Debra Lynn Dadd

Natural Treatment for Nail Fungus



My daughter is 6 and has terrible eczema. It effects her nails, which have become fungus and makes her skin peel off around her finger tips. Also in the inner arms is bad.

Do you have any recommendations for nail fungus so I can avoid a toxic chemical or medicines, she is so young?

Ali Roberts



I don't have any personal experience with nail fungus, but it's a good idea to use natural remedies as the FDA has warned that anti-fungal drugs have been linked to severe liver damage and death.

There is a long list of possible natural cures posted at Earth Clinic: Cure Nail Fungus--everything from apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to tea tree oil and coconut oil.

If anyone has successfully used natural rememdies for nail fungus, please respond to this post and let us know what you did.

Debra :-)


Not sure if this product would work for nail fungus, but..have used it successfully for viral fungal type things on the surface of the skin. AGRISEPT (it's primarily grapefruit seed oil, tangerine oil etc...) great stuff! it also can used internally for food poisoning, candida etc...people also use it in their water to clean fruits and vegetables. have found it to be great topically for skin fungal issues.

hope this helps! good luck!

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: To find Agrisept, simply type the word into your favorite search engine. Many websites sell it. It's a combination of citrus extracts in vegetable glycerin (made from coconut). Completely natural and nontoxic.

POSTED BY WT :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/10/2006 4:31 AM

I am not srue about the fungus, but when my son had eczema as a baby I gave him one teaspoon of flax seed oil ( cold pressed and found at health food stores) in drinks per day. I noticed his ecezema flared when he took a bath so applied the same flax seed oil directly to the skin ( I poured a bit in a bowl and was careful not to contaminate the oil in the container) and his eczema cleared up. Flax seed oil is very good for you and has many other benefits, but I believe it really helps skin problems. Hope this helps.


I had a fungal infection in two toenails, and my Naturopathic Doctor suggested Tea Tree Oil (organic, of course!) and it worked great. Here's what you do:

1) sterilize your instruments (scissors, nail clippers, cuticle nippers, whatever) by soaking them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Do this faithfully each and every time before you use them!

2) Cut off/cut away/shave off as much of the yellowed, fungus-infested nail as you can. Be aggressive and dig away as much as you can without hurting yourself or bleeding.

3) Use a cotton ball or cotton swab to apply the Tea Tree Oil at least twice per day. Cover with a bandaid if you want, or wear socks or gloves at night.

Continue to do this for several months, giving the nail time to grow back in. As it grows in, continue to occasionally cut away aggressively at the diseased nail, until you finally have a healthy, pink nail bed.

This took me about 2-3 months until I starting seeing some results, and about 6 months before the nail beds were all better. At first, this may seem like a ridiculously long time, but if you read the box on the oral pharmaceutical or OTC anti-fungal pills, they suggest a course of their drugs that lasts at least six months. So better to be slow and safe rather than slow and potentially damage your liver!

PS - I'm not a doctor and this is not medical advice. This is just what worked for me.


While I have not had a nail fungus, I did have athlete's foot for more than 20 years. It went away when I finally got busy and found my food allergies by way of elimination (fasting) and challenge (eating a lot of that food).

I also took immune-system boosting supplements such as vitamins C, A, and E, red clover tea, chamomile tea, and a liver supporting herb (can't think of it right now)

And I took measures to reduce my level of Candida albicans such as eliminating sugar, and yeasts from my diet. I wouldn't be suprised if such measures wouldn't help your daughter's excema too. For the food elimination and challenge regime, I found the booksThe Yeast Connection and The Yeast Connection Cookbook by William G. Crook, M.D. and Marjorie Hurt Jones, R.N. to be very helpful.

Best of luck. Molly

POSTED BY MOLLY :: OREGON USA :: 10/11/2006 4:13 AM

thank you all for your comments and suggestions. I am trying apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil now. We shall see in a few months if it works!

POSTED BY ALI :: PA USA :: 10/11/2006 2:06 PM

Soak nails in warm apple cider vinegar (recommended by a dermatologist). Apply tea tree oil every night - be sure to get it under the nail. This will take a while but will eventually work. Wear flip flops around the house so feet won't always be so confined.

