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Fungal Nail Infection: Themba Herbal Skin Cream and Other Natural Remedies

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I have a very stubborn fungal toe nail infection on my big toe which is very unsightly. I’ve tried Canesten cream from my doctor but it hasn’t made any difference. Can you give me any advice on how to treat it naturally? I’m generally in good health but can’t seem to get rid of this.

Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolour, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails but usually not all of them.

The condition is called onychomycosis  and when the fungus infects the areas between your toes and the skin of your feet, it's called athlete's foot.

Garlic is a natural anti-fungal and has been traditionally used to treat fungal  infections. Sometimes it is the only effective treatment for fungus trapped in hard to reach areas, such as under the nail bed. It’s a bit messy to use but can be very effective.  Peel garlic gloves and crush with a flat surface of large knife, or use a garlic press. Apply crushed garlic to the affected region. To keep the crushed garlic in place, wrap your affected toe with a gauze bandage and tape it up. Wear the garlic for several hours – while you’re sitting at home in the evening is best!

Remove bandages and clean your feet. Bathing the feet in 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water will serve the dual purpose of removing the garlic odour and hastening the healing process as ACV is another home remedy for fungal conditions.

After bathing your feet, dry thoroughly and apply Themba Herbal Skin Cream with Kigelia extract. Rub into all the affected areas working it well into the nail bed as much as possible. 

Continue this treatment for two weeks.

You can also take a garlic Allicin supplement – my regular readers will know that I like Allitech available from Dulwich Health. Take the recommended daily dose.

Pay special attention to foot hygiene. If you shower in public places such as swimming pools, wear flip-flops, or if you practice yoga, bring your own mat to class. This will help you to avoid either aggravating the fungus or spreading it to others. Dry your feet thoroughly after showering or swimming. Avoid wearing socks which fit too tightly as this can trap bacteria. If you perspire heavily in your feet, try changing socks more frequently.

Themba Herbal Skin Cream is available from our website

Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar available from all good health stores.

If you have any questions for Les please e mail her at: herbalist@littleherbal-international.co.nz

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