Onychomycosis is one of the most common fungal infections that occur in the feet, second only to tinea pedis, or Athlete’s Foot. Also known as “Toenail Fungus”, this fungal infection takes the form of a white, brownish, or yellow discoloration in one or more of your toenails.
If left untreated, toenail fungus can spread to surrounding toes, and it will cause the thickening and cracking of affected nails, so it’s important to treat it as soon as it occurs, to preserve the future health of your feet.
But if you have toenail fungus, you may not want to use a prescription drug like Diflucan or Lamisil to treat your infection, because they can cause nasty side effects like nausea, as well as skin issues and jaundice.
Need to treat toenail fungus naturally at home? Here are our top home remedies. Try them today, and see if you can get rid of your case of onychomycosis without any expensive prescription drugs!
1. Vicks VapoRub (Camphor And Eucalyptus)
If you’ve got a tub of Vicks VapoRub, or a similar topical ointment laying around, it may have the key to destroying your toenail fungus! Check the active ingredients, and make sure it contains both camphor and eucalyptus.
A study conducted in 2011 showed that these compounds could help remove fungal infestations of the toe. Apply a small amount of VapoRub to the affected area regularly, each day, until it is gone.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, which is popular for use in candles, skin care products, and air diffusers, has antiseptic and antifungal properties. It’s been shown by the NCCIH to be extremely effective at destroying fungal infestations.
To use this product, use a small cotton swab to apply it directly to the affected site, at least twice per day.
3. Oregano Oil
Oregano is rich in a flavorful, aromatic compound called thymol, which is an effective anti-fungal agent, according to a 2016 review of numerous studies and papers on the subject.
Be careful, though. Oregano oil is very potent, and it can cause an allergic reaction in some people. We recommend applying a small amount to your skin and waiting for a day or two before using it to treat fungal infections, to ensure you do not react negatively to the high thymol content of this product.
4. Vinegar Baths
Currently, vinegar baths are not supported by scientific research as a cure for toenail fungus. However, this is a popular folk remedy that has been in use for decades – so there may be some truth to it. And, even if it does not destroy the infection, it is still a soothing way to hydrate your affected foot.
Simply soak your foot in a solution of one part vinegar and two parts warm water, for up to 20 minutes per day. For best results, combine this with another one of the above treatments – you can apply essential oils, and wash them away with a vinegar foot bath.
Mouthwash is extremely effective at destroying fungus and bacteria in your mouth, and it’s equally potent for toenail fungus. Listerine contains a high alcohol content, as well as compounds like menthol, thymol, and more.
You can soak the affected toes or foot in a bath of mouthwash for 30 minutes per day. Be aware that the alcohol may cause burning or painful sensations on your feet if you have any other sores or open wounds. This is not harmful, but it is uncomfortable.
Preventing Future Toenail Fungus Infections – Our Top Tips
So, now that you’ve removed your toenail fungus, how can you avoid getting it in the future? Fungi love dark, warm, and poorly-ventilated areas – so here are a few handy tips for preventing future infections.
- Clip your toenails regularly
- Wear properly fitted shoes
- Ensure your socks and shoes are breathable
- Don’t wear damp shoes – alternate between pairs if they are sweaty or get wet outside
- Never go barefoot in public places like bathrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, or public pools – wear flip-flops whenever possible.
- Scrub and disinfect your feet in the shower with antibacterial soap
- Keep fungus at bay by sprinkling your shoes with antifungal powder.
With these tips, you’ll be able to make sure that you never have to deal with an uncomfortable toenail fungus infection again.
If you’re curious to learn more home remedies for toenail fungus infections, or the above methods were not effective for your case, don’t worry! With a free report, you can learn even more about toenail fungus, and natural home remedies.