Toenail Fungus
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Cure Toe Nail Fungus With Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by John (Los Angeles, Ca) on 11/09/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Great success with apple cider vigegar soak for finger fungus! I infected a fingernail two years ago. The fungus was not extensive, but the green and black fungus was alarming! I found this website and tried the ACV soak, every day for thirty minutes. It improved pretty quickly. After a year of daily soaking, the nail looked pretty good - no green or black fungus - maybe just a touch cloudy - nothing anybody notices. It's a good, strong nail. Now, I just soak the nail once a week and all is well. I don't think it is cured - though it may be. I think that the once a week ACV soak keeps the fungus under control. Many, many thanks for this website!


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Posted by Mia (Formerly Of Lyons, Ny) on 09/02/2012

It has been almost a year since using the ACV and it has not come back!


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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 03/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I had toe nail fungus under my big toe for about six years. In the past I had taken tablets for six months but it didn't clear it up. It was also starting to affect my other big toe. After taking the apple cider vinegar for about three months (with bicarb soda) (2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/4 tsp bicarb) the toe nail fungus is now totally gone. It took three months but you could see it clearing as the nail grew.

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Posted by Kate (Minneapolis, Mn) on 03/21/2010
5 out of 5 stars

This is a check-in on my ACV toenail fungus cure. I am still soaking my toes twice daily in ACV and it is working! It's taken longer than I thought it would but it definitely works! I started with nine badly affected toenails. Six were completely normal after four months. The last three are slow but definitely getting better. I have no idea why three are taking so much longer. They were among the worst but other bad ones cleared up quicker. I started using ACV last June 2009. I guess it may take a year. It takes a little discipline and patience. But compared to the 23 years I've had it, a year seems quick! ACV works, it's amazing. Thank you so much Earth Clinic!!

p.s. to Phil and to Deirdre at E.C.: I used Grapefruit Seed Extract for a year before starting ACV. I painted it with a fine brush on each toenail morning and night. I started out using it diluted because of the burning you referred to. But soon I applied it carefully full strength and it didn't bother my skin. However this remedy did nothing to change my nails. Maybe it helped to slow it a little from getting worse, but it did not diminish the fungus already there. ACV is the only thing I have tried in 22 years that has made any and a total difference.

Thanks, Kate - Mpls, MN


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Posted by Linda (Clyde, Texas) on 02/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I've used ACV for many problems including fungal infections. When my son came back from Iraq he had a horrible case of athletes foot. I used 1 cup ACV and distilled water as a foot soak and the infection cleared up completely. He only needed to do the foot soak 1 night. Also, I developed that horrible toenail fungus like my mother had...thick yellow nails with a flaky exudate underneath...I started soaking my toenails in ACV straight from the bottle. After a 10 minute soak, I would use a q-tip and get the ACV up under the nail. Within a week, I had healthy growth of my nails. Now they are completely normal. The prescription for this was $600 which I couldn't afford. The ACV was $3.95 and I only had to use a shot glass of it every night for a week to clear up the problem. Once new growth was healthy, I stopped the toe soaks and have not had to use it again.

I've used ACV to get rid of ringworm too. It works as quickly as black walnut hull extract. Just dab it on with a cotton ball, and BLOW as it burns. It may burn, but it works.

Finally, I worked in Iraq for a year and developed a horrible fungus in my sinuses and had to have emergency surgery. The fungus would always come back and I finally cleared the infection by using ACV in my nasal irrigator every day. I put 1 mL of ACV in a WaterPik bowl, with warm water. It burned and made my eyes water, but I could BREATHE! Anytime I have symptoms of that fungal infection, I immediately start using ACV in my nasal wash. Anytime I have the slightest symptom of cold or sore throat, I use a shot glass of plain ACV and the symptoms are gone with 1 dose. Now my BP is getting high, so I know what to do...I never should have gotten off of it. This is a great site by the way. For beauty, I've used a water/ACV mixture to tighten pores and to eliminate dulling from shampoo. My dogs get 1 mL of ACV in their drinking water every day and NEVER have fleas or ticks. I don't have to purchase expensive flea remedies. Just a little ACV will do it, but you have to be consistent with it.

