An unattractive development, such as nail fungus, may have occurred during the months your feet were confined to your winter boots. To get your toenails sandal-ready, it will take more than a coat of nail polish. Nail fungus can begin as an unassuming white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail. But if left untreated, it may cause unsightly nail discoloration and thickening.
You may have a nail fungal infection if one or more of your toenails are:
- Brittle, crumbly
- Distorted in shape
- Dull, with no shine
- Darkened color, caused by debris building up under your nail
Hit the Nail on the Head with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, also called melaleuca oil, is a known anti-fungal agent and has shown to be effective against multiple dermatophytes (fungus that causes skin and nail infections) found on the skin. Due to its molecular composition, tea tree oil easily absorbs into the layers of the nail to treat the infection from the root.
Renowned health practitioner and author, Dr. Andrew Weil, recommends using tea tree oil as an effective natural treatment for nail fungus. Oral anti-fungal drugs are the commonly prescribed to treat nail fungus. However, these drugs can be expensive and may have adverse side effects.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil
- Clean affected area with soap and water
- Once area is dry, apply three drops of tea tree oil
- Do this twice daily until the fungal infection is completely healed
Avoid wearing nail polish on the area being treated. Also, keep your toes and feet as dry as possible. The results vary from person to person. Some people see results within a few days, while it may take up to five months for others to see results.
How to Keep Toenails Fungus-Free
- Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible
- Wear waterproof sandals at swimming pools or other wet public areas
- Change your socks or hose daily
- Clip toenails straight across and keep them shorter than the tips of your toes
- Avoid tights and wear synthetic fabric socks that keep moisture away from feet
*If nail fungus persists it is best to consult your physician.