Toenail Fungus
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Cure Toe Nail Fungus With Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Tony (Mammoth Lakes, California) on 04/13/2010
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Many thanks to this site, and the individual posts - especially apple cider vinegar & emphasis on soaking. Both are working extremely well these last 2 - 3 weeks. My big toe nail had turned "white" with thickening of the nail, over some three years. Also, the other nails began to "whiten." I tried two over the counter brands, little to no progress.

Began soaking in ACV, and literally, withing 3 days the big toe nail showed receeding "white." As of tonight, 3 weeks from start of soaking, my big toe nail has a 96% healthy appearance, and the other toe nails dramatic improvement ( ie. decreasing "white" nails ).

I will continue this soaking process, learned from postings here, and report back. Tonight I want to tell my results, and to note a friend mentioning that having a nail scraping tested helps to determine exactly what is the cause / source of the fungus.


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Posted by Nat (Huntsville, AL) on 04/30/2009
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Vinegar can and does work wonders on mild to moderate toenail fungus. I used ordinary Heinz white vinegar and experienced amazing results after just a week. I'm sure ACV would provide equal or better results. After 2-3 weeks of treatment, the fungus was just about totally knocked out and I haven't had any problems since.

Of course, the studies probably don't support this - but why would they? Who has anything to gain from cures that involve a $3.00 bottle of vinegar?

EC: Nat, how long did you soak your nails for?

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Posted by Nat (Huntsville, AL) on 05/01/2009

Not long. I just covered the nail with a generous amount of vinegar and then allowed it to air-dry. I did this 1-2 times per day for a few weeks, until the thickness and discoloration were almost totally gone. After just a few days, I was able to remove large amounts of flaky whitish matter from under the nail - presumably the dead fungus. I continued applying the vinegar and removing the foreign matter until I was satisfied with the results. I still apply vinegar once a week or so for maintenance, and have had no further trouble with the nail.

I had been considering getting Lamasil or Penlac before trying this, but figured I might as well give it a try first - and I'm very glad I did. More severe cases may not respond as well, but I'd say it's worth a shot.

EC: Thanks very much for updating us!


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Posted by Rin (London, UK) on 04/05/2009
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I have been using ACV on my toenail fungus for just one week and the results are amazing. I have had this on my big toe for a very long time and nothing would shift it, nothing that is until I started using ACV. This what I do every night..

Soak a cotton wool ball in ACV
Place it over my toe and stick down with a plaster
leave it on over night
Remove in the morning and shower
In just one week ACV has nearly removed all of the black part of my toenail, it just went soft and fell off. I know i will have to wait for the new nail to grow back but im thrilled to bits


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Posted by Solomon (Ottawa, Canada) on 06/05/2008
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I got nail fungus two three years ago. more than a year I used penilac which does not help me anything. I bought "No more nail fungus" online but help little. I read online about apple cider vingar, it was unbelivable with in 15 days I saw white nail is growing and black staf coming out form my nail. (i had sever nail fungus) now I am happy with the result. solomon


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Posted by R Moore (Cincinnati, OH)
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I had fungal toe for years, could not take the huge green pill, so tried ACV and have been free of the fungus for 10 years. I stopped taking ACV and within a week the fungus was back, so now I take a shot in the morning and at night.


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Posted by Jeff (Mnassas, VA)
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Soak each foot in at least a 50/50 water/acv solution for 2 to 3 days, for 30 minutes each and you will rid your feet of any fungus/ athlete's foot and soften and exfoliate your skin to boot. Much harder to get at the nail fungus though.


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Posted by Debbie (Surfside beach, sc) on 06/29/2022

How much did you take twice a day?


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Posted by Cindy (Carlisle, Pa) on 04/30/2018

I've been soaking my feet 30 my minutes a day in organic apple cider vinegar (with Mother) to try to cure my toenail fungus. I'm using 2 cups of warm water to 2 cups of ACV. I trimmed my nails and filed down the fungus nails as much as possible. I've also started to drink ACV, 2 teaspoonful with water. I'm 1 week into this and I can't tell if things are improving or not. It will most likely be another 3 weeks before I can tell if a healthy nail is growing. Has anyone had any luck? Will ACV still work the same on my nails if I paint them?

