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Toenail Fungus Home Treatment

Toenail fungus may be treatable with patience in 4 to ten month, with diet, biotin supplement and tea-tree oil.

Toenail fungus can cause disfiguration and discoloration. The nail gets yellow or brown, become thick and finally, crumble and drop-off. Foul-smelling debris get accumulated under the nail.

It is contagious, it can spread by sharing towel, washcloths, socks or shoes that came in contact with the effected toe.

Most probable causes are: lack of friendly bacteria, and/or use of too many antibiotics, insufficient intake of B vitamins. Artificial nails or damaged nails also create an environment for fungus under the fingernails.

Home treatment is a multi-faceted approach involving: supplements and diet to promote growth of toenail, control of fungus by Acidophilus and yogurt, reducing if not eliminating newly generated fungus microbes with rubbing alcohol, and killing the existing fungus with tea-tree oil



1. Take Acidophilus tablets

2. Take Biotin supplement (300 mcg) every day

Fungus attacks the Keratin (Nail is composed of Keratin), Biotin helps promote Keratin.



1. Drink fresh carrot juice or eat fresh carrots. Promotes growth of the nail

2. Eat to one cup of yogurt with live bacteria, reduces fungus bacteria.

3. Eat raw foods high in Vitamin C: Red bell peppers, Tomatoes, Citrus fruits

4. Reduce sugar, and refined flour


Topical treatment

1. In the morning and in the evening, use cotton ball to apply plentiful of 91% Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing alcohol) to all the toes, cuticles, in-between toes, and the sole. You are basically washing your foot in rubbing alcohol to kill fungus microbes on the surface of your foot. It will all dry out.

Alternately, you may soak your foot in a mixture of 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 part warm water for 15 to 20 minutes.

The rubbing alcohol is easier and at least equally as effective.

2. Put 'Tea- tree' oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea-tree oil is natural strong antibiotic. The tea-tree oil will be absorbed by cuticles and the nail. If the nail is too-thick, use a emery board to thin it down before applying tea-tree oil. Filing also roughens up the top surface for better absorption.

3. Before going to bed apply VICKS vapor rub to your feet. This will help get rid of  rough scaly skin that is more prone to growing fungus.

Also rubbing alcohol dry out the foot, you need to counter it with a hand-moisturizing cream, AHA, or even petroleum jelly. I just chose VICKS vapor rub.


General care

During this treatment, follow some simple common-sense steps

1. Stop applying artificial nails

2. Do not use nail polish

3. Trim nails short

4. Make sure your feet are clean and dry.

5. Wear cotton socks to keep your feet dry.


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