I have a terrible fungus under my right big toe. Now I have a patch of rough skin that itches all the time just above the bend of the foot on my shin bone. It seems to be working down the top of my foot. My dermatologist told me this was as a result of the fungus and could go all the way to my knee. I am very skeptical about this. I have never tried any of your remedies but plan to in the near future. Thank you for your ideas.
I have a comment on the baking soda and acv remedy. You mentioned that baking soda is alkaline and helps to resist fungus growth an acv is acidic, which the funguses normal environment, but helps maintain the ph. However, I’ve read that fungus thrives in alkaline environments and the ph of acv is weaker acid and safe for skin, but the reason it works is because it will make it an uninviting environment for the fungus to live- and in turn, is killed off. Do you have any information that I am missing in this? It seems baking soda may not be the best. Thanks.
I’ve had toe nail fungus for 25+ years. I’ve never taken medicine or tried a natural remedy to cure it, I’ve just always lived with it. I went on a green juice cleanse for 28 days. Nothing but green juice, water, and coffee for four weeks (inspired by “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix). I was looking to lose a few pounds and give my body a detox. 6 months later, my nails are almost completely clear. I figure another 2-3 months of growth and I will be able to cut away the remainder of my discolored nails. This happened purely by accident. Apparently, the fungus in your nails thrives from yeast and sugar in your everyday diet. Cut out those items, kill the fungus. No pills. No soaking. I ended up dropping 30 lbs in 28 days and as a bonus my nails are going to be ready for flip flops for the first summer in 25 years! Do some research about changing your diet to beat toenail fungus… It worked for me!
I have had my infection for almost a year, I have tried vinegar, baking soda mouthwash, Lysol cleaner, yeast infection cream, yogurt, and probably many more. I have tried it all the only thing I haven’t tried was cutting my fingers off. I have it on every finger and every toe. Last week I tried PENETAN CREAM MEDICATED, IT WORKS GREAT IT HAS GOTTEN RID OF TWO VERY BAD SPOTS THAT HAVE ACCUMULATED FOR I YEAR, IT IS GREAT PLEASE GIVE IT A TRY I REALLY, REALLY HOPE IT HELPS SOMEONE, U HAVE TO MAKE SURE IT IS THE MEDIATED KIND.
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.
What triggers candida in the first place? This overgrowth of yeast can develop from a number of factors, including antibiotic use, poor digestion, low immune system function, a high sugar and grain diet, stress or hormonal changes. All these create an acidic environment that encourages yeast growth and the presence of candida. Many people opt for over-the-counter anti-fungal creams or even medications, but they only treat the symptoms, not the environment that allows candida to flourish.
Dermatophytes — fungus that grows on the skin, hair and nails but don’t penetrate tissues of the body. Athlete’s foot or Trichophyton rubrum is the most common dermatophyte and can actually infect the toenails. Infection can also begin by touching objects that have dermatophytes on them, such as nail clippers, nail files, socks, shoes, shower floors, etc. Dermatophytes are the cause of most fungal toenail infections.
Many of the most popular options for topical toenail fungus treatment are wholly natural approaches and liquid solutions. However, the Fungi Nail Antifungal ointment uses a different approach. This FDA-approved medication is a thick ointment that gets rid of fungus, soothes pain, and helps restore the skin and nail. Zinc undecylenate and undecylenic acid are the active ingredients for Fungi Nail, both FDA approved and designed for eliminating fungus.
2. Apple cider vinegar also works well as a treatment. It is mildly acidic and can help prevent toenail fungus from spreading. It also has antibacterial properties, allowing it to kill fungus while restoring the skin’s pH levels. Remember, toenail fungus could be caused by abnormal pH levels of the skin. The vinegar is also beneficial since its mildly acidic nature not only kills bacteria and fungus, but also prevents it from spreading and causing further problems. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water. Then soak your toenail in the solution for about 30 minutes as a daily treatment. After this time, dry your toenail thoroughly. Continue this treatment for a few weeks or until the fungus is resolved.
I think she means put as much salt under the actual nail (as these infections tend to lift the nail) also place on top of nail especially where the cuticle is. Try that. Salt water also kills the bacteria that causes eczema to become infected. Salt is a good all rounder for many things! But you must use a pure salt. Celtic salt or himilayan salt which looks pink in colour. You will find it at most health shops.
Kelly, I am worried about the prescription, and I know which one you are talking about. There are serious concerns about liver damage. I would never take it, ever. Also, the 85% success rate is highly exaggerated. Tea tree oil and coconut oil mixed together will absolutely cure it but there is one huge catch: you have to apply it every single day without fail, and you have to try to keep your feet dry and uncovered as much as possible. It is very simple but takes your best effort to stick to it. Look up ‘nail fungus diary’ and you’ll see how bad my nails were and how much better they’ve gotten. Toenail fungus can be cured safely and naturally. I also used something called Kerasal Nail which isn’t all natural but I think you’d be just fine without it.
