HOW TO HEAL YOUR TOENAIL FUNGUS AT HOME
By Bethesda, MD & Springfield, VA Podiatrist, Dr. Paul Ross
If you have mild toenail fungus, there’s a very good chance that a home remedy can help you get rid of it. Though you can definitely try these with moderate to severe toenail fungus, too, as long as you’re healthy, it is recommended that you see a specialist if it’s a bad case of fungus.
As always, if your immune system is compromised or you have diabetes, it’s always best to see a podiatrist so you don’t risk making things worse or needing surgery.
Without further ado, here are several home remedies you can try to heal your toenail fungus.
Tea Tree Oil
In most areas, you can find tea tree oil in your local pharmacy and buy it over the counter for a reasonable price. You don’t need much of it at a time, so a small bottle is all you should need. Simply clean the affected nail with alcohol and then apply the tea tree oil once a day.
Listerine Mouth Wash
I know, it sounds weird, but it’s supposed to work wonderfully! Create your foot soak and make sure you leave your feet in it for at least 30 minutes a day. Use 30-50ml of Listerine and add two cups of warm to hot water, then relax and enjoy.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Epsom Salt
Another foot soak method, this is said to work really well for toenail fungal infections. Apple cider vinegar (also known as ACV) has a number of healing and antibacterial properties if it’s organic, making it a go-to for many homeopathic treatments.
- 1/3 cup full strength ACV
- 2 cups hot water
- 1/3 cup Epsom salt
Mix and soak your toes/feet for at least 30 minutes every day. Apple cider vinegar is also a good supplement to take internally for overall health and to promote healing of fungus and bacteria from the inside out.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaves have been used in medicine since ancient times and people call olive leaf extract “nature’s natural antibiotic.” It’s anti-fungal, anti-viral, and helps to boost the immune system when taken as a supplement. It can be found easily on Amazon or other websites in liquid or pill form.
When to See a Bethesda, MD or Springfield, VA Podiatrist
If you try several of these remedies and see no results, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Toenail fungus is notoriously stubborn, so don’t be too surprised if home remedies don’t quite work. It can also take quite a long time for these home remedies to work because you have to continue doing them consistently until the new nail has fully grown out.
If you’ve tried the homeopathic route and aren’t satisfied with the results, you can always come see Bethesda, MD & Springfield, VA Podiatrist, Dr. Paul Ross! If you have moderate to severe foot fungus, it is recommended that you see a doctor anyway because there can be complications if the infection is left untreated. Call us at 301-656-6055. We offer same day appointments if you don’t want to wait.
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