8 Home Remedies For Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus can be hard to get rid of completely, but some people may be able to control how it looks and stop it from spreading with home treatments. What is it, how do you get it, and when should you see a doctor? Plus, 10 home treatments that doctors say work.


1. Vinegar

There is some proof that acetic acid, which is found in white vinegar, may have antifungal properties. Dr. Purdy says that mixing white vinegar with warm water can help get rid of bacteria. The vinegar mixture can be used to soak your foot or put straight on the nail.

2. Mouthwash

Listrine is a mouthwash that contains alcohol and plant-based essential oils like eucalyptol and peppermint that Dr. Purdy says is the best. "Listerine's quickly-evaporating formula can quickly dry out any fungal infections on the plate of your toenails

3. Baking Soda

Toenail fungus prefers damp nails, but baking soda can dry them. Although it may not eliminate toenail fungus, it can delay its growth. Make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply the paste to your nails three to four times a day for 15 minutes.

4. Vick’s VapoRub

Vick's VapoRub is a lotion that you put on your skin. It has menthol, thymol, camphor, and eucalyptus oil in it.

5. Garlic

Allicin in garlic may be antibacterial and antifungal. Every day for a week, apply a clove of freshly sliced garlic to the nail for 20–30 minutes. Make sure garlic only touches the nail to avoid skin burns.

6. Snakeroot Extract

Snakeroot is a North American herb. The extract may be antifungal when used topically. Snakeroot extract can be applied directly to the affected nail two to three times a week, but it only lasts three months, so more treatment may be needed.

7. Over-The-Counter Medication

Over-the-counter toenail fungus treatments include Fungi-Nail and Tolnaftate. Use each one according to the package instructions. Different topical fungal nail treatments may work better or worse and take up to a year to work.

8. Prescription topical medications

For early or superficial toenail fungus, Penlac, Jublia, or Keradyn may assist. These treatments take longer and may not be as effective as others—the cure rate is roughly 35%. However, it may have fewer major side effects than other treatments.

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