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How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus

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Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a very common problem. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail. It is usually not painful, unless the infection spreads.

The fungus tends to thrive under certain conditions, such as abnormal pH levels of the skin, a weakened immune system, continuous exposure to a moist environment including sweaty shoes and socks, poor hygiene and diabetes.

If left untreated, toenail fungus can cause cracking, splitting and even complete loss of the toenail. The good news is that toenail fungus is curable and can be treated inexpensively. Various natural home remedies can cure the infection in one or two months.

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how to get rid of toenail fungus

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of toenail fungus. If the condition is painful or spreading further then do consult your doctor.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar to treat toenail fungus
Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Toenail Fungus

Apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic and can help prevent toenail fungus from spreading. At the same time, it kills bacteria and fungi.

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Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Toenail Fungus

  • Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water. Soak your toenail in this solution for 30 minutes daily. When done, dry your toenail thoroughly. When used daily for a few weeks, you will notice improvement very quickly.
  • Another option is make an antifungal exfoliating scrub by some coarsely ground rice flour with a few spoons of apple cider vinegar. Apply this paste on and around the affected nail and gently scrub the area. Do this a few times a week. This remedy will also help get rid of dead skin cells and keep your skin soft.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antiseptic as well as antifungal properties that help a lot in the treatment of toenail fungus. This oil is also used to treat other kinds of skin infections.

tea tree oil to get rid of toenail fungus

  1. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in one teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil.
  2. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on the affected toenail.
  3. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then use a toothbrush to gently scrub the affected nail.
  4. Do this two or three times daily until you are satisfied with the results.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a readily available staple in most kitchens that can also be used to cure toenail fungus. It will also help neutralize foot odor.

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baking soda to treat toenail fungus

  1. Add one-half cup of baking soda, one-fourth cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one-half cup of Epsom salt to four cups of hot water. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and then add one-fourth cup of white vinegar to it.
  2. Soak the affected toenail in this solution for about 10 minutes.
  3. Wash with clean water and dry your foot thoroughly.
  4. Repeat the process twice daily for several weeks.

4. White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the best ingredients for treating toenail fungus because it fights the infection and helps restore the skin’s pH.

white vinegar for toenail fungus

  1. Mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of warm water.
  2. Soak the affected toenail in this solution for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off and dry the affected area thoroughly.
  4. Repeat twice daily until the fungus is gone.

Note: If your skin becomes irritated, add more water to the solution and repeat the process every other day instead of daily.

5. Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties. This makes oregano oil an effective treatment for toenail fungus.

  1. Mix two drops of oil of oregano in one teaspoon of olive oil.
  2. Apply this mixture on the affected.
  3. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Then, rinse it off and dry your toes thoroughly.
  5. Repeat once or twice daily for three weeks to see positive results.

6. Listerine Mouthwash

Listerine mouthwash, which kills bacteria and germs in the mouth, can also be used to treat toenail fungus. The mouthwash has several compounds as well as alcohol that act as a strong antiseptic to keep away harmful bacteria and fungi.

  1. Fill a small tub with Listerine mouthwash, or a combination of equal parts of Listerine and white vinegar.
  2. Soak the affected foot in this solution for about 30 minutes, and then scrub the infected toenail gently.
  3. Rinse it off and dry the affected area thoroughly.
  4. Repeat this remedy once or twice daily until the infection clears.

How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus was last modified: August 1st, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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135 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus”

  1. The BEST way to get rid of fungus of the nails is to soak a cotton ball in bleach mixed half-half with water and put it on the nail once a day. Fungus cannot survive the bleach. Be careful not to touch anything BUT the toe nail! success guaranteed.

