Suffering from nail fungus can be an embarrassing problem, but because the fungus typically affects your toenails rather than your fingernails, it is easy to cover up. However, if you leave it untreated, the fungus may cause further problems for your health. While doctors can treat nail fungus with medication, some people are too embarrassed to go to a doctor for the problem. Others prefer not to use medications unless absolutely necessary. If you prefer home remedies to cure nail fungus, garlic may be an option.
Historically, garlic has been known for its antibacterial and antibiotic properties. Some people consume garlic on a regular basis to help promote a healthy lifestyle. Many of the nail fungus treatments available on the market make use of antibiotics and antibacterials to kill off the fungus. Because garlic shares these properties, it can be an effective home treatment for nail fungus. Garlic may not be a guaranteed cure for the fungus, but it doesn't hurt to try natural remedies before seeking medical intervention.
While some people have gotten results through taking garlic pills or supplements while fighting nail fungus, garlic in its freshest form is more effective. When garlic is dried and compacted into pill form, many of the elements that provide the garlic with its antibacterial and antibiotic properties is lost in the process. Some of it is still present, so supplements do help, but they are not as effective as using pure, raw garlic for treatment of your nail fungus.
One of the methods by which you can cure nail fungus with garlic is to apply the raw garlic directly to the infected area. Peel the garlic and remove one clove. Crush the garlic in a garlic press to release the properties from the inside of the garlic. Apply the garlic to the nail fungus directly, taking care not to get any onto your surrounding skin. Garlic can burn your skin, so if you get any on your skin, wash it off immediately. Leave the garlic sit for 10 to 20 minutes before washing it off.
Any time you apply garlic directly to the site of the nail fungus, you will get results. You can even get results without crushing the garlic. Instead, you can cut a clove of garlic in half and rub the interior juices onto the nail fungus. Garlic juices hold the healing properties within them, so that is the only part you really need to cure your fungus. You can also create a paste from crushed garlic and a little water to apply to the area. Again, you shouldn't leave the garlic in place for more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid burning your skin from the acid.
Another way in which you can treat your nail fungus with garlic is to create a soak for your nails. Crush some fresh garlic, just as you would to apply it directly to the fungus. Mix it well with warm water. It won't dissolve into the water, but some of the healing properties of the garlic will seep into the water. Then you need to soak your nails in the solution for several minutes twice a day. Over time, the garlic should begin to clear up the fungus.
Garlic supplements are not likely to cure nail fungus by itself because of its weakened state. However, it can help enhance the effect of the fresh garlic. Regardless of which method you choose to use to apply the garlic to your nail fungus, taking garlic pills can assist your body in fighting off the fungus on its own without medical intervention.
If you don't want to take garlic pills or feel you won't remember to take them, cook with fresh garlic as often as possible. The more garlic you consume, the more your body will have what it takes to fight off the nail fungus. Garlic has other properties that can benefit your health, as well, so using garlic in your cooking can have a positive impact on your overall health in addition to clearing up the fungus.