Vinegar to treat various health issues has been used for thousands of years, in Ancient Greece, China and so on. As with other types of yeast or fungal infections, there are many supposedly effective home remedies out there for toenail fungus and vinegar is one of them.
Both apple cider vinegar or white vinegar can be used. Toenail fungus is difficult to treat whichever treatment method you choose, the fungus is protected by the nail which means any treatment has trouble reaching it, and it takes time for a healthy nail to grow through and you are completely free.
If you have a severe toenail fungus it is unlikely that any home remedy will work, and even over the counter treatments may struggle. You may need a prescribed anti-fungal treatment from your doctor. But for mild problems, some people find that home remedies such as vinegar for toenail fungus are effective.
How does vinegar for toenail fungus work?
The fungus affects the pH of the area it attacks and vinegar is acidic so it changes the environment the fungus has created for itself. Vinegar for toenail fungus has been used for many years, it is cheap and has no side effects. If using vinegar it is important to make sure you dry the area thoroughly after soaking it.
Ways to use vinegar for toenail fungus
- Soak the infected area in a vinegar foot bath, one part vinegar and two parts warm water and soak for 30 minutes, three times a day.
- Mix the above foot soak with original Listerine.
- Mix 1 part Listerine with 1 part vinegar without adding warm water and soak for 20 minutes every day.
- Soak a cotton ball in one of those mixtures and dab at the infected area several times a day.
- Apply a bandage soaked in vinegar and re-soak it throughout the day.
- Paint on vinegar as you do a nail polish several times a day.
- Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar three times a day, if you cannot swallow due to the taste, add it to a drink like juice.
- Keep your feet clean, dry, clip toenails and perhaps use the vinegar as a preventative measure once the treatment is successful.