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:
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:
So some we have already covered, so:
(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.
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
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 :)
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.
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?
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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.