Nail fungus; be it on your toenails or your fingernails is an unpleasant business to have to deal with. Officially known as onychomcosis, it is most often caused by moisture trapped in a warm dark place (because of shoes, this is why it more commonly effects toenails) which is the environment fungus thrives in. In some cases it can be caused by mold, or yeast, but it’s still collectively called nail fungus-nail mold or nail yeast just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Use soap and water to wash your feet, and dry well, including between toes. Trim your toenails -- straight across -- to keep them shorter than the end of your toe. Make sure the tools you use are clean, too. Wash clippers and files with soap and water, then wipe with rubbing alcohol. You might be tempted to cover up discolored nails with polish, but don't. Your nail bed can't "breathe," which keeps fungus from going away.
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Hi Claire I’m wondering if you can help advise me, I have had a fungal problem now that started a year ago on my right thumb nail. Doctors have been unhelpful with treatments to the point I have been sent to see a dermatologist. My doctors never took sample before prescribing treatments. I have spent a lot of money on raw coconut oil. I have found that it causes the skin around my thumb to harder and cause more pain. My problem is that over the last few weeks 8 of my toes have turned fungal. I found a recipe using Baking soda and a few drops of tea tree and lavender to make an anti fungal drying foot powder, it’s complete aggravated my situation and I too had been using foot soaks as you describe above. Obviously I can’t type everything here that I have tried but I have been persistant, when I showed my doctor my toes yesterday, he looked puzzled that could be so bad when my feet look so healthy otherwise. To get to my point I have been saying to them that the source of this is internal. But they say its not showing in blood test.
Last, but not least, the secret to natural and effective toenail fungus treatment — and getting rid of it for good — is using essential oils. I personally recommend two powerful essential oils below if you want to get rid of toenail fungus. I consider this to be one of the most crucial steps! Even if you do this one thing to solve your problem, with or without changing your diet (although you should change your diet too!), you may be able to get rid of toenail fungus.
With natural antiseptic and antifungal properties, castor oil and tea tree oil for nail fungus have been used for centuries. Undiluted tea tree oil can be applied directly to affected nails to help kill fungus; ten minutes after application, gently massage the oil into the nail using an old toothbrush. When applied to surrounding skin, tea tree oil is best diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. Continue to use daily until several weeks after new nail growth has occurred to prevent the fungus from returning.
The much-touted ability of ozonated oils, such as olive oil or sunflower oil, to render fungus, yeast, and bacteria inactive has been common knowledge for centuries. These oils are produced by reacting ozone (O3) with oil, and they contain compounds with significant medicinal effects that are responsible for their success against toenail fungus.(5)(6)