POSTED BY MAMA CRISP :: TN USA :: 10/12/2006 10:18 AM

As the owner of a natural hair & skin care essentials shoppe I have customers with nail fungus who have been helped from using a producut called Fungal RX by GratefulBody. You won't find any purer products.

They can be reached at or 800-600-6806.


POSTED BY KATHY :: OHIO USA :: 10/17/2006 6:28 AM


I got nail fungus from a nail salon and I applied hydrogen peroxide with a dropper into my nails. I did this more than a few times a day. Unfortunately it took a couple of years to get rid of, but hey time is gonna pass anyway and it is a healthier way to go. I tried tea-tree oil and it did nothing for me. The hydrogen peroxide feels kind-of cool cuz it tingles and you'll notice that after the fungus is gone it makes the whites of your nail very white. So, tho I don't have fungus anymore I use it from time to time just for the tingle of it and to keep my nails white : )

Aloha, Carla

POSTED BY CARLA :: HAWAII USA :: 10/28/2006 5:59 PM

When fighting nail fungus-antifungels work the best!! the highest grade of tea-tree oil has worked!!!

POSTED BY LORI :: MAINE USA :: 10/30/2006 12:02 PM

After years of failed attempts to combat toenail fungus with pharmaceutical products (which I now cringe thinking about), I consulted with a naturopath. She recommended several approaches and within several months, my nail was back to being, and staying, healthy. Here is what I used:
1) Biocidin - a botanical formula you take internally
2) Eucalyptus oil applied topically to the nail. It's important to get the oil under the nail.
3) Grapefruit Seed extract also applied topically to the nail.
4) Thoroughly cleaning and trimming the nail often.
Good luck!

POSTED BY JD :: ONTARIO CANADA :: 10/31/2006 12:25 PM

My longstanding problems with nail-fungus and athletes foot have gone from horrible to negligible, over the course of a few months, simply by eating two or three tablespoons of coconut oil every day. (It's also good to topically apply the oil directly on problem areas. My mother recently had a bad case of shingles, and she got relief from the itching when she applied the coconut oil to the shingles. It also helps control acne.) Coconut oil has been good for my general health--it has completely replaced flaxseed oil in my diet.

POSTED BY DC :: UTAH USA :: 11/08/2006 12:39 PM

Last year my daughter had a terrible out break of ecczema. I did alot of reading. One year later now she is completely symptom free.

Based on what i read i agree with the lady about the flax seed oil. There are not alot of omega 3 oils in regular foods in the american diet, so deficiencies can easily occur causing problems such as ecczema. My daughter took and still takes daily 1 tablespoon of flax oil, 1 tablespoon of fish oil(nordic naturals is great does not taste bad and is purified, some of the other more bargain brands please don't give to any sick child, i know from experience the taste is bad enuf to curl your toe nails. Also she takes daily 1 tsp of borage oil which i have read is good for skin problems and has gamma linoleic acid which also is not found in alot of foods people regularly eat.

Also a big thing ecczema is generally associated with poor intestinal health. My daughter took one teaspoon of L-glutamine powder and some probiotics one half hour before meals. L-glutamine is very healing to the intestinal wall and does not taste bad. just mix with a little water. we also mixed oregano oil with a little olive or coconut oil and applied topically to the lesions. would sting straight up, be sure to use some kind of carrier oil. oregano oil also is good for any kind of rash , i had a non- ecczema tpe rash for several months that would not go away after putting oregano oil on it it was gone after a week.

Also ecczema i believe is yeast and fungal related and the root source of the issue is in the digestive and focus to decrease sugar in the diet and refined grains and flours cause this feeds the yeast and fungus and aggravates everything. We used to eat alot of sugar and don't anymore and feel so much better. We still eat muffins and cookies only i use no more than 1/2 cup of honey and whole grain flour and oatmeal. It can be done!hope this helps. Laurie


My 86-yr-old father had athlete's foot and fungal infestation in his nails, especially his big toenails, down to the quick. His nails had largely detached from the flesh. I did nothing but apply extra virgin coconut oil once or sometimes 2x a week and massage it into the nails and flesh. There was immediate improvement in between the toes--in two weeks the athlete's foot had completely cleared up and all that remained to heal were the detaching toenails. Five months later (the new growth)the nail was perfectly healthy. I used at first perhaps a teaspoonful for each foot, and then later a drop or two on each affected nail.

