Home remedies for nail fungus

I went up to see my grandma a couple of weeks ago. I had barely walked in the door when she said, “I need you to look at my toe.”

You may think this is an odd request, but ever since I graduated chiropractic school, my grandmother has decided that if she has a health complaint, I’ll exactly know what to do and so she saves them up for my visits.

As soon as I pulled off her sock, I realized exactly what was going on – she had a toenail fungus.

The entire nail on her big toe had turned yellow and thickened and she said it had been hurting.

Fortunately, this time, I did know exactly what to do.

How do you know if you have a nail fungus?

Signs of a nail fungus include:

  • Pain (like my grandma had) around your nails
  • Brittleness of your nails
  • A change of color, especially yellow, white or brown
  • Your nails becoming soft or breaking easily
  • Thickening of your nails
  • Your nails changing shape
  • White patches on your nails
  • Your nail detaching from the nail bed

Why do you get a nail fungus?

There are a number of reasons you can end up with a nail fungus. These include:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Being older
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Sweating heavily
  • Having a skin injury or condition, like psoriasis

For my grandma it was the first two. She had just got out of the hospital and let’s face it – she’s no spring chicken. But, any of the above or combination of them can lead to a fungal infection.

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With that in mind, here are five home remedies for nail fungus that are easy to use and can be just as effective as prescription medications, without the risk of side effects.

#1 – Snakeroot Extract

Okay, the name isn’t pretty but this extract actually comes from the sunflower family. Even better, a scientific study proved that using the extract worked as well to get rid of toenail fungus as the prescription antifungal medicine ciclopirox.

For this remedy, you apply it with a cotton ball every three days for one month, then two times a day for the second month and then once a week for month three.

#2 – Ozonized Oil

An ozonized oil is one that has been injected with ozone. You can buy them online or in your natural health store and they usual use a base of olive oil or sunflower oil. And, just like with the snakeroot extract a scientific study found that this natural remedy is as effective as a prescription anti-fungal (this time ketoconazole).

#3 – Essential Oils

Many essential oils have antifungal properties, including tea tree oil, coconut oil, clove oil, lavender oil and lemon grass oil. Watch Kelly Bach’s instructional video here for the coconut oil nail fungus cure, presented by Dr. Mark Wiley.

Related: Tips to treat and avoid the fungus among us, by Dr. Cutler

#4 – Watch your diet

It’s also important when you’re treating any fungal infection to think about your diet.

Be sure to cut back on sugars that could feed the fungus. This includes that ice cream you enjoy in the evenings, as well as carbs, like breads and pastas and potatoes and other starches.

And, add more probiotics into your diet to support your body either through a supplement or probiotic-rich food, such as kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi.

Don’t hide your toes in the sand this summer thanks to an ugly nail fungus. Use the natural power of snakeroot extract, ozonized oils and essential oils to get rid of that fungus for good and be proud of your piggies.

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.