can buy at the pharmacy, you actually don’t need to take that trip as the treatment can be found in your home.
Here’s the simplest of all remedies. You only need coconut oil and a pair of gloves or simply water and soap to wash your hands with. Just apply coconut oil on the affected area and rub it. Let the oil absorb to the skin. Repeat at least twice a day.
For this treatment, you will need:
- Four to five tablespoons of baking soda
- Paper towels
- One cup of apple cider vinegar
With the ingredients ready, here are the steps:
- Mix the ACV with water in a bowl or anything where you can soak your feet in.
- Let your feet stay in the solution for 15 minutes.
- Dry your feet using paper towels.
- Once dry, repeat the process, but this time, use baking soda instead of ACV.
- Do the treatment twice a day.
If you don’t have ACV, you can go for white vinegar.
Here’s what you need:
- A teaspoon of tea tree oil
- Half a teaspoon of olive oil or grapeseed oil
- Balls of cotton
Mix olive or grapeseed oil and tea tree oil then soak a cotton ball with the mixture. Press the solution on the affected nail. Allow the liquid to dry naturally. You can also add half a teaspoon of orange oil, which can help get rid of the fungus.
Fill the tub of the mouthwash with the antiseptic and soak the nail there for about 30 minutes. You can start scrubbing the nail gently then rinse thoroughly. Repeat at least once a day to remove the infection. As an alternative, you can also use white vinegar with the mouthwash in a 1:1 ratio.
Even though some nail fungi go away on their own, leaving this nail problem untreated can cause cracking and splitting of the nail. Oftentimes, it can lead to complete loss of your nail.