Home remedies for toe fungus include trimming and thinning the toenails before applying an anti-fungal cream or ointment, Mayo Clinic suggests. Nails can be softened beforehand through soaking in urea cream overnight. Trimming the nails allows for deeper penetration of the anti-fungal treatments and helps reduce the pressure and pain.
Some people have reported success after swabbing their toenails with Vicks VapoRub, reports Mayo Clinic. DrWeil.com recommends applying tea tree oil, a natural disinfectant, on the affected nails two times a day for a minimum of two months. Results can take up to a year to appear due to the nail's slow rate of growth. Alternatively, patients can use seed extract instead of tea tree oil. Eating one or two cloves of raw garlic daily may help eradicate the fungus faster due to garlic's natural anti-fungal properties. However, Mayo Clinic cautions that the effectiveness of tea tree oil in treating nail fungus has not been properly studied.
Basic hygienic practices can help prevent toenail fungus from taking root and reduce the risk of recurrence. Mayo Clinic recommends that people wash their hands and feet regularly and drying them thoroughly to keep them clean. Nails should be trimmed straight across. Wearing moisture-wicking socks, such as those made of wool or nylon, and changing socks often can also help prevent the fungus from growing.