Fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails aren’t something that people like to talk about it, but a number of people suffer from this malady. It results in a discoloration and thickening of the nail. If left untreated, the nail may come loose.
Unfortunately, these types of infections are difficult to treat. There is now a prescription oral treatment which sometimes works, but has side effects. There are also expensive liquids which can be purchased over the counter that you apply to the nail.
Many people have found home remedies to be just as effective as those which you find at the drugstore. These, as well as the pharmaceutical solutions, require persistence and may take several months to work.
- Any treatment must start with clean dry nails. Keep them trimmed short so that you’re not catching them on things.
- Vicks VapoRub is the most commonly heard remedy, and is easy to use because of its thickness. It should be rubbed on, under and around the nail. If on the foot, put on a pair of clean socks afterwords.
- Vinegar soaks or just applying vinegar to the nail and allowing it to dry at least twice a day. If you soak it, you may want to dilute it with a little water.
- Tea tree oil can be used the same as the vinegar. It can be found at health food stores and some drug stores.
- Bleach is rougher on your skin, but some people have had success applying it to the nail and surrounding area.
- Decolorized iodine is another option and is used in a similar manner by spreading it over the nail.