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Treating Toenail Fungus - Are Home Remedies Effective?

Is your toenail turning yellow and you can see some foul smelling debris under it? If you are then you must be suffering from Onychomycosis. It basically means fungal infection of the nails. Your toenails and fingernails both can be infected by the fungus. However it has been seen that toenail fungus infection is more common than finger nail fungus infection. This is because fungi thrive in warm moist places. And wearing wet sock or shoes, walking barefoot in public baths, near swimming pools increases the chances of toenails fungus infection. It is a common disease especially among adults and you need to know about treatment.

Toenail Fungus Treatments

When it comes to toenail fungus treatment home remedies are the most common although there are certain medical treatments available as well. Tea tree oil treats fungus quite effectively. Mix undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil and apply the mixture in the affected areas. You need to do this several times a day. You can also use a mixture of tea tree oil, olive oil and thyme oil. Apply the mixture and after 15 minutes use a soft toothbrush to scrub your nail.

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Listerine mouthwash provides effective cure against this fungus. You may be amazed to read that a mouthwash can be used for fungus treatment but the truth is Listerine is an extremely powerful antiseptic and it makes you nails healthy. Myco Nuker It contains compounds like echalyptol and salicylate thymol that fight the fungal infection of your toenails. Mix the mouthwash with apple cider vinegar and paint your nails with the mixture. If the infection has spread over a large area dip a cotton ball in the mixture and place it on the infected parts. Use a bandage or a duct tape to keep the cotton ball in place

For treatment at home you can mix warm water and apple cider vinegar in equal proportions. Soak your toenails in the mixture for about 20 minutes and then dry your nails thoroughly. You can use a hair dryer to dry the nails. Apple cider vinegar is a very mild acid and it will halt the spread of the toenail fungus infection. However you need to use apple cider vinegar as a complementary method of treatment and not the main method.

A recent toenail fungus treatment is the laser therapy. And it is a viable option indeed. A laser light ray is used to destroy the fungus in the bed of the nail itself. Noveon type of laser treatment is extremely popular and it is not only effective but is also painless. The Pinpointe laser treatment uses high Ultra Violet radiation to treat the fungus and because of the UV rays this treatment has certain drawbacks. It can burn the tissues of the area surrounding the infected nail.

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