Nail fungus; be it on your toenails or your fingernails is an unpleasant business to have to deal with. Officially known as onychomycosis, it is most often caused by moisture trapped in a warm dark place (because of shoes, this is why it more commonly affects toenails) which is the environment fungus thrives in. In some cases, it can be caused by mold or yeast, but it’s still collectively called nail fungus nail mold or nail yeast just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
What Does It Look Like?
Generally, a nail fungal infection will start off as a white or yellow spot on the tip of the nail. As it begins to develop, the nail may become thickened, brittle/crumbly/ragged, change shape, become darker in color, or get dull. If the nail starts to separate from the nail bed, it is called onycholysis, which can be quite uncomfortable. Without treatment, toenail fungus can go on indefinitely. Even with treatment, it can occur on and off.
1. Tea Tree/Orange Oil Rub
Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant, possessing fungicidal and antibacterial properties that make it popular in treating toenail fungus. Orange oil has also shown promising results when it comes to getting rid of fungus and can be added to the mixture as well. Always remember to dilute the essential oil before applying to the nail.
■ 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
■ 1/2 teaspoon of orange oil (optional)
■ 1/2 teaspoon of grapeseed or olive oil
■ Cotton balls
As soon as you notice the tell-tale signs of nail fungus, mix together 1 of tea tree oil, ½ teaspoon of orange oil, and ½ teaspoon of grapeseed or olive oil. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply to affected nail pressing it on gently but firmly so the liquid comes out. Let this dry naturally. Alternatively, you can place 4-5 drops of tea tree oil in enough water to soak your feet in, and do that for 15-20 minutes. Both treatments should be done faithfully morning and evening.
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