Toenail fungus is usually the culprit when a toenail becomes thicker than normal, difficult to cut, yellow or brown in color and dry and crumbly. It can sometimes affect the nail bed and cause pain and inflammation. Toenail fungus is unsightly and difficult to cure but many people have luck with a variety of home remedies.
Soak the affected toenails for 15 minutes daily in a basin with a mixture of half warm water and half natural apple cider vinegar. You can also put pure, undiluted vinegar on the nail with a medicine dropper two or three times daily.
Put a few drops of tea tree oil on your toenails and cuticles every day. Rub it in completely.
Make light grooves in the affected toenails with a nail file and rub vapor rub into the top of the toenail. Do this several times a day for several days. The grooves will help the vapor rub penetrate the nail.
Try soaking your toes in antiseptic mouth wash daily after a each shower.
Create a mixture of one part soy sauce and one part pine cleaner and put a small amount in a dropper. Put a few drops on the affected nails after every shower.
Put a few fresh garlic cloves in the toes of a pair of socks and sleep in them at night or crush some fresh garlic and put it directly on the affected nails.
Keep your feet as clean and as dry as possible and keep your toenails trimmed. Go shoeless as much as possible, especially if your feet tend to sweat. Even taking your shoes off for a few minutes during the day will give your toenails a chance to dry. Wear cotton socks that will help your feet to stay drier. Remember that it can take many months for the infected part of the toenail to grow out and a new nail to take its place. No matter what treatment you try, you must be consistent with treatment until that happens.