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Posted by Kathleen (Palm Springs, California) on 04/24/2021

Hi👋 My question is... both my big toes have lifted slightly on the outside top.. I can clean them out .. no sores etc.. My question is.. if I take a small syringe and flush them out with acv.. will it do any good? Will it keep my toenail from lifting any more? Thank you.. great forum here.. stay safe


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Posted by Cindy (AZ) on 03/16/2022

I have the same question as Cindy from PA. Does anyone know if ACV applied topically still works with painted toenails? Because I keep my toes painted (it's hot here year-round, so flip-flop weather all the time. I'm not showing off the ugly fungus! ), I will take the ACV internally as well.

One other question... has anyone taken the ACV with anything other than water? (Kombucha, grapefruit juice?)


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Posted by Susan S (Mclean, Va) on 01/08/2018

For curing fungal toenails, should the apple cider vinegar be the active form (with the "mother" bacteria) or should it be dead vinegar with no live bacteria?


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Posted by K (New York) on 06/08/2020

Did it work?


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Posted by Cindy (AZ) on 03/16/2022

I have toenail fungus on one big toe. I have two questions:

1. Do I need to mix the ACV with water only? Or could I mix it with either kombucha or grapefruit juice?

2. For external application--I keep my toenails painted. If I wore an ACV sock or bandage, would it still get to the fungus even though that toe is painted? It seems to me it would since the fungus is underneath the nail. Of course I wouldn't be buffing and filing the nail down. So for those of you who have done topical, did anyone keep nail polish on? Thank you!


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Posted by Nizar (Toronto, Canada) on 10/15/2017

Thanks for your reply, Joseph. I have just started dipping my feet in ACV, because I have fungus in both feet. But, how often should I drain the old ACV and replace it with new.


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Posted by Linda (Ohio) on 11/06/2017
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Same here Penny, I've been doing this for about a month. I see results immediately, but as the day wears on they're back to the same black toenails.


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Posted by Victor (Singapore) on 08/25/2017

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


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Posted by Louisnic (Thailand) on 06/18/2018

I have had foot fungi for 25 years. Tried so so much and exhausted. Treating it 3 times a day. Nothing has worked. Now I'm consuming borax topically and ingesting it. We'll see Fungis is still growing on my toenails and I have to keep clipping it. I am to a point I think it will never go away.


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Posted by Tinkabella (New York City) on 11/13/2017

Is it normal to feel pain after the first soak in vinegar?


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Posted by Timh (Ky) on 05/01/2016 2077 posts

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.


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Posted by Frances (Cabarlah, Qld.) on 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.


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Posted by Kellison (Oregon) on 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.


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Posted by Sharon (Pa) on 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.


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Posted by April (Riggins, Idaho ) on 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!


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Posted by Kaye (Pelahatchie Ms) on 08/24/2016

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


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Posted by Bob (Missouri) on 12/17/2016

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


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Posted by Bill (Spalding. U.k) on 05/30/2017

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


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Posted by Nizar (Toronto) on 07/26/2017

Hello Suzy:

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


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Posted by Maria (Middlesex) on 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!


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Posted by Rex (Brookfield) on 10/14/2013

Was it just the vinegar that you used?


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Posted by Constance (Jacksonville, Fl) on 07/14/2017

My Husband has toe nail fungus. I started doing some research and what I found out about how it can cause all kinds' of things throughout a person's body. Freaked me out. I immediately starting putting Lemon "moons" on both his left and right large toes. I have Tea Tree Oil & Apple Cider Vinegar. Would this be a better option for a sooner cure?


