Apple cider vinegar has a reputation for being a cure-all; some say it helps with digestion and elimination, cures stomach pains, increases metabolism, and heals skin conditions when taken internally. Along with these, there is the possibility that using apple cider vinegar topically on a nail with a fungal infection may cause it to die off or at least decrease.
How it Works
Apple cider vinegar has naturally occurring acids as a result of fermentation, and the reasoning goes that the acid in the vinegar makes the area where it is applied impossible to harbor fungal growth.
How to Use
If you choose to try the apple cider vinegar home remedy for a nail fungus, you will need to commit to 30 minutes twice daily at the maximum. You will also need to do this every day – should you miss a day or two, the fungus might recover and you may have to start over. Soaking the infected nail(s) in a bath of vinegar will be smelly, and it will require a tub for toes or a glass for nails. Any cuts or scrapes in your skin or nail will immediately scream out to you. We are talking about an acid strong enough to marinate meat, and you should exercise caution using it if you have an injury around the nail you are treating.
Some users report healthy nail returning in as little as a few weeks to a month, of consistent use twice daily. Since you can’t overdose on Apple Cider vinegar, using it as frequently as possible will most likely speed up the healing process. Bandages and tape are OK to use with this treatment.
Conclusions and Recommendations
Treating a nail fungus with apple cider vinegar will take time; this is not for the impatient. Because results are not guaranteed, you may be “experimenting” with this treatment for some time. You will be using a lot of it. Fortunately, it is cheap and you can purchase it with your groceries.