Nail fungus is not fun to deal with, it’s usually caused by moisture being trapped under the nail in just the right conditions. Before purchasing an expensive treatment from the pharmacy, give one of these natural remedies a try.
Are you dealing with Nail fungus? It’s not fun! It’s caused by moisture getting trapped in a warm, dark place, like a wet shoe. It usually begins with a yellow or white spot just under the tip of the nail. As it spreads you may notice the nail becoming thick and brittle and in some cases become darker in color. If left untreated it can go on indefinitely.
There are several treatments for nail fungus, many can be purchased over the counter. However, before making a wasted a trip to the store, you owe it to yourself to try some of these remedies that our grandmother’s used, they are just as effective and much cheaper.
NATURAL NAIL FUNGUS REMEDIES
Always consult a doctor before using any home treatments.
- Soak infected nails in 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup Epsom salt and 2 cups hot water for 30 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Repeat daily until the fungus is gone.
- Soak infected nails for 10 minutes in a solution made by mixing together 4 cups hot water, ½ cup baking soda, ½ cup Epsom salt, ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide. Wash with clean water and dry thoroughly. Repeat daily until fungus is gone.
- Soak infected nails in equal parts water and apple cider vinegar for 30 minutes daily. Dry thoroughly. Repeat daily until fungus is gone.
- Apply a mixture of equal parts vinegar and garlic oil to the infected nail. Wrap with a bandage and leave it on for several hours before removing. Repeat daily until fungus is gone.
- Rub the infected nail with a freshly cut lemon. Allow the juice to remain on the area for 20-30 minutes before rinsing. Dry thoroughly and repeat 1-2 times a day until the fungus is gone.
- Soak infected nails for 20-30 minutes a day in a mixture of equal parts vinegar and Listerine mouthwash. Gently scrub with a nail brush. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Repeat daily until fungus is gone.
- Soak infected nails in equal parts water and rubbing alcohol for 10-15 minutes a day. Dry thoroughly. Repeat until fungus is gone.
- Soak infected nails for 10-15 minutes in 2 cups warm water, 1 cup vinegar and juice from 1 lemon. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Repeat 2 times a day until fungus is gone.
- Rub Vick’s VapoRub on infected nails at bedtime. Repeat daily. The nail will turn a dark color, but will go away as the nail grows out.
- Massage the infected nail with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and olive oil. Leave the mixture on for 2-3 hours before rinsing. Dry thoroughly and repeat daily until the fungus is gone.
- Massage the infected nail with a paste made from equal parts baking soda and borax mixed with a little water. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Repeat twice a day until the fungus is gone.
- Mix together one teaspoon olive oil with a few drops of tea tree oil. Apply mixture to infected nail and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Gently scrub with a nail brush. Repeat 2-3 times a day until fungus is gone.
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originally posted on 11/17/2014 – updated images and template
This is extremely valuable information especially if the person is diabetic (like my hubby) and has fungus in his toenails. He's tried everything to treat his toenail fungus, from home remedies to prescription medicine and it's a constant battle. Thanks for sharing!
Marie (XmasDolly) Moody says
Well, I’ll tell you one thing, I sure wish I had toe nails like this woman. My curl like a horseshoe kinda and I really have to fight with them to trim them or go get a manicure. Easiest, but expensive. Whatcha gonna do. Now as far as fungus… knock on wood… I never had it nor do I want it, but I’ll pass the word for ya with your link. Have a great Thanksgiving & stay away from those pies until your dinner is done! lol Stay healthy & be safe!
Thankfully I’ve never had nail fungus either, but I do have really thick toe nails, I need garden sheers to cut them. LOL I hope that you have a great Thanksgiving as well!
Thank you for sharing this. This helps me in so many ways!
I would love to know which one worked best for you!
Hello! Thank you for this informative and useful article. I want to share my experience maybe it’ll be useful for someone. I started using cream with 40% urea because I read that it softens nails, and my toenail with the fungus was thick and hard to cut. It says to use it twice a day, but I usually only use it at bedtime. I’m not sure if it softened the nail much, But after a few weeks, I noticed that the infected portion was finally beginning growing out, whereas before it just kept spreading and that one side of the nail stayed infected. Now, most of the infected nail has grown out and the new portion of the nail looks normal. If this keeps up, I’ll have a healthy-looking nail by the end of the year. It’s been infected for several years, so it’s nice to see it finally improving so much.