Cultured dairy or fermented foods (ideally organic and raw) — these are beneficial for replacing good bacteria in the gut since they provide probiotics. Probiotics help control yeast and also have numerous immune-enhancing effects. For other sources of probiotics, in addition to yogurt or kefir try cultured foods like kimchi, kombucha or sauerkraut.
Rather than using polishes, ointments, or solutions, some people prefer to turn to a foot soak. A foot soak can be a relaxing and pleasant way to treat what ails your foot rather than the more clinical ointments. Additionally, a foot soak can treat multiple foot problems simultaneously, such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. The Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak from Purely North is among the best and most popular options for foot care today.
First, mix 1 cup of your chosen vinegar with enough water to soak your feet in. Soak for 15 minutes, and then pat dry with paper towels. Follow this by adding several tablespoons of baking soda to enough water to soak your feet in, and soak for 15 minutes. Pat feet completely dry with paper towels. Do this twice a day. The idea is that the vinegar will kill off the fungus, while the baking soda will then inhibit the growth of more.
Sounds like you were doing a candida cleanse. I’ve had great success doing a candida cleanse for chronic bronchitis; in the process of doing it my skin cleared up; migraines and PMS disappeared; and joint aches subsided. Everyone who knew me commented on who good I looked. I’ve been dealing with a toenail fungus for 10+ years and bad itching on the arch of my foot for a year now. Started a candida cleanse taking caprylic acid, probiotics and reducing my sugar and flour intake, and the foot itching started to subside and the rash began to clear up. When I forget to take my supplements, it flares up. Also used oregano oil on my toenail and it started to grow in normally = 3 drops of oregano oil mixed with 1 teaspoon olive oil applied daily for three weeks.
Persistent fungal signs can show up slowly but last for years. Getting rid of toenail fungus can take some patience and requires time to fully heal. It can take several months until treatment is successful, but doing things the right way and getting rid of the underlying cause of nail fungus is the only thing that will keep the infection from coming back again.
If you’ve had toenail fungus for any length of time (weeks, months, years), is it recommended that you get rid of any closed-toe shoes that you’ve worn during this time? I’m hoping one or more of the remedies posted will work but am also concerned about whether my (extensive) collection of shoes may cause it to reappear. Since clippers and other tools should be disinfected/sterilized, it seems like the shoes could also be a problem. It would be quite expensive to replace my shoes.
Paronychia is the name for redness and swelling of the skin around the nail beds. Sudden onset paronychia if typically caused by bacteria entering an inflamed or injured cuticle; warm soaks and compresses can alleviate pain and redness, but a doctor may need to drain the area. Long-term, repeated, or severe infections may require treatment with antibiotics.
I just wanted to add that I had good results with cornmeal. I fill a tub with dry cornmeal and cover my toes in it. It feels like putting your toes in a sandy beach. I let them set in the dry mixture for about 30 min. to an hour. I try to do this about twice a week. Suffocates and dries out the fungus. I also sprinkle dry cornmeal in my shoes. I will follow up with the coconut oil, I think that will be wonderful.
I’ve read about good results from various methods. I’m just beginning a regime, but am wondering would it help or hinder to try two methods at the same time, such as the vinegar/water soak and Vicks? It seems if there are multiple types of fungus and some remedies work on one type but not another, I wondered if this might speed up the results. I just realized I had toe fungus on multiple toes after thinking they were just damaged due to hiking. It’s been over three years and I am ready to have my normal toes back!
Both me and my husband had fungus on a couple of our toe nails. After trying a few different methods, I finally discovered something that actually works and is the cheapest option. Instead of soaking our feet in vinegar and water, I would soak up a piece of cotton ball that was big enough to cover the nail with vinegar only. I did not dilute the vinegar. Then I would place the vinegar soaked cotton ball on the nails every night before bed for 15 min. To make this process easier I filled up a small empty hand sanitizer with the vinegar because it was easier to soak up the cotton ball and applying extra drops while the cotton ball was already on the nails. After about 2-3 weeks I noticed my nails clearing up. It has been a few months now and one of my nails is completely back to normal. I would also occasionally apply Vicks vapor rub as well, usually before work in the morning and put on my socks right after. Be prepared to feel that sensation that vicks gives because my husband didn’t like that very much so I applied some after the vinegar. When putting the vinegar soaked cotton balls on our nails both me and my husband felt our nails get a tingling sensation. It never hurt or irritated the skin. The first thing to notice that it is working is when the cutical is starting to disattach from the funus infected nail. I’ve tried different remedies and this has been effective, cheap, and easy. It is definitely worth a try and don’t get discouraged, it won’t clear it up right away. It takes time and once you notice the change its a big relief. Good luck to everyone who has this problem, hope this helps like it helped us.