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Posted by Jennifer (Kansas) on 06/19/2016

I know it's been years since you posted about your toes. I would like to talk/email to you with questions if possible. You mentioned several things, that I am having the same circumstances and would just like to hear more from you about your experience with the apple cider vinegar. Jennifer


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Posted by Carmen (Laguna Woods, California) on 06/11/2017

Five years ago I developed severe toxic mold poisoning from black mold in my home. I have read everywhere that vinegar is bad for mold sufferers because mold toxins thrive in that environment and vinegar is derived from a mold-like process. Does anyone know about this? Perhaps unfiltered ACV is safe. I have three toenails with fungus that drug store topicals could not get rid of. Been doing the pure ACV soke for almost two weeks but only for ten minutes once a day from a Japanese fungus code. I'll follow the 30mins X2 remedy from now on or/and bandage on a cotton ball for the night. Any ideas for me? Thank you very much Great site. Carmen


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Posted by Maddy (New York) on 04/09/2011

Can Debbie from Melbourne please explain exactly what she did with the vinegar and soda. Did you soak it or make like a compress you placed on it? THANKS


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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 04/10/2011

Maddy, for the nail fungus all I did was drink the apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons) morning and night with 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda (bicarb soda). I put nothing on my toe at all. The Apple Cider Vinegar will kill off the fungus inside the body including the toenails.

It will take about 3 months for it to be completely gone because new nail has to grow in. The new nail will be fungus free. I just kept cutting the old nail off as it grew.


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Posted by Suzanne (Rockledge, Florida Usa) on 04/16/2011

Debbie, did you mix the apple cider vinegar with the baking soda or taken separatly?


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Posted by Maddy (Ny, Usa) on 04/28/2011

Thanks for your reply. How was your stomach from doing this for so long? I hear that too much vinegar can be damaging? I appreciate you taking the time to reply

Maddy


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Posted by Mari (New York, Ny, Usa) on 06/06/2011

hello Debbie from Melbourne, Australia!

are you still taking your remedy or did it cure your fungus completely and are not taking it anymore? Just to clarify, you combined the vinegar and baking soda together and drank it in the morning and night? Thanks!


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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 06/06/2011

Hi Mari, no I am not really taking it anymore and the fungus has never come back. I do occasionally take some ACV but I now just take the ACV with some honey in water rather than the baking soda though because the baking soda neutralises the stomach acid which affects your digestion.


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Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 06/06/2011

Yes I took the ACV both in the morning and night. I put nothing on my toes, just drank it and the toe fungus disappeared. You could see the new nail growing in clear - a slow process.


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Posted by Dave (Raleigh, North Carolina) on 06/07/2011

Hello Debbie from Melbourne. Did you mix two tablespoons of ACV with water? Or did you just dump two tablespoons of ACV in an empty glass along with the baking soda and drink it without water?


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Posted by Ellis (Santa Fe, Nm) on 07/09/2011

quickly, is it an eighth or a fourth of the soda? two separate comments each have a different amount.


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Posted by Carol (Independence, Missouri) on 01/06/2013

I have had toenail fungus for at least 30 years. It started in one big toe and the spread to the other. Now it has attacked 5 toes and 5 fingernails. I've tried a number of things, including TTO for several weeks, with no noticeable improvement. I would love to be able to drink the ACV and water mixture morning and night, but am afraid of how it will affect my digestive system and here's why:

Several years ago, someone convinced me to drink white vinegar. I only drank a tablespoonful, but it immediately caused serious stomach pain. As the pain worsened, I started vomiting and the vomiting would continue until I threw up bile and then blood. This developed into a terrible health problem that doctors couldn't diagnose or treat effectively. I've had two major GI surgeries and been in the hospital more times than I can count. I now take two prescription medications to keep these episodes from reoccurring.

Is there anything I could add to the ACV that would make it less irritating to my stomach? Is ACV with the mother less acidic than plain white vinegar? I've also heard it can cure sinus infections and several other illnesses, so I would really love to be able to take it. I can usually eat salad dressing and pickled foods, which makes me wonder what keeps the vinegar they contain from causing the same problems. Would including the ACV in my diet work the same as drinking it with water?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted by Outtolearn (Louisville, Ky) on 02/19/2013

Raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is what you want. It is a different product entirly from white distilled vinegar. Yes, you can dilute it in water, use it for your salad dressing with olive oil or organic coconut oil and some oregano and basil or however you wish to take it. It does not affect the stomach the way you would think. It actually rids the body of ulcers. Just start slowly if you are concerned use 1/2 tsp instead of 2 Tblsps and see how you do on that. That is what I would do if it were me.


