Wednesday, February 28, 2018

If You Are Suffering From Toenail Fungus, Read This

Toenail fungus, also known by its medical name “onychomycosis,” is a condition that is prevalent in 10% of the population. The nails tend to get brittle and discoloured (nails might look yellowish in colour or greenish and sometimes even black) and in some cases the nails may appear thick. Though the condition is not very painful, if the infection worsens it can result in extreme pain. Most people though wish to be rid of toenail fungus because it spoils their looks.

The causes of toenail fungus are many. You can get infected by using public places such as swimming pools, public toilets, and baths. If you do not take care of your personal hygiene then you can get infected. If you have health issues like diabetes or immune deficiencies then you can get infected with this fungus.

Getting rid of toenail fungus is not easy; you usually require treatment that includes antifungal medicines. Topical antifungal creams may be applied if the infection is not severe, but the treatment needs to continue long after the infection subsides so that there is no recurrence. If the infection is severe you may need to take antifungal medicines orally. 

If you do not like to use allopathic medicines, then you can opt for alternative treatments such as home remedies. The following home remedies have been known to help people who have been infected with toenail fungus:

Vicks Vaporub:

You will be amazed to know that this cold and cough topical ointment is a good treatment for toenail fungus. Studies have found that Vicks Vaporub helps in getting rid of the fungus. You need to apply Vicks Vaporub on the affected nail twice a day for good results.

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil is a known antifungal and antiseptic. In many cultures this oil is used extensively to treat many ailments. The oil has been found to help people who have toenail fungus. For best results you need to apply the oil on the affected nail twice a day.


Vinegar is the go to home remedy for many issues and it is believed that it is a good remedy for toenail fungus too. The therapeutic effects of vinegar help in getting rid of toenail fungus. Soak the infected nail in vinegar mixed with water for half an hour every day. In a few weeks you will have a toenail without any infection.


Yes, you read that right, Listerine. Listerine has some active ingredients such as eucalyptus which are known to have anti-fungal properties. Soaking the affected nail in Listerine has helped people get rid of the fungus.


Everyone knows the medicinal effects of garlic. It is an anti-fungal and helps in treating all kinds of infections. You need to crush the garlic and place on the affected nail for 15 minutes every day and you will see the changes in a few weeks. If possible you can also take garlic orally and this will also help you as you will see the toenail getting better over time.

This is a guest blog entry.

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