Fungal infections that affect the toenails and hands are medically known as onychomycosis, a condition that can cause discoloration, scaling and weakening. For the environment in which it develops, this fungal infection is the most frequent worldwide, affecting approximately 3% to 4% of the population, with the most likely men.

Fungal nail infection is more common in the feet than in the hands, because shoes, socks or exposure to hot and humid places promotes its proliferation. But regardless of the part of the body affected, this condition is quite annoying and unsightly because of the symptoms it produces and the way the nail weakens.

The treatment to eliminate this problem can be tedious and almost always requires some time to take effect. Are you suffering from this infection? Let not consider any of these home remedies.

Apple Cider Vinegar  The acid in apple cider vinegar is an active compound that helps eradicate fungus both hands and feet. Its alkaline properties regulate the pH of the skin, altering the conditions they need to spread fungi.

How to use it?

Prepare equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and immerse hands or feet for 15 or 20 minutes. After the treatment, dry the treated parts well and apply the moisturizer.

Garlic  This popular ingredient has an important antibiotic and antimicrobial action that helps eliminate germs and fungi to prevent infections. How is it used?  10 cloves of garlic crushed in a paste, poured into a bowl with hot water, let stand a few minutes and submerged the affected area for 15 minutes. Another good option is to mix the garlic paste with olive oil and nail appliques by fungi, leaving on for 30 minutes.

Natural Yogurt  The cultivation of active bacteria, also known as probiotics, which has a very effective action in the treatment of fungal infections.

How to use it?

Have some yogurt, apply on the affected nails and wait for them to dry to remove with warm water. In addition to this, the incorporation of this ingredient in your diet, both in the morning and at night.

Tea tree oil  for its strong natural antiseptic action that improves the health of the feet and hands, while eliminating all types of microorganisms. Topical use of tea tree oil in a concentration of 10% could be as effective as Tolnaftate creams to relieve athlete’s foot. In concentrations of 25% to 50% it might be enough to relieve and cure the infection. The application of pure tea tree oil (100%) twice a day helps improve the appearance of fungal nails by 56% after three months and up to 60% after six months.

How to use it?

Apply a small drop of oil on the area affected by the fungus, two or three times daily maximum. This ingredient should not be consumed orally, as it can cause side effects such as confusion, rash, coma, instability and inability to walk.

Vicks VapoRub  The popular ointment used to reduce the symptoms of colds and flu also has properties that can be useful in the treatment of nail fungus.

How to use it?

Wash and dry the area to be treated and then apply a small amount of ointment to make sure it penetrates well. Repeat the treatment 2 times a day, preferably the last one before going to bed to act at night.

Baking soda  This alkaline ingredient also fights fungi and other microorganisms that affect nail health.

How to use it?

Prepare a paste of baking soda and lemon juice, and apply directly to the affected areas. You can also make this white powder and sprinkle it inside your shoes to fight the microorganisms that are housed there.

Lemon juice  Its antifungal antibiotic qualities and make it a good ally to effectively eliminate this problem.

How to use it?

Extract the juice of several lemons and then enter the affected areas in the liquid. Another simpler option is to rub lemon directly on the nail.


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