Toenail fungus can be an embarrassing and persistent problem. Many of the over-the-counter medications used to treat it are harsh and often ineffective, and prescription medications can have strong side effects. This is why many sufferers of toenail fungus seek a more natural and more effective treatment.
Nail fungus is a common fungal infection that attacks the dark, warm and moist environment on the nail either on the single or multiple nails. This infection starts out as white or yellow spot on the nails. If left untreated then it causes crumbling edges, discoloration and can cause considerable pain. The fungus thrives under certain conditions, such as abnormal pH levels of the skin, a weakened immune system, continuous exposure to a moist environment including sweaty shoes and socks, poor hygiene and diabetes.
Why Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Works
When a toenail fungus infection occurs, the pH of the surrounding skin and nail becomes more basic or alkaline in nature. The fungus thrives in an alkaline environment. If the pH of the area turns from basic to more acidic, the fungus cannot survive.
The best way to use ACV as a toenail fungus treatment is to use it as a foot bath. Prepare a foot bath made up of 1 part vinegar and 1 part warm water. Make sure the toes are covered completely. Soak your feet for 30 minutes at least once a day but no more than 3 times per day. Dry the feet completely after removing them from the water. Tip: always use organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Without Soaking
If you don’t have the time to take 1-3 30-minute foot baths a day you can simply apply two drops of apple cider vinegar directly to the nail bed. Allow the vinegar to sit on the nail bed for several minutes before disturbing it; this should be done at least twice a day. This method can be used in conjunction with the foot bath.
Bonus: How To Use Oil of Oregano To Treat Nail Fungus
Oil of oregano has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties. This makes oregano oil an effective treatment for toenail fungus. Note: be sure to buy real oregano oil from a reputable source–there are lesser quality oils on the market
- Mix two drops of oil of oregano in one teaspoon of olive oil.
- Apply this mixture on the affected.
- Leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
- Then, rinse it off and dry your toes thoroughly.
- Repeat once or twice daily for three weeks to see positive results.
People who have diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or any other systemic disease that affects the blood flow to the feet should exercise caution when trying to treat diseases of the feet. These diseases can cause the person to heal more slowly and become more susceptible to infection if a wound occurs on the foot. Treatment should take place under the supervision of a qualified health care professional. According to the Mayo Clinic, vinegar can irritate the skin of the feet. The Mayo Clinic suggests two solutions to this problem: Either reduce the frequency of the foot baths or use a greater proportion of water to dilute the vinegar. If the irritation continues, discontinue the treatment and consult a physician.
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