Home Remedies for a Cracked Toenail
A cracked toenail could be from any number of things such as injury, perhaps banging the toe in to the wall, from a fungus, inadequate calcium levels in the body, and so on. Unfortunately, fixing a cracked toenail is not something a doctor would do unless it were to become infected at which time the nail would probably need to be removed. However, for a crack, you have treatment options that you can do from home.
- Vick’s Vapor Rub – While the smell of Vick’s Vapor Rub is strong, most often used in associate with the common cold, many people have discovered that it also helps repair a cracked toenail. For this, apply the Vick’s Vapor rub directly to the toenail involved, trying not to get too much on the actual toe. Then, put a 100% cotton sock on the foot. Leave the sock on all night and after removing it the following morning, use soap, and warm water to wash off the Vick’s Vapor Rub. After repeating the process four to five times, the crack will virtually disappear.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – If the cracked toenail is caused by a fungus, obviously, the goal is to kill the fungus so the toenail can heal. A great home remedy is to mix one part of apple cider vinegar with three parts of warm water. Soak your feet for 30 minutes in the mixture, towel drying afterwards. Repeating this process three to four times a day for a week or two will kill the fungus, whiten any yellowing of the toenail, and begin to close the crack.
- Lavender and Tea Tree Oils – Add three drops of lavender and three drops of tea tree oil to an eye dropper. Shake to mix the two and then apply a few drops directly to the cracked toenail. Rub the oil in gently and then place 100% cotton socks on the feet, leaving all night. Usually, following this process three times a day will heal the crack in about a week.
- Mouthwash – Seriously, mouthwash such as Listerine can actually promote healing of a cracked toenail if the problem is fungus. The reason is that soaking the affected foot in a mixture of one part mouthwash with two parts warm water kills the fungus and heals the crack.
- Laundry Bleach – Even ordinary bleach can do wonders for a cracked toenail, again, killing fungus. Using one part of bleach with three parts of warm water, you would soak your feet for about 15 minutes two times a day until the fungus is gone and the crack heals. Of course, if you have a sensitivity to bleach, then skip this remedy.
- Anti-Fungal Cream – You could visit your local drug store and pick up a tube of anti-fungal cream. This would simply be applied to the affected toe according to the directions.
- Griseofulvin – While this would need to be used with caution, if all of the home remedies do not work, your doctor might prescribe this medication. Griseofulvin is an oral antibiotic that slows down fungus growth. Unfortunately, this treatment can take up to six months to kill the fungus completely although you might see improvement of the cracked toenail within weeks.