What is Nail Fungus?
If you’ve ever been caught out in the rain wearing sneakers and forced to walk for miles with sopping and soggy feet, chances are you’ve personally experienced the fungus Trichophyton rubrum, commonly known as athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot, which is typically accompanied by an insatiable itching sensation on the affected skin, is relatively quick and easy to treat. If left untreated, however, T. rubrum can spread to underneath the toenails, which can be quite painful and much more difficult to treat. It first appears as a discoloration of the nail followed by thickening to the point where it does not support the weight of the toe and makes walking difficult.
Tea Tree Oil
While treating nail fungus may seem like an arduous task, the good news is there’s a pain-free, quite affordable, all natural solution in tea tree oil. An essential oil, tea tree oil is extracted from the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, which primarily grows in Australia, and is widely known for its antiseptic properties.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Nail Fungus
Before applying the oil, be sure to trim away any dead nails with a nail clipper, going as close as you can without piercing the skin or live nail bed. Use a medium or fine-grade file over the infected nail to remove more of the dead nails to allow the essential oil better access to the nail bed. Lastly, wash your hands & feet with soap and water to get rid of any dust and dirt still lingering. Now you’re ready for your tea tree oil treatment!
When considering how to use tea tree oil for nail fungus, you have several different options available to consider. To reduce the risk of reaction, it is wise to dilute the tea tree oil with a milder carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil.One option is to do a foot soak in tea tree oil-infused warm water. Add five drops of tea tree oil to a carrier oil, and shake until sufficiently blended. Then stir the mix into a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes. Another method is to swab the affected areas with a cotton ball that has been soaked in a mix of tea tree oil and carrier oil. You can either leave the cotton ball on the affected area for a few minutes, or remove it immediately and let the nails dry. To ensure that the oil blend touches difficult-to-reach areas under the nail, gently scrub along the edge of the nail with a nail brush. A toothbrush can also be used if you don’t have a nail brush handy.
For best results, repeat this process twice a day, 2-3 times a week. The amount of time it will take to be rid of the fungus is largely dependent on the severity of the case. If you make tea tree oil treatments part of your regular weekly routine, you can look forward to a future of healthy fungus-free nails for life!