Onychomycosis is an infection of the nail plate. It is characterized by severe itching, peeling of the surrounding skin, deformation of the keratin layer and an unpleasant odor. A simple traditional medicine, prepared on the basis of celandine, will help to deal with it in the initial phase. They quickly destroy pathogenic microflora, clean the nail surface from bacteria and microbes and speed up recovery after the end of therapy.
Chemical composition of the plant
Celandine is a perennial plant in the form of a low shrub. If you break its stem, bright orange juice will flow out of it. It is in this liquid that there are a large number of useful herbal components that help fight fungal infections of the nails and skin on the feet.
The chemical composition of the plant includes:
- essential oils;
- numerous organic acids (malic, succinic, citric).
Helidonine is also present in celandine. It is a poisonous alkaloid that destroys the structure of pathogenic microorganisms. In small amounts it helps fight onychomycosis, but an overdose can cause seizures, migraines and fainting.
Action of celandine
The plant is allowed to treat mycosis of the nails and skin of the feet in the initial and intermediate stages. The plant is used in pure form, passes through a meat grinder, or various medicines are prepared on its basis.
The plant suppresses the activity of the fungus, at the same time stopping the reproduction of its spores. Therefore, the infection does not spread to healthy areas of skin and nails. In addition, the use of bush extract solutions contributes to the rapid regeneration of the epidermis and keratin, heals scratches and wounds. Celandine also has an anti-inflammatory and dehydrating effect, relieves severe pain, removes pus.
Treating nail fungus with celandine is little different from treating the skin between your toes or heels. Keratin surfaces have a higher density than the epidermis, which means that the agent will be harder to penetrate. Here the result depends entirely on the preparatory measures. Before processing, the feet must be steamed, the plates trimmed and cleaned with manicure files. It is also necessary to remove the remnants of cosmetic varnish from them.
Precautions and contraindications
It is possible to use celandine from the outside without fear, because it acts only locally and does not enter the bloodstream. The only contraindication is allergy. You can check the presence of individual intolerance to grass in a simple way: 1 drop of juice is applied to the bend of the elbow, if the rash, burning sensation and other allergic reactions do not appear within 30 minutes, there are no restrictions.
Consumption of liquid celandine medications is contraindicated for pregnant women and children under seven years of age.
If you notice negative body reactions to the plant, you should not despair. Every pharmacy can offer a medical analogue - balm. It does not contain the plant of the same name, only extracts of Altai herbs and acids. It will take at least 2 weeks to treat onychomycosis with this medicine, using it several times a day.
You can also find solutions in action. Release form - drops. These medications are not intended to fight nail fungus. They contain flammable substances that remove viral neoplasms, but not pathogenic microflora. If you smear them on the nail, it will collapse and fall off.
How to use celandine for fungus on the feet
It helps well in the fight against fungal infections that affect the nails, fresh juice of celandine. For the procedure you need to find a growing bush, a twig from which it breaks, and the released fluid on the break is applied to the focus of mycosis. The manipulation is repeated at least 2 times a day. The treatment lasts from 2 weeks to several months.
With celandine juice at home, it will be easy to remove the initial stage of nail fungus. In more complex cases, antifungal medications will be needed.
The only downside to this method is that you always need fresh stems. But this problem can be solved by transplanting the outdoor plant into a flower pot. It is better to keep "room" celandine on the window sills on the south side. Weeds like sun and moderate watering.
If you do not have a live plant on hand, you can use recipes based on pre-prepared raw materials.
Celandine oil can remove fungi. It is often recommended to replace this medicine with freshly squeezed herbal juice. Therapy lasts until a new nail grows. You can buy a ready-made pharmaceutical preparation, but it is much cheaper to prepare the medicine yourself according to the following scheme:
- Mix dried celandine with olive, canola or sunflower oil;
- Pour the resulting mixture into a pot and steam for 3 hours in a water bath;
- Strain the liquid and store in a cool dark place. After three hours, the product is ready for use.
The oil is applied to diseased plates and covered with a film. Some healers recommend not only lubricating problem areas, but also applying cotton wool soaked in the medicine. The finger is covered with a film and tied with a bandage. Woolen socks are put on the feet. Under the influence of heat, the pores open and celandine easily penetrates the nail cavity.
The compress is left for 30 minutes, after which the feet are washed with water. The procedure is performed 3 times a day. The treatment lasts 3-4 weeks.
Decoction of celandine
Nail and skin mycosis responds well to treatment with a decoction of celandine. You will need a dried or fresh herb to prepare the medicine. Each raw material is filled with water (5 tbsp. L. per 2 liters), boiled and infused for 20 minutes. To improve the properties of the main component, you can add a little alcohol to the soup and insist on it for three days, but it is not necessary.
The resulting liquid is recommended for use in compresses and baths. It can be used for floating limbs or for rinsing the feet. In both cases, it is heated to 43 degrees, poured into the basin, where the feet are immersed for 15 minutes.
Official medicine recognizes celandine as effective in treating dermatological diseases, so many medicines based on this plant can be found in pharmacies. Alcoholic tincture is very popular. You can buy the finished product or prepare it at home. When choosing the last option, keep in mind that you only need fresh stems, collected and pre-frozen in the freezer.
If necessary, the infusion diluted in half with water can be used to treat lichen formations on the body, candidiasis of skin folds, mycotic scalp lesions or fungus on the face and groin.
