Use a Natural Remedy to Cure Toenail Fungus

A Personal Experience With Nail Fungus

I waited for seven months to write this piece. I’ve written several articles about the curative powers of Oil of Oregano, but this time I wanted some anecdotal evidence to prove it works better than other remedies, including pharmaceuticals. I’ve written about using Oil of Oregano to get rid of colds and flu and to relieve the symptoms of skin ailments such as eczema. For the purpose of this article - I set out to prove it works on nail fungus.

I used oil of oregano myself for a toenail problem two years ago, and I have not had a recurrence. When my sister developed the same problem a few months ago - I decided to break out the camera. I took a photo every couple of months until the nail fungus was gone. For just a few pennies a day, a stubborn case of toenail fungus was eliminated forever.

The Start of Nail Fungus

We took pictures at the beginning to document her case.
We took pictures at the beginning to document her case. | Source

How Do Toes Get Infected so Easily?

Few widespread physical ailments elicit the ick factor more than toenail infections. It’s unsightly for both men and women and can frequently cause pain in cases where the toenail gets so infected it separates from the nail bed. For women who enjoy pedicures and wearing sandals, both are off limits with nail fungus. The condition causes a lot of embarrassment because the toenails really do look awful once the infection takes over the nail.

Fingernails can also get infected from a fungal infection, but the toenails seem to be a more common place for these infections to set up shop. Our toes are encased in a warm, damp environment for most of the day - which is a breeding ground for fungus. Letting your feet breathe as much as possible is an excellent way to prevent a fungus from setting up a permanent home on your feet.

Some Tips for Prevention

Sleeping barefoot, wearing open toe slippers and cotton socks gives your feet and toes much needed ventilation. Wearing shoes that fit well and don’t cramp your toes is equally important. Unfortunately, even these measures are not always effective in preventing toenail fungus, and additional prevention and treatment is needed.

A toenail fungal infection is usually a sign of a systemic overgrowth of yeast. Eating probiotics is the best way to prevent recurrences of yeast and fungus and to get rid of a current imbalance. A cup of yogurt daily is excellent protection and it gives your body more of the healthy bacteria it needs to function properly. If you hate yogurt, then taking a probiotic supplement daily will work just as well. If you are doing all of these things and you are still getting fungal infections on your toenails then it’s time to seek out alternatives that will clear up the problem naturally.

What Causes the Infection?

A little known fact about toenail fungal infections is that most come from a type of fungus that invades the nail bed called Dermatophytes. Toenail fungal infections can also be caused by a variety of molds and fungi although Dermatophytes are the most common culprit. The official medical term for the condition is Onychomycosis. No matter what it’s called, nail fungus is a miserable condition to live with..

Doctors today have an arsenal of products to combat nail fungus, however many of these medications can have dangerous side effects, including liver problems. It’s always better to treat a condition with a natural, holistic substance because holistic remedies don’t have long term side effects. Natural remedies attack the source without compromising any major organs. It can never hurt to consult with a doctor if you experience symptoms of nail fungus, but educating yourself about treatment options can be done without medical intervention.

How Do You Know You Have It?

The symptoms are pretty easy to spot and include a thickening and discoloration of the toenails. It may start with one nail and spread to the others over an extended period of time. Not only are our toes close together, they are also confined throughout the day inside socks and shoes. This is how fungal infections like nail fungus and athlete’s foot spread quickly to all the toes. Like any infection, the earlier it gets treated the better. The best time to treat an infection is at the first sighting of a white stripe or discoloration of the infected toenail. However, even if you've had it for awhile and it covers the whole toenail, it can still be treated.

Treating With Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano is an excellent, inexpensive, natural remedy that gets rid of the underlying problem on the nail bed and keeps the nail infection from returning. It is possible to get rid of nail fungus permanently without the use of toxic medications.

An excellent treatment with no side effects is the application of Oil of Oregano directly to the toenails. Oil of Oregano has an ancient history dating back for millennium and has been used with great success to treat all kinds of viral, bacterial and fungal infections long before modern medicine came up with dangerous chemical compounds that carry side effects.

Treating toenail fungus is easy with Oil of Oregano, It’s a good idea to try the oregano oil at the first signs of nail problems. A drop or two of the oil should be massaged into the affected nail twice a day as well as the surrounding nails to prevent further infection. As the nail grows out, the fungal infection should grow out with it. The new nail should look normal and clear. The earlier a fungal infection is treated with Oil of Oregano, the better. If you see a large section of a toenail become discolored, that is probably the beginning of a nail infection. Begin rubbing the oil on your toes every day.

