Often called onychomycosis, toenail fungus is one of the many skin conditions caused by fungi. Its symptoms include severe pain, inflammation, and swelling of the toes. Having the toenail fungus means you can’t wear stilettos to that prom nor shoes to the office.
Aside from yellowing, the nail thickens and crumbles. It is a very unpleasant condition and can disturb many plans. The fungi responsible are dermatophytes, and non-dermatophyte molds and yeasts (mainly Candida species).
This growth is often a result of poor foot hygiene, exposure to moisture (contaminated swimming pools), abnormal skin pH levels, synthetic socks, and compromised immune systems.
It is a common occurrence in older people than in younger people, though people with weakened immune systems are very susceptible to the condition. The toenail fungus condition first shows as a white or yellow spot on the nail.
Slowly, the nail thickens, become brittle or crumble, change color and get painful. As time goes, the nail can separate slowly from the nail bed, a condition called onycholysis, and cause severe discomfort.
Normal medical treatments would employ antifungal medicines in treating toenail fungus, but they tend to leave various side effects and do not offer a lasting solution. Many people have complained that the toenail fungus returned after a few months.
The first step to treating your toenail fungus is by first changing your diet. For your treatment, you will need to cut off the sugar supplied to the yeast responsible. The reason many antifungal creams and medications will not work is that they focus more on the symptoms than the disease itself. The symptoms leave, but the fungi themselves remain.
The use of essential oils for toenail fungus, however, is proven to work excellently without leaving any side effects. They work efficiently for many other health conditions. Take a look at the following oils you could try for your nail fungus essential oil treatment.
Another way to deal with toenail fungus is to use pure orange oil. All types of orange oil have antifungal properties and thus it can be used on infected toenails.
How to use it…
- With the help of a dropper apply orange oil daily between toes, on and under toenails, and allow it to sit for at least one hour.
- You can also dilute the orange oil with an equal amount of any kind of carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil.
- As orange oil can cause allergic reactions and can have side effects, it is advisable to test some diluted orange oil on a small spot of skin before applying it to the infected skin area.
The Orange Oil is photosensitive. You should not go out under the sun after use. I would also suggest you dilute with a carrier oil like olive oil, especially if you have sensitive skin. Rub the oil evenly on your toenails and between toes. Allow to stay on for 1 hour. If in doubt, perform a skin patch test before applying the oil. Do this by dropping a small drop on your skin. If you feel any irritation, do not use the oil.