Toenail fungus

Toenail fungus also known as onychomycosis is a common infection of the toenail. This contagious disease can be very painful and can even spread to other parts of the body, if not treated immediately.

The most common symptom of the toenail infection is a white, brown or yellow discoloration of one or more toenails. It may spread and even cause the nails to thicken and crack.

Traditionally, anti-fungal treatments such as terbinafine or fluconazole are used to cure toenail fungus, but these treatments have some serious side effects like upset stomach, dizziness, and jaundice. Most people opt for home remedies to cure this disease.

You can also try these popular home remedies if your toenail is troubling you.

Baking soda
Studies suggest that baking soda soaks up moisture that causes toenail fungus. It was found that baking soda prevents fungal growth by 79 percent.

How to use it:

You can put baking soda inside your socks or shoes before wearing them.

You can also apply the paste of baking soda and water on the affected nail. Let it sit for a while and then rinse it.

Vinegar
Vinegar is a common product found in every household. Used for cooking and cleaning purpose, this product is excellent for treating toenail fungus.

How to use it:

Soak your affected foot in a bowl containing one part vinegar and two parts of warm water for about 20 minutes. Repeat this process every day.

Mouthwash
Mouthwash contains ingredients like menthol, thymol, and eucalyptus, that have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is a common product found in everyone’s washroom.

How to use it:

Soak the toenail in a bowl full of mouthwash. Keep it for a while and then rinse it with water.

Garlic
Garlic is a superfood used for both flavoring and medicinal purposes. A 2009 review revealed that garlic has some anti-fungal and anti-microbial capabilities.

How to use it:

Place chopped or crushed garlic cloves on the affected area for 30 minutes daily.

Ozonised oils
Ozonised oils are infused with ozone gas. Oils like olive oil and sunflower oils are types of ozonized oil. A study found out that ozonized oil is effective on fungal, yeast and bacterial infection.

How to use it:

Apply the oil on the affected areas twice a day.

Source: News365

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