Nail fungus is usually the culprit when a toenail or fingernail becomes thicker than normal, difficult to cut, yellow or brown in color and dry and crumbly. It can sometimes affect the nail bed and cause pain and inflammation. A nail fungal infection may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges — an unsightly and potentially painful problem. They are the fungal infections caused by minute parasitic yeasts and molds.
Nail fungus is difficult to cure but many people have luck with a variety of home remedies. There are several ways to treat nail fungus growth and problems with natural and herbal remedies.
Soak your hand or feed in hot water or a vinegar solution two to three times a day to decrease infection. Several drops of tea tree oil or an anti bacterial essential oil blend, like Healthy Folks Essential Oil Blend can be added to the soak for additional relief. Removing additional bacteria and debris from the infected nails and cuticles is critical. Washing your hands or feed with antibacterial soap when dirty and drying them is critical to stopping an infection. Calendula oil prevents nails and cuticles from over drying and can be used if needed. After this steps you can apply a herbal remedy.
A very good remedy to treat fungal infections is Black Walnut Salve. Black walnut is one of the best-known remedies for fungal infections and parasite infestations. Black Walnut Salve is great for athlete’s foot, nail fungus, cuts, rashes, insect bites, eczema…and much more.
Lemon is a natural antiseptic, and it can help start killing the fungus bacteria almost immediately.
Tea Tree Oil is also a natural antiseptic, and it reportedly works wonderfully for killing nail fungus growth as well.
Garlic can be used in oil form directly on the infected nails, or you can rub raw garlic on and around the nails too.