Itchy Feet And Yellow Nails? Defeat Fungal Infection Using These 6 Effective Home And Natural Remedies!

Date May 22, 2018

The funny thing is that there are more than 50,000 types of fungi, and these microorganisms live practically everywhere, including our skin and even our gastrointestinal tract, or in other words - our gut. Although typically these fungi do not pose a threat to our health, they can overgrow or change and become a cause of fungal infection due to certain different factors.

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What are the symptoms and risk factors?

The disease called onychomycosis occurs on the toenails and is one of the most typical fungal infections. It causes symptoms that include inflammation, swelling, changes in the toenail color (yellowing), pain and crumbling of the toenail.

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Typical risk factors include the use of some antibiotics, a weakening of the immune system, poor hygiene, poor blood circulation, diabetes, and skin injuries.

Natural home remedies

Often, simple natural remedies can actually sort things out. Many herbs have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. Here are some simple and effective ways to get rid of the disease:

1. Tea tree oil

Clean the affected area of your foot and apply the oil directly to the toe. Let it soak for 10-20 minutes and then rinse with water. It is recommended to repeat this procedure every day.

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2. Baking soda

The power of baking soda is in its drying properties. It helps to dry up the excess moisture that makes your toes a perfect place for fungi to grow. Just create a paste (water + baking soda) and apply it to the toe. Fully cover the infected area and let it soak for 10 minutes. Afterward, rinse off and repeat the procedure next day.

3. Cornmeal

Cornmeal contains a specific type of the fungi that can kill the harmful one that infected your toes. Irony at its finest, isn’t it? Mix a small cup of cornmeal with two quarts of water in a big bowl where you could fit your feet. Let the mixture soak for an hour and then simply soak your feet for half an hour or so.

4. Lavender oil

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Lavender can calm skin irritation and has antiseptic properties. Mix 3-5 drops of lavender oil with sweet almond oil and apply to the infected area. Leave it for 10-20 minutes and rinse afterward. You can repeat this several times a day. Almond oil helps the mixture to hold on the surface of the toenail.

5. Garlic

Garlic, in general, is helpful against any type of fungal infection. Crush two heads of garlic and mix them with olive oil. Apply the mixture to your toe and leave it to soak for half an hour. Then, rinse and dry thoroughly with a paper or tissue. You can repeat the procedure twice a day.

6. Turmeric

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Turmeric is a natural antifungal agent. Moreover, it has antiseptic and antibiotic properties. The juice of the raw turmeric root has to be applied on the infected area for 2 – 3 hours. Afterward, rinse and dry the skin.

Overall, these home remedies are really effective way of treating onychomycosis. However, the methods are prohibited for those who have poor blood circulation in the extremities due to the diseases like diabetes, arteriosclerosis, varicose veins, etc. Also, it is recommended to use these remedies as an additional treatment to the main drug therapy. And don’t hesitate to consult your issue with your local doctor. Take care and stay healthy!

                                                                                    Source: Top10HomeRemedies, Reader's Digest, Tips Bulletin

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