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Posted by La (Cleveland, Ohio) on 05/21/2018

Hang in there. I wasn't using ACV for the toe nails. I typically trim and sand the top with a dremel to make the thickness less obvious. I hadn't done it in a couple of months and this past week was very surprised the affected toe lacks the yellow and the thickness is almost back to normal. I can see the healthy moon shape of the cuticle area which I have not seen for more than 20 yrs. I already called my sister to recommend it to her too. Most of her nails have the problem and hers are way worse than mine.


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Posted by Nim (Canada) on 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.


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Posted by Marina (Australia) on 05/10/2017

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.


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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.


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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.


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Posted by Mare (Enumclaw, Wa) on 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!


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Posted by Grace (Alma, Michigan) on 05/24/2012

I wanted to give an up date to my post. My feet look marvelous. I had fungus in all my toe nails. Some really bad and some just starting. It has been over a month that I have been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in water and putting the vinegar directly on the nail. Only 2 nails look bad at this time. I can see new nail growing in and is about at the half way point now. I will continue to use the Apple Cider Vinegar daily until the fungus is gone and then probably only once or twice a week after that for maintaince. I have cut the nails short and keep them trimmed, the fungus is getting easier and easier to cut away. My nails are no longer thick and dark and the skin around the nail is no longer red and itchy. This is amazing. Thank you so much.


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Posted by Angela (Te Kauwhata, New Zealand) on 05/06/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Having suffered with a horrible, unsightly, fungus ridden big toenail for many years I was delighted to find this site which offered natural remedies to cure the problem. I had previously taken lamisal tablets to rid the problem. This left me with an upset stomach. After weeks of taking the medication I couldn't bare the side effects of it any longer and stopped taking it. The fungus quickly appeared again. After all that I have found Apple Cidar Vinegar was the answer. I mixed around 1/4 cup of ACV with enough water to place my big toe in. I soaked the toe morning and night in this mixture. I then applied Lamisal cream under the toenail. I also heeded someone elses advice not to put nail polish on the toe as it allows the fungus a lovely dark environment to thrive in. To cut a long story short, my perserverance paid off and I am thrilled to say that my big toenail is now completely fungus free. Thank you ACV and Earth Clinic!

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Posted by Suzann (Titusville, New Jersey) on 03/16/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I am following up with my results as promised on the Earth Clinic website. I wrote on 2/19 that I was going to start treating my "large" toe - with ACV. Well, it has been almost four weeks. I am happy to say, my four small toes are close to being totally cleared up and my large toe (my main concern) has lost the large, crusty, black striped nail and a new toenail bed is under! I was thrilled to see this! My nail fell off and on my toebed was new pink toenail. Now, I will see if my toenail grows back clear and healthy once again. Hope this helps and encourages you to use Apple Cider Vinegar on your "fungus infected toes!" It works!


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Posted by Gramma (Minnesota ) on 10/31/2017

Today is day one of my toe nail fungus cure! I will keep you all posted as I am pretty excited about this! I wanted the Apple Cider Vinegar right on my big toes. I cut off the tops of two balloons 🎈 and put them on the top of the ACV bottle, put it upside down to fill balloon 🎈 and put them on my big toes! Now they are soaking in pure ACV for 15-30 minutes. After, DONT rinse it off but make sure you dry your toes good, even if you have to use a hair dryer.

Day one...keep you all posted.

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Posted by Peter (Yahoo) on 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.


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Posted by Janice (Richmond Bc, Canada) on 04/01/2011
4 out of 5 stars

I have been drinking ACV with honey for 8 days and have noticed my new toenail growing in normally as the affected nail fungus grows out. It's just a wee small growth so far, but definitely can see the difference. I was surprised to see this today as I have also tried various natural topical treatments without much success. Plus, the toenail was so much easier to trim... softer nail, although my fingernails are strong and growing fast and the ridges are minimizing as well.

I had purchased the Dr Jarvis Book "Folk Medicine and Arthritis" and started the ACV and Honey(and one drop of Iodine every other day) and within a few days, my arthritis is improved by 85% and my lower back has been pain free for the first time in over a year.

