For a long time, nail fungus was not considered an infection, but just an aesthetic problem occurring somehow and causing an undesirable fingernail or toenail look. Since then several home remedies have been circulating profusely, even when today it is known that Nail fungus is the result of a fungal infection.
Because nail fungus discolors the nail’s surface, one of the most widely used remedies has been vinegar, originally thought to bleach the yellowish color of the nails, but later considered for its antiseptic properties, today commonly recommended to be applied directly to the site of infection two times daily.
Fungi, which are responsible for the infection, seem to find it difficult living in environments with acidic PH balance, and vinegar makes the infected area more acidic. In fact, there are medical treatments and over-the-counter remedies containing vinegar or an acid formulation similar to it.
Commercial treatments are more concentrated to killing fungal infections in less time, avoiding the strong and noticeable smell, which is characteristic of vinegar. Whether using a home remedy like this or a commercial product or medication, results are obtained by applying the acid solution regularly, even after the cure to prevent the chances of the infections return.
Bleach, is another popular home remedy by means of lemon juice alone, or combined with cosmetic bleaching creams. These products have shown evidence of effectiveness in the treatment of nail fungus, producing positive results after a few weeks of continuous application.
Some research has found that bleaching products can kill just about any type of bacteria, and can also bleach your clothing, sheets, or furniture, so they should be applied carefully. In addition, the use of a hair dryer is recommended, not to apply the bleaching creams but to dry your hands, feet, shoes and socks everyday, setting the dryer on the cool setting.
Remember that fungal infections are caused and propagated by moisture, so prevention is the best measure to take before the infection actually occurs. Podiatrist James Graham, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, recommends getting your toenails dried by blow-drying under, around and between your toes after bathing or swimming.
More than remedy the practice of hygiene is the application of antiperspirant on your feet, because sweating creates the warm, moist environment that fungi need to develop and spread. Keep toenails and fingernails short and never clip your cuticles, then apply Vick VapoRub, a popular remedy that is supposed to kill fungi, just be careful and do not rub your eyes to avoid irritation caused by this popular medication.