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6 Simple And Effective Home Remedies For Yellow Nails: Lemon Juice And More

Date November 14, 2018 17:47

Many things can cause your fingernails and toenails to turn yellow. This problem is often seen in smokers, for instance. Other causes of yellow nails include toenail fungus, lack of certain vitamins in diet, and painting your nails with a dark nail polish. More serious causes of nail discoloration include thyroid disorders and psoriasis.

If you have yellow nails because of some internal problem, treating the underlying cause of toenail discoloration will make your nails look healthy again. But if the problem is external, you can try a few home remedies to give your nails normal color.

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6 home remedies for yellow nails

To give your nails their original color, you can try one or a few of these remedies:

1. Baking soda

Baking soda can help remove stains on your nails and treat toenail fungus, according to HealthLine. There are a few ways to apply baking soda as a remedy for yellow nails, and here are two of them:

  • dissolve 3 tbsp. of baking soda in a basin half-filled with warm water and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes;
  • add enough water to 1-2 tbsp. of baking soda to make a thick paste, apply it on your nails, and scrub them with a clean toothbrush.

2. Tea tree oil

Tea tree essential oil is well-known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, Top 10 Home Remedies says. The oil can be used on your nails the following way:

  • combine several drops of tea tree oil with enough carrier oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil) to cover the affected nails;
  • scrub your nails with a clean toothbrush;
  • allow the mixture to sit on your nails for a few minutes, then wash it off.

Repeat the procedure a few times every day until you see an improvement.

3. Whitening toothpaste

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Whitening agents in the toothpaste can successfully remove stains from your nails and bring back their original color. Top 10 Home Remedies recommends applying this remedy this way:

  • cover the discolored nails with the toothpaste;
  • scrub your nails with a nail brush or clean toothbrush;
  • allow the toothpaste to dry, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

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4. Denture tablets

If you have a few denture tablets at hand, you can use them to treat your discolored nails. Here's how to use them, according to Our Everyday Life:

  • dissolve a few tablets in a small bowl of warm water;
  • put your fingertips in the solution for about 10 minutes;
  • rinse your hands with tap water afterwards.

To use this remedy for toenails, you will need more tablets and a basin.

5. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a common household antiseptic and whitening agent, and it can be used to treat yellow nails, including discoloration caused by fungus. Here’s how to apply it, according to Top 10 Home Remedies:

  • add 4 tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide to a small bowl of water;
  • put your fingernails into this solution for a few minutes;
  • scrub the hails with a clean toothbrush or a nail brush and rinse them with water afterwards.

Use the remedy in similar proportions on your toenails.

6. Lemon juice

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Lemon juice is an excellent natural antiseptic, and it also provides a whitening effect, Top 10 Home Remedies says. Here’s how to use it:

  • for fingernails, soak your fingertips in a small bowl of pure fresh lemon juice for a few minutes, then scrub the nails with a clean toothbrush dipped in the juice, and rinse your fingers afterwards;
  • for toenails, apply the juice generously directly on the nails, scrub the nails with a clean toothbrush dipped in the juice, allow it to dry and sit on your nails for 10-15 minutes, and rinse it off afterwards.

To bring the desired effect, these remedies should be used every day until the condition of your nails improves.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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