The twigs are removed, left to thaw, and then ground in a meat grinder. The porridge is wrapped in several layers of gauze and squeezed. The cake can be thrown away, it will not be useful, and the juice is diluted in alcohol (1 to 1 ratio). Since the plant paints the skin a dark color, it is necessary to work with it in gloves.
The alcohol solution is infused for 24 hours. To do this, place the container in a cool, dark place.
There is another simple option for preparing the infusion, only using celandine oil instead of juice. 25 drops of the extract are added to a glass of alcohol and infused for 1-2 days. The finished medicine is moistened with a cotton swab and the nails are treated with the surrounding skin. This should be done 2 times a day. The course of treatment is 3 weeks.
Steaming nails with a solution of celandine
Baths are the basis for the treatment of fungal infections on the feet. Thanks to them, the fight against nail fungus becomes more comfortable and effective. Water treatments soften and moisturize the skin, clean nail plates and prevent spores from reproducing.
The steam cooking solution should be prepared from 3 liters of water and celandine essential oil. The extract is added in a volume of 1 tablespoon in 0, 5 clear liquid. You can use freshly squeezed juice instead of butter. The process of evaporating the feet takes 15-30 minutes. All this time the water should be as warm as possible (up to 45 degrees).
After cooking, you can lubricate the plates with antifungals or put compresses dipped in celandine soup on your feet.
A mixture of lemon celandine
Lemon will improve the properties of celandine and will help in the rapid destruction of bacteria and many types of fungi that cause mycosis on the nails. First you have to make celandine oil or buy ready-made, after which the lemon juice is squeezed. For one teaspoon of citrus liquid, there are 2 drops of vegetable oil.
The finished product lubricates both nails and feet. Processing can be performed up to three times a day for a month.
Vinegar and celandine
This recipe requires a dry herb. Raw materials (whole package) are poured into a jar with a wide neck and poured with vinegar of 9% (0, 5 liters). Against fungi in advanced form you can take an acid concentration of 40%. The medicine is infused in a cool place for exactly 10 days. After that, the solution is filtered through gauze or a fine sieve and 5 tablespoons of salt are added to it. The composition must then be thoroughly mixed.
This tool is used several times a day. Before use, it is necessary to steam the feet - the skin needs to be cleaned of dirt. Then a cotton swab is moistened in the mixture and applied to the nail for 5 minutes, no more. Finally, the limbs are rinsed with celandine decoction and dried on their own. The procedure must be performed in the morning and in the evening. Over time, the morning processing of the plates may be canceled.
The course of treatment is quite long - 6 months.
If the drug with celandine causes discomfort (there is a burning sensation, rash and tingling), then it is necessary to reduce the concentration of vinegar or replace it with malic acid. It is possible that a person has too sensitive skin to this drug.
Diy antifungal ointment
Fresh stems, roots and flowers are ground in a blender. Any melted fat is added. Everything is mixed, a cream is obtained that is applied to the nails and the adjacent skin.
Therapy lasts from 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the degree of neglect of onychomycosis. If after 10 days there are no changes, you must go to the doctor.
Ointment is best used as an aid. It is desirable to combine it with compresses or steam in medicinal formulations.
A mixture of celandine juice and iodine
Potassium iodide is an effective antibacterial agent. An alcoholic solution based on this component can remove not only microbes but also fungi. The effect of iodine becomes more visible if the antiseptic is mixed with celandine. As a result, it will be possible not only to remove the mycosis, but also to strengthen the nail and accelerate its regrowth.
You can also use this recipe:
- Gruel is prepared from the plant. To do this, the stalks are either kneaded with a rolling pin or passed through a meat grinder;
- 2 drops of iodine are poured into a greenish-brown porridge;
- The mixture is applied to a piece of sterile gauze or bandage;
- The compress is applied to the sore spot for 10 minutes.
Within a week after such treatment, the initial stage of onychomycosis will completely disappear. The itching, burning and other symptoms of the fungus will go away with it.
Also, folk healers recommend diluting a tablespoon of baking soda in a liter of water and then adding the same amount of salt. Finally, drip 10 drops of grass juice and a preparation containing iodine. The feet are soaked in the solution for 10 minutes, then dried and lubricated with celandine oil. Procedures are performed 2 times a day. The treatment lasts about 3 weeks.
Celandine treatment reviews
- "The fungus on my legs was cured by folk remedies, whose recipes were taken from a medical forum. Basically, I didn't want to buy drugs at the pharmacy. The therapy was complex. In the morning, the limb was boiled in a bath with baking soda for 15 minutes, then applied to the plate. cotton wool soaked in celandine oil.
I wore the bandage all day. In the evening, I took off the bandage and put my foot back in a solution of sea salt and sodium carbonate. This intensive treatment lasted for 2 weeks. Sick nail tears, and instead he grew healthy.
- "The last time I treated nail fungus was last summer. I spent the whole season at the dacha, so the medicine was at hand. Twice a day she tore off a stalk of weeds, squeezed the juice and smeared it on the plate. Her hands were dirty, of course, but shethe main goal was achieved - the fungus withdrew. The method is good, but suitable only for people living in rural areas. "
- "I've been treating a neglected nail fungus on my right foot for two months now. I learned about how to use celandine from a friend, she praised the tincture she prepared herself. I do everything on her advice, but to no avail. Obviously you have to go to the doctor. "