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Natural Toenail Fungus Treatment

Apart from taking medicines for toenail fungus, you can opt for natural treatment methods, which do prove effective in managing the symptoms and hastening the healing.
Toenail fungus is one of the common cosmetic problems in people in different parts of the world. The symptoms of a toenail problem are not only painful, but are more of an unpleasant sight. Dermatophytes are known to be a group of fungi, and one belonging to this very group is responsible for causing a toenail infection. Apart from fungi, there are yeasts and molds, which have also been identified as the causal microorganisms of the condition. Warm and moist environment serves as an ideal breeding ground for all such pathogens. All they require is a small wound or a tiny separation between the nail and the nail bed to invade the skin and begin the infection.

Symptoms

Factors which act as early indicators for toenail fungus include the formation of white or yellow spots under the tip of the toenail or fingernail. If the infection is not treated at this stage, it tends to cover more grounds in the nail and give rise to symptoms such as thickening and discoloration. The affected nail may become brittle and crumbly and distorted in shape as well. Due to obvious reasons, the nail would lack luster or shine. One can also notice the accumulation of dark debris under the nail.

Managing Toenail Fungus Naturally

To begin with, you can use vinegar to manage your toenail problem well. The benefit of putting vinegar into use comes from the fact that the acidity of the solution curbs the growth of the fungus thus, hastening the recovery period and encouraging new growth.
  • Mix generous amount of white vinegar in a bucket of water. The quantity of the solution should be enough to make your toes immersed to the full extent. Give it a wait of 30 minutes, before you take your feet out of the water. Use a clean towel to dry off your feet properly. Repeat this method daily until the symptoms start improving.
  • Another type of vinegar which proves helpful in the treating toenail fungus is the apple cider vinegar. All is required is to drink two tablespoons of it, thrice daily. This helps in warding off the infection from within. You can also add fruit juice or carbonated beverages to it, to improve the taste.
  • Before going to bed, wash your feet and rub the affected toenail with tea tree oil using a cotton ball.
  • Soaking the feet in a mixture of water and Listerine, everyday for about 15-30 minutes, helps in healing the infection.
  • The use of a solution of bleach and water is also popular as one of the common toenail fungus home remedies. Simply soak the feet in it and notice appreciable improvements.
The above described methods to manage toenail fungus naturally, have done well with most people. However, the fact remains that if the infection is a serious one, then these remedies may not work so well. Even over-the-counter medications may not be so effective. So, in such cases, prescription-strength medications may come in handy. Such drugs not only help in curing the condition but also cuts down the risk of any future recurrences.
By Rajib Singha
Published: 9/30/2010
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