Midway Through the Oregano Treatment

After applying the oil religiously for 3 months, the infected part of the nail fell off.
After applying the oil religiously for 3 months, the infected part of the nail fell off. | Source

It's Important to Be Patient and Consistent

In addition to applying the oil right to the toes, it helps treat any infection inside your body as well. Six to eight drops of Oil of Oregano taken orally at the same time it’s being applied topically will have even better results. For people who cannot tolerate the unpleasant taste - it’s available in capsule form which works just as well. Many people who are aware of the health benefits of Oil of Oregano take a few drops daily to prevent systemic fungal, viral and bacterial infections.

It’s important with any natural remedy to stick to a treatment routine and not skip applications. Patience is required when eradicating nail fungus as it can take three to four weeks for the old nail to grow out and the fungus to die off. A nail infection that has been present for years may not be as easy to get rid of, but use of the oil in many cases can improve even the most stubborn nail fungus. It’s worth trying for at least a couple of months.

Oil of Oregano is inexpensive and readily available online. It’s curative powers are well documented and its powerful preventative properties make it a worthwhile addition to any home remedy collection. It’s a powerful force in the fight against all kinds of systemic fungal infections including toenail fungus.

The New Toenail

After six months, she was back to wearing nail polish on a new, clear nail.  It has not returned.
After six months, she was back to wearing nail polish on a new, clear nail. It has not returned. | Source

The Proof Is in the Anecdotal Evidence

As you can see from the photos, my sister was developing a nasty case of toenail fungus that could have progressed and covered all of her toenails. My sister was sceptical at first, but she wanted to avoid a doctor visit if at all possible.

With my encouragement, and a gift of a bottle of oil of oregano, she stuck to a regime of applying the oil of oregano to her foot every morning and every evening for months. It paid off. At first nothing happened, but when the infected part of the nail fell off, she became hopeful.

As the new section of nail grew in and she could see that it was healthy and clear of fungus - she was thrilled. She can now go back to wearing sandals without feeling self conscious. I was happy to help her with my little secret remedy. If you’re experiencing the same problem, I hope this article helps you get rid of a very unpleasant, but easily treatable condition.

© 2013 Wendy Golden

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macteacher 16 months ago from New York Author

It depends on the strength of the oregano oil. You have to use a high quality brand. The active ingredient carvacrol should be at least 85% for the right potency. Good luck!

Jehon 16 months ago

I heve used oregano oil mix olive oil but dount have hed result. I heve toenail fungus and athlete's foot. What I do?

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macteacher 17 months ago from New York Author

Thanks for stopping by Patricia. You are right Oil of Oregano is one of the best natural remedies. :-)

Patricia Peloquin 17 months ago

Oil of oregano is great for colds, congestion, flu, teeth pain and gum inflammation! I had what I thought was tooth pain and went to the dentist before a trip, who said it was gum inflammation and prescribed antibiotics and they took several days to work. When I came back the pain started again and I didn't want to get more and remembered I had read about oil of oregano and tooth pain. I had the O of O in my frig and rubbed some on my gums--the paint stopped ON CONTACT!! Amazing.

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macteacher 21 months ago from New York Author

Ologsinquito thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kudos. My sister is happy, the fungus never returned. You are right - no house should be without Oil of Oregano - it's amazing stuff. :-) I appreciate the great feedback.

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ologsinquito 21 months ago from USA

This is amazing. I love how you have before and after pictures. Every house should have oil of oregano. I'd never want to be without it. Voted up, shared and pinned.

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macteacher 2 years ago from New York Author

Hi Alayne,

I'm sure this will help, and yes it does take some patience, but once it goes away it should stay away. Taking a few drops every day for prevention is also a good idea. If the taste is too much for her, you can order the capsules. Good luck! Thanks for stopping by.

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Alayne is Writing 2 years ago from Luling

Thank you for this information. My elderly mother-in-law has had a toenail fungus and the beginnings of fungus on one of her fingernails. I'm going to get her on this Oil of Oregano treatment. Also thanks for explaining that patience is needed. I would otherwise give up after a couple weeks had I not known that more time is needed.

ZinatS 2 years ago

Thanks! Pray for me.. :)

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macteacher 2 years ago from New York Author


I"m a practicing Buddhist, I chant. I"m really hoping between Allah and the Buddha this stuff works for you. I'm going to chant for your success. :-)

ZinatS 2 years ago

I'm really impressed to read this..eagerly waiting to use this product!

I'm getting hope to read your hubs. If Allah wants, by the grace of Allah this oil will help me I think ..

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