And, my allergies seem so much improved too. Not completely, but so much better.

I am so pleased

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Posted by Kate (Minneapolis, Minnesota) on 07/28/2009
4 out of 5 stars

Check back:

I wrote in on June 21'09 after starting ACV soaks for my toenail fungus. I have now been diligently soaking my feet twice a day for six weeks. (See my previous post 6/21/09 for ACV/H2O amounts.) After a month I nearly lost hope because I couldn't see any real difference. Then I looked closer when trimming my nails. It was looking slightly different. With renewed hope - like others I'm in this for the fight - I kept up the soaks (my feet are in the bucket as I type this). My toenails are definitely changing, I can hardly believe it. It's happening v e r y s l o w l y. They look like they are starting to grow out normally at the base. The nasty debris/buildup is also diminishing though not entirely gone. No nails falling off however like others report. I am poised to begin Ted's remedies (got all the stuff) which was my next plan if I didn't see any change. Now I'm just continuing the vinegar soaks so I can watch the experiment further. For those of you asking about soaking vs. just applying ACV on the nails: I tried that a couple of years ago. YOU HAVE TO SOAK! I do it minimum 1/2 hr twice a day. I have had a severe case for 22 years! The soaking seems to get the solution into the nail and nail bed which is where the nasty bug is residing. Just applying the solution topically isn't enough; it dries before it can penetrate. I'm not yet done but this is amazing!! I will report back in a few weeks again!


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Posted by Joe (AZ) on 07/08/2021

You can't do that for success! Baking soda (alkaline) cancels the acidity of the ACV! You must use ONLY ACV! Purchase a gallon of ACV from the Food Store or COSTCO etc dilute the ACV only 50% with water and soak your feet. After you remove your feet dry them. Then put bandaids on the effected nails where the white cotton/poly part of bandaid is centered over nail. Then dip you toes back in the soak for 3 seconds dry your feet again and go to bed with bandaids on your feet the additional ACV will soak in further overnight.


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Posted by Beth (Ontario, Canada) on 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.


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Posted by Tammy (Va) on 10/07/2017

I've had nail fungus off and on my whole life. Most reputable nail salons clean between customers and use sterilized tools. My feet sweat badly and being in shoes all day keeps them moist which causes the fungus. I was also in the Army when I was young and long hours in leather boots was the worst.

I think the vinegar soak is a great alternative to wasting money at the doctors office. I get my nails done regularly at a salon and don't blame them for my fungus. It's long hours in shoes at work.

I just need to be more motivated and soak my feet more.


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Posted by Jean (Charlotte, Sc) on 11/15/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I began using ACV on my toenails back in June 2010. I have four toenails on my left foot that have been infected since 2002. I poured straight ACV into a small plastic tub and would soak my foot at least once a day (sometimes twice) for 10-20 minutes. I didn't mind the discoloration. Not like anyone was seeing my toenails anyhow. I first started noticing a difference about six weeks later. I could see the base of one of the nails was looking thinner. Unfortunately I took some time off from doing this because I had a baby. But I hadn't even realized that my pinky toenail is completely healed as of November 2010! I honestly didn't think it would work because that particular nail was so thick. But I am shocked and thrilled to say that ACV really worked! I wish I would have known this eight years ago! I could have saved a lot of money instead of trying all those over the counter creams. I'm now looking forward to possibly wearing sandals again next summer!

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Posted by John (Dallas, Georgia, Usa) on 10/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I started the straight organic ACV soak for my athletes foot (moccasin type) and toenail fungus after trying everything that is sold over the counter as well as one of the liver type pills to get rid of the fungus. Nothing worked. I had this foot fungus for at least 10 years, and I thought I was doomed to have this for the rest of my life until I found the EC website and decided to try soaking my feet in the organic ACV. I used it twice a day for three weeks and my atheletes foot has disappeared and I can see the new clear/white toenail growing in behind the thick/yellow one. Incredible stuff!

