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A Strong Salt Solution Solved This Reader’s Nail Fungus Problem

Q. I read your column recently about nail fungus and the proposed remedies. I had nail fungus on one fingernail and two large toenails for many years. I had tried many of the “cures” you noted, but the one that finally worked was not on your list.

I mixed a tablespoon of sea salt (available in grocery stores) with just enough water to dissolve it. (There was not much liquid.) I soaked the nails for no more than 10 minutes per day until the fungus was gone. I hope this helps others.

A. We have heard from readers that soaking in salt water can banish stubborn warts and that applying a salt water solution can alleviate acne. Some people have found that Epsom salt soaks can help against nail fungus.

We appreciate your detailed instructions and hope that others will let us know if this remedy works for them.

There are a number of other home remedies for nail fungus described in our Guide to Hair and Nail Care. If you are interested in Listerine, vinegar, tea tree oil or vitamin E oil, you may want to consult it.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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