Toenail fungal infection can be really uncomfortable and embarrassing. It usually begins with an infection in the skin near the nail and spread further. As the fungus spreads in the nail, it starts discolouring it and making the edges crumble. Although nail infections heal naturally in some time, you must treat it if it starts paining. While you can always seek medical consultation for treating the infection, there are things you can do at home to reduce the symptoms. Here is what you can do:
Gently scrub off nail and the dead cells using a nail brush or old toothbrush. Don't use the same brush again. Now apply the mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil on your nail. Apply it two to three times a day for reducing the symptoms.
Using Vicks VapoRub is also an excellent solution for treating nail infection. Apply some VapoRub on the affected area and cover it with bandage. Continue doing this for a week and you will notice significant improvement in your nails.
To speed up the healing process, indulge in foot soak once a day. Add salt and mild soapy liquid to the warm water and dip in your feet for 30 minutes. Completely dry the feet using a clean towel and follow with application of the treatment solution that you are using.
Don't wear shoes and socks until the infection is completely healed. Go for slipper and sandals that don't cover your toes. Change your shoes every other day and keep them in sun for a day to help them dry and kill fungus in it.
You can consider using Curanail. It is a prescription strength solution that has been especially made for treating toenail fungus infection. The topical solution is completely natural and hence, safe to be used.Apply the solution once a week and see your infection improving.
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