Toenail fungus is often mistaken with athlete’s foot and is being characterized by thick discolored nails with crumbling edges. This is very unsightly and as the nails continue to become thick, it will become painful also. There are available over-the-counter medications but they are said to be slow in treating and sometimes ineffective.
One way of getting rid of this toenail fungus is the use of an ingredient that is found in your kitchen. Baking soda can be used in treating toenail fungus. It cannot only treat the infection nor remove the damage but also keep the fungus from coming back.
Once your feet are exposed to a warm, moist environment then you have the chance of having toenail fungus. Like for example if you usually to gyms, and swimming pools then you are likely to acquire one. Individuals who wear socks and shoes all day and those who have compromised immune system are also prone to such condition.
Baking Soda Paste
First, you must make a paste out of baking soda and warm water. Rub it on the affected toenails and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Make sure to rinse the baking soda paste and dry your feet thoroughly before wearing your shoes and socks. Do this procedure at least once a day and you would notice that your infected toenails are loosening then eventually will fall off. When this happens, you will see a new nail growing in.
Another thing that you can do is soaking your feet in a solution of baking soda and water for 30 minutes and should be done daily. This way it can change the pH of your skin which is one cause in the growth of toenail fungus.
Treating your Shoes
After taking off your shoes and sneakers, they remain damp from your sweaty feet. Since fungi thrive in warm, moist and dark environments, your shoes can be a breeding place for the microbes. This will give you the chance of developing toenail infection every time you wear shoes. Again, you can sprinkle a baking soda onto your shoes to fight these microbes and at the same time freshen up the foul odor of your shoes. This will also help keep your feet dry thus preventing the fungus from attacking your toenails. As they say, prevention is the best treatment.
Oil Powder Mixture
In one case study conducted by B.D. Misner for the “Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition”, they tried another treatment which includes baking soda. They mixed baking soda with tea tree oil, basil oil, sage oil and arrowroot then they found this out to be effective against the growth of fungal infections on the feet. The mixture is applied on both feet and toes before wearing socks and shoes on. Any fungal growth on the toenails is effectively treated as the oils allow better penetration of the baking soda mixture. It also prevents new fungal growth.
Whether the treatment works or not, the best defense is to prevent the problem from occurring. Always keep your feet dry, wear only cotton socks and change them every day. Wear shoes that allow your foot to breathe. You can also add some baking soda to your shoes.
Baking Soda is not just an ingredient for kitchen use but it may also help in treating toenail fungus. It may take time before you see the results but it is worth a try. However, if further irritation or inflammation occurs, be sure to consult you physician.