2 in 5 People experience toenail infection, which is also known as onychomycosis. You can notice a fungal infection when your nail turns in brown, white, and yellow color. It can lead to cracks in nails or can make your nail thicker.
Nail fungal infection is considered as one of the most common nail disorders. I met with a person at Akhtar eye hospital who had toenail fungal infections, but he did not have any treatment.
Old adults are at high risk of developing nail fungus, but it can affect anyone as it depends on different factors, for example, climate, water quality, etc.
Research says that toenails get affected more than fingernails. There are multiple treatments to deal with nail fungus but remember that such medicines can leave negative effects on your body.
Antifungals, like terbinafine and fluconazole, are effective medicines that can treat fungal toenails but let us help you learn that it can cause vomiting, dizziness, etc.
Here, we have come with some natural ways that can protect you against the side effects of fungal treatment.
8 Best Tips to Deal with Fungal Toenail
- Use a Snakeroot Extract
Snakeroot is known as the sunflower family plant that can help in fungal treatment. You do not need medicines when you have a snakeroot plant in your home. You just need to extract the extracts from the plant and use them on the affected areas of the nail every 3rd day for the 1ST Month.
- Oregano Oil
Thymol is the best element that has properties to treat fungal infections. You need a cotton swab to apply the oil. Dip the cotton swab in the oregano oil and apply it to the affected areas twice a day. If you ever read to use a combo of oregano oil with tree tea oil, never go with such an idea. Such a combination can instantly irritate or may result in an allergic reaction.
Vinegar has antifungal properties that can inactivate the working of the fungi. You need to soak your feet in the vinegar bath for at least 10 to 15 minutes. To improve your toenail, you need to follow this activity for 2-3 weeks. Once you start the activity you can see a clear improvement in your affected toenail.
- Ozonized Oils
Ozonized oil includes different oils, like sunflower oil and olive oil. These oils contain the ozone gas properties that have incredible results for fungal infections. You need a low concentration of these oils in the affected areas, and it will stop the activity of the fungi, bacteria, etc.
According to research, garlic contains antifungal properties and has the capability of antimicrobial. You need chopping or crushed garlic to treat the toenail. It takes 30 minutes for the garlic to leave its antifungal reaction to the affected areas.
- Olive Leaf Extract
Oleuropein is a substance found in olive leaf extracts. It is supposed to be an active substance that also has antifungal properties. You can use this extract to boost the immunity system. If you have a toenail fungal infection, you can apply this oil directly to the nail. If you want to take its supplements, you can take them twice daily, but it requires plenty of water.
- Tea Tree Oil
People widely use tea tree oil for skin and many other health issues. Fortunately, it also has antifungal and antiseptic properties that can treat your fungal toenail. Apply it directly to your affected toenail twice a day.
- Vicks VapoRub
People use Vicks for cough suppression worldwide, but it has antifungal properties too. You can use a very small amount of the Vicks to the affected area that will give your incredible results. You can apply it once a day but make sure that you use it consistently for days.
According to researchers from the concept fertility centre in Karachi, home remedies have been proven more effective with no side effects than the prescribed medication. You need to take care of your toenails, such as keeping them dry and clean, so you do not develop the infection again.