Toenail Fungus
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Cure Toe Nail Fungus With Apple Cider Vinegar

Sep 21, 2017

Apple cider vinegar is the most effective way to get rid of toenail fungus, according to Earth Clinic posters. If you've been trying to get rid of your toenail fungus for a while, trying this treatment and then that one, you're not alone - 5% of all people have nail fungus. Commercial nail fungus treatments are harsh and often don't work. The older people get, the more likely they are to have this problem - over half of all those over 70 are afflicted with toenail fungus.

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Can Cure Your Toenail Fungus

It's all about pH. Fungus needs an alkaline environment in order to thrive. The fungal nail infection causes the pH of the nail and surrounding skin to become more alkaline. The apple cider vinegar is acidic, making it more and more difficult for the fungus to survive. Surrounding skin and the nail will not be damaged by the vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is a great all-around health tonic. Check here to find out about all of the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar. Organic apple cider vinegar is an effective alkalizing agent, making bodily pH less acidic, as well as being a potent antimicrobial and antiseptic,

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Cures Toenail Fungus Externally and Internally.

Externally - Soak Your Toes in Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Cut and file infected nails.
  2. Soak toes in apple cider vinegar at least 2x a day.
  3. Optional: apply a mixture of tea tree oil and lavender oil in the evening.

Internally - Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic

  1. 2 teaspoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  2. 16 ounces water

Mix together in a container and refrigerate, pouring yourself a glassful whenever you are thirsty. Ordinarily a couple of glasses a day will take care of your general health needs. This is ideal for those who are particularly concerned about maintaining an alkalizing diet for overall health.

Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis) can be Difficult to Cure

  • Harsh conventional treatments won't cure toenail fungus over half of the time.
  • There are 3 primary causes: dermatophytic fungi, Candida, and non-dermatophytic molds.
  • Most toenail fungus is caused by dermatophytic fungi.
  • Molds can be responsible for both toenail and fingernail fungus.
  • 1 out of 3 diabetics have toenail fungus.
  • Fungus and molds love damp places; keep feet dry, change socks often.

Risk Factors

  • You are most at risk of developing nail fungus if you are older, diabetic, have psoriasis or an immune system disorder or sweat profusely.
  • Runners commonly have problems with chronic nail fungus because of sweaty feet and damp shoes and socks.
  • Locker rooms and communal showers spread nail fungus.

If toenail fungus is not treated, the fungus can cause cracking, splitting and even complete loss of the toenail. Fortunately, toenail fungus is curable and the apple cider vinegar treatment is both effective and inexpensive.

Continue reading below to learn how Earth Clinic readers have used apple cider vinegar to cure their toenail fungus. If you have also tried this home cure for nail fungus, please let us know.



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Posted by Penny (Nv) on 07/21/2017
2 out of 5 stars

I developed toe nail fungus, December of 2015. I went to the doctor, which was a waste of time. I've tried fungus ointments, etc., etc., etc. I ended up losing my whole nail. I started reading everything about ACV and hot water/cool water. Alternating the two. I started soaking my toe on June 23rd of this year (2017). I've also added Epsom salt and baking soda to the water. I've done this twice a day sometimes 3 times a day for 30 minutes, no less! After that, sometimes I'll make a paste of ACV and baking soda and leave that on for about 10 minutes. I also mix a combination of tea tree oil, Lavender and coconut oil and massage it into the nail bed and surrounding skin on my toe. In addition to all this, I have been drinking two tablespoons of ACV in two cups of cold filtered water twice/daily.

The 23rd of this month (July) will be one month!! I have been so diligent with this whole process. I have NOT missed one day. Trying to be positive because of all the excellent results I have read on this issue. But I have to say, I'm just getting so discouraged. I've lost my nail completely, I'm keeping it cleaned and making sure any discolored nail that starts to grow is cut. I don't know what else I can do. The doctor said it takes one year for a nail to grow. But I've also read reviews where the nail grew back in just a few months. I guess I'm just looking for some positive support from people who have been right where I am right now, or let me know if there is anything else I can do to help this process. I know everyone it's different for everyone and I just need to be patient. It's going on a month I've been at this. Is there anything else I should or can be doing??? Thank you for listening.