  2. I contracted a nail fungus on my big toe from a pedicure 2 years ago and tried different otc products with no luck My nail detached about 3/4 of the way down and grew thick and discolored. It was nasty. Finally I tried apple cider vinegar and it worked! First I cut my nail back as low down to the quick as I could which basically was almost my whole nail, I took a file and filed the top of what was left of my nail down until it was nearly smooth and even with my skin, it did hurt a little but not unbearable. Then every night I soaked a small ball of cotton with the vinegar, placed it on my toe and wrapped it with a bandaid and slept with it on. In the morning I would shower and be sure to really clean my toe and let it breath. I did this for over a month and finally one morning I was checking it out and my toe looked pink and healthy at the base and began to grow back. Now, it’s nearly grown back after 3 months. Now I just wear the cotton ball bandaid about twice a week to keep it from coming back. When it is fully grown back I will discontinue it. This works! It’s cheap and effective and it takes patience but it DOES work!

  3. Both me and my husband had fungus on a couple of our toe nails. After trying a few different methods, I finally discovered something that actually works and is the cheapest option. Instead of soaking our feet in vinegar and water, I would soak up a piece of cotton ball that was big enough to cover the nail with vinegar only. I did not dilute the vinegar. Then I would place the vinegar soaked cotton ball on the nails every night before bed for 15 min. To make this process easier I filled up a small empty hand sanitizer with the vinegar because it was easier to soak up the cotton ball and applying extra drops while the cotton ball was already on the nails. After about 2-3 weeks I noticed my nails clearing up. It has been a few months now and one of my nails is completely back to normal. I would also occasionally apply Vicks vapor rub as well, usually before work in the morning and put on my socks right after. Be prepared to feel that sensation that vicks gives because my husband didn’t like that very much so I applied some after the vinegar. When putting the vinegar soaked cotton balls on our nails both me and my husband felt our nails get a tingling sensation. It never hurt or irritated the skin. The first thing to notice that it is working is when the cutical is starting to disattach from the funus infected nail. I’ve tried different remedies and this has been effective, cheap, and easy. It is definitely worth a try and don’t get discouraged, it won’t clear it up right away. It takes time and once you notice the change its a big relief. Good luck to everyone who has this problem, hope this helps like it helped us.

  4. Try Cinnamon Leaf Oil as is a very powerful anti-fungal and dries out the nail nicely. In my case it helped to flake off the nail that was full of fungus until a new nail started to grow. Don’t know how I lived with it for so long. Apple Cider vinegar was too mild for me. Apparently to prevent it from coming back you really have to drink Cinnamon Tea (not Cassia Cinnamon which can damage your liver). I discovered I was eating all the wrong foods and my whole body was infested with a Candida overgrowth. Drinking the Cinnamon tea really cleaned up my system. I don’t eat too much sweets or dairy anymore, which seems to be the key. Oh yeah one more thing you really have to keep your toes dry and clean. I threw all my shoes and socks away, but well worth it for the results. If you want fast results, you really have to go with Cinnamon Leaf Oil. Since then I have been using the Cinnamon oil all around the house to disinfect and get rid of bad smells and mold in the bathroom. This oil is fantastic.

  5. I have tried everything for toenail fungus. Then I came across this- mix equal parts water and Hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. spray your feet every night. That’s all! My fungus was gone in less than a week. I still use it tho because it keeps the feet clean and healthy. Give it a try.

  6. I had toenail fungus for I don’t know how long but I noticed it a year ago I guess.
    I researched a LOT and tried whatever I could. I went to the doctor who gave me a nail lacquer.
    The nail lacquer, I think only kills the fungus, because after a few days, the infected area on my toenail became black. The fungus had turned black.
    My toenail had been infected only only side, from the top to halfway down. So while trimming my nails, I trimmed the infected part as well. It comes off easily and doesn’t hurt unless you’re poking into your good skin. (area not infected by the fungus)
    So, it looked as if quarter of nail had chipped off or something but I guess it worked.
    I had done this many months ago. My nail is growing and it still has around 6mm to grow. It really isn’t noticeable unless you cut off a lot!

