Homemade Remedies To Stop Nail Fungus... Do They Work?
Killing Fungus with Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a safe topical antiseptic that has been used as a debriding agent (removal of dead skin cells...), a mouthwash/rinse and strangely enough to control fungus on fish and fish eggs. It's an oxidizing agent and apparently has worked for many readers of KillNailFungus.com to kill nail fungus. One simply soaks the fingers or toes in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes each day and waits for a healthy nail to begin growing again. The trick appears to be to let it soak long enough that it penetrates the nail bed to get at the fungus.
You can alternate using hydrogen peroxide one day and say vinegar or one of the following remedies below on other days for a multi-pronged attack on the fungus.
Stop Fungus with Vinegar
White distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar is perhaps the cheapest and easiest household item to use to fight nail fungus. It is said that vinegar inhibits the growth of fungus and continued use allows a clear and healthy nail to grow. It apparently yields great results so long as you use it at least once a day continuously without fail.
Best way to use vinegar on nails is to use an eyedropper to apply a few drops onto the nail, underneath the nail and cuticle. Some people have advised soaking in a bowl of vinegar, but that may very well be overkill as one must watch that the ph balance of the body is not thrown off. If you notice burning in the throat or skin areas then you should stop. Just use an eyedropper and play it safe. Given how cheap and readily available vinegar is, it should be tried as many have reported great results.
Treating Fungus with Vicks Vapor Rub
Vicks Vapor Rub: the smelly ointment that comes in a little blue jar apparently does a really good job at stopping nail fungus. Not sure why it works although I noticed that turpentine oil is an ingredient in Vick's Vapor Rub. I do recall that after painting for several days in a row I repeatedly used turpentine to wash my hands and under my nails to remove paint and noticed that one of my fungus infected nails looked much clearer than before.
Since Vicks does have a distinct smell it is best to apply a heavy coat onto each fungus infected nail before going to bed and then washing it off the next morning and then follow up by brushing on some vinegar as described above. Be very careful not to let your Vapor Rub treated nails come to contact or get near the nasal passages and/or eyes while sleeping.
The Anti-Fungal Powers of Cornmeal
KillNailFungus.com readers have piped in repeatedly about how their family doctor recommended using a cornmeal soak to ward off nail fungus. Apparently cornmeal has natural anti-fungal properties which has even been used successfully in the garden and lawn arenas.
The recommended procedure is to mix one part cornmeal to two parts warm water. Mix and let stand for about thirty minutes and then add just a little more warm water. Soak the fingers or toes in the mixture for at least thirty to sixty minutes. Do this every three to four days and you too may notice that it works on stubborn fungus of the nails.
Some doctors have suggested soaking nails in (the original) Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash to rid oneself of a mild case of nail fungus. Results vary and one must be diligent and keep up the treatment. Not sure what ingredient in Listerine is responsible for stopping the fungus from growing, but it is certainly worth giving it a try as there are no known side-effects.
Other Homemade Fungus Treatments
We will be adding other homemade treatments that stop fungus shortly, but we want to hear from you and your success stories. Please use the form below to tell us what works and how you use it. By posting your comments and experiences you may help others get rid of nail fungus so start posting.
KillNailFungus.com is not a medical site and not intended to take the place of a qualified doctor. Information contained here is simply the personal experiences of those who have had to treat nail fungus and come with no guarantees. Use at your own risk, but more importantly, consult your dermatologist / doctor before trying anything mentioned on this site.