Penny

Replied by Steve
Nv
07/22/2017

Toenail fungus is usually a symptom of the body's inability to heal itself. Try taking 20,000 IU of vitamin D3 and K1/K2 supplement. It will raise your body's ability to fight off the fungus internally. There's a real problem in out country with people that are getting sick because of a lack of sunlight which creates D3 in body. If you don't get enough sunlight daily your body weakens and becomes more susceptible to all of the viruses, funguses, infections etc.

Replied by Gina
Nj
07/30/2017

Hey Penny! Have you tried drinking ACV a few times a day?

Replied by Gina H
California
08/30/2017

Penny, I'm not sure why you would want to use baking soda at all, as it is alkaline and fungus thrives on an alkaline environment. Try using just the vinegar; the acid in it is what makes your toe nail inhospitable to the fungus.

Replied by Joe
Los Angeles
09/14/2017

Apple cider vinegar works because it is acidic. Baking soda neutralizes the acidity. It cancels it out. All you're left with is salty water.

According to the instructions, you should soak your toes in undiluted apple cider vinegar. Try that, instead. Good luck!

Replied by Joseph
San Francisco
09/15/2017

I second what Joe said. Baking soda neutralizes the effects of vinegar.

I understand your approach ("I've read that solution A, B, and C all work - so I'll just combine all of it! ") but unfortunately chemistry's not in your favor. Vinegar alone should be effective at deterring toenail fungal growth.

Don't give up! Repeat the process, but keep it simple - just use the apple cider vinegar. Stay encouraged!

Replied by Will
Baltimore
09/17/2017

Put ACV in a spray bottle; spray your feet when you get a chance. In the morning soak your feet for 10 minuter in pure ACV, Organic.


Posted by Nancy (South Carolina) on 07/18/2017
5 out of 5 stars

When I read about the Apple cider vinegar cure for toenail fungus, I was so excited but I knew I did not have time to soak my toe for 30 minutes two times a day. My life is very busy and so I decided to do the next best thing. I saturated the gauze of a Band-Aid and more the Band-Aid all day long. At night, I took the Band-Aid off, Took a shower, and at bedtime, I put another Band-Aid on my toe saturated in apple cider vinegar! It worked beautifully after two months! I recommend this for anyone on the go!

Replied by Victor
Singapore
08/25/2017

Very good idea indeed, I will be trying this method on my thumb. Thanks you for your sharing.


Posted by Nancy (South Carolina) on 07/14/2017
5 out of 5 stars

When I read about the Apple cider vinegar cure for toenail fungus, I was so excited but I knew I did not have time to soak my toe for 30 minutes two times a day. My life is very busy and so I decided to do the next best thing. I saturated the gauze of a Band-Aid and wore the Band-Aid all day long. At night, I took the Band-Aid off, Took a shower, and at bedtime, I put another Band-Aid on my toe saturated in apple cider vinegar! It worked beautifully after two months! I recommend this for anyone on the go!

Replied by Peter
Yahoo
08/25/2017

I think you should not put it 24hrs all day long. I try and the skin turn red. I think it is enough to leave it overnight.


Posted by Carole (Wi) on 06/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I used apple cider vinegar for toenail fungus, and it worked wonderfully.

I had taken medication for it in 2005, and even after a year, it did not change one iota.

Then in 2015, my physician prescribed a brush-on solution, and still, nothing happened after a year.

In 2016 I read your article and tried it. I was very diligent in soaking my toe two times a day, every day. It gradually started to change, and am now fungus free, and looks as if I never had it. You really definitely need to be persistent and patient though, and not give up or skip days.

I am appalled when I realize that I was treated with a very strong drug which could have affected my liver, and then the brush on to no avail, when all they could have told me was to soak it in apple cider vinegar.

