Toenail fungus is an embarrassing infection of the toenail that affects millions of people. Most people will ignore it because they don't want to admit that they have a toenail fungus infection; however, if left untreated the infection will spread and get worse and can even result in losing the toenail. There are several natural remedies for toenail fungus available with plenty of information on the internet. The best thing about natural remedies is that they inexpensive and they usually have no side effects. Consider the following natural remedies when treating toenail fungus.
Things You Will NeedThere are several natural cures below but you should only need to try one at a time. Some of the cures require access to a health store; however, you could purchase it online.
Distilled vinegar is a diluted form of acetic acid. This chemical will naturally attack the fungal infection. If you take a q-tip or similar applicator and soak it in the vinegar for a few seconds and apply it to the affected toenail. It will take several applications to get adequate coverage and it will need to be repeated frequently. Try doing this twice a day â once in the morning and once at night.
Another natural remedy for toenail fungus is vapor rub. Vapor rub contains camphor and menthol and has been shown to treat toenail fungus naturally. Just rub the vapor rub onto the nail making sure to treat the entire nail at least once a day, preferably at night before bed. The one caution is that the vapor rub tends to turn the nail black. This is purely cosmetic and will grow out overtime.
Here's a good one; ready? Urine. Urine is sterile and has antibacterial properties. It contains ureic acid that most likely works the same as vinegar. No one can argue that this is all natural, but you're going to have to get creative with the application. In fact, I'll leave that entirely up to you. On the bright side, it's free, so why not?
Tea tree oil is made from a special tree that grows in Australia. Tea tree oil has natural antifungal properties that will treat the toenail infection. Make sure to apply it down at the cuticle which is the growing part of the nail. Applying this once a day for a few months has been shown to eliminate the toenail fungal infection.
Colloidal silver is another natural remedy. Colloidal silver has been used for centuries because of its antibacterial properties. Applying this to the affected nail will reduce and eliminate the fungal infection. Some people recommend taking it orally. While this probably won't have any short term effects, it's not advisable to consume metals for prolonged periods of time (or at all really).
Bleach. That's right, plain old Clorox bleach will treat the toenail fungus. Home remedy describes this better than natural remedy; nevertheless, a diluted solution of bleach (sodium hypochlorite) will eliminate toenail fungus. A word of caution, bleach is hazardous to skin in its undiluted state. It is recommended that you dilute it down (1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water) before using. This ratio may not be strong enough to do the job so you'll have to keep an eye on the infection and slowly increase the concentration of bleach. With the other natural remedies for toenail fungus, I would put this pretty low on the list.
There are of course other natural remedies out there but they start to become exotic and difficult to obtain. Remember that, like prescribed medicated treatments, these natural cures will take time to show results. If you don't' begin to see an improvement in your toenail fungus infection after three months it may be a good time to try something else. With a little bit of persistence and patience you should be able to cure your toenail fungal infection naturally.