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home remedies for toenail fungus

As with most home remedies for toenail fungus, they are mostly all bad. So if you step this way be warned, they probably don’t work.

So why put them online? Because people ask for them and they need to know that they wont work. Read through the list, find the one you like and read the reasoning behind it not working

Then there are these 8 issues with home remedies for toenail fungus:

  • There is also confusion between nail fungus and skin fungus. Skin fungus probably gets treated with some of the below methods and in some instances it might help. In others, it won’t.
  • The ingredients aren’t designed for skin or nail fungus
  • To penetrate the nails take a huge amount of time and can not penetrate deep enough to do any good
  • Just because it is home or natural doesn’t mean anything. Sometimes they can be toxic and especially when mixed with a range of other products can cause problems
  • Just because people have said they have used it doesn’t mean anything. For example, vinegar seems to be the run to “cure all”. It isn’t.
  • In many cases the patient had a trauma to the nail. No fungus. The trauma grows out while they are treating the nail with a random amount of products. The result? They believe the treatment cured the nail, but in fact the nail just grew out…naturally.
  • Some of these treatments cost. Example, using Listerine- it costs a bit per bottle. I have better uses for my money :)
  • There was one where it said to drink Apple Cider Vinegar to get a boost to the immune system and that will fight off the fungus. No, no it won't. The circulation can not penetrate into the nail- only well made medication can do that- with difficulty at that- and even then you need Liver checks because the medication is so potent.

When to give up

Here are some of the well known home remedies for toenail fungus that might not be effective in the eradication of fungal nails. Try some and see what results you get, some could prove better than others. It takes about 18 months for the nail to grow from the base to the tip.

If you don’t see anything happening after 3 months, give up )

Most people wont say that, but you should. You should see some movement of the nail growing out very slightly.

So what we have is the products and how to use them. Like don't, but if you really, really must:

  • Never use straight away- patch test a very small area of skin. Any irritation- stop
  • Irritation is one of the main side affects, you get any? Stop. And wash the area off with water for 5 mins. Don’t start again.

So some we have already covered, so:

Hydrogen peroxide



Apple Cider Vinegar.

Tea Tree Oil


home remedies for toenail fungus

(Doesn't work really ) Vinegar contains antifungal properties which kill the fungus, plus it can speed up the healing process and stop any itching. Vinegar being an acid balances the pH levels of the nails and skin which becomes less desirable for fungal growth. Any type of vinegar is fine to use because they all are acidic.

  • Add 1 part of vinegar and 2 parts of warm water to a bowl, making sure the solution is enough to completely cover the nails.
  • Soak infected nails in the solution for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the solution, rinse them with clean water and dry the nails.
  • Repeat the process 2 times daily until you achieve the results.

Coconut Oil

home remedies for toenail fungus

I feel sorry for the coconut. It was lovely with some chocolate but now it is everywhere. Is it one of the great home remedies for toenail fungus? No. The theory behind it at present is:

Well, fatty acids present in coconut oil insert themselves in to the fat layer of the fungal membrane which disturbs its cell integration and destroy the fungus. You will lose your nail in this process, but a new one will regrow!.

What actually happens is that you are applying so much moisture to the nail it can come off- not because of anything penetrating the fungus. If it comes off a new one will grow, but if that fungus is running around then the nail can get reinfected pretty quick

Epsom Salts

home remedies toenail fungus

Here's what people say:

Epsom salt contains anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It exfoliates the skin and nails gently to speed up the healing process.

No it doesn't. Exfoliate means to gently remove. Your nails doesn't slightly come off when you use Epsom Salts. They tend to dry out your feet which reduces the athletes foot content within your skin. But funnily enough, too dry skin can cause athletes foot to develop :)

Baking Soda

home remedies toenail fungus

Same issue with Epsom Salts. Baking soda might tackle the athletes foot running around but that is probably it. The bubbling is chemical reactions and not the fungus dying.


home remedies toenail fungus

I was getting quite disappointed that I didn't see honey somewhere online for the best home remedies for toenail fungus and then, kerpow! I found it online. This is a quote:

Being antifungal, honey heals toenail fungus by drawing out the toxins out of the foot. It also contains hydrogen peroxide which heals the wounds on the skin.

So wrong on so many levels :) This is not what honey does at all. Pure Honey has components within it that act as antibacterial (which fungus is not) and probably anti-microbial that act upon the area, not drawing them out. It has had great success with wounds and ulcerations that people jump on it for a great cure. The problem?

  • Pure medical grade honey is used in hospitals/ clinics, nothing that you can get from a superstore- because contaminants have been reduced
  • It is not the cleanest method around and requires appropriate dressings to keep it in place that do not leak
  • it is only applied on wounds that require this type of dressing
  • For it to get within the nails is highly unlikely, it doesn't penetrate that well
  • Hydrogen Peroxide doesn't heal wounds. The frothing/ bubbling is not good. In most good clinics it is never used.

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