I will be telling my doctor that she should let people know about this simple cure, instead of dangerous drugs.

Thank you for your article, it was so easy and cost only pennies. I will be spreading the word, and letting everyone know about your site.

Replied by Mary
Pennsylvania
07/05/2017

How long after your toe appears fungus free should you continue the apple cider vinegar treatments?

Replied by Nim
Canada
08/11/2017

5 years ago I've been prescribed that very dangerous drug to treat my fungus on my both toes. After a month or 40 days (not pretty sure) both sides healed, but my left side came back. Apparently it wasn't fully gone on my left toe, that's why.

Few years later I moved to another province in Canada, and during a visit at the doctor, I asked him to give me a prescription for toe nail fungus. HE WAS NOT HAPPY and told me that he will never prescribe that drug to anyone. It's there where I understood that the drug was dangerous with possible side effects.

I use ACV very very often as a drink (3-4 tablespoons of ACV, honey and spring water at room temp) in the morning.

I read a lot about ACV, and knowing of it's powerful and amazing benefits, I started thinking that it might be helpful to treat my toe fungus. And that's what I'm planning to do. And I'm happy to have found these good and hope giving reviews.


Posted by Michelle (Baltimore, Maryland ) on 05/09/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to give encouragement to those suffering with toenail fungus.

I've had fungus on my big toe for about 4 years and it took over most of the toenail, right down to the nail bed. I first tried other recommendations, such as tea tree oil, vicks vapo rub, oregano oil, regular vinegar, and then acv. I have learned that what actually worked for me was braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" diluted with approx 50% hot water. I buy the large gallon size on amazon. I first tried Apple Cider Vinegar straight, thinking it would be more effective than diluting it.
It seems to need the hot water to help the Apple Cider Vinegar penetrate better. I let it soak for a 1/2 hour twice a day. I used a small glass bowl added a little vinegar and some hot water just enough to dip my toes in to cover, but not my whole foot. That would use too much Apple Cider Vinegar because I changed the solution each time.

The other thing I did which I feel really helped, is that after soaking the first time for at least a1/2 hour or more in the warm acv, I trimmed the entire detached part of the nail down as far as I could and then used a power file deluxe rechargeable nail file made by the company"kiss"using the "pointed detail file" to thin whatever was left of the nail, which wasn't much at all. As I continued to soak twice daily, I also would thin, whatever nail was still properly attached to my nailbed, about 2 times a week.

It's been 9 months and my toenail is just about fully grown back.

You really can't miss a day, because the fungus will start to grow back and lift the nail up off the nail bed again. But if you keep soaking twice a day, it really should work. For the first 2-3 months I didn't see any change, but just when I felt like giving up, I started to see a a thin pink moon shaped sliver growing out of the nail bed. It grows very slowly and as long as I kept using the Apple Cider Vinegar and hot water soaks, it continued to grow a normal nail and I could tell that this time it was attached properly to the nail bed. It only works if its done twice a day every day. Sometimes I would do it for 20 minutes if there wasn't enough time.

I really owe it to Earth Clinic for the reviews that encouraged me to keep trying when nothing seemed to be working until I gave in and tried the hot water and Apple Cider Vinegar mixture.

I normally don't write reviews, but I wanted to encourage other toenail fungus sufferers to give Apple Cider Vinegar a try.

Replied by Marina
Australia
05/10/2017
3 posts

Just a tip.

I did this years ago using ACV and it cured the fungus as well as the psoriasis which caused the fungus but the only downside was that the toenail, once fully grown out, had a brownish tint from the ACV. What I did then is I filled up a small bottle with white vinegar and a few drops of lavender oil (to kill the smell of the vinegar), and sprayed my nail after my shower each day. It ended up growing out nice and pinky white like the rest of my nails. I still do it every few days and once in a while I spray all my toe nails, especially during humid conditions or after clipping them.

