Anyone that has picked up a toenail fungus is aware of how difficult it is to get rid of. There are pharmaceutical remedies but they are extremely hard on your liver. Some even require you to stay inside for two weeks. I had a friend tell me that Vicks Vaporub gets rid of toenail fungus. It does but not for good.
There are many different supposed cures that you paint on but I have not heard that any of them work in the long term. Most herbal solutions will work but they will take a long time. Here are some of the easiest.
This is the easiest of all remedies. Just take a small amount of coconut oil and rub it into the affected area. Do this 2 or 3 times a day. Let the oil absorb into the skin and nail. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after applying the oil.
How does this work? Coconut oil is a natural fungicide. There is lots of info on the internet about the properties of coconut oil. I found that everydayroots.com has the best explanation of MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and how they work on fungus. The fatty acids disrupt the membrane of the fungus effectively killing it. Read the full explanation on their website.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil is antifungal and antibacterial among other things. It can be used as a soak or simply apply it to the affected area and let it absorb. As with all essential oils you will need to dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil. Sweet almond oil is great but in a pinch extra virgin olive oil will work. Grapeseed oil is also an option. Make sure you do this at least twice a day everyday.
I discovered this one by accident. When I began treating the psoriasis on my scalp with dead sea salt. I had purchased a bar of soap a few years before and while standing in the shower the water ran over the soap and onto my foot. The burn started immediately. In doing the research I discovered that you can effectively treat toe nail fungus with epsom salt, sea salt, dead sea salt and other forms of salt. The owner of Salt Cave Wellness in Port Moody BC told me that several clients had been surprised that their toe nail fungus had cleared up after using the salt cave on a regular basis.
I wasn’t able to find an explanation of why this may be the case but both anecdotal evidence and personal experience have proven to me that it does in fact work.
Whichever way you choose to treat this annoying condition, it is clear that it does take time and effort.
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