Toenail fungus also referred to as onychomycosis, is a common (although annoying) fungal infection of the toenail. Common symptoms include white, yellow, or brown discoloration of one or more toenails. It can even cause your nails to thicken or crack!
This fungus is also contagious which means it may start on one toenail but can quickly spread to others. This is why getting it under control is crucial. Thankfully there are a variety of over-the-counter antifungal medications and home remedies you can try. Let’s take a closer look at effective home remedies for toenail fungus as well as when to seek medical treatment.
Tea Tree Oil
The first home remedy you can try is tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca. It’s an essential oil that is known to have antiseptic and antifungal properties.
A few clinical studies have shown that tea tree oil may be effective in curing toenail fungus. To use this remedy, you’ll want to apply tea tree oil directly onto the affected nail using a cotton swab. Apply the oil twice a day for optimal benefits. If the oil causes irritation, discontinue use.