Nail fungus, a condition also known as onychomycosis, is caused by the attack of dermatophytes, yeast, or non-dermatophyte mold that spreads rapidly in humid and warm environments.
The condition doesn’t show any symptoms in the beginning, however, little by little it’s possible to notice that the nail looks thicker with a yellowish color and that the surrounding skin looks inflamed.
Nail fungus can be the result of abnormal pH of the skin, continuous exposure to moisture, wearing synthetic socks, sweat build-up in shoes, poor foot hygiene, compromised immune system, or weak circulation.
Natural remedy for fighting nail fungus
This remedy is a product for external use with antiseptic and antifungal properties that help to destroy the microorganisms that cause infections. Overall, it acts in a similar way to some conventional antifungal treatments. However, it’s cheaper and does not contain aggressive chemical substances.
Benefits of alcohol
For this natural treatment, you must use 90 percent ethyl alcohol because of its disinfectant and antibacterial effects which prevent the development of infections when applied to wounds. It’s also very effective against a wide variety of bacteria and fungi. Furthermore, it’s used as a complement to treatment against onychomycosis.
Benefits of hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural product that’s used for the disinfection of superficial wounds. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties are effective in combating fungus on the nails and feet, so it’s often used in nail treatments.
Hydrogen peroxide also helps to diminish the yellowish coloration caused by fungus. Plus, if that weren’t enough, it prevents weakening and breaking of the nail.
The benefits of white vinegar
White vinegar also works well against onychomycosis. It contains organic acids, which alter the environment the microorganisms need to breed, stopping the infection. Its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties help to fight fungus and prevent the deterioration of the nail.
Therefore, it’s great for reducing itching, hardness, and other unsightly symptoms caused by fungal infection.
How to prepare this remedy
It’s very easy to make and you can use it regularly until the problem is solved.
- 5 tablespoons of 90% ethyl alcohol
- 5 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
- First, pour the ethyl alcohol in a glass container and then mix it with hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar.
- Then, cover the container and shake it so that everything is well mixed.
- Store it in a cool and dry place to keep it in good condition.
How to use:
- First, rinse the infected nail thoroughly. Dry it, and rub the treatment on with the help of a piece of cotton.
- If the nail is too thick and yellow, file the surface before applying the remedy.
- Use it twice a day, every day.
- Bear in mind that, since the effects of this remedy won’t be immediate, it’s important to use it for at least 2 months.