Many factors can contribute to the development of toenail fungus, including an abnormal pH balance on the skin, exposure to moisture, a lowered immune system, sweaty shoes, poor hygiene, and weak circulation. Topical treatments, oral medication, and even surgery help treat and eradicate toenail fungus. However, some can cause adverse side effects that could be worse than the fungus itself, such as swelling of the mouth and face, liver damage, heart problems, diarrhea, and painful blisters. Trying home remedies first can prevent these unsavory and potentially dangerous side effects, but always check with a doctor before relying on natural alternatives.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can treat toenail fungus both topically and orally. To use it topically, mix 1/3 cup of ACV and Epsom salts in two cups of hot water. Allow the mixture to cool until it is comfortable, then soak your feet for 30 minutes up to twice a day. For an oral remedy, mix two tablespoons of ACV with16 oz of warm water. A teaspoon of honey can sweeten the drink.
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