How to Treat Nail Infections

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How to Treat Nail Infections
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Nail infections are usually caused by fungus and bad hygiene. Infectious germs can also be picked up from pools and spas or from sharing manicure and pedicure tools. The treatment can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending upon the severity of the problem. Below are some different methods to safely treat nail infections.

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Things you need

  • Nail clipper
  • Pure tea tree oil
  • Cotton swabs
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Lavender oil
  • Basin
  • Clean towel
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Pure oregano oil
  • Olive oil
  • Vick's Vapo-Rub

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  1. 1

    Clip your nails with a clean nail clipper. Apply pure tea tree oil to the infected area with a cotton swab. Repeat three times a day.

  2. 2

    Mix two quarts warm water, one cup apple cider vinegar and at least ten drops of lavender oil in a basin. Immerse the infected nails for 20 minutes every day and then dry with a clean towel. This solution helps to balance the pH of the skin, reduces infection and increases resistance against fungi attacks and similar infections.

  3. 3

    Dip a cotton swab in a mixture of equal parts lavender and tea tree oil. Dab it on the nail infection two times a day.

  4. 4

    Purchase a solution of grapefruit seed extract from a local grocery store. Mix 100 drops of the extract in a half full glass of water. Apply the mixture to the nail with a cotton swab twice a day.

  5. 5

    Apply pure oregano oil to the nail twice a day. If the oil stings, dilute it with a few drops of olive oil. Cover the nail completely with the solution so it is absorbed into the skin.

  6. 6

    Use "Vick's Vapo Rub" to treat the infected nail. The oils in the product act as a strong anti-fungal ointment and help speed up the treatment.

  7. 7

    Make an appointment with a doctor if a home remedy doesn't heal the nail infection, the infection worsens or you have a medical condition that may cause complications. Follow the doctor's prescribed treatment.

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