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Posted by Marshaka777 (Denver, Co, U.s.a.) on 04/15/2013

To Carol who wrote of serious physical problems after ingesting white vinegar; white vinegar is made from coal tar and is in no way similar to raw apple cider vinegar.


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Posted by Dana (California) on 07/21/2016

You mix the vinegar and soda with a glass of water.


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Posted by Irishbandit (Melbourne, Australia) on 01/18/2011

I've had nail fungus for about 20 years at this stage. I've always hidden it with nail polish but last year, one of the nails became so thick that I could no longer cut it so I decided to visit a podiatrist. He told me that I had the worst case of nail fungus he has ever seen in someone so young (I am only 36). He said he thought only Lamisil tablets could help, but I don't want to try them so I've started using Apple Cider Vineger. He also said that the dry skin on the soles of me feet is Athlete's foot. I was really surprised as I thought this only occurred between the toes. He said if I wouldn't take Lamisil tablets, all he could suggest was keeping the nail filed as thinly as possible and using Lamisil cream all over my foot and on my nail. He filed my nails down for me. If your nails are really thick, I would suggest you get a podiatrist to do this for you before you start any treatment. He told me that NO topical treatment will work unless you keep the surface of your nails as thin as possible. He also told me to take a photo each month so that I could see if I was making any progress.

So, since the end of November I have been doing the following:

1. Filing the surface of my nails every three to four days so that the nail is a thin as possible so the vinegar can penetrate the nail bed. I always use a fresh emery board to do this. You can buy long ones and cut them up into smaller pieces with a scissors.

2. Soaking my feet once a day for half an hour in a 50/50 mixture of organic ACV and water. I only use organic ACV which still has "the mother" in it (says it on the bottle). I've read that you should do this twice a day but I have a life! It's hard enough finding time to do it once!

3. I re-use the ACV/water mixture for a week, then mix another batch.

4. I cover my entire foot and my nails every day in Lamisil cream.

5. I blow dry my feet after soaking them in vinegar.

6. I either use a fresh towel every time I dry my feet, or I use paper towel. I never use the same towel twice as you can catch fungus from yourself by using a towel that has touched infected nails.

7. I put bleach on the floor of our shower every so often to kill germs.

8. I cut off any yellow and crumbly parts of the nails. This makes such a difference if you are planning to go out in public, as you will see from the photos I've attached. In the November ones, all the yellow fungus bits are still attached and my toes look awful. They're still awful, but with a lot of the yellow cut away, people really don't notice (though of course I do! )

9. I've been wearing open toe shoes every day - it's summer here right now. This is easier for ladies than for men - I got some really cute peep toe shoes - my awful big toe and the toe next to it are slightly visible but the shoes are so great, no-one notices because they are too busy looking at the shoes. I think there has been a slight improvement, but toenails grow so slowly, I guess I won't really know for at least another month or two. But, I will keep you all posted 'cos I know that if you're like me, you're just dying to know if any of the home remedies really work and it's so hard to find photos of anyone who has been cured, apart from the ones printed by companies trying to sell their products and it's hard ot know if they're real.

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Posted by Chicagogirl (Chicago , Il, Usa) on 06/26/2011

Hello I looked at your pictures it looks like your nails are starting to grow out I just had a quick question I have the exact same problem on one of my toe nails, I've always used nail polish to cover it up and let my nail grow out to hide it. My nail grows and looks normal unless you pay full attention you cant notice its there but not attached. So did you at any point cut your nail or did you simply file it down?


