When a fungus grows in and around the nails, nail fungus occurs. The fungus can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails. The fungi feed on the dead tissues of the outer layer of the skin and the hair. Fungal nail infections are more common in adults and occur more often in the toenails than in the fingernails.
People who spend a lot of time in public swimming pools, shower rooms and locker rooms easily get affected by this disease as the fungi thrive and breed in warm and moist places such as these. People who have a weak immune system are also liable to this disease.
Other causes can be nail injury, wet skin for long periods, nail disease and deformed nail. This infection causes the nail to become brittle and discolored. The nail also starts thickening and begins to crumble at the outside edges. Often there is pain and an embarrassing odor.
Home Remedies For Nail Fungus
Apple Cider Vinegar
Fill a basin with warm water. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with it. Soak your hands in this solution for ten to fifteen minutes. If your toenails are affected then soak your feet into the solution. After the soak, dry your hands or feet thoroughly.
Then dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and swab all the nails with it. Use this remedy two times daily. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar will soon eradicate the infection and heal the nails.
Tea Tree Oil
If you want to cure the nail fungus quickly and effectively then tea tree oil is the best remedy for it. This oil is full of potent antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that annihilate the fungus rapidly.
Take a cotton ball and dip it into tree tea oil. Swab the affected nail with this cotton and tape it to the nail. Apply tea tree oil three times daily till the fungus clears off completely.
Baking soda has many medicinal values that help cure a number of diseases and disorders. It is especially very valuable in all types of skin infections because of its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It also absorbs all the moisture and helps to keep skin around the nail dry.
Make a thick paste with some baking soda and a few drops of apple cider vinegar. Coat the infected nail with it. Keep your nail consistently coated with this mixture.
Mix equal quantities of white vinegar and warm water and pour it into a basin. Soak your infected nails into this solution till the water turns cold. Then dry your hands or your feet thoroughly, with a soft towel.
Take some vitamin E oil and rub it over the infected nail. Use this remedy twice daily. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of vinegar will kill the fungus and vitamin E will heal the skin and the nail.
Clean your hands or feet thoroughly and dry them well. Take some warm coconut oil and massage all your toes or all your fingers with it for ten minutes. Do this, three times daily. The antifungal properties of coconut oil will soon heal the infection.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.