Toenail fungus is a common foot infection that results in unsightly nails. While it’s not life-threatening, it can cause pain and embarrassment. It’s also difficult to cure since the fungal infection usually recurs after treatment.
Getting rid of toenail fungus is not an easy task. It takes patience, diligence and commitment to get rid of it. But it’s possible.
So what can you do?
The following steps may help you get rid of toenail fungus at home:
What Is Nail Fungus?
Nail fungus (onychomycosis) is a fungal infection that grows under the nail and slowly spreads toward the tip. It can affect toenails or fingernails, but it’s more common in toenails.
Fungal infections can also grow on the skin around your nails, though this is less common.
7 Signs and Symptoms of Nail Fungus
You may have nail fungus with such signs and symptoms:
- White or yellow spots under your nails
- Thickening or discoloration of your nails
- Distorted or deformed nails
- Brown streaks that run from the center of your nail to its edge
- Itching and soreness around your nails
- Smelling slightly foul
- 7. Broken or cracked in one or more spots
What Causes Nail Fungus?
Fungal nail infections can be caused by a variety of different organisms. The most common are:
- Allergic reactions to nail polish or nail polish remover
- The long-term wearing of tight-fitting shoes or artificial fingernails
- Diabetes or other medical conditions that weaken your immune system
- Warm, moist environments
- Crack in nails
- Candida albicans, a yeast that is normally found on the skin and in the mouth
- Trichophyton rubrum is a fungus that lives on dead keratin and causes an athlete’s foot.
- Trichophyton mentagrophytes can cause jock itch and ringworm.
Some of The Most Common Proven Products for Nail Fungus
1. ZetaClear: This is a topical solution that you apply directly to the affected area twice daily for 14 days, then once daily for 4 weeks. It contains natural oils and tea tree oil that helps clear up the infection.
2. Lamisil AT: This cream is applied topically twice daily for 12 weeks during which time the infection should clear up. Lamisil AT has been proven effective against most strains of dermatophytes (fungi that cause athlete’s foot).
3. Lotrimin Ultra Spray: This spray contains clotrimazole which is an antifungal medication that treats ringworm and other fungal infections including jock itch and nail fungus. You simply spray this over the affected areas twice daily until symptoms subside, usually within two weeks or less.
Effective Remedies for Getting Rid of Nail Fungus
Hydrogen Peroxide for Toenail Fungus
Hydrogen peroxide is an inexpensive way to get rid of fungus on your nails. You can either soak your hands in it or paint it on the affected areas. The key to using hydrogen peroxide to treat nail fungus is to use it frequently.
Mix equal amounts of water and hydrogen peroxide and soak your nails in it for 30 minutes twice a day. You can also use hydrogen peroxide gel or spray on your infected nails several times a day until they are healed.
Baking Soda And Hydrogen Peroxide
Another effective treatment for nail fungus is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. You should combine 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of 3% of hydrogen peroxide and apply this mixture directly on your nails once or twice a day until your nail grows back completely healthy and strong again.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties that can help remove fungus from your fingernails.
You can apply apple cider vinegar directly to the affected area or mix equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar and soak your fingers in this solution for 10 minutes twice a day until you see results.
Baking soda is another natural remedy that works great against fungal infections because it has antifungal properties too.
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a paste then spread it over your infected nails and let it sit for about 20 minutes before and then rinse off with warm water.
Repeat this process daily until your nails are clear of the fungus.