Toenail fungus, which is also called as onychomycosis, is a contagious disease and is caused by a group of fungus called as dermatophytes. It is the big toe and the little toe that are mostly affected by this fungus. Toenail usually changes to yellow or brown colour if suffering from fungus infection. Toenail fungus can also be hereditary and must be treated before they grow and cause more harm, because if negelected can require a surgery too. One can treat toenail fungus through medical assistance or naturally too.
One can treat toenail through home remedies without damaging it. one can rub the toenail with tea tree oil everyday. Tea tree oil acts as an antiseptic and helps in fighting the fungus. One can also apply tea tree oil in undiluted form by mixing it with olive oil. One can also mix tea tree oil with olive oil and thyme oil in equal proportion and apply on the toenail.
After leaving it for 10-15 minutes, one can scrub the affected area with a tootbrush. One must do this for few weeks unless the affected area is rid of infection. Listerine mouthwash mixed in equal proportion with undiluted lemon juice or apple cider vibegar, when applied on toenail and left for 15- 20 minutes,can treat the fungus well. This activity should be executed once in a day, everyday, until the infection is gone.
Warm water and natural apple cider vinegar when mixed in equal proportions and used to soak and wash the toenails, can act as an effective remedy for the toenail fungus. Toenails must be soaked in this mixture for 15- 20 minutes and then dried. Massage with the mixture of olive and lemon juice, taken in equal quantity, can treat toenails infection. Here, lemon juice treats the infection while olive oil softens the skin.
Equal proportion of tea tree oil and lavender oil when dabbed on the toenail with cotton, can effectively deal with the infection. Here, both tea tree oil and lavender oil have antiseptic properties and help in fighting the fungus. A tsp of olive oil mixed with two drops of oregano oil when applied on affected area for a span of three weeks, can treat toenail fungus.