Toenail fungus is an incredibly pervasive problem that has been theorized to affect around 10% of the world’s entire population. In fact, supposedly around 25% of us will have experienced some form of fungal toe issue by the time they hit 40!
Conventional toe fungus remedies can work, but they can be deceptively expensive, as well as meaning that you’re slathering your feet with more chemicals than you might be comfortable with.
Luckily for you and me, there are home remedies that you can use instead, that use all natural ingredients you might already have. One of the best is clove oil for toenail fungus. Keep reading to find out exactly why clove oil is so good for toenail fungus, and what you need to do.
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is a completely naturally occurring problem where fungal spores find their way into and around your toenails, normally resting in the nail bed, where they’re generally safe and protected from the outside environment.
Because it’s safe and warm in your feet, over time the fungus can grow and spread, and without treatment, it can become a problem.
There are a number of ways that you can prevent toenail fungus, but no method is 100%, so it’s always good to know how to treat it, should you ever have this problem and need to get rid of toenail fungus.
Symptoms of toenail fungus
There are several major symptoms of toenail fungus that you can rely on. In general, your toenails changing in drastic ways, either color or texture, are a good indicator that there might be something wrong. You might notice:
- Your toenails changing color, especially a yellow or brownish discoloration that starts at the front or side edges of your toenail.
- Nails becoming soft or brittle, breaking easily and warping in shape.
- Nails becoming painful to touch, or to constant pressure, ie wearing shoes.
- White patches on the nail itself.
- The nail detaching itself from the nail bed, either completely, or lifting up at one edge.
- Your feet will also start to smell.
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s likely that you have toenail fungus.
Toenail fungus treatment
There’s an awful lot of over the counter and prescription treatments for toenail fungus, which we know work, at least in the short term.
But in the long term, creams and other treatments do nothing to deal with the underlying cause of toenail fungus, and it might just reoccur.
Of course, you can run another course of treatment, but constantly using topical creams might not be what you want to do.
There are also tablet medications available, which are more consistent and effective in treating toenail fungus but come with long-term side effects and other issues.
The last option is to apply an essential oil treatment. Many essential oils have antibacterial and antifungal effects, and when applied topically, can treat the symptoms and effects of toenail fungus.
In our opinion, the most effective of these is clove essential oil.
Using clove essential oil for toenail fungus
Clove oil is an essential oil that has manifold beneficial effects, including antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties.
On top of this, clove oil contains a high concentration of eugenol, which is so potent an antiseptic and local anesthetic that it’s used in the dental industry.
Because of this, it’s ideally suited for treating toenail fungus, because it deals with absolutely every cause of the problem, whilst quickly and efficiently cleaning out any symptoms without any real side effects.
Using clove oil to treat your toenail fungus is simple.
- Apply around half a dozen (6) drops to the affected area, on clean and dry feet, and blend into the skin using clean hands.
- Leave the mixture to soak in naturally before putting anything on your feet like socks or shoes. This should only take a minute or two.
- Repeat this application two or three times per day.
- If the nail is rising from the nail bed, or you have broken or painful skin around the nail, dilute the mixture with two tablespoons of coconut or olive oil.
If you wish, or if you have multiple infected nails, you can also try a foot soak. Simply fill a bowl with warm (not hot) water, add a few drops of clove oil, and leave your feet to soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this once per day, in addition to the above treatment.
Following this simple regime should quickly fix the problem, but bear in mind that if it doesn’t, you could have an underlying issue that is causing your fungal problem.
The Final Say on Clove Oil for Toenail Fungus
If the problem persists for several months or returns more than once, it’s recommended that you see your doctor. But toenail fungus can be a difficult problem to shift, so if it seems like slow going at first, don’t worry. Just keep up with the clove oil for toenail fungus treatment, and you’ll soon be free of fungus! Don’t forget to get rid of shoes that have the nasty fungus in the first place.