It’s one of those beauty dilemmas that no one reeeaaaaallly wants to talk about – Onychomycosis…errr….nail fungus. And while it is actually quite common, that doesn’t mean we want it showing up under our new mani/pedis.
The up side? There is solid fix for fungas. The down side? You need to exercise some serious patience to see results.
What is this fix? And more specifically, why did you get nail fungus?
The 411 on Nail Fungus
Nail fungus forms when fungi infect one or more of your nails. These type of infections usually develop if your nails are continuously exposed to warm, moist environments, such as your sweaty shoes or your shower floor.
Once this fungus forms you may start to notice a white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail. As it begins to spread, it may cause your nail to become discoloured, get thicker, and possibly develop crumbling edges. Yikes!
And not only is it unsightly but damn, it can get painful.
So how does a lady get rid of this nasty sitch?
How To Get Rid of Nail Fungus Naturally
I get it, when you have nail fungus you want it gone, like, yesterday. The thing is though, in order to get rid of it completely, you have to wait for your nail to grow out and that takes time.
So if you can hang in there and stay consistent in your soaks, you should see a reduction in fungal growth as well as any associated infections.
The process is easy:
- if you have toenail fungus, grab a big bowl
- if you have fingernail fungus, grab a small bowl
- fill your bowl half way with 1 part white Vinegar and 2 parts warm water
- soak either your hands or your feet in your bowl for 20 minutes each
- once your hands are dry, rub some Tea Tree Oil in and around your infected nail
It should take about 4-6 weeks before you see an improvement but gradually your nail fungus will be gone. Then just wait for your nail to grow out and you will be fungus free!
Of course, this isn’t the only way to get rid of nail fungus.
How To Get Rid of Nail Fungus Not-So-Naturally
If you are fighting some ferocious fungus and need that sh*t gone sooner than 6 weeks, you’ll need to bring out the big guns.
Here is what you need:
- again, a big bowl for feet, a small bowl for hands
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- white Vinegar
From there the process is simple:
- one day soak your infected finger (or toe) in a bowl of vinegar for 5 minutes
- the next day soak the same finger (or toe) in a bowl of 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 part water for 5 minutes
- keep alternating between the Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide soaks for up to 4 weeks
Just be sure you never mix the Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar together and it could cause damage to your skin.
Of course, if Hydrogen Peroxide ain’t really yo’ thang, you could always go gangsta on that fungus and mix:
- 1 part white Vinegar
- 1 part Listerine
- pour into a secure bottle with a cap
- each day tip some of your mixture into a bowl
- using a small (clean) paint brush, dip the brush into your mixture and paint your infected nail with it
- allow time to let the solution soak into your skin and dry
- once dry, apply Tea Tree Oil to the infected nail
- continue this treatment until you see a reduction in fungus
Similar to the natural remedy, you will still have to wait for your nail to grow out to be completely fungus-free but that shouldn’t take too much longer.
I know the time it takes for these recipes to work can get a little frustrating, but if you stay consistent in your applications and soaks, that funky fungus will eff off….eventually.
Of course, some of you might not want to wait that long, or may consider yourself to be more of the buying type as opposed to the DIY’ing type. If that is the case and you want your nail fungus to get gone…like yesterday…check out this handy little fungi fighter to help get your nails in top-notch shape asap!
And once your nails are fungus free, why not jazz them up all pretty like with this festive little polish I’m currently l-o-v-e’ing!
But back to finger fungus. Now these can’t be the only nail fungus remedies out there so if you have any tips on how to get rid of nail fungus naturally, please share them in the comment section below and let us know!
Boom. I’m a poet.