Just like any other medication oral treatments for toe nail fungus are linked to potentially serious side effects such as liver damage. That’s why many people choose natural alternative, home remedies, to treat toenail fungus. Previously, Vinegar and Vicks VapoRub were describe here. Today the discussion will be about Listerine and Tea Tree Oil.
A number of home remedies have been tried to treat toe nail fungal infection by people all over the world. The issue with any of them is that the remedy does not always penetrate through the nail to reach the site of the infection which is a nail bed. This prevents most home remedies from being effective on severe cases of onychomycosis. There is also no clinical trials that suggest the effectiveness of the home treatment. On the other hand, there is little to no risk connected to trying home remedies with most of them being inexpensive too.
Just like with topical treatment, home remedies will be ineffective if the nail bed and lunula are affected by the fungus. Seeking doctors advise is required in this case.
Listerine is one of the home remedies which includes soaking affected nails in it. Listeine is a known antiseptic based on ethanol , eucalyptol and benzoin acid. It has shown to be especially potent against Candida infections which results in one of four types of toe nail fungus. Therefore, Listerine could cure nail fungal infection if it can get to the site of it.
The proponents of Listerine treatment recommend soaking nails in Listerine for about 10 minutes a day before you go to sleep. However, Listerine may not be the universal cure since most onychomycoses are caused by dermatophytes and Listerine’s ability to kill them is very weak.
Tea Tree Oil presents a fairly impressive natural alternative to antifungal treatments. When used in a dish the oil can eradicate all the major causes of onychomycosis including rubrum and mentagrohytes. There has been one clinical trial of tea tree oil on onychomycosis that shows 20% cure rate. 100% tea tree oil needs to be applied for an effect. While only 1 in 5 patients was cured, nail appearances improved for many more.
Admittedly, tea tree oil was highly effective in treatment of tinea pedis, which can easily be reached by the topical agent.
One toe nail fungus remedy which contains Tea Tree Oil is ZetaClear.