Nail Fungus Natural Remedies

A nail fungus can infect both - your finger nails and toe nails. It is an infection caused by tiny organisms (tinea unguium) which may begin as a yellow or white spot at the tip of the nail. As the fungus spreads deeper it can cause discoloration of the nail, develop crumbling edges, can thicken the nail and often be a potentially painful problem. Nail fungus is commonly seen in the toe nails as these are frequently and continuously exposed to warm or moist environment like sweaty socks, shoes or shower floors. Athlete’s foot and nail fungus are two different conditions but can coexist as both are caused by same type of fungus. Once the nail fungus spreads it can be difficult to treat, the infection can be ongoing for years or can recur but with certain medications and nail fungus natural remedies it can be effectively treated. It is very important to know what is causing the nail fungus for effective treatment as some times other microorganisms like yeast or bacteria can also infect a nail or conditions like psoriasis can also mimic a nail fungus.

Besides medications you can try the following home remedies.

  • Vinegar - Soak your toe or finger with nail fungus in a mixture of one part of vinegar and 2 parts of warm water for 15-20 minutes. Some studies suggest that vinegar can inhibit the growth of certain microorganisms. This is a very effective nail fungus remedy provided you rinse well and pat your feet or finger dry after you are done.
  • Vicks - Vicks VapoRub when applied on the nail with fungus is considered one of the best nail fungus remedies. Don’t apply it deep under the nail where it can create a moist environment, a superficial application will also work.
  • Keep dry - One of the most effective nail fungus natural remedy is to keep the fingers and toes with fungus free from any moisture. Prefer wearing clean cotton socks instead of a synthetic fabric which traps the moisture. A medicated anti fungal powder can be sprinkled in your socks if you feel they remain moist. If you sweat a lot then make a habit to take out your shoes during the day occasionally. Prefer wearing open toed shoes or alternate close toed shoes with open toed shoes to ensure that they dry completely. Avoid going barefoot at public places like swimming pools, locker rooms or showers as nail fungus can spread; also make a point to wash your hands after you touch the infected nail for the same reason.
  • Nail hygiene - Keep your nails short, cut them straight, but remember not to snip the surrounding skin too deep as it can give an easy access to germs to your nails and skin. This is the easiest nail fungus home remedy to follow. Although it might be very tempting to cover the yellow fungus under nice red nail paint don’t do it, as this can trap unwanted moisture and may worsen the infection. Avoid using artificial nails or nail polish altogether and choose a reputed salon if you wish to do manicure or pedicure (bring in your own instruments or make sure they use a sterilized ones).