The nail is the one of the toughest substances of our body, which acts as a shield to the fingertip of hand or leg. So it is important that proper care should be taken of the nails of our fingers and toes. But sometimes we may find that some nails darken gradually and become thick, easily breakable and painful, which is mainly due to the infection caused by the fungi that start growing on the affected nails.

Some of the most commonly seen reasons for fungal growth on nails are –

I) Excessive exposure of the nails to moisture
ii) Previous injury on the nails
iii) Weaker immunity system of the body that can not prevent infection
iv) Presence of high sugar level in the blood
v) Keeping the toes or fingers enclosed within tight shoes or gloves for too long
vi) Use of artificial nails may sometimes pass the infection to nails

Here everyone needs to be cautious about this painful ailment and if it can not be prevented at all, then it is more likely that the patients will look out for some easy home remedies for quick relief, rather than the expensive medicines and ointments prescribed by the doctors for its cure.

So hereby, some easily available home remedies are discussed which are sure to be beneficial for the patients suffering from nail fungus.

Application of garlic juice and vinegar – Garlic is always considered as a very effective herbal treatment for any kind of fungal infection, due to its anti fungal quality. Here, when few cloves of garlic are crushed to make a paste and mixed with a little amount of white vinegar, this mixture makes a wonderful remedy for nail fungus, if applied directly on the infected nails regularly. The daily consumption of raw garlic with water is also a good option for preventing fungal attack.

Soaking of nails in diluted apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is known for its highly acidic nature, which has proved to be effective in killing the fungi and thus stopping their growth on the infected nails. Therefore, some amount of apple cider vinegar should be mixed with the same amount of normal water, and then the fungi-infected nails have to be soaked in this liquid for minimum 30 minutes per day for obtaining the best result.

Commonly used mouthwash in diluted stage – The usual mouthwash daily used at home is known to have antiseptic and anti fungal properties, which actually kill the bacteria of the mouth. This same quality quality can be used in the treatment of nail fungus too, by dipping the affected nails in a little amount of mouthwash for at least 15 minutes regularly.

Rubbing Vicks Vaporub over the affected nails – Vicks VapoRub is the most popular decongestant which is typically rubbed on chest for curing the common cold, but this same ointment can provide great results in destroying fungi when applied over the infected nails before sleeping at night, and then the affected hand or foot should be covered with glove or socks for retaining the warmth given out by Vicks VapoRub.

Application of lemon juice over the whole affected finger – Lemon is known to be very rich in citric acid; her own juice has been known to be really useful in stopping the fungal growth in the infected nails. Some drops of lemon juice have to be directly applied over the whole fingers or toes holding the affected nails and kept there for at least 15 – 20 minutes, before washing off with clear water.