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Home cures for toenail fungus

Nothing is more embarrassing than suffering from toenail fungus. Fungus can make it hard to walk in sandals, use a public pool, or eve relax in your own house with your shoes off. Fortunately, there are several different home remedies that you can try.

One of the most common toenail fungus treatments is tea tree oil. By applying this oil to the affected area several times a day, the fungus can be cleared up in a few weeks. Unfortunately, this treatment can be rather labor intensive. After finding tea tree oil (look online or in a health food store), apply the oil with a toothbrush. Then keep the affected area still fro about ten to fifteen minutes to allow the oil to work. Repeat this procedure at least three times a day. After the fungus is visibly gone (usually this occurs after about a month), continue using the oil for the next month to make sure it doesn’t come back.

Another common toenail fungus treatment is to soak your toes in a powerful antiseptic such as Listerine or vinegar. While effective, this treatment can also be very time consuming and it can get expensive. To use it, pour about one cup of mouthwash or vinegar into a plastic tub along with one gallon of warm water. Soak the affected area for about twenty minutes. Repeat this twice a day for about a week.

Of course, using that much mouthwash or vinegar can get expensive, so many people make a smaller batch of the solution and paint it directly onto the affected area. This will work, but it is important to hold still for at least forty minutes to allow the solution to dry onto the foot. By doing this twice a day for several weeks, the infection should clear up. Nonetheless, continue treatment for another week after the fungus is visibly gone to make sure no fungus reappears.

While both of these methods work, many people complain that they are too time consuming or that they require ingredients that can be expensive to purchase or are hard to find.