Apple cider vinegar for fungal nails! Does it work?!

As per our previous fungal infection nail posts, we continue to explore different options both medical and homeopathic remedies which we regularly recommend for our clients to try depending on their preference and goals.

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails which is a common condition we see at the clinic. Affecting around 10 percent of the general population, this is something that lots of people have.

Fungal infections in the nails grow because of the dark and warm environment inside socks and shoes, which is why it is much more common on toe nails than finger nails.

There are many treatments available for fungal nails, however some of the most modern and new treatments are hot and cold laser therapy. Both work by the use of light to damage or impede the growth of the fungal spores, creating a healthier nail.

How do I use Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is a popular remedy for toenail fungus due to its antifungal properties. If you want to treat your fungus using ACV, try two parts vinegar to one part warm water and soak feet up to 20 minutes daily. For a more potent foot soak, the ratio could

be one part vinegar to one part water. If the smell is too overwhelming, essential oils can be added to

make the experience more pleasant.

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How long does apple cider vinegar take to cure toenail fungus?

The antifungal properties also make vinegar soaks a good idea for people who have toenail fungus. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes daily in a vinegar bath until the infection subsides. You can increase the length of time in the soak gradually. It may take two to three weeks or longer to see improvement in symptoms. Nail growing cycles can take longer than this, so if there are no irritations to your skin and nails, you can try this for a bit longer and see if there are improvements over a month and then re-evaluate.

Could it be effective?

Apple cider vinegar can lower the pH of the skin which can decrease levels of unwanted fungi on the skin and treat fungal nail and foot infections.

However, Apple cider vinegar may possibly be effective for treating toenail fungus but no trials supporting its use have been found.

What should I do first?

Step one should always be consulting your podiatrist. Your podiatrist can help you decide what treatment pathway will be the right one for you. This may include laser, topical anti-fungal treatments, ongoing burring and cutting, or even apple cider vinegar soaks.

Suggested products that may help with fungal nails include:

  • Solveasy (Terfinabine Hydrochloride) Antifungal Spray/Cream

  • Referral for Oral Antifungal tablets

  • Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Spray

  • Spirularin Anti Fungal Nail Serum (naturally derived)

  • Nailkalm nail solution for those after a more natural topical treatment

As well as the above which are all available at our clinic, we also offer in store, quick, shoe disinfecting with a specialised UV light to help kill left-over fungal spores in the shoes! We recommend that you alternate your footwear every other day and air out the shoes properly to prevent fungal infection from residing inside shoes and further cross infection across both of your feet.

What can we do to help at Foot Body Sole? At Foot Body Sole, we work with our clients to see what budget and results you are after to suggest the best solution for our clients. We have a wide range of topicals, from medicated to natural alternatives.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on (03) 8648 7678 or email us at and we would love to help.

Foot Body Sole

108 Bridport Street

Albert Park 3206

Victoria, Australia

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