White toenail fungus is one kind of fungi that afflicts many. This fungus invades the nailbed which causes nail discoloration, disfigurement, thickening and eventually the splitting of the nail. At first it might occur as a cosmetic problem yet later on it becomes a source of pain and irritation as the nail starts to thicken and split.
White toenail fungus is caused by a fungus called Onychomycosis which is more common in older people. It’s also the same fungus that brings about athlete’s foot. This is also the fungus that is closely associated with people who don’t care more for their diabetes and those who have weak immune systems.
You can seek medical advice the moment you notice some symptoms of white toenail fungus. Meantime, you can seek out home remedies for toenail fungus. There are those people who are confident enough to claim that their toenail fungus has been treated with such remedies regardless of no scientific claims to back it up.
The most common homemade remedy is the vinegar paste. Vinegar has a mildly acidic pH acid which can get underneath the toenails and attack the fungus that causes the issues you are facing with your nails. Instead of the vinegar solution you can have a vinegar paste by mixing flour with any kind of vinegar you like. The mixture has to be thick and smooth and not runny. You can wipe the paste on the affected nails and athlete’s foot if you have and cover it with cellophane so the paste won’t drip. Leave it on for 30 minutes or even a day if you want.
You can also make use of baking soda combined with hydrogen peroxide. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to come up with a paste. This can be applied directly onto the affected nail especially on the nail edges and the nailbed if it is exposed. You may notice that the paste begins to bubble after it is used. This is a normal phenomenon when fungi and bacteria are being killed by the mixture. You can apply it directly and leave it on for 30 minutes. The application has to be repeated from 3 to 4 times each day. When changes are noticed, the repetition can be decreased to once or twice daily only.
The acidic pH found in vinegar is the same component that can be found in fresh lemons’ citrus juice. The application is simple. You simply have to juice the fresh lemons and with the help of a cotton ball just apply it on the affected nail and any of the infected areas. You can leave the juice on these areas for 30 to 45 minutes and then rinse it with warm water afterward. Limes can also be as effective as the fresh lemons. Results will show only after 4 to 8 weeks of treatment.
Fresh garlic is also good remedy for toenail fungus infection. The garlic only has to be peeled until the clove shows. This should be sliced in half. Run the half-cut clove on the affected part up and down like you do with a cheese grater.
Any of these remedies can help you deal with toenail fungus the fastest and most efficient way.