Will Vinegar Treat Toenail Fungus?

Toenails are such frequent targets of fungal infection, that toenail fungus is among the most common ailments in the world. Because the fungus is more likely to grow in dark and damp places, feet and toenails are particularly susceptible.

Vinegar is often the home remedy most readily available to address this problem.

Vinegar contains natural properties that can both stave off and help cure toenail fungus. Many people choose this remedy over harsh chemicals or synthetic medicines.

Because both apple cider and white vinegar can aid in the eradication of fungal infections in the nail beds, either is acceptable for use as a home remedy. Not only is this remedy very cheap, but it is also among the most effective available.

Because vinegar is a safe, non-invasive treatment for toenail fungus, you don’t need any special training to apply it yourself.

Here is a basic outline of a common home remedy:

  • Create a solution of one part vinegar and one part water.
  • Soak your feet in this solution at least once daily, for 30 minutes, as well as alternate between cold and hot baths (or you can simply bathe your feet in first cold then hot water. A hand-shower comes in handy for this purpose.
  • Additionally, many people recommend that a person do this as many as three times per day, at regular intervals.
  • Because it causes a pH imbalance in the skin, toenail fungus can make skin more alkaline and thereby cause irritation of the cuticles and tissues.
  • Toenail fungus should be treated immediately, since the infection can manifest itself as both itchiness and pain in the affected area.

The acidic properties of vinegar restore the pH balance of the skin, which allows the integumentary system to relieve the itchiness associated with the infection.

Many vinegar options are available today, which are relatively inexpensive at local groceries and markets. These include rice, malt, fruit, coconut, cane, balsamic, and apple cider varieties of vinegar.

The inflammation and pain that fungal infections cause has been shown to be reduced by the application of apple cider vinegar.  Hydrogen peroxide can also kill bacteria and viruses, when used in conjunction with a regular vinegar application.

An alternative to soaking your feet in a bath is to directly apply the vinegar on the base of the toenail, at least twice a day.  Just make sure that the vinegar will stay in place long enough to get the desired result.

A maximum of two drops of vinegar is suggested, for the remedy to be effective.

Toenail fungus can be effectively treated with vinegar. If you get infected, look to your kitchen cupboard first, for this simple but efficient solution for fungal problems.

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you are ill you should consult a medical doctor.

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One Response to “Will Vinegar Treat Toenail Fungus?”

  1. NHR February 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    Vinegar works great! It has been effective for my entire family when it comes to any sort of a fungal infection like athletes foot or things of that nature. It really kills the infection fast too. It has even helped to soften dead tissue and ease corns. Its really great to use on feet.

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