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Toenail fungus infection is characterized by American Natural Super Collagen thickening and hardening of the nails, making it brittle and discolored. Medically called onychomycosis, nail (specifically, toe nail) fungus is typically caused by Trichophyton rubrum, Candida species, and occasionally, some species of molds. Onychomycosis often starts as a yellow or white area on the tip of the toenail or fingernail. Initially, a toenail fungal infection may not bother the patient much but as the infection progresses, the infected toenails become chipped and easily break, creating small cuts and breaks on the skin underneath. These cuts and breaks cause pain and may give off a foul odor if left untreated, and the toenails "die" and fall off. Like all infections caused by fungus, toenail fungal infections can be recurrent and become chronic. Antimycotic (antifungal) topical ointments or creams are commonly used to treat them, but since these commercial antifungal treatments can cost a lot, many toenail fungal infection sufferers resort to more affordable natural remedies. Here are some popular natural treatments for toenail fungal infections:
Vinegar soak. Fill a basin (or bucket) with equal amount of water and apple cider vinegar. Submerge your feet in the basin for 15 to 30 minutes and dry your toenails after. Repeat this about 2 to 3 times a day. If the smell of vinegar doesn't appeal to you, you can also use 3% hydrogen peroxide instead. Of note, some prefer using concentrated vinegar (not mixed with water), applying the vinegar on the toenail, and under the toenail (if the nail can be lifted a bit) using a dropper as many times a day as possible.
Use essential oils. Tea tree oil is popular for its antifungal properties. Use this alone or combined with an equal amount of lavender oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil and rub this on the toenail about twice a day- after showering in the morning and before bedtime. You can also use a combination of olive oil and oregano oil and use it in the same manner.