Folk remedies for nail fungus

how to treat nail fungus

Even with the current level of development of medicine, nail fungus remains one of the most common problems on the planet. According to various statistics, this pathological process only on the feet is diagnosed in about 10-20% of people on the planet every year. This is due to the high degree of infectivity of fungal life forms, as well as their prevalence in the environment.

Why people are susceptible to fungal infections

First of all, fungal infection of the nail plates on the toes is such an urgent problem due to the prevalence of fungi in the environment. Life forms of fungi are present literally everywhere, in water, soil, animals and people carry them. Particularly high concentrations of fungi are observed in places of high humidity, including bathrooms, showers, swimming pools, saunas.

Bitan! Fungi are constantly found on human skin, however, in this case we are talking about conditionally pathogenic species of these microorganisms. They are freely transmitted by contact with the carrier or his personal belongings. However, conditionally pathogenic forms of the fungus pose a threat only in the case of reduced immunity.

Taking into account the above data, it is the reduction of the body's defenses that becomes the main cause of fungal nail infections. Thus, the predisposing factors for infection are:

  • hypothermia;
  • stress;
  • sleep disorders;
  • concomitant diseases;
  • metabolic disorders in the body;
  • advanced age;
  • injuries to fingers, nail plates, etc.
nail fungus symptoms

It is also important to know that in the CIS countries, the most common causes of toenail fungus are three groups of fungi:

  • dermatophytes;
  • yeast;
  • moldy.

Features of treatment by alternative methods

The first symptoms of pathology are as follows:

  • Too frequent scratching and damage to the cuticle.
  • Changes in the color of the nail plate - can be large or appear in the form of white spots, streaks on certain areas of the nail.
  • Appearance of yellow edges along the edges of the nail plate.
  • Disappearance of healthy nail shine, acquisition of dullness and roughness.
  • Increased fragility of nails, their thinning, excessive softness, in the absence of these signs earlier.
  • Stratification of the nail plate, the appearance of bumps, waves, cracks on its surface.

Bitan! Even with the clear appearance of one or more of the symptoms listed above, treatment should not be started recklessly. Before using any traditional medicine, you need to make sure that the fungus has really affected the nail. To do this, visit your doctor for a diagnosis.

Traditional recipes and methods of treating nail fungus

In folk medicine there are really many different remedies to fight nail fungus. But before you move on to consider effective techniques and individual recipes, it is important to remember a number of rules:

  • Some ingredients, including those of natural or natural origin, can cause allergic reactions. Therefore, before using this or that product, make sure that you are not allergic to one of the components.
  • It is very important that you consult a doctor before using a prescription you like, especially if you are already using some medications. This applies to all folk methods, even the safest ones.
  • Don’t think that, since a folk remedy is used, it can’t do much harm. Strictly adhere to the time frame during which the coating, prepared ointment, is applied. Otherwise, especially when using aggressive components, there is a risk of damage to the skin, the nail plate itself and burns.

Bitan! A systematic approach is needed to treat nail fungus using only traditional medicine. If you miss at least one day, you risk reversing the achieved therapeutic effect. Therefore, take treatment seriously, apply medicinal formulations and bathe according to the described instructions, without skipping the procedure.

Use of vinegar

Consider 2 particularly effective methods of using this tool:

  1. Lotions - Take a round cotton ball or a small piece of medical cotton, soak it in vinegar, lightly squeeze and apply to the affected area. The lotion must be removed after 10-15 depending on (depending on the sensitivity of the skin), the procedure is repeated once a day for a week. If the skin is too sensitive, vinegar can be diluted 1 to 1 with purified water.
  2. Ointment - for its preparation you will need dimethyl phthalate purchased at the pharmacy, seventy percent vinegar essence, glycerin and olive oil (in the absence of the latter, will serve sunflower oil, but only refined). All components are mixed in an amount of 2 parts essence, 1 part other components. The finished ointment is applied only to the affected areas, it is recommended to rinse after 8-10 hours. Store the prepared medicine in the refrigerator by placing it in a glass jar with a lid.

Bitan! Vinegar treatment requires caution and is completely ruled out if the integrity of the skin is compromised. Otherwise, the risk of soft tissue burns increases.

