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The Most Common Home Remedies for Nail Fungus – and Why They Don’t Always Work

If you’ve recently developed nail fungus, you may be tempted to try various home remedies to get rid of it.

But like other home remedies, the effectiveness of these DIY treatments for nail fungus often varies, depending on the severity of your nail fungus and your toenail’s condition. And in many cases, they may not even work at all.

We’re here to help you learn about the most common home remedies for nail fungus, how effective they are and why they may not always work.

Tea Tree Oil

tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil is renowned for its anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities, so it’s no surprise that this essential oil is one of the top home remedies for treating nail fungus.

How to use it:

Apply lightly on the affected part of your nail. If you’re applying it on the skin as well, consider diluting it with another skin-friendly oil. Repeat every day until you get the results you want.

Does it work?

Not really. While it can be effective at preventing nail fungus, it’s not proven to be as effective at removing it. Results from studies on its effectiveness against nail fungus are mixed so far, so it may not always work the way you want it to.

 

Vinegar / Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar

 

 

 

 

Vinegar has long been used as an anti-bacterial agent, and it’s one of the most popular home remedies for treating nail fungus. The goal is to let the vinegar’s antibacterial properties kill the fungus in your nail.

How to use it:

Soak your feet for 30 minutes every day in a mixture of vinegar/apple cider vinegar and warm water until the fungus disappears.

Does it work?

Maybe, but likely in a limited way. Like most home remedies, the success of using vinegar for nail fungus is mostly anecdotal. Vinegar’s antibacterial properties may indeed help prevent fungus, but it may not be enough to kill the fungus and eliminate it completely.

 

Baking soda

baking soda

The idea behind using baking soda to treat nail fungus is to use its ability to soak up moisture and its alkaline nature to kill the fungus.

How to use it:

Mix baking soda with water to form a paste and apply it over the affected nail. Do this every day until the nail fungus clears.

Does it work?

Probably not. While it can help prevent nail fungus from spreading, it likely won’t be effective at killing nail fungus, especially if it’s deeply embedded in your nail.

 

Mouthwash

mouthwash

Mouthwash’s antiseptic properties have led people to use it as a home remedy for nail fungus. Like other liquids with antifungal or antibacterial properties, the goal for this remedy is to use it to kill off the fungus in your nails.

How to use it:

Soak your feet (or the affected toenail) in a solution of mouthwash and water for several minutes every day until the fungus clears. If the fungus is especially strong, add some vinegar into the solution.

Does it work?

Maybe, but not likely. This might help prevent nail fungus from getting worse, but it may not be strong enough to eliminate it completely, especially if the fungus is deep inside your nail.

 

Are home remedies for nail fungus worth trying?

It depends.

If your nail fungus isn’t severe and you don’t mind spending time experimenting and waiting to get the results you want, then they might be worth a try.

But if you want a solution that’s proven to remove your nail fungus as soon as possible, then it’s hard to beat a PACT fungal treatment from a qualified podiatrist. This treatment completely removes mild and moderate fungal nail infections with just a few sessions (with severe cases requiring a few more follow-ups). It’s also 100% safe with no known contraindications.

Aside from PACT fungal treatments, a podiatrist can also prescribe anti-fungal medication and provide other solutions that may be more effective (and work faster) than home remedies.

If you have any other questions about how to treat fungal nail infections with these treatments, get in touch with us to learn more.

 

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