Replied by Chris
Leeds
08/27/2017

How do you expect the ACV to penetrate your nail bed in just 20 mins!? no wonder you had to soak twice a day

I did this for at least an hour every day for a week, then life got in the way and I didn't soak them again until 2 months afterwards, during which time my nails grew out a quarter way healthy... but then I saw signs of the fungus marching its way back to the nail bed and within a week it was back again in the nail bed.

I have had this problem over 20 years, started on my little toe now I have 6 infected, I have tried everything and I mean "EVERY THING" I am probably over £1300 into trying to cure it now, I honestly think my fungus is a super-strain which has evolved immunity to most cures other people state worked since its been blasted and painted with every technology and oil available to mankind.

ACV with mother is the only thing that had put a dent in this horrible infection and my next stage is to buy some cheap calf rubber wellies and fill them to the lower ankle every day with pure ACV and not watered down since my foot skin can handle it so that I can walk around the house instead of being chained to a foot bowl at my bedside.


Posted by Makajc (United Arab Emirates) on 03/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I am in the 4th day today for treating my nail fungus using apple cider vinegar. The most affected are my big toes.. First 2 days I noticed that my nails are becoming white, then day by day, crack in my big toes are becoming less.. the other, almost brown color have disappeared, still under observation.. I cut almost half to treat it.. Lengthwise.


Posted by Ottootts (Germany) on 02/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider vinegar for nail fungus. This actually works! I tried commercial products for two years and they simply did not work. I've tried ACV for three weeks (two tablespoons daily) and already new clear nail is growing in from the nail bed, already reaching about 20% of the way into the nail.

Replied by Tonya
Sc
02/12/2017

2 tablespoons by mouth? Or soak in water? Thanks so much!


Posted by Monica (Memphis, Tn) on 01/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a stubborn fight with toe nail fungus since 2004 till 2016...tried everything from prescription meds (which only lasted a short while) to you name it... the ONLY thing that works is ACV internally and daily 2xs morning and night I take 2TBSP with very cold water and I also apply tea tree oil to the nails .. I keep attention to eating healthy which I have also attributed to helping the fungus to go away. The Ketogenic diet is excellent for leveling your high alkalinity to a normal PH which is the main reason the fungus grows... my nails have now begun to grow new, not hurt, and look normal again since doing all the above steps ...started to notice changes within a few weeks!! Thank you for this site it has been a great resource!!! My hope is that this post will help many people who suffer needlessly... the doctors just won't tell you this!


Posted by Tom (Philly) on 12/30/2016
4 out of 5 stars

I am currently soaking my toe nail fungus in apple cider vinegar, one cup of vinegar uncut. The fungus appear to be growing out with the nail. It's been about two months now. The nail fungus polish from the doctor didn't work.


Posted by G (Vancouver) on 04/09/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have had both toes progressively getting worse with fungus for the years since 1998-2015. one nail fell off after swimming and banging it on some rocks while on vacation in 2005 -(very painful). As you may understand, sandals or bare feet have progressively gotten to a point of "NO" over these years.

Since mid January 2016, I have been dabbing cider vinegar on both toes EVERY morning shower or not... it is early April and I have cut the nails down short 3 times over that period. I am here to say that the results are finally VERY evident, and my nails have almost grown back to normal! I have only "Soaked" my toes about 3 times over the 3 months, as I found it difficult to do and I am not a patient fellow...

After trying laser treatment and being reluctant to take a 6 month dose of medication... I see the light at the end of the Cider Vinegar Treatment.... I am not sure if it will "CURE" - but I am confident that I can easily control it and as my nail continues to grow out, it looks almost completely normal.

Good luck to you all and be diligent each morning or night! Apply cider vinegar!

