Toenail fungus is an often embarrassing condition that results in disfiguration of the nails. This fungus can be present in both toe and finger nails, and can actually be harmful, because they feed on the material that makes up our nails—keratin. Toenail fungus is also contagious, and can be spread by the shared use of toenail clipping implements.
Toenail fungus can be cured with many over-the-counter or natural remedies that have antibacterial effects. One such natural remedy is lavender oil.
What you will need:
- Running water
- Soap (preferably anti-bacterial)
- Lavender essential oil
- Toenail clippers
Clean your feet. The first thing you will need to do when curing your toenail fungus would be to clean your feet thoroughly. Wash using cold water and an anti-microbial soap. Be sure to wash the toenail area thoroughly. After washing, dry your feet thoroughly using towels or paper towels. Let your feet air dry before clipping.
Clip your toenails. Before you can treat your toenail fungus, you would need to clip as much of your toenail as possible. Clip closest to the skin, and leave rounded edges. Toenail fungus usually grows inside the toenail and will raise the nail off the skin. You will need to remove as much as you can to allow for normal growth later on. After clipping, wash your feet again, and let them air dry.
Apply lavender oil. Before applying any oil, be sure that the oil you’ve bought is an essential Lavender oil. Some retailers only sell fragrance oil, which is actually mineral oil scented with lavender. This will not work as an anti-fungal.
Apply one drop of Lavender essential oil on the inside of your toenail, such that it reaches the fungus. Apply this twice a day—once in the morning and once in the evening.
Trim your toenails regularly. Continue your daily routine, trimming your toenails once a week. Your toenail fungus should be gone in a few weeks’ time.
Throughout your weekly and daily routine, make sure that the nail clippers you are using are sterilized before and after you use them. Sterilize your nail clippers by soaking them in alcohol for at least 10 minutes and letting them air dry. Since toenail fungus is contagious, it’s a good idea to buy your own clippers meant only for your affected toenails. Nail clippers are quite inexpensive, anyway and it’s better to invest a few dollars for extra nail clippers than have your toenail fungus infect your other toes or other members of your household.
Toenail fungus thrives in damp, dark places. To prevent toenail fungus, you will need to observe good foot hygiene. Wash and dry your feet thoroughly after visiting moist public places like spas, swimming pools and locker rooms. Wear cotton socks that breathe. If your feet get wet from a puddle or from sweat, dry them thoroughly and replace your socks with fresh, dry ones. Trim your nails regularly and try to avoid nail polish if possible.