Laser surgery is a drastic step to take in removing toenail fungus, but the embarrassment and discomfort of thickened, enlarged and yellowed nails makes the procedure seem an attractive option. Onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, can become so disfiguring to the nails that it causes pain when walking. There ARE home treatments you should try before resorting to surgery.
Tea tree oil will get rid of toenail fungus rather quickly.
This natural substance is a clear or nearly clear solution that has a distinct camphor-type odor. It is not to be confused with tea oil, which is primarily used for cooking. Tea tree oil, when applied daily, will kill all existing fungus on and under the nail. It's very effective if you faithfully apply the solution daily.
Simply clean the toenails and apply the tea tree oil to the nail, cuticle area and underneath the nail using a clean cotton swab. Place a loose sock over the feet and repeat this once daily. You should notice results in a week or two.
Bleach Water misted onto the fungus plagued nails works …
… But it very irritating to sensitive skin.
A mixture of 40 parts bleach and 60 parts water will work. Mist the toe nails and beneath the edge of the nails once a day. Allow it to soak for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Do not leave the bleach water on the area for longer than a few minutes. Application should only be done once per day.
Distilled white vinegar is a proven method of getting rid of toenail fungus …
… But seems to work better on milder cases.
Soak the feet in a warm solution of half vinegar and half water. Allow the feet to soak for 20-30 minutes at a time. Rinse and repeat the process once a day.
Camphor gels that are used to help clear the sinuses are said to work well in killing toenail fungus. Liberally coat the nail and beneath the nail with the gel and leave it on. Place loose fitting socks over the feet. The great thing about this treatment is that it can go wherever you go. The gel should be applied twice a day.
There are quite a few things you can try before getting laser surgery for chronic toenail fungus. All of these methods are inexpensive and easy to do right at home. Give one a try and you might be surprised at the results.