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Posted by Susie (Melbourne Australia ) on 08/12/2017

I am reading your post in August 2017!! Dd your nails improve completely Debbie? I have severe fungus in 8 nails and am about to start your regimen of ACV. I need to know that it works because nothing else I have tried does and I have spent years on this rollercoaster without success.


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Posted by Susan (Holland, Pa) on 12/18/2009

I am planning to try Apple Cider Vinegar to treat my toenail fungus that has been a problem for years. I have tried, over the counter and prescription medication and nothing has worked for me. I do have a question. Do I reuse the ACV I soak my toes in or should I use a fresh batch every time I soak? Thanks for the feedback.

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Posted by Phil (Dearing, Ga) on 12/19/2009

Hi Deirdre and Susan. I would just like to let the two of you know that I have read that Grapefruit Seed Complex in liquid form can be used to treat nail fungus. This is a liquid and can be used for cleaning vegetables also. Tooth and gum infections if added to tooth paste. You can request a FREE catalog from herbalhealer.com and it tells what all it can be used for.

I HAVE NOT used this product. But this is what it states, That it can be put directly under the toes to help toe nail fungus. Some people also add 2 drops daily to glass of juice. It seems as this is a Fungus fighter internally and externally.

Hope this helps.


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Posted by Phil (Dearing, Ga) on 12/19/2009

Hi Deidre. It's me again, I should tell you that this particular Grapefruit Seed Extract is said to be very potent and should always be DILUTED WHEN PUT ON SKIN! It DOES NOT, however give the dilution ratio, but does say one dropper full for a BATH...So I guess, it does need to be diluted. I am just not sure to the ratio. Maybe there is info on the kind you have as to dilution.

But then again, maybe it is speaking only for putting on the skin to be diluted. Because it says " It can be applied directly under toes to help toenail fungus."

Oh I feel so bad now, because I can't tell you for sure and I have the catalog. Sorry.

Ok I have found this in another part and it says " This is used for external wound that are not healing well.You must dilute this. 10 drops per cup of warm water-wash area four times a day." I know this still doesn't answer, if you dilute to go under toes or not.

Maybe you should start with diluted, first and see how that goes...I will post again if I find anything else out. I haven't tried google on this, so I will try that.


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Posted by Phil (Dearing, Ga) on 12/19/2009

This is interesting Deirdre and Susan. Lots of information here.
http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/health/toenailfungus.html

All kinds of reports from people, who used different methods.


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Posted by Tricia (Ireland) on 12/19/2009 84 posts

Susan from holland - this won't work for you cos yours is a fungus and has to be treated differently but it should work for deirdre cos hers is a dye problem.

I get discolored fingernails from some chemicals I use at work. It is usually only 1 fingernail when the latex gloves I use break.

1. Light dye-leave a slice of lemon on it for about 5 mins daily.

2. Heavy dye-3% h2o2 painted on with a q-tip above and underneath the fingernail.This usually works for nail polish staining too.

3. Iodine-break open a vitamin c capsule and dilute with water, stick finger in glass. This solution will take iodine out of clothes and off countertops too.

So far, because I get to attack it immediately, I rarely have to do any of the first two for longer than 4/5 days and the vitamin c only once so I don't know if there are any long term effects i.e. weakening of the nails.
It would be very rare tho' for the dye to get below the nail onto the bed as they are tightly bound to each other.
If the acv dye is still on your skin, Deirdre, I can't see there being a problem with a little H2O2 in a footbath if Ted recommends it directly on the face overnight for rosacea.


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Posted by Susan (Holland, Pa) on 12/20/2009

thanks to all of you for your input so far. I'm soaking in acv as i write. :) Its only day 3 so of course no results yet. Another few questions. I have been using tea tress oil as well for many years but this has done zero. Should I consider a different type oil such as grapefruit oil or coconut oil? I am confused about which oil to use. Do I apply this at night prior to bed or use it during the day? I do use powder to keep my feet dry as possible during the day and walk around in flip flops around the house. My feet of course are FREEZING in the flip flops:(
Thanks in advance for all of you!


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Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 12/18/2009

I reused the acv a few times.

