Birch is a plant that has become a symbol of Russia not only for its beauty. People have learned to use absolutely all parts of this valuable tree. One of the useful products obtained from birch bark is tar. The substance has occupied a significant place in folk and traditional medicine. It is used to treat many dermatological diseases, in particular a fungus on the legs.
Properties of tar from birch
Tar is a liquid mass, which is obtained by pyrolysis (dry distillation) of wood. There are two types: pine and birch. The latter is not used in medicine.
Birch tar contains:
- aromatic hydrocarbons (phenol, toluene, xylene, etc.), providing its peculiar smell;
- essential oils;
- anthocyanins and other bioactive organic substances.
It has a dark brown color with a greenish tint, a viscous texture and a specific resinous aroma.
A study of this product by Russian researchers revealed and confirmed the following properties:
- antiseptic and antimicrobial (due to the high concentration of phenols);
In folk medicine, tar was sometimes used to treat pulmonary diseases, mastopathy, and helminth infections. But its main purpose is to restore the skin and the destruction of pathogenic microflora, which affects them.
Tar helps with:
- allergic skin rashes;
- wounds, including inflamed, festering, non-healing;
- insect bites;
- neurodermatitis and eczema;
- fungal diseases, including lichen and onychomycosis.
Features of the use of tar from foot fungus
The fungus on the skin of the legs and hands is one of the common diseases both in past centuries and now. Often, he goes on to the nails, gradually destroying them. The disease is not life-threatening, but it looks unpleasant, causes a lot of discomfort and is contagious.
For the treatment of fungal infections, many modern effective drugs are offered today, but old folk remedies have not lost their popularity. The main advantage of birch tar is the ability to comprehensively affect the skin. It not only inhibits pathogenic fungi, but also eliminates the need to use additional therapeutic and cosmetic products.
Tar improves the nutrition of the dermis, contributing to the healing of wounds, cracks, sores, remaining from bursting blisters. It counteracts the attachment of a bacterial infection to mycosis, which often happens with the legs, despite the observance of hygiene rules.
The resinous substances of birch stimulate the blood supply to tissues. This helps the immune system fight pathogens. Pathogenic microorganisms multiply especially rapidly, taking advantage of the fact that in the lower extremities blood circulation is reduced and the cells of the circulatory system do not have time to respond to the invasion of infection. This property is especially relevant for people with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, varicose veins.
Birch tar slightly dries out the skin, eliminating excessive sweating. This also prevents the spread of infection, since fungi prefer a moist environment.
As an external agent, tar is absolutely safe. However, representatives of official medicine do not recommend taking it inside, as some traditional healers advise. This is due to the high content of toxic substances (primarily phenols).
In people with sensitive skin of children, tar can cause dryness, peeling, redness, and a rash. Before applying it to large areas of tissue, it is worth doing an allergy test. Put a little liquid on the bend of the elbow, gently rub and wait a day. If there is no irritation – the product can be used.
Tar has a specific “heavy” odor, which with prolonged use can cause nausea and headache. These reactions are also individual. If you experience any unpleasant sensations, the use of the product should be discontinued.
Treatment of nail fungus with birch tar
The effectiveness of using tar for nail fungus is low. It helps well only in the initial stages of the disease, provided that the keratin plates are prepared well (steaming, scraping) and meticulous hygiene is observed. But in this case, the treatment is very long – it usually takes from 3 to 6 months. In this case, tar must be applied to the nails daily.
Treatment with folk remedies will not help if the nail plates:
- depart from the bed;
- cracked the entire thickness.
They need to be removed and sanitation of the bed. After that, you can use tar to care for your fingers until healthy nails grow.
The method of using pure tar for onychomycosis
It is recommended to steam and polish nails before tar treatment with a disposable file on a paper basis or with a metal scraper.
After preparation, the plates are smeared with tar with a cotton swab. Cover with a bandage or cotton wool from above, put on a fingertip. In the morning, feet are washed with soap. Treatment is recommended to be supplemented with antimycotic drops (Mycoderil, Bifosin, Clotrimazole, etc.).
Applications from nail fungus are done daily for at least one month. Then comes a two-week break and a repeat of the course.
Nail Ointment Recipe
To treat affected nails, you can prepare an ointment of three components:
- tar birch;
- medical alcohol.
The composition is prepared by mixing all three substances in a ratio of 1.5: 1: 1. Apply with a cotton swab, avoiding contact with the skin, put on socks on top, leave overnight.
Instructions for use with fungal diseases of the feet
Proper treatment of tar requires preliminary preparation of the feet. To do this, make a hot bath to soften the stratum corneum of the epidermis. It is recommended that you add soap, baking soda, or herbal extracts to the water. It is best to carry out the procedure before bedtime.
