There has been an increased interest in recent years for nail fungus treatment approaches that involve home remedies. Some skeptics doubt the effectiveness of such treatments, while others claim they successfully cured their infections. Here are four of the most popular home remedies for treating fungal infections.
This treatment involves creating a white wine vinegar bath in which you soak the affected nails for twenty to thirty minutes. This should be repeated on a regular basis (daily, if possible). It’s unclear if this method really works as some people claim that vinegar only reduces the discoloration of the nail, rather than destroying the infection completely.
2) Beer Soak
For this treatment, most people use dark beer, white wine vinegar, and a sachet of the bacteria acidophilus. Soak your feet in this mixture for thirty minutes. This should be done daily, over a period of months. The effectiveness of this treatment has not been clinically tested.
Vicks VapoRub is not designed to treat nail fungus infections, yet some people have tried this with positive results. This method is quicker than a vinegar or beer soak, since you only need to apply the cream to the infected nails and surrounding skin. Vicks VapoRub may be used alongside other topical treatments.
While Listerine does destroy certain types of bacteria, it doesn’t contain an anti-fungal agent. Therefore, it might not be effective for removing the discoloration from affected nails. However, it might help avoid the spread of infection to healthy nails.
Home remedies are popular since they are inexpensive, generally easy to follow, and aren’t likely to produce unwanted side effects. These four methods might be more helpful in preventing fungal infections, rather than curing them, but they can be beneficial in conjunction with known anti-fungal creams that have been specially designed for the condition such as Funginix and Zetaclear.