How To Treat Fungal Nail Infections Naturally

What is a Fungal Nail Infection?

Fungal nail infections are common. Your finger or toe nails can be affected. Thankfully they are not serious, they are unsightly, and unfortunately, they can be very slow to clear up. Your nails will appear thicker, they will change colour, often a yellow or greenish colour, and they can become brittle. The infection often starts at the outer edge of the nails and spread then to the middle of the nail. The nail can lift off the skin, they can break off in pieces, sometimes there can be pain and swelling.

Fungal Infections can be slow to heal

Over the counter antifungal creams, or prescribed medication can take up to 12 months to clear infection and even at that may not work. Plus there can be side effects from these antifungal medicines that can include headaches, loss of taste, diarrhoea and itching. These medications could also damage your liver. If you decide to go this route your doctor will routinely check check your liver to ensure that all is well.

Natural Remedies to treat fungal nail infection

Natural remedies can be slow too and patience will be required, but the difference is that you will work from the inside out to resolve the problem and this can make the difference.

The reason you got a fungal nail infection could be that you had athletes’ foot and the fungus that caused the athlete’s foot spread to your toenails. You could have walked barefoot where someone else walked and picked it up that way. You are more likely to get fungal toe nail infections if you have sweaty feet. You could have touched feet or hands with someone who had a fungal nail infection.

Don’t delay if you have an infection, don’t keep putting it off, deal with it quickly to try to stop the spread to other nails.

A combination of diet, supplements, and external treatments will be needed. Natural antifungal remedies include Garlic, Olive leaf, or Oregano. You can find these as single remedies or there are combination formulas that you could choose from. One of my favourite natural remedies is A.Vogel Spilanthes. This is a traditional herbal remedy that I have recommended many times over the years. It would be a good idea to take a probiotic supplement like Udo's Choice Super 8 to support normal gut flora.

Fungus thrives on sugar and yeast so avoid these type of foods as best you can. I know this can be difficult but it won't be long term. It might be that you are eating more cakes, treats, or having more alcohol than normal and dropping back can make the difference. Add antigungal foods to your diet, this can include ginger, onion, olive oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and fermented foods.

Other things you can do to help clear fungal nail infection

At the end of the day soak your feet in a basin of warm water with pure tea tree essential oil added. Dry your feet well and afterwards paint your nails with Jasons Tea Tree Nail Saver. Tea tree oil has natural antifungal properties. Keep your feet dry, change your socks daily, and allow footwear to air and swap shoes around daily if you can.

If you use nail varnish to cover up the infection choose one that is natural. Benecos Nail Polish contains almost 90% natural plant-based ingredients. The important thing is that it allows your nails to breathe, stay hydrated, and moisturised. It is very gentle on your nails and is vegan.

I hope this information helps you clear up your nail infection.

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