Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- ACV, Borax and Peroxide Soak
- Alcohol, GFSE, Tea Tree Oil
- Andre's Remedies
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Anti-Yeast Cream
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Borax
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Copper Sulfate
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Peroxide, Vicks, Antibiotic Ointment
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree and Lavendar Oils
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Vitamin E, Vitamin D
- Application Hints
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda and Maple Syrup
- Bee Pollen
- Beer, Acidophilus, Vinegar
- Black Cumin
- Bleach, Tea Tree, Vicks
- Bloodroot Salve, DMSO
- Borax, Clove Oil
- Canestan Cream
- Castor Oil
- Cinnamon Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Cut the Nail Down
- Dietary Changes
- Dish Soap, Acidophilus
- Distilled Vinegar
- Eliminating Sugar
- Emu Oil
- Epsom Salts
- Epsom Salts, Colloidal Silver
- Essiac Tea Soaks
- Foot Fungus
- Fresh Air
- Fungus and Toe Pain
- Garlic, OTC, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Goldenseal Extract
- Grain Alcohol
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Honey and Garlic
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, White Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
- Infared Led Instruments
- Iodine, Epsom Salts
- Iodine, Hydrogen Peroxide, Colloidal Silver
- Iodine, Vapor Rub, ACV, H2O2
- Iodine, Vicks
- Lavender Oil
- Lavender Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Listerine and White Vinegar
- Listerine, Vicks
- Manuka Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Natural Mineral Springs
- Neem Oil
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Olive Leaf, Tea Tree and Coconut Oils
- Olive Oil and White Vinegar
- Oregano Oil
- Oxine AH
- Pulse Generator
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Sea Salt
- Shoe and Sock Tips
- Sugar-Free Diet
- Tea Tree Oil
- Tea Tree, Lavender, Rosemary Oils
- Ted's Remedies
- Topical Acidophilus
- Urine Therapy
- Vicks, Garlic
- Vitamin E Oil
- Walk on Wet Grass in the Morning
- Wash Frequently
- White Vinegar, OTC
- Yellow Corn Meal
- Zinc Oxide
Last Modified on Apr 08, 2014
Natural treatment options for nail fungus are numerous and range from home remedies to dietary changes and supplements. A number of natural remedies effectively treat fungal infections and act as safe fungicides, for both internal and external treatment of the body.
What Is Nail Fungus?
Toenail fungus, formally onychomycosis, is a very common fungal infection that afflicts the dark, moist environment of the feet and can be picked up just about anywhere (fingernail fungus is possible as well and can be treated in the same way, but occurs less often).
Symptoms of a toenail fungus infection are generally limited to the nail itself and begin with a white or yellow patch beneath a nail's tip. This will worsen until the affected nail thickens and/or becomes brittle, if left untreated. Other symptoms include changes in nail color and shape; eventually nails will split or even separate from the nail bed.
Toenail Fungus Home Remedies
Nail fungus is a tricky condition to treat and takes many months to see results. Many natural remedies promote soaking the nails in a solution and then applying one type of antibacterial oil or another. The key to curing this condition is to continue your treatment of choice daily and for at least 3 to 6 months!
Apple Cider Vinegar Soaks
Apple cider vinegar soaks are very popular foot fungus treatments. The treatment calls for diluting apple cider vinegar with warm water and soaking affected toes for at least 20 minutes daily.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful antifungal agent and made from the leaves of the Melaleuca plant. The oil is widely used around the world to treat not only fungal infections, but also acne, abrasions and cuts to name a few. Applying a few drops tea tree oil after showering to affected nails recommended.
Oregano oil is another popular cure for toenail fungus. Oregano oil is made by extracting by steam distillation from the oregano plant. Applying 1-2 drops of oregano oil on the affected toenail 2 to 3 times a day for 3 months minimum has been reported to be very effective for nail fungus.
Eliminating sugar from one's diet has helped people suffering from toenail fungus. Also, using herbs and supplements that kill candida helps the body in fighting off fungal infections.
