Any ideas on getting rid of toe nail fungus. I have tried vick's vapor rub & tea oil. I am now trying soaking my toes in listerine.

Toe nail fungus infections are very common as are other fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm and jock itch. These common fungal infections are all caused by the same group of fungi, collectively termed as dermatophytes. Medically this condition is referred to as tinea unguium. Tinea of the nails can affect any nails, both on the hands or feet, but most cases involve toenail fungus. This is understandable because of the very nature of fungal infections and the environment our feet are exposed to. Fungi thrive under warm and humid conditions, which of course means that on the human body the groin area and the feet provide the perfect environment. Sweat tends to accumulate in these areas, and they are mostly covered in restrictive clothing. Shoes and socks that are used for long periods are the ideal habitat for fungi, and fungal infections of the feet and toenails are therefore the most widespread.

Toenail infections are particularly hard to get rid of because the thick nails also grow very slowly and it is hard to get at the fungus. Medical treatment is however not the only option available as there are quite a few natural alternatives. The effectiveness of these treatments however varies not just from person to person, but also depending on the severity of the infection. The longer the infection has been present, the harder it is to treat. The use of the vapo rub that you inquire about is one such remedy. Although there are many reports of it’s effectiveness, there are equal number countering the claim. It’s effective at best in very mild cases that are detected and treated early. Tea tree oil on the other hand does possess antifungal properties. It also works as an antibacterial and antiseptic agent, which means that it eliminates the risk of secondary infections. You can apply it directly onto the toenail or in a diluted form with olive oil. You can even prepare a tub of warm water and add in some drops of tea tree oil for a nice soak. Do this for at least 15 minutes every day. Keep in mind however that the efficacy of tea tree oil has also not been proven, although it’s healing properties have. More importantly toenail fungal infections are very resilient and take time to resolve, so you will have to keep up the practice consistently for a long period of time. This is also one of the reasons why many opt for natural treatments.

The use of mouthwashes is also suggested by some as a remedy, but this is again questionable and argued against by others. Mouthwashes are not really natural either way, so it would not classify as a natural alternative.

answered by S D

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