Fungal nail infections are very common but not serious. They often occur due to onychomycosis. The nail infection is caused by a fungus and results in discoloration of the nails (weak and brittle nails). Here are 7 natural remedies to effectively treat fungal infections.
Onychomycosis: a fungal infection caused by a fungus
Onychomycosis is a condition that affects more men than women and is more common in toenails than in the hands because our feet are constantly compressed into socks and shoes, creating a favorable and warm environemnt for the proliferation of fungi. No matter what part of the body is affected by the infection, it is never pleasant! Firstly, the nails are in poor health, and secondly, they are pretty ugly! But do not be upset, there are natural remedies to deal with such infections, provided you are very patient because homemade remedies require time and certain tiresome application for the results to become visible. In fact, there is no need to go to the doctor to treat a nail infection; you have everything you need at home! Such as, garlic, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or baking soda.
Here we offer 7 home made recipes for nail fungus infection.
Natural Remedy Nb. 1: plain yogurt
Yogurt contains active bacteria called probiotics that are very beneficial to prevent and treat the fungal infection.
Apply small amount of yogurt on your infected and diseased nails. Then let it dry and then rinse with warm water. To complete the effect of probiotics (cutaneous application), you can also include yogurt (preferably made of goat milk) in your diet everyday to better combat fungi.
Natural Remedy Nb. 2: Garlic
Garlic has powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties that facilitate the destruction of bacteria and fungi in the feet’s and hands’ nails.
Crush 10 garlic cloves to prepare a paste and then dissolve it in a bowl with warm water. Soak your hands (or feet) in this mixture for 15 to 20 minutes for the garlic releases its active ingredients.
Alternatively, you can also mix the garlic paste with a little olive oil and apply it on the areas affected by fungus. Leave it stay for 30 minutes then rinse and dry.
Natural Remedy Nb. 3: cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a versatile product that is used to cure all kinds of ailments. It contains active components that will facilitate the removal of foot and hands fungus. Indeed, thanks to its acidity and alkaline properties, apple cider vinegar will balance the pH of the skin and create an unfavorable environment for fungi.
Add half a glass of cider vinegar into basin filled with warm water half (half of his quantity is sufficient when you treat the hands), and dip your hands / feet for 20 minutes. Then thoroughly dry your hands and feet (especially between the toes area where fungi usually grow), then apply some cream that you usually use.
Natural Remedy Nb 4: baking soda
Baking soda has alkalizing and antiseptic properties in that way helps the elimination of fungal infections and prevents the spread of fungi on the feet and/or hands nails.
Mix a small amount of baking soda with a little water or freshly squeezed lemon juice to make a thick, smooth paste that you apply around the diseased nail. You can wrap your finger with a bandage to fix the paste on the nail so that it can act effectively. You can also put some baking soda in your shoes to prevent the proliferation of fungi (breeding ground for bacteria!).
Natural Remedy Nb. 5: Vicks VapoRub cream
Vicks VapoRub cream is a product that is used for treatment of colds and flu symptoms. But this product that everyone has in its private pharmacy also can be used to treat fungal infections.
First you need to wash and thoroughly dry the areas infected by fungi. Then apply a little Vicks VapoRub on infected nails and massage gently. For this remedy to be effective it is important that the cream penetrates the skin well while you massage. You must make two applications per day (the second application is recommended before bed to allow the product to act during the night).
Natural Remedy Nb. 6: tea tree oil
The tea tree essential oil is known for its natural antiseptic properties , whose effectiveness has been proven to prevent and treat most bacterial and fungal infections.
You can apply a solution containing from 25% to 50% essential oil on areas affected by the fungi to treat the symptoms. For information, the results will be much faster and more satisfactory if you use an essential oil with 100% pure tea tree.
Dosage: Apply the oil twice a day on the feet and/or hands nails. After three months, you’ll notice an improvement of more than 50% on your infected nails. After 6 months you will notice over 60% improvement.
Natural Remedy Nb. 7: lemon juice
Lemon juice is a natural antibiotic and a powerful antifungal agent that is very effective for treating the feet and/or hands fungal infections.
Squeeze two lemons to extract the juice and then dip your infected toenails, rubbing the nails with a brush to remove the fungus.
Among this list of natural remedies for treatment of feet and hands fungal infections you will find the most suitable for you. However, it takes patience and tiresome application to achieve results.