Nothing puts a damper on a fun summer day like toenail fungus; it’s hard to be comfortable dipping your digits in the pool or strolling barefoot through the grass when there are unsightly stains, unappealing odors and other evidence of fungus on your feet. Of course, you can (and should) go to the doctor if the problem persists, but if you’re short on time, embarrassed about broaching the subject or otherwise disinclined, consider trying one of these home remedies for toenail fungus first. You just may achieve beautiful feet all by yourself.
Plug your nose because while this remedy may smell (the odor of vinegar can be overpowering at times), it has been known to be effective. A vinegar soak a day keeps the nail fungus away. Set up a tub and fill it with one part vinegar to two parts water. You can use whatever temperature of water you want, but bear in mind that warm water may make for a more comfortable soak. Allow your nails to soak for up to twenty minutes at a time. Afterwards, rinse your hands and feet with cool water; following up the treatment with a little lotion can prevent your skin from drying out. If your skin gets too dried out, reduce the frequency of your soaks to just a couple of times a week. You can choose either a simple, plain vinegar or opt for some apple cider vinegar (both are relatively inexpensive).
It doesn’t just kill the germs in your mouth; sometimes, Listerine kills the fungus growing in and around your nail bed, too. The good news is, you can finally use up that bottle of mouthwash and you don’t have to strain your nose, because this home remedy generally leaves your nails spelling minty fresh. The downside is that, if you have any small cuts on your feet or fingers, the soaking process may sting quite a lot. To use this method, simply pour the Listerine in a bowl, dip your feet in and let the healing begin.
Vicks Vapor Rub
Remember back when you were just a little kid and your mom coated your chest in Vicks Vapor Rub to help you breathe through all that mucus? Well, if she left any jars lying around you can put them to good use: Vicks Vapor Rub helps to inhibit bacteria and fungi growth.
Application is simple: just rub it in around your nail on a nightly basis for a few months and watch your feet heal, as though the rub were a skin lotion. You may have to wait a few months, but eventually your nails clear up. Not bad for a home remedy.