In the midst of toe-baring sandal season, fungal nails are the last thing anyone wants to see! Toenail fungus—also known as onychomycosis—is a common summer infection featuring yellow, white, or brown discoloration on one or more or your toenails. Though commonly thought of as a cosmetic issue, nail fungus can become painful and inhibiting, causing toenails to thicken and crack.
Fortunately, there are a number of easy home remedies that may help you to treat and prevent the development of toenail fungus.
The fatty acids in coconut oil are natural warriors against toenail fungus, breaking down the fungal membrane by inserting themselves in its lipid layer. Simply rub a dime-sized dollop of coconut oil into the affected area 2-3 times a day.
Oregano oil contains a special antibacterial ingredient—thymol—that is key to fighting toenail fungus. To disinfect and treat your toenail fungus, apply a few drops of oregano oil to a cotton ball or swab and gently dab it over your nails.
Tea Tree/Olive/Orange Oil Rub
Here’s a great recipe for a 3-part disinfectant made from tea tree, olive, and orange oil. Mix together:
- 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of orange oil
As with the oregano oil, apply this antiseptic rub to your nails using a cotton ball or swab.
Olive Leaf Salve
Olive leaf extract contains oleuropein, an amazing antifungal, antimicrobial, and immune-boosting ingredient. Olive leaf extract can either be applied directly to your fungal nails or swallowed in a capsule. It is available in the vitamin section of most major health food stores.
Baking Soda Soak
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are great antiseptics, and together they can do wonders for cleansing and disinfecting your fungal nails. To make a baking soda soak, combine:
- 4-5 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups of warm water
Soak your feet in this mixture for 10-15 minutes once a day until you notice an improvement in your nails.
If you experience pain from your thickening nails, an increase in build-up, or find it difficult to consistently keep your nails clean, you should consult our board certified podiatrists, Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. We offer a variety of nail treatment services, including laser therapy for fungal toenails. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!