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12 Do’s & Don’ts for Nail Fungus



Onychomycosis. Try saying that 3 times quickly. Nail fungus is as difficult to pronounce as it is to eradicate. This stubborn problem accounts for 50% of all nail problems, with the elderly getting the brunt due to weaker immune systems. It transforms your nails into an ugly mess. It discolors toenails to yellow, white, brown, or gray and makes them brittle, crumbly, misshapen, and thickened. As the fungus flourishes, it can become painful, split the toenail, infect other nails and the surrounding skin. If that isn’t bad enough, it can affect your fingernails too.


Why Topicals Fail

The saga is similar for most people with toenail fungus. You try every drug store cream, potion, and fad remedy on social media. Take the time to soak for 20-30 minutes 2-3 times a day for weeks or months only to fail and get frustrated. With seemingly no other recourse, you resort to pharmaceutical antifungals and suffer from the side effects. Sadly, this leaves you dealing with bloating, gas, diarrhea, rashes, headaches, and flat-out feeling sick.1 Depending on your health, it could take a long time to recover. And some people with certain medical conditions can’t take antifungal drugs.2

You see, topicals don’t work because the problem is that nail fungus is a systemic issue. These fungal spores can enter your bloodstream, so you’ll NEVER get rid of it with a topical. And frankly, antifungal drugs are potent and nasty. They destroy all the fungus in your body, including the good ones you need in your gut, which sends you and your gut flora out-of-whack. So, what CAN you do to achieve fungus freedom?

Do’s & Don’ts


Please don’t ignore it. It won’t go away… it’ll only get worse.


STOP/LIMIT your sugar and starchy carbs intake. Sugar is fungus’ favorite food.

Don’t go barefoot in public. Warm, wet places like pools, saunas, and gym showers are perfect environments for fungus to thrive and get re-infected. And they can live on surfaces for up to 20 months!3 Wearing flip flops in your gym’s shower and aqua socks for the pool will protect you and others.


Fungus is very contagious. If you share your home and bathroom, avoid walking barefoot and infecting loved ones. Use a small towel on the shower floor, then chuck it in the laundry afterward for disinfecting.

Nail polish

Avoid wearing nail polish on affected nails. It creates the perfect environment for fungus to grow.

Don’t use nail salons that don’t disinfect foot tubs and tools after each use – or bring your own. If you do your own, remember to disinfect your instruments and foot soaker when you’re done.

Nail salon


Throw away old shoes and slippers. Fungal spores can live in them.

Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash with soap and water every day and dry them off very well, especially between your toes. Remember, fungus loves warm, moist, dark places.

Sprinkle antifungal powder on clean feet and in your shoes. This alleviates itching and prevents the spread of infection.

Nail File

Invest in a glass nail file to use ONLY on the infected nails. File down the nail’s thickness once a week and sterilize the file after each use. Trim your toenails straight across and disinfect clippers before using them on other un-infected nails.

Apply a topical antifungal or essential oil (almond, clove, tea tree, and oregano) to affected nails and skin to reduce discomfort and accelerate skin repair. The emollients in these essential oils have soothing and calming properties.

Essential Oil

Add botanical antifungals to your diet to help combat fungus from the inside. Try to find a quality supplement with a combination of these ingredients for targeted support.


Oregano has heavy-duty antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties. This prized ability helps combat toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and nail bacterial infections.4 5


Basil studies show it destroys fungus cell membranes, blocks its energy factory, inhibits growth, and leads to fungal cell death.6


Garlic fights fungus and helps shield you against yeast infections. It reduces inflammation and can help relieve symptoms.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is great for balancing your gut as well as fighting fungus. Research suggests it makes your body less hospitable to fungus.7

Apple Cider Vinegar

Wormwood’s silver nanoparticles “stop several strains of fungus dead in its tracks,” according to researchers.8


Turmeric inhibits fungus growth in scientific studies. Combine with black pepper for greater absorption and effectiveness.9 10

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive Leaf Extract blocks fungus with its secret weapon, oleuropein – a potent antioxidant.11


Caprylic Acid comes from coconut. Studies demonstrate it starts destroying fungus in minutes in lab tests and is an effective alternative to synthetic antifungals.12

Black Pepper

Black Pepper combats fungus and suppresses cell growth. It also helps increase the absorption of other nutrients.12 14 15 16

  1. Continue this regime for at least 2-4 months after all visible signs of fungus are gone – just in case any dormant stragglers are waiting to pounce. These tips also serve as prevention and help protect you from future re-infections.

It takes about 18 months to grow a new big toenail completely. So, depending on how long you’ve had nail fungus and its severity, it could take anywhere from a few months for mild infections and up to 24 months for severe ones. Following these Do’s & Don’ts will shorten your road to fungus freedom and reclaim your right to walk barefoot again!8


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  2. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-3780-3326/fluconazole-oral/fluconazole-150-mg-oral/details/list-contraindications
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-is-ringworm-contagious
  4. http://www.jmb.or.kr/submission/Journal/027/JMB027-03-02_FDOC_1.pdf
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28621716
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5748643/
  7. https://www.healthline.com/health/apple-cider-vinegar-candida#benefits
  8. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150505102103.htm
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8824742
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17211725
  11. http://www.thepharmajournal.com/archives/2012/vol1issue4/PartA/9.pdf
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31334617
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6479398/
  14. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2688199/
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5496355/
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6479398/


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