If you have ever suffered from persistent nail fungus, you know just how uncomfortable the condition can be. Not only is it unsightly, it can also contribute to the thickening of nails, which can end up being very painful! To put it bluntly, it’s definitely NOT something you would want to flaunt on your next date.

Luckily, there are plenty of effective home treatments you can complete to get rid of this nasty condition solely on your own. So, if you have a feeling that that barely-noticeable case of nail fungus is on the brim of erupting, treat yourself to one of these super effective (and low-cost!) therapies.

Here are a couple of our all-time favorites…

  1. Indulge in an apple cider vinegar soak

    Real talk: Is there anything that apple cider vinegar CAN’T do? This tangy potion isn’t just great for your skin and diet; it also moonlights as an all-natural antiseptic.

    One way to put stubborn nail fungus behind you is to combine one-part apple cider vinegar with roughly two-parts warm water. Be sure to gently clip your nails before soaking the affected area for a daily 20-minute cleansing vinegar bath.

    If you follow this technique to a ‘T’, you should see a noticeable difference within 12 weeks. It may seem like a long time to wait, but it sure does beat the 18-month period it takes for the fungus to grow out on its own!

  2. Turn to tea tree oil

    Similar to the aforementioned go-to, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil is also one of those miracle tonics that can do a lot of good for your skin, hair, and nails.

    When it comes to obliterating nasty fungus, experts recommend swabbing several drops of undiluted tea tree oil straight onto the affected area. If you continue this routine 3 times daily for up to 6 months, you should be rewarded with strong, crystal-clear nails.

    Protip: While tea tree oil is super effective, it’s also quite astringent, so be sure to keep your hands out of your eyes, nose, or mouth after applying!

It goes without saying that, when it comes to any and all physical maladies, doctors really do know best, which is why you should always consult with your own medical professional before starting an at-home treatment. Pitch either of these methods to your doc, and see what they think—chances are they’ll applaud you for doing your homework!

Now that you’ve received your crash course on all things nail fungus, take the time to learn some more tried and true methods. To broaden your perspective on further treatment options, as well as get the scoop on a potentially nail-saving diet plan, be sure to watch the video below. It’s time to wave ‘hello’ to beautiful hands and feet!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this oh-so appetizing topic. Have you ever dealt with nail fungus? If so, what treatment plans did you follow? Do you have any other at-home fungus fighting techniques you would like to share?