After the bath, the legs are drained, then the skin is carefully treated, removing the softened particles of the epidermis. For this, it is better not to use natural pumice – infected tissues will remain in its pores. It is advisable to use special pedicure graters made of metal or plastic, which can then be disinfected with boiling water or alcohol.
After treatment, the feet are rinsed with warm water and thoroughly blotted with a towel, which must be changed to clean each time.
Then, tar is applied to the affected areas with a thick layer and incubated for 2 hours. The skin can be slightly nipped, but there should be no strong unpleasant sensations. Having finished the application, the mass is removed with paper towels, but not washed off. Clean cotton socks are put on top, which are discarded or boiled afterwards.
In the morning, you can wash your feet with warm water and soap, apply a nourishing cream on top, preferably with the addition of D-panthenol.
The procedure is repeated daily for two weeks.
Ointment for skin fungus with tar
You can cope with mycosis, which affects the soft tissues of the feet, with the help of a tar ointment, prepared by yourself. To do this, mix tar and purified medical sulfur (2 tbsp. Tar 2 g of powder). The resulting mass is applied to the feet, held for half an hour and washed off with warm water. At the end of the leg should be greased with antifungal cream.
Means based on tar from birch bark
In addition to tar in its pure form, external agents with its content are used to treat fungal infections. Below are the best drugs with this substance in their composition that can be used to combat mycosis.
Vishnevsky balm or liniment is a multicomponent medicine for external use. It includes:
- tar from birch bark;
- bismuth salts;
- castor oil as a conductor of other active ingredients.
The ointment was developed as a wound healing, regenerating and antimicrobial agent. Helps with burns, wounds, ulcers, bedsores. With fungal erosion, it is applied to the affected areas with a thin layer, on top they are closed with an occlusive dressing for 12 hours, then washed off with warm water and soap.
It is intended for the treatment of scabies, open wounds, trophic ulcers and skin fungus. The composition of the ointment:
- potash soap;
- tar from birch bark;
Naphthalan or naphthalan oil is a substance with anti-inflammatory, regenerative and analgesic properties. Fungicidal activity was also found in him.
Potash (green) soap loosens and softens the skin, helping the healing components penetrate deeper. Provides an antiseptic effect.
Medical sulfur removes inflammation, improves cellular respiration, fights pathogens, parasites, and fungi. In addition, it is a keratolytic agent, therefore, helps to remove the upper layer of the skin and nails affected by mycosis, accelerating treatment.
With cutaneous fungus, Wilkinson's ointment is used in the same way as the Vishnevsky liniment. The disadvantage of the drug is that it greatly dries the skin. After applications, a nourishing cream is required.
From the toenail fungus, the ointment helps even better than pure tar due to keratolytic properties. Before going to bed, it is applied to the plates, covered with cotton wool on top and put on a fingertip. In the morning, the softened parts of the nail are removed with manicure scissors or a nail file.
Cosmetic soap (it is produced in solid and liquid form) contains up to 10% tar. If the skin is affected by the fungus, soap is used for therapeutic baths. For this, a piece weighing 50 g is ground on a grater and dissolved in 2 l of hot water, 1 tsp is added. tinctures of iodine 5%. The feet are kept in solution for 20 minutes, after which they are dried and cleaned of dead tissue. After applying a therapeutic ointment or cream.
How and where to get tar
Buying tar in its pure form is not difficult today. It is for sale:
- in veterinary stores and pharmacies;
- in specialized stores for farmers and agricultural workers;
- in ordinary pharmacy stalls;
- in online stores.
Basically, tar is packaged in glass or plastic vials with a capacity of 50-100 ml. The average packaging price is 100 rubles.
Tar is supplied to the pharmaceutical market by the following companies:
- Golden Farm;
- BiotechSoyuz LLC;
Reviews on the treatment of foot and nail fungus tar
Anna is 30 years old.
In the summer, the child’s legs were very combed out, cracks appeared between the toes – the result of walking barefoot with dirty feet. At this time, we were in the country far from the city. The question was – to interrupt the vacation and go to the doctor or try to cure the fungus with improvised means. They tried to smear with tar, which brought a neighbor. They soon got used to the smell, although at first it seemed nasty. She forbade her to walk barefoot and forced her to wash her legs every evening. Everything went away in a week, so the remedy is effective.
Vasily is 45 years old.
Tar has its pros and cons. It is very difficult for them to be treated: oily traces are everywhere, the smell is not interrupted by anything. But the nails soften well and they grow faster then. I was helped by an ingrown nail and fungus on it. Although there are better means now, they are not so smelly, but tar is the cheapest and most natural.