In the Philippines, where i live, tea from the bayabas (guava) tree leaves are known to produce spectacular results on even gangrenous flesh, and i have used it time and again to heal all kinds of skin afflictions, including fungal infections.


Tea Tree oil by itself didn't work for me but when I added Manuka Oil this handled it.


POSTED BY TONY :: FLORIDA USA :: 11/21/2006 2:06 PM

I recently received this letter from a customer about her success using "The Original" Himalayan Crystal Salt to relieve fungus on her fingers. This natural salt is mixed with pure water to make "sole," a synergistic substance that has been called "the fluid materialization of sunlight."

About five months ago I developed a fungus on several of my fingers on one hand. I thought it was a result of reusing wet gloves when doing some gardening, but I wasn't sure. I tried many different products with no success. It began to spread to other fingers, and so I went to the doctor, who agreed it was a fungus. He gave me a prescription that helped somewhat, but it would return again. After ordering the himalayan living salt, I thought I would try it on my hand. After trying several different percentages of solution without success, I finally used the full 26% sole without adding any water and soaked my fingers for 30 minutes. After three tiimes it completely cleared up and has not returned. This began in June and I finally healed my hand in October. I am so grateful to have the use of the himalayan salt crystals. Only our Creator could provide such a natural, wonderful substance for our use on this planet. Thank you for being the one to make it available to us.



NAIL FUNGUS is not easy to treat naturally or with prescribed drugs. I had 3 fingers that had peronychia infection. Your daughter's eczema is a complication. The rash is probably from erysipelatous.
GO TO Google and type in peronychia It will say, Do you mean PARONYCHIA but stay and scroll to JOURNAL OF CUTANEOUS & GENITO-URINARY DISEASES it is page 505 (on

My dermatologist told me to soak my fingers in WHITE VINEGAR 3X a day. He prescribed EXELDERM lotion. At age 6, I don't think there is a prescribed drug that is SAFE...even at age 60! The drugs are DANGEROUS.
My pinkie finger had a MRSA infection and I was prescribed LAMISIL and MINOCYCLINE which I had a violent reaction to as well as the $174.88 cost for 14 tablets! Insurance does NOT cover NAIL is considered a LIFESTYLE infection by some insurance companies.
I went online and picked up lots of tips: tea tree oil, garlic compresses, lemon juice soaks. I did them ALL, so I don't know what worked but it took 7 months.
I also, wear gloves to take out the trash, don't touch toilet door locks without paper, keep my hands off of nasty public counter tops. NO I AM NOT A FANATIC...I was scared by the MRSA.
DO NOT USE SOFTSOAP or ANY other ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP with TRICLOSAN in it. SOAP and WATER as often as possible.
Eczema is not curable, according to my sister-in-law, who has had it all her life. You will probably just relieve the symptoms.
Have you spoken to a NATUROPATHIC physician or a Dermatologist?

POSTED BY TERRY :: FLORIDA USA :: 04/07/2008 1:13 PM

Thank you for this forum to find natural alternatives to the scary drugs!

I have had a long standing severe toenail problem and now also have it on three fingers. I have had a very hard time with the consistency that is required to vanquish this thing and I have paid with a worsening problem.

I think that a lot of things work to some degree (peroxide, vinegar, saltwater, oregano oil)

Two things together seem to be making the most progress I've ever seen to date.

Most recently I discovered that taking large amounts of glutamine powder seemed to improve the look of the nails in a short time. This surprised me because changes in nail fungus usually takes forever. Like the writer said above, it doesn't taste bad. I even pop a tablespoon in my mouth and chase it with a glass of water. It dissolves rapidly and even has a very slightly sweet aftertaste.

Glutamine apparently has something to do with gut health. So if fungal infections originate in the gut, its effectiveness in this case would make sense.

Vicks Vaporub is my second line of defense. I apply it as often as I can and sometimes put it on with a bandaid before bed. I'm wondering if something in it actually penetrates the nail.

I will let you know how this goes.

POSTED BY CH :: NEW JERSEY USA :: 07/08/2008 4:23 PM


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