Fungal infection of the nail requires regular treatment so that the infection does not re-occur and is removed completely. Once the infection is gotten rid of, it can take six months to a whole year for the new nail to grow back. Irregular and inadequate treatments for the infection can cause it to re-appear before the nail has grown back fully.
There are various medications available to treat fungal nail. However, natural remedies are the best because they greatly decrease the chances of re-appearance of the infection. But one must consult a doctor if the infection does not improve even with regular treatment.
How To Treat Fungal Nail Infection At Home?
Let’s look at some of the ways in which the fungal infection of the nail can be effectively dealt with at home.
Treatment Of The Infection Using Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has antibacterial and anti fungal properties which makes it useful for treating fungal infection of the nail. The oil gets rid of the infection completely with repeated and regular use.
Prepare a solution of one tablespoon tea tree essential oil and ½ teaspoon olive oil. Massage the oil mixture directly into the affected part using a cotton ball or a clean cloth. Be sure to throw away the cotton ball or the cloth after use. Do not wash the oil mixture.
If you don’t have sensitive skin then apply undiluted tea tree oil over the infected nail. If you experience burning sensation over the skin then remove the oil using a clean piece of cotton.
The treatment should be done a number of times a day to fasten the process of healing of the nail. You will have to carry on with the treatment regularly for a period of four weeks to see improvement in the condition of your nail.
Once the infection disappears completely, restrict the application of tea tree oil over the infected area to once a day. Continue the treatment for a period of two weeks after the infection is completely gone. This will ensure the infection does not return. Some people continue with the tea tree oil treatment until a new nail grows.
You can even use tea tree oil foot soak for treating the fungal infection. In a small basin add half cup tea tree essential oil and half cup water. Soak the infected nail in the solution for 20 minutes. Do this treatment every day at night before retiring to bed. Tea tree essential oil is very helpful in getting rid of the fungal infection completely and forever.
Treatment Of The Infection Using Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is mainly composed of acetic acid which is useful for treating infections caused by bacteria and fungi. Dip a clean cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place the cotton ball directly over the infected nail. Secure the cotton in place using medicated gauze or a duct tape. Allow the vinegar to treat the infection for 2-3 hours. Remove the binding and throw away the cotton. Wait for 15 minutes before repeating the process.
Apple cider vinegar treatment should be done at least three times a day to get rid of the fungal infection quickly and completely. You will have to use the treatment for two months before you see any signs of improvement in the condition. Continue using the treatment for a month after the infection disappears.
You can also prepare a soak of apple cider vinegar by combining one cup of vinegar with ½ cup water. Soak your fungus infected nail in the solution daily for 15 minutes.
Treatment Of The Infection Using White Vinegar
This is one of the most commonly used treatments for curing fungal infection of the nail. White vinegar has strong acidic properties which are useful for eliminating the fungi that cause the infection.
Make a solution of one cup white vinegar and ½ cup water. Pour the solution in a small basin and soak the infected nail in it for 15-20 minutes. Do not wash the foot with water after taking it out from the solution. Repeat the treatment again after a couple of hours by preparing a fresh solution.
This treatment should be done four times a day for a period of three months or until the infection goes completely. If your skin is not sensitive you could try dipping your nail in white vinegar bath only. Continue the treatment for a month after the infection wanes. This will prevent the infection from recurring.
Treatment Of The Infection Using VapoRub
This is a tried and tested home remedy by many people suffering from fungal infection of the nail. Rub a little VapoRub on the infected nail and leave for a couple of hours. After two hours wipe the VapoRub from the affected part using cotton or a soft tissue. Re-apply the VapoRub. This treatment should be done 5-6 times a day to fasten the process of healing of the infection.
VapoRub is prepared using mixture of eucalyptus oil, tea tree essential oil and camphor. These are powerful agents that help cure infections caused by bacteria and fungi. This is one reason VapoRub is still a popular remedy for treating cough and cold.
Treatment Of The Infection Using Indian Lilac
Indian lilac or ‘neem has excellent antifungal and antibacterial properties and is therefore very useful in treatment of infection caused by fungi. Gather a handful of Indian lilac leaves and clean them thoroughly. Crush the leaves and mix them with water to prepare a paste.
Apply the paste directly over the fungal nail and leave for a couple of hours. Repeat the treatment three times a day for two months. This will help get rid of the infection completely and also stimulate growth of clean and infection-free nail.
Treatment Of The Infection Using Mouthwash
Prepare a solution by combining a cup of Listerine mouthwash with ½ cup water. Pour the solution in a basin and soak the infected foot in the solution for 20 minutes. Do not wash the foot with water or dry it on a towel after removing from the solution; let the foot air dry. Do the treatment four times a day for three months.