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Posted by Bill (St. Louis, MO, USA) on 02/02/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My lady friend developed a severe case of some type of yeast or fungus overgrowth. It began as a red area under one breast, and soon spread to both breasts, upper chest, stomach and groin area. I suspect a recent injection of steroids (to relieve poison ivy) to be the cause, but that is only speculation. This rash was severe. She was Dr. prescribed a cream and then a powder-- with little effect. I recommended the Apple Cider Vinegar Cure, along with making sure the affected area stayed clean and dry. We applied (again, use only), organic, unfiltered, non-pasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar. She applied the ACV directly to the affected area. It is important to note that applying the ACV to a severe rash is Very Painful! I suggest that if you cannot tolerate the pain, you might start with a diluted (50%?) mixture until some of the "rawness" disappears. RESULTS: 100 Percent CURE! Absolutely amazing. She continued the application for about two weeks, with results beginning immediately. Her skin dried completely, the rash and finally the redness disappeared. Thank You Earthclinic, Thank You Ted!


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Posted by Jim (Gainesville, FL) on 08/23/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I had a fingernail fungus develop on every finger on one hand, and didn't want to take prescription meds. A doctor friend of mine advised that soaking the nails in ACV every day would eventually kill the fungus. He said it would take time but be patient. I started soaking my fingernails for 15 minutes every day a year ago. All of my nails have SLOWLY grown out healthy except the tip of one nail is almost healed. It has been a slow process, but it works - with no meds!


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Posted by Trac (Ireland and Dubai) on 10/31/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar with water 50-50 soaked my feet as per advice on this board for about 10-20 min. at night. and if I had time in the day on the weekends I would do it twice. It cured nail fungus the fastest time ever and completely !!! This works but you must do it everyday and you will see a difference.


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Posted by Gina (Nj) on 07/30/2017

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


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Posted by Will (Baltimore) on 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.


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Posted by Tammi (Il) on 12/12/2017

Make sure you're using the Apple Cider Vinegar with the "mother" in it. The cloudy one.


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Posted by Mary (Pennsylvania) on 07/05/2017

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


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Posted by Tonya (Sc) on 02/12/2017

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


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Posted by Polly (Ma) on 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.


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Posted by Penelope (Australia) on 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.


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Posted by Deborah (Michigan) on 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 :)


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Posted by Gigi (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/02/2012

Your fungal situation appears to be almost identical to my severe case, which has been ongoing for a few years now. I will definitely try this remedy out and see how well it works for me. Thank you for the idea... I will keep my fingers crossed.


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Posted by Irishbandit (Melbourne, Australia) on 01/26/2011
4 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to let you know how I'm getting on with the ACV. Some nails seem to have improved, others I'm not sure (big toes). I've decided that I will keep going for at least 4 months no matter what (been doing it for 2 months so far). I've uploaded two more photos to Flickr, taken this morning www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/?saved=1


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Posted by Jean (Charlotte, Sc) on 01/10/2011

I wanted to update and say that I'm still soaking my nails in ACV. I also drink about one tablespoon of ACV every day. Half of the big toenail came off the other day. I forgot to mention before that on the days that I don't have time to soak I take a capsule of Oregano Oil, stick it with a pin and put some on each nail. It even took away the pain (within minutes) of what was begining to be an ingrown toenail. It discolored my socks, but as I said before, I'd rather have healthy nails than white socks. My nails are still slightly discolored and I'm totally fine with that.


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Posted by Me (Fremont, Ca) on 11/13/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I have had varying degrees of athlete's foot for the last 20 years. More recently toenail fungus has also developed. Having had success using ACV to remove moles I tried it topically for my foot issues. Treatment was as follows: Nightly wetting of my feet with ACV in a bowl. I only did this for two three nights for about 20 minutes and reduced the itching, burning and pealing dramatically. It has returned since then and has each time been alleviated with the same treatment. I have never been consistent enough to do it every night for six or seven days in a row which I believe would completely eliminate it. The ACV has also positively affected the toenail fungus in stopping the yellowing, curling and peeling. I believe with more commitment to ACV treatment mine could be completely healed.



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