Use of Vinegar in Curing Toenail Fungus

Updated March 23, 2017

Toenail fungus occurs when fungus spreads deep into your nail causing discolouration as a white or yellow spot, nail thickening or causing the nail to shed. Toenail fungus comes from warm environments and moist areas, such as public showers, locker rooms, spas and swimming pools. Vinegar, which contains acetic acid, is an ideal remedy, as fungus cannot thrive in an acidic environment. The nail easily absorbs vinegar, allowing the acidic liquid to penetrate into the nail to the root of the infection.

Treating Toenail Fungus with Vinegar

Fungus disturbs the pH of the skin to become more alkaline, causing the tissues and cuticles to become irritated. This irritation causes itchiness and sometimes pain. Vinegar's acid nature relieves itching and pain and the acidic nature prevents the fungi from further spreading.

What Types of Vinegar?

All types of vinegar are effective in combating toenail fungus due to their acidic properties. As an added bonus, apple cider vinegar helps reduce inflammation and itching. Vinegar is a natural remedy with results seen as early as a week or two. Successful treatment will reduce discolouration, allow new healthy nail to grow, and reduce the thickness caused by the fungus.

How to Apply

Apply the undiluted vinegar to the affected toenail two times a day until a healthy nail appears. The vinegar should absorb into the nail bed and remain in place long enough to be effective. Effective applications include soaking the nail in vinegar for about 30 minutes or using a soaked cotton ball to soak the nail. As fungus thrives in moist, wet areas, it is important to thoroughly dry the skin around your nails before wearing socks or footwear.

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About the Author

Monica Sethi Datta has been writing health-related articles since 2007 and editing since 2008. She has been published by "The Raven," "Campus Connection," and "BIFOCAL," an American Bar Association journal. She holds a Juris Doctor and health law certificate from the University of Maryland School of Law.