Iodine in the fight against toenail fungus

The most effective methods for using iodine are:

  1. Frequent use - every morning and before bed, drip or moisten the affected areas with 5% iodine solution. Healthy tissue around the nail plate should also be treated, but not more often than once within 48 hours.
  2. Baths are an effective method in the fight against fungal nail infections. To use it, add 3 drops of antiseptic to 2 liters of water in a bowl of hot water. In such a bath, we steam the feet for 20-25 minutes (as the water cools, hot water should be added), after which we cut off the affected areas of the nail plate at the root. After cutting the nail, it is recommended to additionally treat the finger with hydrogen peroxide. The procedure can be repeated daily, but not more than once a day.
  3. Compress - it is recommended to do before bedtime and leave overnight to solidify the therapeutic effect. The procedure is simple - moisten a cotton pad in antiseptic, apply it strictly to the affected area, and then fix it with plaster or bandage. The course of treatment in this case should not be longer than 14 days.

Use of birch tar and its derivatives

Birch tar prevents structural damage by preventing the destruction of the nail plate and accelerating the healing of the affected areas.

  1. Ointment - to prepare it you will need to mix birch tar with badger fat in equal parts (ointment can be replaced with baby cream). The product is mixed until it gets a homogeneous consistency, after which it is removed to the refrigerator for one day (store only in a glass jar under the lid). In the future, the ointment is applied daily to the nail and adjacent areas, holding 1, 5-2 hours. Removal of fat at the end of the procedure is done with soap and warm water.
  2. No less pronounced therapeutic effect have drugs for toenail fungus, in the preparation of which soap is used with the addition of tar (tar). The easiest and most effective way is a bath based on tar soap. To do this, for hot water (3-4 liters) you need about 45-50 g of soap, in this bath your feet are steamed for 15-20 minutes. During the procedure, keratinized layers of skin and areas of nail plates affected by the fungus are removed. After this time, you must dry your feet with a clean towel.

Bitan! Tar and tar soap are used with caution. Such agents are contraindicated in patients with dry type or hypersensitive skin, as well as those who suffer from allergic reactions to this natural component.

Recipes with soda

Soda helps soften nails and keratinized skin, making them easier to apply.

soda to treat nail fungus

Consider folk recipes for the treatment of toenail fungus, which are based on soda:

  1. Preparation of tins - pour hot water (about 5 liters) into the basin, add a small amount of liquid soap, two and a half tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate and stir. The feet should be soaked in such a bath for up to 20 minutes, after which the overgrown areas of the affected nail plate are cut off.
  2. Soda paste - put 200 mg of warm water in a bowl, then add soda, stirring at the same time. Add the bicarbonate until a paste of moderate density forms in the bowl. The finished product is applied to nail plates affected by fungal life forms for 10 minutes. The procedure ends by rinsing the resulting composition with warm water and wiping the limbs with a clean towel. This method is used daily, but not more than 2 times a day.

Copper sulphate

copper sulfate from nail fungus

With the help of copper sulfate, even advanced cases of fungal infection can be eradicated, but the maximum efficiency is achieved in the early stages of pathology progression.

  1. Bath - it is necessary to dissolve 15 g of copper sulfate in 15 ml of boiling water with thorough mixing. The resulting composition is added to a bowl of hot water, where the feet are soaked for 15 minutes. At the end of the procedure, wash your feet with warm running water, but do not wipe them, but let them dry. In the case of advanced cases of fungal infection, antifungal ointment or cream is applied to dry feet.
  2. Ointment - for its preparation, copper sulfate powder is fried in a pan for 3-4 minutes. It is then mixed with thicker fat and yellow sulfur until a homogeneous mass is obtained (all components are selected in equal proportions). The ointment is applied strictly to the areas of nail plates affected by onychomycosis, excluding its contact with the skin. The course of therapy with this folk remedy does not exceed 10 days.

Bitan! The efficiency of copper sulfate is maximized due to its properties and ability to penetrate deep into tissues. This component is very corrosive and can be toxic if used improperly. Therefore, its use must be previously agreed with the doctor.

