Do you have a yellowing, thickening, and crumbling toenail? If so, you might have toenail fungus or onychomycosis. An abnormal pH balance of the skin can cause painful inflammation and swelling of the toenail. Exposure to moisture, a lowered immune system, sweaty shoes, poor hygiene, and weak circulation can also contribute to toenail fungus. Topical treatments, oral medication, and even surgery help treat and remove toenail fungus. However, some of these can cause adverse side effects sometimes worse than the original condition, including swelling of the mouth and face, liver damage, heart problems, diarrhea, and painful blisters. Instead of taking extreme measures to rid your toenails of fungus, consider trying a natural at-home remedy. These ten options can help you avoid painful side effects and get rid of the embarrassing fungus.
Apple cider vinegar works as both a topical and oral at-home remedy. To use it topically, mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part Epsom salts together with six parts of hot water. After it's warm to the touch, soak your feet in the mixture for 30 minutes twice a day. For an oral remedy, mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with eight ounces of warm water and drink it. Adding a teaspoon of honey sweetens the drink.
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