I hardly dare write this, but I am hopeful that after years of experimenting with lotions, potions, remedies and oils, I may finally have found a solution to that repeat offender, the hard to budge fungal nail problem.
I have never had them myself, so this is an anecdotal article. But over the past 20 years I have listened to friends, family and patients regale me with the lengths to which they have gone to clear up their fungal nail infections - usually to no avail. They have spent money on lasers and downed the antibiotics they were prescribed by their doctors, often damaging their stomachs in the process. Despite their best endeavours, back it always popped with a vengeance.
Fungal nails are irritating to say the least, and extremely self-conscious making, especially in the summer, by the beach.
Fungal nail infections: Where do they come from?
The fast moving toe fungi usually hang around in moist, wet or steamy areas, waiting for potential victims. You can pick up an infection at the swimming pool, or in gyms and steam rooms. You probably get them from not quite clean enough nail bars, where the manicurist hasn't sterilised his or her tools after the last fungal nail client. And as for the foot baths you soak your toes in before the pedicure, they flourish in there if it hasn't been properly cleaned out before your session. A perfect breeding ground for nasties.
Once in, it's extremely hard to persuade them to go away.
Internal cures for fungal nail infections
Often fungal nails are a sign that you have an overload of candida in your body. No matter how many fungal nail solutions you buy from Boots and painstakingly paint on your nails, it is unlikely to clear up until you have sorted the internal problem. The best way to do this is to buy Citricidal, which is a grapefruit seed extract that wipes out bacteria, viruses and fungus. Drink a glass of water with a few drops a couple of times a day until the symptoms begin to clear.
Natural remedies for fungal nail infections
It is definitely an odd combination, but all I can say is that the two people I know who have followed the protocol are now fungus-free and have nails they can rejoice in for the first time in years.
First, invest in a tube of plaque removing toothpaste. Take a toothbrush (a new and only for fungal nails toothbrush, obviously), and brush your nails with the toothpaste as you would your teeth. Just for a few seconds, but on top and under the nails. Then, once rinsed, apply a few drops of neat tea tree oil.
Once it has soaked in, rub a coating of Vicks inhaler on the surface - you know, the small dark blue pot your mother rubbed on your chest as a child when you had a cold....
Do it once a day, twice if you have the energy and stand back and observe. Within two weeks you should have a clear growth of normal looking nail at the base of your nail bed. And it seems to stop it once and for all.
Can I please ask for your help?
It seems to me that if this combination really does work, and work for everyone, lots of people would like to hear about this one. If any of you know anyone who suffers from the problem, could you please pass it on, ask them to experiment and beg them to feedback how it went?
You heard it here first! Reboot your toes with toothpaste, tea tree and Vicks.
Written by health advocate Sara Davenport, who founded one of the UK's largest breast cancer charities, The Haven, twenty years ago. With Reboot Health, Sara aims to bring the best preventative and curative health solutions ranging from nutrition, alternative therapies, fitness and conventional medicine.