Kombucha in the fight against fungi

kombucha to treat nail fungus

For treatment, you will need to make a concentrated infusion of kombucha. To do this, insist 3 months, then cook for about an hour and filter. The method of using the soup is simple - a cotton swab is moistened in it, which is applied to the diseased nail and fixed with transparent foil all night. By morning, the nail becomes soft, which makes it easier to remove the affected areas.

A less complicated, but also effective method of treatment is rubbing tea fungus powder into the affected areas. To do this, cut a small piece of mushroom to be crushed and rubbed.

Salt treatments

Approximately the same results are shown by the use of ordinary table and sea salt.

foot bath against nail fungus
  1. The most effective way to fight nail fungus is to prepare a decoction of sea salt in combination with essential oils. This will require fir, tea rose, eucalyptus or chamomile oil. Then mix 50 g of salt and 3-4 drops of oil in a liter of water, the water should be hot, but not boiling. In such a mixture we take baths every day before bed, 21 days.
  2. Make effective baths with salt and vinegar. To do this, dilute a total of one part salt and vinegar in two liters of warm water (half of each ingredient). In this folk remedy you should keep your feet every day for 10-15 minutes for 14 days.

Bitan! Folk remedies based on salt for toenail fungus are effective only in the initial stages of the disease. Otherwise, salt can be used only as an adjunct to prescribed drug therapy.

Celandine: effective recipes for removing nail fungus

celandine oil for nail fungus

The most effective methods of traditional medicine in the fight against toenails:

  1. Rubbing - for their implementation you will need a freshly harvested plant, thoroughly washed under running water (you can pour boiling water over it). Its stems and leaves are crushed in a meat grinder or blender, after which the juice is squeezed from the obtained raw material through gauze folded in 3-4 layers. A cotton pad is moistened in the resulting liquid, which is carefully used to lubricate the affected areas of the nail plate. Do not squeeze areas of skin that are not affected by the fungus. This procedure is repeated 2-3 times a day for 3 weeks.
  2. Ointment - preparation is possible with the joint use of juice, leaves and stems of celandine, carefully crushed by one of the methods listed in the previous paragraph. The raw material obtained after grinding is mixed with butter until smooth. External use of this medicine involves rubbing fat into the affected areas 2 to 3 times a day for two weeks.

Herbal remedies for traditional medicine

Best recipes:

  1. Onions or garlic - their use is the same because both plants have similar properties. Onion and garlic juice is known for its pronounced antiseptic effect. For treatment you need to take a peeled piece of this or that plant, attach the cut side to the nail and leave it there for 6-7 minutes. This procedure is repeated daily until complete recovery.
  2. Apricot tree resin - alcoholic tincture - is prepared from this viscous or solid raw material. To prepare, you will need a tablespoon of raw materials to pour 250 mg of vodka, using only glassware (it is better to grind the resin with a knife). The poured resin is removed in a dark place for 3 days with daily stirring. The resulting tincture is applied to the areas affected by the fungus 2 times a day for 7-10 days.

Bitan! Remember, the use of any traditional medicine to treat nail fungus requires prior consultation with a doctor. Self-medication, even with the use of harmless components, can harm or not affect at all, which will lead to the progression of the pathological process.

Ointment for nail fungus

Creams or ointments for nail fungus are the most common treatment options for this pathological process.

fungal nail damage

Classification of antifungal ointments and creams

There is a special classification of ointments and creams for nail fungus, first of all, such drugs are divided into two groups:

  1. Specificity against fungi - the mechanism of their action becomes clear when deciphering the first word, where "anti" means resistance, and "fungi" means fungi. Drugs of this group have a depressing effect on the cause of fungal infections - fungi of different types.
  2. Keratolytic - designed to remove the stratum corneum. They are also effective in removing areas or layers of the nail plate, because the nail is a type of epidermis. Keratolytics are prescribed in more advanced cases of onychomycosis.

There is another, narrower classification of local remedies, such ointments and creams are divided into 2 more groups:

  1. Azoles - are formed on the basis of triazole or imidazole. The principle of action of drugs of this group is based on the violation of ergosterol synthesis (proteins, the main components of the cell membrane of fungal life forms). Since the process of cell membrane formation is disturbed, the cell cannot exist, which leads to the death of the pathogen.
  2. Allylamines - drugs of this group are created on the basis of synthetic components. The mechanism of their action is based on penetration into the deep structures of the nail plate, where the destruction of fungi occurs at the cellular level. These drugs not only destroy the pathogenic microflora, but also prevent its further reproduction, ie exclude relapses. Allylamine preparations are especially effective if the fungal infection is caused by dermatophytes.