WARNING -- apple cider vinegar can dye your normal toenails a very ugly color if:

1) you don't dilute the acv with water
2) soak your toes too long
and
3) use cheap ACV from the grocery store

My toes are still discolored from doing the above 3 months ago!!

Deirdre


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Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 12/19/2009

Thanks so much, Tricia! I will give it whirl. I used your nail file for cracked heels remedy to get the dye off my feet a few days after my ACV disaster and that was very helpful. But I never got it off my toe nails.


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Posted by Carmen (Laguna Woods, California) on 06/11/2017

Is it an absolute to use the unfiltered apple cider vinegar for soaking? It's $19 per gallon. But as I have read here I can reuse a few times.. hopefully. Thanks much, Carmen


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Posted by Suzann (Titusville, NJ) on 07/02/2009
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I learned about ACV curing fungus through this website. I was desparate to try anything since I wasn't given a prescription of sorts for the fungus by my doctor. My three toes, especially big toes, were humiliating ugly and down right embarassing. Since February I have put on ACV in the morning and at night. Voila! My big toe lost it's nail and now a new nail without fungus is there. My other toe completely cleared up. My third toe is 90% better. So...I am a true believe in ACV. I hope someone can use my success story to help "ugly" feet and horrible toes. Now I can wear sandals again!! Suzann

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Posted by Lon (Stanhope, NJ) on 07/03/2009

Did you use straight, undiluted ACV? Did you soak the foot in the ACV, or did you apply it directly to the nails and leaving it on? rinsing? once a day? more often? My disabled son has terrible toenails. I've been hopping around with different treatments because I'm confused about which is the best way. Your success sounds encouraging. I'd like to try your method consistently for a while to see if we can get this under control. More details would be helpful. Thank you for your help.


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Posted by Kate (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) on 06/21/2009

My mother 82, has used ACV/H2O for arthritis since her 30's for joint pain (from Dr. Jarvis's book). She has always sworn by it. From watching her, I now have tried it for joint pain - with success!

However I'm emailing about toenail fungus. I have pretty severe fungus in nine toenails. (One little pinky toe is beautifully normal for some reason.) Since my early 20's I've had a tendency to athletes foot. It started in my toenails when I was pregnant. My son is now 22 so that's how long I've had this 'blight' in my toenails starting with just one and very slowly spreading to others over time. The athletes foot also never disappears. Have tried every over the counter product w/ no results. Have always stayed away from the prescription oral stuff. Over the years I kept it from bothering me by daily application of olive oil or jojaba oil after showering (rubbed into skin after toes are well dried). I keep my nails meticulously clean and as trimmed as possible. Summers are not fun for obvious reasons cited by others.

A week ago I did an online search about it as I occasionally have over the years, and this time I was immediately struck by your website! Five days ago I started soaking my feet in ACV. I'm stepping it up from once to twice a day: am and pm. I'm using 1 part ACV to 2 parts H20. I use regular ACV and put in a couple of TBSP of raw ACV to save on cost. I soak my toes for at least a half hour. Will continue this experiment and let you know how it goes! Regardless, I think this is an excellent website - Thanks!

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Posted by Kate (Minneapolis, Mn, Usa) on 09/22/2009

Well it's time for another check-in, this time it's been two months. In brief the ACV is working! This is truly remarkable. It's like getting the best birthday or Christmas present I could ever have hoped for. Just remembering it sometimes during the day brings a good feeling. Here's where it's at: I've continued with twice daily soaks for 1/2 hour or more. If it's occasionally less time then I make up for it later. Improvement has continued gradually in the way described in my previous post. It is not entirely gone. Of nine nails affected, three appear totally cleared up and six are greatly improved. Two of the six, the big toenails, are nearly clear but it takes them longer to fully grow out because they have farther to grow! From the base to two thirds out they appear close to normal looking. In my case, my nails seem to improve first at the base where they grow out and gradually they continue growing out clean. Four stubborn ones still have some signs of the fungus but they too are changing. The ones that had it the worst are taking the longest. I'm so thrilled already that I don't worry much about sandals anymore - even though the nails don't look great, I know they're on their way! Actually they may never look quite the same. I read in Ted's posts that once the nail has become separated from the nail bed, it never grows back in that place and I'm finding that to be true. But for me it's a small price to pay, a scar I guess. Meanwhile I'm not completely out of the woods yet. I figure maybe it'll be six months total. I'm psyched! Will check back.


