Toenail fungus causes a thickening and yellowing of the toenail that can be painful. Conventional treatments typically involve antifungal drugs, laser treatments, and sometimes surgery. More natural and less toxic alternatives include the following:
- Reduce the thickness of your affected nail using a debridement tool (a nail file works). This allows topical remedies to enter into the nail more easily. Topical remedies that are helpful include tea tree oil, Thieves oil (an aromatherapy oil), Neem oil, or Vicks VapoRub. Whatever you choose, apply it once or twice (preferably) a day.
- Try to wear sandals as much as possible with no socks. Socks and shoes create a hot, moist environment preferred by fungi.
- Expose your feet to sunlight as much as possible. The UV rays are naturally "anti-fungal." It may take three to six months of daily sun exposure to work.
- Regularly submerge your feet in saltwater. If you live near the ocean, take walks near the edge of the water. If not, you can do foot baths with natural sea salt.
- Avoid or reduce sugar consumption as much as possible. Sugar is what fungi thrive on to survive.