Heal toenail fungus naturally.
I had assumed for months that nail polish was yellowing my big toenails. But as time went by with no improvement, I realized I was dealing with something more serious.
The technical name for this fungal infection is onychomycosis.
It is often caused by moist public showers, gyms, or spas.
The fungus can enter through small cuts in your skin or an injured nail bed. If your feet sweat a lot, that's a problem. Having a weak immune system makes matters worse.
My own toenail fungus had become well established by the time I took note. The full nails of both big toes were consumed, with some fungus spreading to other toes.
I knew the allopathic/pharmaceutical approach would be antifungal drugs, and I had no desire to kick my body when it was down. Drugs attack symptoms (and your body) while failing to address the cause.
I did some research and discovered several natural antifungal remedies, such as soaking in vinegar or hydrogen peroxide or applying tea tree oil or clove oil.
I like to keep things simple, so daily foot soaks were out.
Then I read about oil of oregano, a natural antifungal that cures toenail fungus. This seemed like an easier and safer option since tea tree oil and clove oil can be strong.
Most essential oils should be diluted before use, but I didn't find that necessary with
oil of oregano. I simply applied the oil once a day and let it dry slightly before putting on socks and shoes. It smelled a bit Italian, but only up close. Easy peasy.
I must admit I wondered for several weeks if my nifty home remedy would work. My toenail fungus was very well established.
At one point I thought the nails were pulling away from the nail bed, but actually that was a good sign. The new growth coming in was not nearly as thick, but it was healthy and very much intact.
The hard part about trying to cure yellow toenails is waiting. Toenails take about four times longer to grow than fingernails, and it can be a year to a year and a half before a toenail has fully grown.
But regrowth is slow whether you use drugs or a natural antifungal. I vote for the natural.
By the way, there are natural solutions for other common foot problems like athlete's foot and ingrown toenails.
For more ideas on how to have healthy feet, visit toenail-care.com.
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