Toenail Fungus Treatment – Tea Tree Oil Remedy

Toenail fungal infection is a common condition in which, the toenail gets infected with micro sized living fungus. Any fungal infection is generally caused by fungi called as 'dermatophytes'. These fungi live on the dead skin and the hair on the skin. Such infections are also labeled as ringworm but different names are just referred to the parts of the body where those infections attack.

Toenail fungus is tinea corporis and it lives on the skin around and underneath the toenail. Once the fungus gets sorted it gradually spread to the surrounding areas like cuticles and then finally nail-bed. It may change the color of the nail and sometimes produce severe pain that a person limps finding difficulty to cope up with the infection troubling the toe. It becomes difficult for a person to wear shoes and to walk comfortably. Many treatments are available to treat such condition in an effective way.

Tea tree oil is a great natural home remedy for curing toenail infection especially the fungal ones. Tea tree oil is derived from the tree called Melaleuca alternifolia that grows abundantly in Australia. The oil was used in Australia since many years but after researches on it, Tea tree oil has now drawn everyone's attention and has now become one of the most important essential oils as home remedy or alternative therapy used to treat various health ailments.

The Tea tree oil contains chemicals known as terpenoids that are believed to be having medicinal properties. Another useful ingredient Tea tree oil contains is cineole. Both of these ingredients are active components that posses antifungal and antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil kills the microorganisms that are resistant to some antibiotics and if applied locally, it can be very effective antiseptic and anti-infectious for fungal infection. The oil has been widely used to treat condition called as Athlete's foot, a fungal infection of the toenail.

Tea tree oil is also used to treat insect bites, sunburn and other minor skin problems where there is itching and irritation. Tea tree oil has also been practiced curing to kill bacteria in the mouth before the dental surgery and to less the mouth irritation that is caused by dental procedures. In oral candidiasis, Tea tree oil has proven results when used as gargling. Oral candidiasis is nothing but a fungal infection of the mouth and throat and hence, it can also work on toenail fungal infection.

One can use Tea tree oil alone or with some other essential oil as combination. Using Tea tree alone can help healing the newly detected toenail fungal infection. In other words, uncomplicated and toenail infection on the initial stages can effectively be treated with Tea tree oil and when it is more advanced, it can be treated by using Tea tree oil with combination of olive oil or lavender oil or apple cider vinegar. To use these oils, one can take cotton-ball and can dip into oils before applying onto the affected area. If you are using Tea tree oil as single oil, you can use eyedropper to take and put onto the affected area. Once the application is over, do not forget to make the area dry after sometime.

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