Replied by Beth
Ontario, Canada
05/01/2016

I have toe nail fungus on two toes on both feet...went to doctor and she suggested I try something called Footlogix. It is a spray that you get from a Podiatrist...kind of expensive for the size of the spray. When the spray is half way done it won't spray anymore...so money wasted there. So for months now I have tried using Tea Tree oil, but it so discolors my nails, makes them brittle and very yellow and quite sore too! I have lost one nail and it doesn't seem to be healing...so found this site and think I will try applying AVC on my nails twice a day...I have a small container of Pure Emu Oil, was wondering if it may work...I also try to soak my feet say once a week in 1 cup AVC and 1 cup warm water...I have read several people saying you have to get rid of this fungus from the inside out...I gag at the thought of drinking AVC, I have tried it and it is very hard to get down, but if that will help...today, May 1,2016 I will start to drink 2 TBSP in 32 oz of water once a day and see if I can choke it down and see if that helps. I also suffer from Reflux so I am sure drinking the AVC will help with that too! I will keep you posted.

Any other suggestions would be very grateful.

Replied by Timh
Ky
05/01/2016

B: You'r making a good start but need fine-tuning a bit. First, as for footbaths, the ACV I would replace with unscented Bleach maybe once a week, and do one big spoon of Borax daily. As for ACV orally, you can buy ACV tablets at health food stores, so no more bad taste or irritation.

As for topical treatment replace the Oregano with Garlic Oil and do daily for a couple weeks then rotate to Pure Grain Alcohol (180 proof) and either Tea Tree or Eucalyptus Oil. The ratio of each you may determine at a tolerable level, maybe start w/ 50/50 in an small glass bottle and dab on with cotton swab for 2 wks then back to the Garlic.

When sleeping, keep that foot free of covers as to keep moisture down and fresh air around. A small fan on that foot would help. Speaking of air, be sure to keep your house filters clean or replaced and consider additional air purification as fungus cannot grow in a clean or well oxygenated environment.

Replied by Frances
Cabarlah, Qld.
05/03/2016

I have soaked feet in warm water with half a cup of borax diluted for 15-20 min. for at least 5 days.

Replied by Polly
Ma
07/07/2016

Try mixing a Tbsp of ACV with V8 juice and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, tastes great, almost like a virgin Bloody Mary.

Replied by Kellison
Oregon
07/12/2016

Try organic Apple Cider Vinegar (usually in organic or health section of grocery stores). It is VERY much easier to drink than Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar.

Replied by Sharon
Pa
07/21/2016

I started out with athletes foot and it progressed to my large toenail. I used a cream to clear up the athletes foot but the toenail fungus is not so easy to get rid of. I started soaking my foot in ACV but would miss days here and there. So, I ordered finger cots in an extra large size (Amazon) and I put one on my toe before bedtime and add ACV to it every night and sleep with it on. My nail is growing out fine but it takes a long time--like a year--of doing the procedure.

Replied by April
Riggins, Idaho
08/03/2016

Hi! Did you use apple cider vinegar that was organic or distilled? Please let me know, I am very encouraged by your report, but I'd like to know what kind of vinegar you used!

Thanks very much!

Replied by George
Louisiana
08/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I filed my toe nail all the way down to the skin and used ACV soaked for 30min in morning and at night also added bit peroxide to it. And wala no more foot fungus you will notice results in a week or 2 at least for me it did.

Replied by Kaye
Pelahatchie Ms
08/24/2016

Can the vinegar mixture be reused for the 2nd soaking each day or should it always be fresh vinegar?

Replied by Bob
Missouri
12/17/2016

Try 1 packet of Stevia, 1 TSP of ACV, 4oz Iced Tea - it tastes like tart apple juice.

Replied by Bill
Spalding. U.k
05/30/2017

1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey warm water and enjoy.

Replied by Penelope
Australia
06/26/2017

Try adding a tsp of ACV to a glass of sparkling mineral water. It is a very pleasant way to drink it and you will be able to work your way up to a tbl spoon fairly quickly.

Replied by Deborah
Michigan
08/10/2017

Thank you for your post and for your encouragement. I have tried soaking my toes for the fungus but I only do that for a couple days and then I just don't as I am not very patient either for that kind of thing. Just applying the apple cider vinegar will be easy to do. I have tried a baking soda paste applied to the toenail and the toe and let it sit on there for a little bit and then rinse it off. That has helped but it feels like there's still has to be something else to do. So thank you for your encouragement to just apply the ACV. Good luck with yours :)


Posted by Monique (North Carolina) on 10/29/2015
4 out of 5 stars

As soon as I quit using the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) the toenail fungus would come back. It did work on one of my toes on one foot but then I got it on 2 other toes on my other foot............it didn't cure them like the other. I swabbed the ACV on the toenail once in the morning and once at night and put a bandaide over the toenail with more ACV put on the covering center part of the bandaide.

