Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungal disease of the nails, which is characterized by inflammation, pain, and swelling of the feet, as well as yellowing, thickening, and crumbling of the nail itself. The nails are affected by fungus due to abnormal dry skin, continuous exposure to moisture, wearing synthetic socks, weakening of the immune system, excessive sweating of the feet, poor hygiene of the feet, or poor circulation, such as diabetes mellitus. We have prepared the list with the best essential oils for nail fungus. Keep on reading to know more.
Modern medicine offers the treatment of foot and nail fungus in several ways: with locally applied drugs (ointments, gels), oral medications and even surgery. The use of medicinal products entails many dangers in the form of side effects, such as respiratory problems, facial swelling, hives, rashes, blisters, headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, liver damage, weight gain, fatigue, heart problems, fever, diarrhea, etc.
How do you know it’s a toenail fungus? You can suspect onychomycosis from one or more of these symptoms:
- Change in nail color. It starts with a small spot, then the nail turns lighter or yellow. It can become darker or even greener later on.
- A change in shape. The nail grows in the wrong way, waves appear on the nail.
- Unpleasant feeling, pain, especially if you press on a nail.
- Fragility. The nail starts to split, becomes brittle. It’s noticeable that the nail structure has changed.
In order to get rid of foot and nail fungus and not to harm your health, you can use essential oils, which have proven to be an excellent antimicrobial agent.
Tea tree essential oil has strong antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal properties. In parallel, tea tree oil has strong wound-healing and anti-inflammatory qualities. This oil is one of the best means to fight most viral, bacterial and fungal infections, including toe fungus. One of the causes of the fungus on your nails is a weakened immune system, and tea tree oil is an immunomodulatory agent that helps even in neglected cases.
How exactly should you use tea tree essential oil for toenail fungus?
Method 1. Cover a cotton swab with tea tree oil and apply it to the nail(s) so that it covers all the affected areas damaged by a fungus. Hold the compress for 10 minutes.
Method 2. Soften sick toenails by using a hot water foot bath, after that cut the affected nail(s) as short as possible. Then apply two drops of tea tree oil and gently rub it into the nail.
Such procedures should be performed daily until a healthy nail grows back. On average, the treatment takes two months.
If you have a severe case of toenail fungus, you need to treat not only the affected nails, but also all the skin around nails.
Consider this antifungal Tea Tree Oil foot & body wash, Tea Tree toenail blend and tea tree oil foot soak. Nail blend contains a natural essential oil solution of tea tree oil, oregano oil, eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, cajuput oil, camphor oil & jojoba oil.
CONSUMER REVIEWS: 1) Helped to avoid expensive laser treatment at the podiatrist. 2) Soaking of feet, filing affected nails and then applying the nail blend helped to remove an old nail fungus that was persistent for decades. “Chunks of the dead nail are falling off”. 3) Cleared psoriasis on elbows and knees. 4) Improved appearance of nails that were already black because of toenail fungus.