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Posted by Vreed27 (Seattle, Wa) on 07/28/2012

Hi Kate, You might want to consider adding some FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth (DE) and taking it internally mixed with some kind of juice or water. It has great reviews to helping grow hair/nails. Might help your toenails grow out even faster!


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Posted by Fancy (Fresno, CA) on 05/21/2009

Wow, Im so glad this remedy worked for you.I have had toe nail fungus for 8 yrs now and have not worn sandals since i was 17! Im a girl and lets face it my summer dresses arent going to look good with tennis shoes.=) My podiatrist prescribed me the generic brand for lamisil and it has not worked! its been a month and yet nothing. Im also a mommy and would love to go to the beach and finally walk on the sand barefooted with my kids. So im going to try this tomorrow i just dont know where to buy ACV? Someone mentioned on the website about a certain brand and also organic ACV we have a Whole Foods store would it be there? If you have any suggestions or advice please throw them my way. Thanks in advance.


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Posted by Pete (Fort Collins, Colorado) on 11/05/2011

You can buy regular ACV in the grocery store next to the white vinegar. Organic vinegar will be available at Whole Foods, but probably expensive there. Try to find a less expensive organic food store. We have sunflower and sprouts here in Colorado.

http://www.sunflowermarkets.com/Default.aspx
http://sprouts.com/home.php

Hope that helps.


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Posted by Shelly ( Iowa, Iowa) on 10/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I found this website when looking for cures for my daugher's warts, she has several on her hand. We taped small pieces of banana peel to each wart every night and two are gone, two are getting much smaller, so I'm positive they will disappear. I can't remember how long it has taken, but I would guess at least 1 month. We would forget several nights too.

Also, I found the rememdy of ACV for toe fungus and have soaked my foot every nite for about 1 or 1-1/2 months. The toenail isn't completely grown out yet, but this new growth is looking very clear, so I think that worked and it will grow out clean.

Thank you for cheap and easy remedies.

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Posted by Ringlette (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) on 10/18/2009

I'm writing in response to your post regarding warts. I do a great deal of travelling, and I somehow contracted a wart on the top of my big toe. For a year and a half, I tried everything that was offered from the pharmacy, including a home burning kit, but nothing worked. The wart would get smaller, but it wouldn't go away. Finally, I tried oregano oil. Twice a day I put a few drops on the wart and put a bandaid over it - the wart was completely and permanently gone in approximately one week. I tried the oregano oil for toenail fungus, and, unfortunately, have not had the same success. Please note, not all oregano oils are created equal - this is one product you get what you pay for. Some are diluted with olive oil and are not as good quality. Anyways, hopefully you get the results, you need with the banana peel treatment. If not, perhaps you might consider this alternative


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Posted by Walt (Buena Park, CA) on 08/09/2008
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Nail Fungus: At the Veterans Hospital they told me to use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with one part water. Not beliving it I tried it anyway and wala it worked. However I mixed it to one part each with Hydrogen Peroxide. The pills my private doctor gave me did'nt work.


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Posted by Carlji (Davis, Ca) on 07/24/2011

I have just started using Apple cider vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide to soak my feet. No idea whether it will cure the toenail fungus, but the irritation between my toes is gone. My feet feel cool and dry during the day, not clammy. (I am wearing sandals with socks. If I were wearing shoes in this heat, my feet might feel worse). Additionally, after a two minute soak, I can further trim my mis-shapen toenails. This makes using the vinegar/peroxide soak worth it to me, whatever long run effect it does or does not have on my toe nail fungus. Let you know about that in a couple of months.



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