If you are suffering from unsightly nails due to toenail fungus, you are probably wondering if there are any popular home remedies for getting rid of toenail fungus.
There are many treatment options for this condition, but… are you too embarrassed to either visit your doctor OR go into a store and purchase actual products?
Let’s read on about some of the more popular home remedies for curing toenail fungus!
Nail Fungus Home Remedies – An Overview
If you google treatments for toenail fungus, the results can be staggering!
You will spend hours just trying to sort through all of the different nail fungus home remedies before just randomly picking one to try at home and you will probably be pretty disappointed 3-4 months later to find that you just wasted your time AND money!
Many of your search results will claim that they produce “proven” results, yet they actually utilizie dangerous, chemical household items not marketed for the treatment of toenail fungus.
Others will produce products classified as “supplements” that are loosely regulated by the FDA.
Some of these may be capable of killing SOME fungi, but all of these results are just companies fighting for your hard-earned dollar.
As a practicing podiatrist, I have seen it all! You can read more about me HERE. My goal throughout this site is to educate, educate and educate more! I have the hands-on experience to provide you with accurate information to in-turn make informed decisions regarding your health!
Home remedies for the treatment of fungal toenails can be separated into two main sections:
- Common household item remedies for toenail fungus and
- Natural, herbal remedies for toenail fungus.
Let’s discuss each of these in greater detail.
Common Household Items for the Treatment of Toenail Fungus
Here, I will briefly review some of the more popular household items that people utilize to try and get rid of their ugly toenail fungus and then I will explain to you why attempting these treatments are a waste of your time.
I did feel the need to eliminate some of the less common items that I have heard about patients using, such as turpentine (yes… I had a patient that used turpentine), for space sake!
- Chlorine Bleach – Believe it or not, people do soak their feet in chlorine bleach in an attempt to achieve fungal free toenails! Chlorine Bleach is a hazardous chemical that is corrosive and can damage any skin that it comes into contact with. Patients mush also watch inhaling the strong fumes and eliminate the bleach from coming into contact with the eyes!!!
- Beer – Yes… I said beer! Most people will mix beer with acidophilus and white vinegar and then soak away!
- Apple Cider Vinegar and/or White Wine Vinegar – These soaks over time can actually cause your nails to become more sensitive!
- Vicks VapoRub – This is marketed as a topical analgesic and cough suppressant; however, this is widely used to treat nail fungus! HealthConsumerReviews.org even did a consumer survey on this one. The results… 98% of people that utilized VicksVapoRub consistently for 3 to 12 months said that they do not recommend this form of treatment to eliminate nail fungus.
- Listerine – Listerine is a mouthwash that is alcohol-based. Menthol, Eucalyptol, Methyl Salicylate, and Thymol are the active ingredients in Listerine. Watch out… I said it is alcohol-based! If you have any cracks on your feet, prepare for pain!
Remember… I did leave some out… you can google and I’m sure find a much more complete list of everything that people use to try and rid of their toenail fungus.
I figure though, why should I continue and waste your time. None of these are actually proven to work!
You may feel like you see a temporary improvement upon initially beginning any of these treatments, but there is no way that you are solving the root or source of your problem! Even if mild improvement does initially occur, it will only be a matter of time until your problem re-manifests.
Herbal and Natural Remedies for Toenail Fungus – Why Not Cure Fungus Naturally?
When and if you do perform your google search, you will also find that many solutions for toenail fungus that come up claim to contain “natural treatments”.
So… this is sounding better, right? Why not cure toenail fungus naturally?
These more “natural” treatments of toenail fungus remedies claim to easily penetrate the nail AND strengthen your body’s immune system. This, they report, should increase your body’s natural ability to fight off the fungus causing the infection.
Also, “natural” means there are no pharmaceuticals or potentially harmful chemicals!
These afore-mentioned claims are the reason that these natural fungus treatments are preferred by many. Many people even mix and match different amounts of a multitude of some of these natural ingredients searching for the perfect solution.
Oils and extracts are included within this category of alternative, natural remedies for toenail fungus.
I have included a list of some of the most popular of these natural treatments.
- Snakeroot Extract – from plants of the sunflower family
- Tea Tree Oil
- Cinnamon Oil Extract
- Oregano Oil
- Lavender Oil
Some of my patients have mixed and matched different quantities and variations of these natural treatments.
Believe it or not, some their solutions HAVE proven to be highly effective in treating their fungal toenails, but definitely not all of them… actually, not even most of them.
In addition, some patients have applied once daily and others two and three times daily for time periods ranging from 3 months to a year!
Which of These Natural Remedies Actually Work for the Treatment of Toenail Fungus?
Let me begin by saying that not all natural treatments are created equal! And… most of these natural ingredients are not fully effective when we, as individuals, blend them – there is no consistent therapeutic dosage when we do this!
Let me clarify…
Yes… I am a fan of natural treatments for the complete resolution of toenail fungus, BUT….(you knew a BUT was coming) a therapeutic dosage of these natural ingredients is essential for complete resolution of this unsightly condition!
How Do We Know Which Products Contain Natural Ingredients in the Correct Therapeutic Dosage?
I can answer this question very easily for you!
I have done my research and found not only one, but two natural products that I feel comfortable putting my name behind. The first is called Purely Northwest Foot and Toenail System and the other is called Zeta Clear Nail Solution!
These are the ONLY two topical products that I ever recommend to my patients.
The all-natural homeopathic ingredients utilized within both of these products are carefully mixed in proven, therapeutic combinations.
This takes all of the guess-work out of the way.
Not only have I done my research, but as a podiatric physician who recommends these treatments to my patients (who desire a topical treatment) over any other prescription or non-prescription medication, I can honestly tell you that these products work!
I do want to mention, also, that topical solutions are NOT your ONLY option in the treatment of toenail fungus.
No… I am NOT talking about those nasty prescription pills with TONS of adverse side-effects!
There is an awesome alternative to both topical and oral treatments… it is a portable laser device called the CureEx Laser! This is the other product that I commonly recommend and feel comfortable putting my name behind when I have patients that relay that topical products just aren’t their treatment of choice.
I would LOVE to hear what products that you have personally had experience with and their results! Please feel free to leave any reviews or comments below! ((:
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