How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Cure Toenail Fungus

By on May 30, 2014
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Toenail FungusI’m not sure how it happened but somewhere between walking 35 miles in Vegas and getting a foot massage I ended up with a toenail fungus. It’s embarrassing. I’m young, I eat healthy, I take care of myself but toenail fungus is something that can happen to anyone. To make lemonade of lemons I’ve documented my four week treatment. The total cost to cure my toenail fungus using the Apple Cider Vinegar method was a mere $10. The best part? Minus the vinegar smell, it cured without any nasty side effects.

How do you treat toenail fungus naturally?

Treat at First Sign of Nail Fungus

The first step is to be mindful of any discoloration of the nail. You may look at your nail and it may be darker, slightly purple, or maybe you will notice a whitish area. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. For you the symptoms might be that your nail smells bad or is brittle. The trick is to look for anything out of the ordinary and to treat right away. Again there are no nasty side effects so taking action should come without question.

WEEK ONE: Clip Your Nails

Start by taking a bath and letting your nails soak to soften them up a bit. Following your bath immediately dry your feet and clip back the infected part of your nail as much as possible. Use the file attached to your clippers or another tool to clean out under the nail bed. Disinfect your tools when done so that you don’t spread the infection to other nails. (I’m not really sure if it is possible to spread fungus so don’t repeat that but it isn’t worth the risk when it takes no time to disinfect.)

Make sure to take extra care to dry your feet after baths, treatments, and throughout your entire treatment.

Create a Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

Grab a towel or something to protect your floors and find a comfy spot to sit. In a bowl, combine equal parts Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and water. Make sure you use a high quality organic vinegar that includes the “Mother”. The Mother is the black chunky stuff that floats around in vinegar.

The next step is to completely immerse your toes in the soak. Let them soak for 30 minutes. I found that the soak did have a slight burning sensation but it wasn’t unbearable for me. If it is too painful for you try diluting the solution with more water.

Let Them See Light

During treatment you will want to keep your nails dry and clean. Do not use nail polish and expose your nails to the world as much as possible. Fresh air, sunlight, and dryness are all good aids in fighting nail fungus.

WEEKS TWO – FOUR: Keep it Going

Continue to soak your toes in the solution daily for 30 minutes. As your nails grow out clip down the infected area until it is clipped completely.

WEEK FOUR and BEYOND: Celebrate

If your nail is generally grown out it is okay to introduce nail polish at this time. In fact, this is how I made it (patience problem) through the last phase of grow out. I painted my toes and two weeks later I removed the polish to find that the fungus was grown out.

If your toenail fungus has not grown out you will need to continue the treatment until your nail is clear.

What are other treatment options?

There are two FDA-approved anti-fungal pills that are typically prescribed for nail fungus. One of them is called terbinafine or Lamisil. Common side effects of Lamisil are listed as diarrhea, stomach upset, and loss of taste. The list of less common symptoms and interactions is even longer. The second drug that is sometimes prescribed for toenail fungus is itraconazole or Sporonox. Commonly listed side effects of Sporonox include nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, gas, headache, dizziness, or stomach upset. Though rare, both medications may possibly be associated with hepatotoxicity, including liver failure and death. After reading the alternatives I decided that my mild toenail fungus just wasn’t worth the risk of taking pharmaceuticals. However, there may be times when you have no choice and those decisions should be made with your healthcare provider.

Who Should Not Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Nail Fungus?

Keep in mind that if your nail has thickened and cracked it may be too late to use natural remedies and you should speak to your doctor. If you have diabetes or related diseases that impact blood flow to your feet this treatment might not be for you. As always, discuss your options with a healthcare provider.

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