I have a few “candy corn” toenails, meaning toenail fungus, on the big toe and baby toe. I used to have it on both feet and successfully treated it on the other one with tea tree oil. For whatever reason, that [remedy] hasn’t been successful with the nails on this foot. I’ve even clipped the nails very far down in order to get the tea tree oil to the fungus-y hotspot. It’s almost to the base of my toenail on the big toe, and has already reached the base of the nail on my baby toe! Is there any hope of being able to wear peep-toe shoes again? I have such jealousy of perfectly manicured toes!
Toenail fungus is an infection that gets in through cracks in your nail or cuts in your skin. It can make your toenail change color or get thicker. It can also hurt. Because toes are often warm and damp, fungus grows well there. Different kinds of fungi and sometimes yeast affect different parts of the nail. Left untreated, an infection could spread to other toenails, skin, or even your fingernails.
There are many ways to treat toenail fungus successfully. I feel that both internal and external treatment are necessary to be totally successful. Either way, both still take several months to be effective.
Internally, one needs to use:
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Olive leaf
- Black walnut
- Berberine sulfate
The dose depends on the individual’s weight. Follow a low-sugar, low-carbohydrate, anti-candida/antifungal diet for three weeks (known as the Caveman Diet).
Externally, it is best to
- Soak your foot in hot, full-strength apple cider vinegar for twenty minutes.
- Dry the foot after 20 minutes, then apply a dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) roll on to the toenail.
- Apply a blend consisting of equal parts tea tree oil, cajeput, and eucalyptus essential oils with a clean swab. The DMSO will drive the oils through the thick nail and kill the fungus.
Do this three times per week. You should notice a new, clean nail growing back to replace the damaged nail. Continue treatment for 6 to 8 weeks.