Toe fungus is a common type of infection which affects the nails of the toes. It is caused by the fungi known as dermatopyhtes. In hot and humid climates it is caused by the Candida fungi.
What Does It Look Like?
Generally a nail fungal infection will start off as a white or yellow spot on the tip of the nail. As it begins to develop, the nail may become thickened, brittle/crumbly/ragged, change shape, become darker in color, or get dull. If the nail starts to separate from the nail bed, it is called onycholysis, which can be quite uncomfortable. Without treatment, toenail fungus can go on indefinitely. Even with treatment, it can occur on and off.
5 Effective Home Remedies For Toe Fungus
Fill a foot bath with warm water. Mix half a cup of Epsom salts into it and soak your feet into this solution for half an hour. Afterwards dry your feet thoroughly with a soft and clean towel. Use this soak three times daily.
The magnesium sulfate present in Epsom salts helps to combat the infection and eradicate the fungus at its root. This salt also draws out the harmful toxins from the body.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has manifold uses in curing and healing a wide number of diseases and ailments. This oil has very strong antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties which fight the fungus most efficaciously and effect quick healing. Take a piece of cotton and dip it into tea tree oil.
Spread the soaked cotton over the affected toe and nail and tape it, to keep it in place. In the night throw away the used cotton and apply a fresh a piece of cotton, soaked in tea tree oil. Regular applications will soon eradicate the fungus.
Aloe vera is extremely good for all kinds of fungal and bacterial infections. It’s antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties deal with the infection quickly and efficiently and effect quick healing. Remove the gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf. Rub the gel on the affected toes and nails.
Let the skin soak the juice thoroughly. Try to make it reach the nail bed too. Leave the juice to dry. The gel will provide considerable relief in the dryness and will also alleviate the itching. Apply three times daily.
Wear Proper Footwear
The fungus thrives and flourishes in warm, moist and dark places. Do not wear closed and tight shoes. If you wear open-toed shoes, your toes will get all the air they need and will stay dry and free from perspiration. Expose your toes to the sun as often as possible and use cotton socks all the time.
Add half a cup of white vinegar to a warm foot bath. Soak your feet in this solution for twenty minutes after which dry them thoroughly. Use this soak twice daily.