  7. Australian tea tree oil is a two or three applications remedy. Toe nail fungus hides under the nail, but its weakness is it needs air. So after soaking your foot in hot water for a time, get a wooden tooth pick and dig under the nail to remove as much fungus as you can. You will be surprised how far in you can go. Using about the third toothpick dip that in tea tree oil several times to fill under the nail. Then dig back under the nail to get the oil as far in as you can. Its cheap , its no fuss and its natural. Tea tree oil also fixes athletes foot, Ringworm and other fungal ailments regardless of area affected. Friend had a fungal condition on his anus. A suppository soaked in tea tree oil fixed that. Doctors remedies and diet did not. Rob

  8. I got a toenail fungus after getting a pedicure. Did not put my feet in the bath so the implements must have been contaminated. Did a lot of research online and decided to do a vinegar soak that worked for someone. I used straight plain white vinegar in a plastic shoe box from the dollar store. Soaked feet about two hours a day for four straight days. I used the same vinegar each day. That was almost 6 months ago. I have done no treatment since then. I could tell the fungus was gone after doing the vinegar soaks. Nail has grown out about 1/3 of the way. I’ll probably never get another pedicure but now know an easy, almost free cure if I ever get another toenail fungus. Forget those expensive, toxic pills and use vinegar.

  9. My husband has been suffering from awful toe fungus on both of his feet for years. We have searched high and low for something that would get rid of this naturally and after years, someone recommended we look at Neem. Skeptical at first, we did some research and found that the top Neem benefit is that it is anti fungal. We found that Neem Oil is great this way we can kill the fungus and moisturize at the same time.
    We also found that Neem can help so many other areas of our health and have tried other things now that my husbands toe fungus has improved. Wish we could share our before and after pictures.

  10. I couldn’t afford the expense of the stuff my Dr. prescribed. I got to thinking, I use “CLOVE OIL” for pimples! IT WORKS!!! We use whole cloves in ham to kill the bacteria….. it kills the bacteria that causes pimples (acne)…. So why not try it on my nail fungus? IT WORKED!!!!!!! That was last summer. I’ve just noticed that it looks like it may be trying to come back. It stained the nails a bit, but that goes away pretty quick! But so did the fungus! FAR OUT! : )

  11. I had toe fungus for probably about three days and I was looking for someway to get rid of it! then I saw someone saying you can put bleach on it. so just today was sitting on the couch and was looking at my nail and I completely removed it with no pain at all. under it was like a black green color which was the fungus. then I remembered the comment I read about the bleach and how it kills the fungus. so I got a small bowl of bleach dipped a Cotten ball and put it just on the fungus and repeated several times. very quickly I did notice positive results. afterwards I thought just to be safe I should use nail clippers and cut off the dead fungus. (doing this also had no pain) there is a little bit o blood when you cut it off so have something to clean that up. so now I’m hoping when my nail grows back it will be heathy again! Hope this helps someone!!

  12. When I soaked my feet in the Listerine for 3o minutes to help with one of my toenails that might be a fungus the Listerine dried up on my feet and didn’t come off very easily. Had to scrub like crazy in the shower to get all the Listerine of my feet. Why was the Listerine dried to my skin and so difficult to get off and how can i prevent this from happening again?

  13. Hey, i’m fighting with this problem since i’m 12 years old, it makes me sick.. everytime I go to a public swimming pool or take a shower in my dance center I can be sure to get a new fungus! Now I found something that seems to support the cure, well of course I use the typical creme my doc prescribes, but i am now also using shoe inserts of cedar wood to support the curing process and i am well surprised! I have dry feet using them and seems like they have a natural antibacterial effect (i read a bit about it) so it’s a good thing i think! Hope i could help!

  14. Hola! Have you already tried to keep your feet clean and dry during all the day in your shoes by just putting cedar wood insoles in your shoes? If not, do try it. It was the thing I think helped me the most!

  15. I have a daughter with toenail infection for over 3 years now, we had tried all medications but still not cured. We will give the Listerine and white vinegar a try n see how it goes

  16. My husband had the start of fungus on his big toe. It was getting thick and you could see the lines visibly in it. He kept putting Head and Shoulders shampoo on it when he washed his hair. It’s normal now after about three months of applying. He read that this shampoo has anti-fungal qualities (has zinc and pyrithione or ZPT) to rid hair of dandruff. I guess that applies to toes as well!

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