However, I came down with MRSA, over a month ago, and bought some Manuka Honey from my healthfood store that came from New Zealand. I put it on my 2 tonails just like the ACV but only once in the morning. No staining of my tonail color and it's healing them and no STINK .....I HATE THE SMELL OF ACV!

Replied by Suzy
Indiana
10/29/2015

When I started drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar once in the morning and once at night for a different health problem my toenail fungus went away. I had tried everything, even ACV, applying it on the fungus nothing worked.

Replied by Nizar
Toronto
07/26/2017

Hello Suzy:

Can you please tell us how you drank it please? with warm water etc?


Posted by Frances (Anaheim, Ca) on 10/04/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Finally decided to rid the fungus from both my baby toes. UGLY! I filed the tops down and then soaked them daily in ACV, mouth wash, and hot water for 30 minutes daily. About half a cup each. I also drink a coffee cup of warm water, 2 tablespoons of organic ACV and one tablespoon of lemon juice every morning before anything else. Yes it's gross but I do it. Not only is my fungus clearing up (nail was even split) but I've lost about 5lbs. Its been about six months now. I'm going to also add tea tree oil. Thank you for this website and for all of your suggestions.

Replied by Mare
Enumclaw, Wa
09/01/2015

I have had toenail fungus on my big toes for years. A friend of mine highly recommended organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. She said she dabbed it on with a cotton ball twice a day and it was gone in a few weeks. I have been reading up on the benefits of this and one of the things that was stressed the most as far as getting rid of the fungus is that you have to treat it from the inside as well as outside. This means that for the fungus not to come back you should drink the diluted ACV daily, as well as soaking your feet in it.

Anyway, I'm going to start my treatment this week (both inside and out) and I'll post back in a month or so to let you know how it works!


Posted by Bernadette (New South Wales, Australia) on 03/17/2014
5 out of 5 stars

For 6 weeks I have been soaking both my feet twice a day in apple cider vinegar for 2 big toes which have yellowed and thickened. In the evening I apply tea tree oil combined with lavender oil to both toes and I have had 5mm new growth in this time which is pink, healthy and showing no signs of fungus. During the day in between soaks, I spray all my toes with white vinegar and dry them in the sun for a few minutes. I am thrilled with the new growth and can't wait for the yellow nails to grow out.


Posted by Suzy (Fort Wayne In) on 01/18/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I started taking apple cider vinegar, a shot glass day and night, and cut my infected toe nails back whenever they started to grow. Within a few months my nails had grown out new and beautiful. I believe it is necessary to fight the problem from the inside out. This is the only thing that worked and I tried them all.

Replied by Maria
Middlesex
01/19/2017

So you didn't dilute it in water? I just wondered whether it is still okay and effective to take it not diluted. Thanks!


Posted by Mom (Naples, Florida) on 01/18/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Many years ago, I developed a very bad toe nail fungus - only in my big toe! . After seeing several doctors, who recommended antibiotics, a $100, bottle of nail polish, and disgusted pedicurists....... I began researching this for myself. Here is the bottom line:

Apple Cider Vinegar!

Fungus does not like or live in acid.

So, ACV can be used for this. Toes, fingers, anywhere there is a fungus.

Also, the worse the fungus is, the more times a day you should apply it. Soak in it, if need be. It can't hurt.

If you cut your nails, and accidentally cut through the skin, then apply equal amounts of ACV and topical, first aid, Hydrogen Peroxide. The HP is a topical for infections. That is all you need to do on a daily basis. You will see an improvement within a week. Be vigilant. It will pay off!



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