Homemade Remedies To Stop Nail Fungus…
Can nail fungus be treated with homemade remedies? Some of the readers have claimed that nail fungus can be stopped without the need for expensive prescription drugs. We want to know if you have tried any homemade remedies and if it cured your nail fungus. A growing number of people who have been suffering from ugly nail fungus have reported varying levels of success using homemade anti-fungal solutions. Everything from household cleaning solutions to Vicks Vapor Rub has been said to cure fungus under the nails. Since prescription treatments such as Lamasil and other topical solutions cost a large sum of money it may be worthwhile to try these alternatives as you really have nothing to lose except disgusting nail fungus. Here’s a quick rundown of some popular homemade treatments that may stop nail fungus.
Killing Fungus with Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a safe topical antiseptic that has been used as a debriding agent (removal of dead skin cells…), a mouthwash/rinse and strangely enough to control fungus on fish and fish eggs. It’s an oxidizing agent and apparently has worked to kill nail fungus. One simply soaks the fingers or toes in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes each day and waits for a healthy nail to begin growing again. The trick appears to be to let it soak long enough that it penetrates the nail bed to get at the fungus.
You can alternate using hydrogen peroxide one day and say vinegar or one of the following remedies below on other days for a multi-pronged attack on the fungus.
Stop Fungus with Vinegar
White distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar is perhaps the cheapest and easiest household item to use to fight nail fungus. It is said that vinegar inhibits the growth of fungus and continued use allows a clear and healthy nail to grow. It apparently yields great results so long as you use it at least once a day continuously without fail.
Best way to use vinegar on nails is to use an eyedropper to apply a few drops onto the nail, underneath the nail and cuticle. Some people have advised soaking in a bowl of vinegar, but that may very well be overkill as one must watch that the ph balance of the body is not thrown off. If you notice burning in the throat or skin areas then you should stop. Just use an eyedropper and play it safe. Given how cheap and readily available vinegar is, it should be tried as many have reported great results.
Treating Fungus with Vicks Vapor Rub
Vicks Vapor Rub: the smelly ointment that comes in a little blue jar apparently does a really good job at stopping nail fungus. Not sure why it works although I noticed that turpentine oil is an ingredient in Vick’s Vapor Rub. I do recall that after painting for several days in a row I repeatedly used turpentine to wash my hands and under my nails to remove paint and noticed that one of my fungus infected nails looked much clearer than before.
Since Vicks does have a distinct smell it is best to apply a heavy coat onto each fungus infected nail before going to bed and then washing it off the next morning and then follow up by brushing on some vinegar as described above. Be very careful not to let your Vapor Rub treated nails come to contact or get near the nasal passages and/or eyes while sleeping.
The Anti-Fungal Powers of Cornmeal
Apparently cornmeal has natural anti-fungal properties which has even been used successfully in the garden and lawn arenas.
The recommended procedure is to mix one part cornmeal to two parts warm water. Mix and let stand for about thirty minutes and then add just a little more warm water. Soak the fingers or toes in the mixture for at least thirty to sixty minutes. Do this every three to four days and you too may notice that it works on stubborn fungus of the nails.
Some doctors have suggested soaking nails in (the original) Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash to rid oneself of a mild case of nail fungus. Results vary and one must be diligent and keep up the treatment. Not sure what ingredient in Listerine is responsible for stopping the fungus from growing, but it is certainly worth giving it a try as there are no known side-effects
Tea Tree/Orange Oil Rub
Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant, possessing fungicidal and anti-bacterial properties that make it popular in treating toenail fungus. Orange oil has also shown promising results when it comes to getting rid of fungus, and can be added to the mixture as well. Always remember to dilute the essential oil before applying to the nail.
You will need…
-1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
-1/2 teaspoon of orange oil (optional)
-1/2 teaspoon of grapeseed or olive oil
Baking Soda and Vinegar Soak
Baking soda is not fungicidal-that is, it does not kill the fungus. It is, however, fungistatic, which means it can prevent fungus from growing and spreading. The reason it acts like this is because it is alkaline-the opposite of acidic-and fungus is able to flourish when its environment is more acidic. It seems counter-intuitive then, that using vinegar to kill nail fungus would be a good idea, but vinegar is a fairly weak acid, and will help kill off the fungus without altering the Ph. of the environment in a harmful way.
You will need….
-4-5 tablespoons of baking soda
-1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
-Something to soak your feet in
First, mix 1 cup of your chosen vinegar with enough water to soak your feet in. Soak for 15 minutes, and then pat dry with paper towels. Follow this by adding several tablespoons of baking soda to enough water to soak your feet in, and soak for 15 minutes. Pat feet completely dry with paper towels. Do this twice a day. The idea is that the vinegar will kill off the fungus, while the baking soda will then inhibit the growth of more.
Just Coconut Oil
Bear with me-I am about to get a little bit scientific here, but I find this to be an exciting way to combat fungus without using harsh chemicals. Medium chain fatty acids are almost miracles in how they work as natural fungicides. The fungal membrane is crucial to maintaining the “life” of the fungus, which is why many antifungal treatments target the fungal membrane. Fatty acids, such as the ones found abundantly in coconut oil, naturally insert themselves in the lipid (fat) layer of the fungal membrane and disturb it, leading eventually to cell disintegration and the ultimate destruction of the fungus (to put it in a nutshell.)
You will need…
-A bit of coconut oil
-Gloves or a sink and soap to wash hands between applications
Wearing gloves or washing your hands between applications (if you have more than one affected nail) rub coconut oil onto the area and let it absorb and dry naturally. There is no need to gob a whole bunch on-a thin layer will do. Repeat 2-3 times daily.