Bitan! It is important to consider a number of factors and variables when choosing a treatment method and individual drug. The necessary information can be obtained mainly through detailed diagnostics. Therefore, you should not buy and use an antifungal agent yourself, you need medical help.

The most effective ointments and creams for toenail fungus

No matter what local remedy is used to treat nail fungus, recovery is impossible if you follow a number of rules. First of all, it is necessary to use the drug strictly according to the instructions or recommendations of the doctor. Second, it is important to strictly follow the treatment regimen without missing a single application of the ointment.

fungal nail polish

Bitan! When using topical antifungal medications, it is important not to interrupt therapy when the fungus has improved or even completely disappeared. This can lead to relapse. In most cases, treatment is continued for another 1-2 weeks, but it is better to agree on the tactics of preventive therapy with a doctor.

Self-fat production

treatment of nail fungus with ointment

The most effective ointments and creams that you can make yourself:

  • Vinegar - Vinegar, due to its high degree of acidity, is able to suppress the vital activity of fungal life forms and cause their death. Vinegar is especially effective in combination with additional components. To prepare the fat, you will need to mix 30 ml of vinegar (better than apple cider vinegar, but ordinary vinegar is also suitable) with previously beaten chicken egg and a teaspoon of fake dimethyl phthalate. All components are mixed to a homogeneous consistency, applied to the affected nail areas up to 2 times a day.
  • Celandine-based - the basis for the preparation of fat in this case is butter, the active ingredients are leaves, stems and juice of the plant. The cooking process involves grinding the leaves and stems of freshly harvested celandine in a meat grinder or blender. The resulting slurry is then mixed with high-fat butter until a homogeneous viscous mass is obtained. Store this product in the refrigerator using a resealable glass container. Apply up to 3 times a day for two weeks.

Bitan! Such recipes can be described for a long time, they are all different and show good results in the treatment of nail fungus in the early stages of development. You can learn more about the methods of treating fungi with folk remedies in a special article.

Features of the use of ointments for nail fungus

nail fungus and their treatment with folk remedies

In order to completely eradicate the fungus, eliminating the possibility of recurrence, it is important to adhere to a number of recommendations:

  • One hundred percent adherence to the doctor's instructions regarding the frequency of application of fungal ointment on toenails and the time of treatment. Improper use of the drug minimizes the therapeutic effect, due to which the effectiveness of treatment is reduced, and the pathological process progresses.
  • Before applying the cream or ointment for nail fungus, you should prepare a nail plate. If the nail peels, it is necessary to remove dead parts, which will ensure deep penetration of the drug and increase its effectiveness.
  • It has become easier to remove dead parts of the nail plate, it is recommended to keep the feet in hot water beforehand in order to soften the nails. Adding salt to the water will increase the softening intensity and complete the disinfectant effect.
  • In particularly severe or advanced cases of onychomycosis, ointments and creams are applied after complete removal of the nail plate or its individual fragments. In this case, topical medications are applied to the skin, and the specifics of their use are explained by a doctor.

Tips for choosing a remedy for fungus

The choice of the most effective medicine remains with the doctor, taking into account a number of factors. However, the patient also needs to know what to look for when buying the drug:

  • Age - when buying an antifungal agent for yourself or a loved one, read the contraindications in the instructions. Many drugs, even external ones, are not recommended for use at too young, or vice versa, older age. There are many reasons for these restrictions, but the main one is the negative impact on the young organism, and in the elderly the worsening of existing chronic diseases.
  • Pregnancy is another common limitation that cannot be ignored. Components of some ointments and creams against toenail fungi can penetrate the bloodstream, affect the fetus or the quality of breast milk.
  • Side effects - The best medicine is one that has no side effects, but they do not exist today. This is explained by the individual characteristics of each person's organism. The reaction to certain medications can be negative, so it will not be superfluous to read the list of side effects before buying.