Soaking feet to treat nail fungus

As a society, many of us take for granted how the internet affects our lives. If you want to “do it yourself” (DIY) for things like building a new bookcase or using at-home treatments for toenail fungus, you only need to use a search engine to pull up instructional videos and webpages. Kids might have a hard time believing this, but it used to take a trip to the library to achieve the same results!

A clear example of this are the tips and advice we provide right here on our website. If you are looking for information or the latest in health news, be sure to connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+). Now, when it comes to something like a case of fungal toenails, you might want to try home treatment and see if it will help first.

Regarding at-home treatments for fungal toenails, options you might consider include:

  • Apple cider vinegar. This type of vinegar is mildly acidic, which is useful for both preventing the fungus from spreading and killing it (along with other microorganisms, like bacteria). When using apple cider vinegar, mix it with an equal part of water and then soak in the solution for about half an hour.
  • Tea tree oil. Containing both antifungal and antiseptic properties, tea tree oil can help with both nail and skin infections. Start by mixing a few drops of the oil in a teaspoon of either coconut or olive oil. Then use a cotton ball and apply the mixture to any affected toenails. After ten minutes, use a toothbrush to gently scrub the nails. Repeat this two or three times a day until you achieve the results you hope to see.
  • Baking soda. In addition to treating fungal toenails, baking soda is great for neutralizing foot odor. Mix a half-cup of baking soda, a half-cup of Epsom salt, and one-fourth cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%) in four cups of hot water before adding one-fourth cup of white vinegar. Soak for about ten minutes, and then wash with clean water and thoroughly dry your foot/feet.

If at-home treatments for toenail fungus are not delivering the results you want to see, consult our professionals here at Fixing Feet Institute! We provide comprehensive foot and ankle care, so simply give us a call at (623) 584-5556 or take a moment to fill out our online form and connect with our Surprise, AZ office right now.

Dr. Viedra V. Elison
Founder and Managing Partner of Fixing Feet Institute
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