Nail fungus also known as ‘Onychomycosis’, is a very common condition occurring when fungus enters either your nail. The fungus occurs more often in your toenails than your fingernails. Fungal infections are more common in people above 50 years of age or teenager who share communal showers such as swimmers.For People suffering from diabetes or having a week immune system, nail fungus can lead to serious health conditions.
Nail fungus infection begin as white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail and as it spreads deeper into your nail, it causes your nail to become thicker and develop crumbling edges.
Symptoms of nail fungus include changes in shape of nail, loss of luster, brittleness, lifting up of the nail or thickening of nail.Fungal nail infection is caused because only few good bacteria is required for the body, where the others quickly multiply and form infections on the dead tissues of outer skin layers such as hair and nails. Fungus nail infection can spread from person to person and it is very hard to determine exactly how a fungal infection acquires. Below given are few natural herbs helping to deal with nail fungus.
Herbal Remedies For Nail Fungus
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healing properties which helps the removal of moisture and offers a natural alternative to cure nail fungus without any medications.
If the aloe vera gel applied externally, it helps to kill fungus and organisms while taken internally, helps to balance bowel movement, immune system and proper flow of blood with necessary nutrients in nails. Rubbing or soaking your feet in aloe vera helps to reduce the fungi on the nail.
Tea Tree oil
Terpinen, is a natural substance occurring in tea tree oil, which are responsible for anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties helping to kill Dermatophtyes, the main cause of nail fungus.
Linalool and alpha Terpineol are the other two components present in tea tree oil also contributing to the microbial action. There are different ways of using tea tree oil for nail fungus. Firstly, dip a cotton swab in tea tree oil and dab on the infected nail.
Secondly, you can clean the nail with water and dab it gently with a clean towel and then directly pour few drops of oil on the infected nails and scrub the oil so that it helps to penetrate the thick layers of the infected nail. Use this oil three times a day for couple of weeks until nail fungus vanishes.
Garlic is an excellent natural antiseptic known to man when it comes to treat nail fungus infection. It contains natural anti-fungal properties and is the best remedy as it works both internally as well externally.
Raw garlic sound unpleasant, so you can crush the 5 to 6 cloves of garlic extract and place it on the infected nail or simply consume 1 or 2 cloves of raw garlic three times a day for valuable result.
Oregano oil is derived from the herb oregano and has Carvacol, which is an active compound found in the oil having anti-fungal properties helping to alleviate nail fungus infection. Either use topically directly dropping few drops of oregano oil on affected area or take 3 oil of oregano capsules every day for desired results.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the cheapest treatment in eradicating nail fungus infection. Acetic Acid is a substance found in apple cider vinegar helps to destroy the fungi causing nail fungus infection. Vinegar helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria and the acidity of vinegar relieves the pain and restores PH balance helping to combat fungi.
Due to daily routine schedule, many people do not have much time to take three times a bath soaking for 20 minutes in apple cider vinegar solution, so another way is to apply few drops of apple cider vinegar in a cotton swab and place it over infected nail. You will see the results within few days.
Green tea is best known for it’s antioxidant properties, but it has a compound called ‘Catechins’ which is associated with anti-fungal properties, thereby helping to protect from fungus, bacteria and viruses that causes nail fungus infections.
Each cup of green tea delivers 100 to 150 milligrams of antioxidant therefore it is advisable to take three cups a day or 500 milligrams of green tea capsules.
Turmeric is a perennial herbal plant useful in food and medicinal purposes from centuries. Curcumin, present in turmeric contains polyphenolic antioxidant, which helps to treat numerous health problems including nail fungus.
Prepare a paste of turmeric mixed with water and apply on the infected nail, leave it until it dries and then wash off. Repeat this three times a day to cure nail fungus infections. It is also advisable to wear cotton socks and washing your feet after visiting public places. Always keep your nails trimmed and take more of pro-biotic for quick results.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.