Nail fungus; be it on your toenails or your fingernails is an unpleasant business to have to deal with. Officially known as onychomcosis, it is most often caused by moisture trapped in a warm dark place (because of shoes, this is why it more commonly effects toenails) which is the environment fungus thrives in. In some cases it can be caused by mold, or yeast, but it’s still collectively called nail fungus-nail mold or nail yeast just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Generally a nail fungal infection will start off as a white or yellow spot on the tip of the nail. As it begins to develop, the nail may become thickened, brittle/crumbly/ragged, change shape, become darker in color, or get dull. If the nail starts to separate from the nail bed, it is called onycholysis, which can be quite uncomfortable. Without treatment, toenail fungus can go on indefinitely.

Fortunately, the cure for nail fungus might be as close as your pantry.

Both apple cider vinegar and baking soda have a long history of use in folk medicine and home remedies. A lot of pathogens– fungi included– are only adapted to surviving within a narrow range of pH. Vinegar is very acidic, while baking soda is very basic. This helps disrupt the pH of the pathogen’s environment, leading to healthier, clearer nails. In order to take advantage of this effect, all you need are a basin large enough for your feet, warm water, baking soda, and several cups of apple cider vinegar.

First, add the apple cider vinegar to the basin. While the amount you need will be dictated by the size of the basin, you want at least enough to cover your nails.

Allow your feet to soak for about twenty minutes.

Dry your feet thoroughly.

Add enough warm water to the basin to cover your nails.

Add about a half cup of baking soda to the water.

Soak your feet for another fifteen to twenty minutes.

Dry your feet thoroughly.

Repeat several times per day.

In between treatments, it’s a good idea to keep feet clean and dry. Wear open-toed shoes, since fungi thrive in a dark, moist environment. Keep nails and cuticles neatly trimmed, and brush nails with tea tree oil every day to help fight fungus in between treatments. It can take several weeks for fungus to die off, and more for the affected areas of nails to grow out completely, so be patient and keep on top of the treatments.

Source: thescienceofeating.com

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