Nail fungus is usually caused by a mild trauma that makes the nail—usually the big or little toenail—vulnerable to a fungal infection. To help prevent a fungal infection, wear comfortable shoes and hosiery that allows your feet some breathing space. Wash your feet daily, and dry them thoroughly. Also, keep your toenails trimmed and, before using pedicure tools, be sure to thoroughly disinfect them with rubbing alcohol.
If you already have an infection, use the following remedy every day to help eliminate fungus and make your nails more resistant to developing future infections…
Combine one quart of warm water and one-half cup of apple cider vinegar (available at health-food stores) in an appropriate-sized basin or bowl (a sturdy plastic shoebox also works well for soaking either a hand or a foot). Soak the affected toenails (or fingernails) in the vinegar solution for 15 minutes, then towel-dry your foot or hand. Follow that with a hair dryer set on warm for one or two minutes.
For the final step of this treatment, prepare a mixture of equal parts tea tree oil (a powerful fungus fighter) and lavender essential oil (a strong antimicrobial agent), and dab the solution on the infected nails.
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