Not only is toenail fungus unsightly, with cracked, yellowed and thick toenails, but it can be painful too. Fungus thrives in warm and moist environment, and what better place to burrow and multiply than in the toenails and their surrounding skin. Sweat and moisture are just some of the culprits why fungi inhabit the feet. When you get infected, your toenails and the skin around them will look ugly and will hurt, restricting your use of your feet as you may not be able to wear certain types of shoes.
There are several remedies for toenail fungus, both medical and home remedies. Tea tree oil is one of the most popular home remedies for toenail fungus.
Tea Tree Oil as Antiseptic
For hundreds of years, tea tree oil had been used by our ancestors as a cure for injuries. Tea tree oil’s medicinal properties are very good in fighting infections, and toenail fungus is an infection, hence the use of this herb against this ailment. Studies found that it can be as effective as clotrimazole, a common medication for toenail fungus. The best thing about tea tree oil though is that it is cheap and easily accessible compared to other oils in the market. You can use this oil if you have toenail fungus but don’t have the budget for an expensive remedy.
Applying tea Tree Oil to the Affected Area
Just like any other toenail fungus remedy, tea tree oil should be applied correctly to make healing faster and more effective.
- Before application trim and clean your toenails. When using nail clippers, make sure it is clean and sterile. Cut nails as short or as close to the skin as possible. Because infected nails are thicker than non-infected ones, use an abrasive nail file to thin infected nails to make the absorption of the oil more effective. Filing nails prior to application will also get rid of dead skin and nail particles.
- After cleaning all your nails, wash it with soap and warm water to get rid of all dust and dirt as well as nail and skin particles that you have trimmed and filed.
- After trimming and cleaning your nails, you can now apply tea tree oil on your nails. Place a few drops of the oil directly onto the nails, soak a cotton ball and then dab it onto the nails or use a toothbrush. If you choose to do the second option, press on the cotton ball firmly so that the oil seeps out and is absorbed by the nail and skin. If you would like to use a toothbrush, place a few drops of the oil onto the bristles and then proceed to brushing the nails and skin until the oil is absorbed.
- Once done, do not wipe your foot with any towel or cloth. Let it air dry. You can also soak your foot in water with 5 drops of tea tree oil before drying it.
It is essential to remember that every time you apply tea tree oil for toenail fungus, you have to clean and trim your nails and skin thoroughly. For faster results it is advisable to apply tea tree oil two times a day.