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Home Remedy for Toenail Fungus That Works

Updated on September 3, 2017

You don't need to spend a lot of money to get rid of a toenail fungus. I've used this method myself and it does work. What you will need are just inexpensive supplies that you may have around the home and lots of patience. Sorry, but the cure doesn't work overnight.

Many people will tell you that they've even had the toenail removed at the doctor's office and it didn't work. The doctor can prescribe an antibiotic, but you'll need to take it for a full month and it can cause liver damage.

This toenail has the yellowing going down the nail
This toenail has the yellowing going down the nail | Source

How Do You Get Toenail Fungus?

Some people are more likely to get the fungus then others. If you have a suppressed immune system, poor foot hygiene, have injured the nail or have an abnormal ph level in your skin you will be more prone to the infection. Anyone can get one of these infections. They are more common in toenails, but can involve fingernails too because the toenails are more suseptible to fungus infections. The fungus likes to live in moist dark place and because we wear shoes all day, it is the perfect place for them to thrive. It can enter the nail bed from tiny invisible cuts.

It is usually caused by what is known in the medical field as dermatophytes, which is just a type of fungus. They can also be caused by yeast and molds.

Symptoms of Toe Nail Fungus

The infection usually starts with just a yellow or white spot underneath the toenail. If it worsens, the toenail can turn yellow or brown. The infection is underneath the toenail. Eventually the nail can separate from the nail bed. This can be painful. The end of the nail might also start breaking off. Other symptoms are thick nail, brittle, crumbly or ragged nails, the nail has no shine or luster, and it may even cause a slight odor.

Home Remedy for Toenail Fungus by homeveda on Youtube

Medical Treatments

There are different treatments that your doctor can prescribe including the tablet that I described earlier that can cause possible liver damage, a topical treatment, and a lacquer that you apply to your nails that is like a nail polish. You will get these from your doctor. There is an over the counter cream that is available, but I've heard that it isn't very effective.

Home Treatment

You can treat your nail fungus with Vicks Vaporub. One of my friends had a doctor suggest this and my niece was also told to use it. Researchers from Michigan State University discovered using the Vicks works. I've tried it and it does.

Just cover the toenail infected with the Vicks. Use a generous application and then cover with gauze and tape it, so it doesn't just end up on your sock. You may need to repeat this process until the toenail is completely grown which can take up to 4 months.

Another suggestion is use Tea Tree Oil. I've heard that this works as well. Any treatment for the problem will take several weeks to several months, even the oral medication from the doctor takes 6 weeks and then you need to let the nail grow out which may take up to 4 months. All of these treatments will take patience.

Many suggest soaking your feet in a mixture of vinegar and water 3 times a day. The vinegar kills the fungus and it doesn't matter if you use apple cider vinegar or white. The process may take an entire year though. If you like to soak your feet anyway, this may be a better solution for you.

The worst cure for the fungus is removing the entire nail, so the waiting and the patience are worth it. If you have an extremely bad case, you may need to see a physician.


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    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      dwachira, I hope you don't need the cure again. Thanks for sharing and voting up.

    • dwachira profile image

      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You have explained it well here Barbara Kay, that next time i will try Vicks Vaporub recommendation. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      frogyfish, Thanks for reading the hub. I use Vicks for a lot of other things too, like sore muscles. My sister even used it for pain from cancer.

    • frogyfish profile image


      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Wow! Vicks VapoRub again comes to the rescue. Thank you for sharing this amazing tip as a home remedy. (It is good for coughs...just rub on soles of feet, I've read.)

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      grannygrunt, I have a slight problem that I think was spread from my son. It still takes patience even though it continues to improve. The doctor told my son that no matter what he did it wouldn't improve until he got his blood sugar under control.

      I agree that nail nippers spread the fungus. I've been using alcohol on mine everytime I use them. Maybe I should be using the peroxide, because I don't know if the alcohol kills the germs.

      Thanks for commenting.

    • grannygrunt profile image


      8 years ago

      I have used over the counter cream and the nail polish types. I noticed the cream had a menthol smell, so it makes sense that Vick's would work. I also read that peroxide will also help, but the key is PATIENCE!!!!! My toes are finally presentable, and I can polish them!!!! I still use the medicine after my shower, because I don't want to go through this again!!! I have soft nails, so the fungus really set in. I am still working on my finger nails; they have greatly improved, but has been harder to clear up. I believe nail nippers can transfer the fungus from other people, and from your feet to your hands. You are so interesting, Barbara Kay!!!!

    • almasi profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I also did not know that simple Vicks Vaporub could be used to treat nail fungus infection.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      It takes quite awhile to get rid of it, because the entire nail needs to grow back. I would think Vicks would be safe during pregnancy, but I agree with you that you better check it out.

    • GonzoMom profile image


      8 years ago from Woodland, CA

      Thank you, I will be trying the Vicks. I have a toenail fungus, pretty sure I picked it up from the nail salon (eew!) but haven't wanted to try anything since I am pregnant. But this is probably the safest. I will look up Vicks in pregnancy to make sure first though.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      azure_sky, Thanks for the compliment.

    • azure_sky profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

      I found another useful hub from you...why am I not surprised?? Thanks again :)

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      ZOOSMC, I think patience is the key. It sounds like you need to keep it up until the entire toenail is grown out. I hope it helps here.

      I will be honest, I am currently using the treatment myself. It worked for my niece and friend, so it seems like it should work.

    • ZOOSMC profile image


      8 years ago

      Barbara Kay.......I cannot wait to tell my mom about this info as she has been suffering with toenail fungus for a while now and the doctor's meds have not really helped! Thanks for writing this hub....very interesting....

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      Seetsusieg, Thanks for commenting. I hope it works.

    • Sweetsusieg profile image


      8 years ago from Michigan

      Will have my husband give it a whirl!! After all what can it hurt? Vick's is great!!

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      8 years ago from USA

      Eiddwen and b.Malin, Thank you both for visiting the hub. I hope it works for both of your partners.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      My partner had this foot fungus and he paid £18 for this likuid from the chemist. It took ages but it did go, so maybe Vicks Vapourub would also have done the trick.

      A handy hub to bookmark plus up and useful.

      take care,


    • b. Malin profile image

      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      My Husband had Laser Treatment done by the "foot" Doctor, twice.. for his toenail Fungus. He had some improvement, and is also using a cream that the Doctor gave him. His toenails look better...But not what he was hoping for. I suggested Vit. E. liquid form...that seems to be helping a little. But I will mention to him the Vicks Vaporub to him. Thanks for a good hub on this subject.


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