A nail infected can be an object of shame for those suffering as those nails do not really look good. The nails become yellowish in color, they turn thicker and also brittle. Odor coming out of them makes the situation even worse. Infected people try hard to get rid of these fungi and start out applying some of the home remedies. But, as they do not know the proper procedure to be undertaken, these do not work. Always remember, these home remedies are not scientifically proved so it may not be safe to use them. There are plenty of natural oils and acids that are of some help though:
Tea Tree Oil
Not the same as tea oil, tea tree oil or melaleuca oil is a golden hydrophobic oil. The oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, native to New South Wales. Not only anti-fungal, but this oil works fine as an antiseptic or antibacterial as well.
This oil does not have any side effects as such when compared to most of the home remedies and works wonder for curing an infected nail. Before applying tea tree oil, the nail should be filed down. Then, the oil should be directly applied either by a toothbrush or cotton wool. The feet can also be soaked in a bowl filled with the oil. If the nail cannot be removed before applying oil, the oil can also be injected.
Originated in Asia Minor, this is fruit oil extracted from Olive. Commonly used as a soap ingredient or fuel, it is known to only a few people that it can also work against nail infection.
Remember one thing; olive oil should be mixed properly with oregano oil for proper functioning. The mixture can be applied gently to an infected nail for a cure. Olive oil is also mixed sometimes with tea tree oil to lessen the irritation side effect of the latter.
An unsaturated fatty acid derived from castor oil, undecylenic or undecenoic acid which is used to make perfumes or aromas in general works fine against nail fungus as well.
Though the proper mechanism of this oil is yet to be discovered, this natural fungicide attacks nail fungus and prevents any further growth. It works best if applied in a proper mix with other medicines.
It is always to be remembered that these oils and acids only provide temporary cure to a nail infected but they cannot prevent the disease from coming back again. It is always advised to use products that use these oils or acids as an ingredient and use a proper combination so that the nail fungus does not come back again.