Toenail fungus can appear for a number of reasons. It may be that your feet have become warm, damp from being in sports shoes, or you have caught the infection from someone else. In some cases, a fungal infection may be caused by a weak immune system or poor circulation. It will often disappear on its own, but if not, you may want to try out some natural remedies at home.
Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus
As tea tree oil has antifungal abilities, this can be an effective way to treat toenail fungus. All you need is a cotton swab, drop on a little tea tree oil and wipe it around your nail, covering the whole area.
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Another treatment for toenail fungus is to rub olive leaf salve on the infection. The oleuropein in the salve should help to reduce the problem. Also available in capsules, as well as being anti fungal, oleuropein has many other health benefits. Scientists have found that it’s useful for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, protecting against oxidative damage and helping to prevent cognitive decline.
It is thought that vinegar might be a good treatment for toenail fungus. You can use one part of the vinegar with two parts of warm water, soak your foot for 20 minutes and you should get some relief. Home treatments for toenail fungus are thought to be more effective than some prescription drugs, as these can often have adverse side effects. It is best to try the treatment for a few months and if you don’t notice any difference, visit your doctor, as they will be able to give you something stronger to help alleviate the problem.
How to Prevent Fungal Nail Infection
If you suffer from a fungal nail infection once, it is normal for it to reoccur. There are, however, steps you can take to avoid this. You should aim to keep your toenails short and clean. Wear shoes that fit correctly and feel comfortable. If you visit the swimming pool or any other public area where you might have bare feet, always wear footwear. These environments are known to be a cause of nail infections and other problems. It is also a good idea to take hair and nail vitamins to keep your nails in the best possible condition.
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