Yellowing nails, cracking and itching between the toes… they’re the tell tale signs of a fungal infection. This condition, which affects 1 out of 5 people on average, is known in the medical field as onychomycosis. It’s caused by a dermatophytic fungal infection.
It affects men more than women, although it does occur in a significant portion of the female population.
Its appearance is linked to a lowered immune response, excessive sweating, the wrong footwear and other factors that foster the growth of these microorganisms.
There are literally dozens of remedies out there on the market today to treat the infection and kill nail fungus. However, many of these products are not only costly, but they may not offer the best results, even if applied religiously.
Luckily, there are natural solutions out there that we can prepare with basic ingredients for effective results without having to spend a lot of money.
This time, we’ll show you how to combine two ingredients with anti-fungal properties to kill nail fungus and heal your feet.
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Kill nail fungus with just two ingredients
Fungus won’t disappear overnight just by applying more products. Total elimination is the result of improvements in hygiene and continual use of anti-fungal remedies.
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are two products that you can usually find in most kitchens. We’ll be using these two ingredients in our remedy to put an end to this unsightly problem.
Both are known in alternative medicine for their active compounds and the benefits they offer the body.
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Properties of baking soda
Sodium bicarbonate is a white powder that’s used in cooking and eco-friendly cleaning. Its alkaline, antiseptic and antioxidant properties make it useful for treating a variety of ailments.
It can be applied topically to exfoliate and clarify the skin as well as to fight infections. Its active compounds reduce the presence of fungi and prevent damage to the nail surface.
We would also like to point out that it’s a powerful natural deodorizer. It’s ideal for neutralizing bad odors caused by bacteria.
Properties of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used to dress salads and in other recipes. It’s obtained from the fermentation of nutritious apples. The process utilizes beneficial bacteria and yeasts to produce the vinegar.
It contains malic and acetic acids, whose alkalizing action effectively combats many types of infection. It alters the environmental conditions that the fungus needs to grow. Consistent application is an effective way to keep the fungus from spreading.
It also provides significant quantities of bioflavanoids, vitamins, minerals and pectin.
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How do I prepare this remedy to kill nail fungus?
This anti-fungal remedy takes advantage of the beneficial properties of both ingredients to kill nail fungus.
First, we’ll use the vinegar, which can be either applied directly or with a foot bath. Then, we’ll apply the baking soda to boost the effects of the previous ingredient.
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 6 cups hot water
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- Combine the vinegar with three cups hot water in a foot bath.
- Submerge your feet in the solution and let them soak for 20 minutes.
- Dry your feet well.
- Now prepare a bath with three cups of hot water and the baking soda and soak your feet for another 15 minutes before thoroughly drying.
- Gently massage with an exfoliating product.
- To completely eliminate the fungal infection, repeat this procedure every night until you notice total improvement.
- You can also prepare a paste with the baking soda and vinegar to apply directly to the affected nail. Just cover with a bandage and let work overnight.
With this remedy, you’ll create an acidic environment that the fungus will not be able to tolerate. In just a few days you’ll notice an improvement in your nails.
Try it at home today!