While nail fungus is an ugly and embarrassing condition, it can be cured with pH-balancing soaks and the application of antibacterial remedies. However, patience and perserverence is absolutely necessary in achieving a cure!
|Apple Cider Vinegar||29 YEAS|
|Distilled Vinegar||18 YEAS|
|Ted\'s Remedies||15 YEAS|
|Tea Tree Oil||13 YEAS|
|Hydrogen Peroxide||10 YEAS|
|Oregano Oil||9 YEAS|
|Lemongrass Essential Oil||8 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||6 YEAS|
ACV, Borax and Peroxide Soak
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/15/2013: Stephan from Philadelphia, Pa: "I have been using a mixture of Apple cider vinegar, borax and hydrogen peroxide on 3 fungus nails for about 2 months now about 5 times a week. My toenails are looking better. I spent about $450 having them lasered 2 years ago and that made them better, but in the process of filing them down, the assistant infected 2 other toes which weren't covered. External soaking and the internal antifungal remedies are the best option for the long term. Good luck to everyone out there treating this menace."Replies
[YEA] 11/09/2013: John from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Great success with apple cider vigegar soak for finger fungus! I infected a fingernail two years ago. The fungus was not extensive, but the green and black fungus was alarming! I found this website and tried the ACV soak, every day for thirty minutes. It improved pretty quickly. After a year of daily soaking, the nail looked pretty good - no green or black fungus - maybe just a touch cloudy - nothing anybody notices. It's a good, strong nail. Now, I just soak the nail once a week and all is well. I don't think it is cured - though it may be. I think that the once a week ACV soak keeps the fungus under control. Many, many thanks for this website!"
[YEA] 01/18/2014: Mom from Naples, Florida replies: "Many years ago, I developed a very bad toe nail fungus - only in my big toe! . After seeing several doctors, who recommended antibiotics, a $100, bottle of nail polish, and disgusted pedicurists....... I began researching this for myself. Here is the bottom line:
Apple Cider Vinegar!
Fungus does not like or live in acid.
So, ACV can be used for this. Toes, fingers, anywhere there is a fungus.
Also, the worse the fungus is, the more times a day you should apply it. Soak in it, if need be. It can't hurt.
If you cut your nails, and accidentally cut through the skin, then apply equal amounts of ACV and topical, first aid, Hydrogen Peroxide. The HP is a topical for infections. That is all you need to do on a daily basis. You will see an improvement within a week. Be vigilant. It will pay off!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/22/2010: Deirdre from Atlanta, Ga: "I think (big sigh of relief) I am finally able to report a good remedy combination for clearing nail fungus after trying many different treatments the past couple of years.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I add 1-2 tablespoons of borax to hot water, wait until it dissolves, then add equal parts of organic apple cider vinegar, water and 3% drug store peroxide (I eyeball this, might be about 1/4 cup of each). Note: it's very important that you find a dish that allows you to soak as much of the top part of the foot as possible. I soak in this concoction for 30 to 45 minutes every day (sometimes more, sometimes less)... I do take a 1 or 2 day break from time to time.
Glad to report that the nail growing in on the big toe looks perfect! I am not touching it this time! (Filing the nail down really set me back last spring)
To Bill from the Philippines... I tried your formula (borax, hydrogen peroxide and milk of magnesia in June when you mentioned it here on EC). After 1 week, the fungus turned from yellow to white, and slowly started to clear from the nail. Then one day the top of my big toe, just below the nail, started to itch like crazy, like poison ivy (but more likely athlete's foot). I must have scratched it in the middle of the night because the next morning it was raw and oozing (yuck)... Shortly after that the fungus returned to the base of my nail. I tried your formula again for another few weeks and didn't seem to be getting very far. I am theorizing that unless you apply these anti-fungal remedies to as much of the foot (and in between the toes) as possible, it is very difficult to get rid of the fungus. Fingers crossed. My nails are growing out so fast (thanks to a daily glass of homemade milk kefir and a partial raw food diet) I think my nails might be clear by December. Will report back with y'all again then."Replies
09/23/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Deidre... Wonderful to hear that you have finally rid yourself of and conquered the dreaded toe-nail yeast. I now also have a complete set of pink toe-nails for the first time in years!!
For me, it has all been a fairly long and fascinating road in trying to completely understand the way natural herbal remedies and natural body chemicals work to successfully heal our bodies. Now, I always make a point, even with skin or other outside body problems, to attack the infection/problem both topically as well as internally. In my own specific remedies, whether herbal or otherwise, I've always found that the regular internal use of magnesium chloride(10 drops mag oil in a half glass of water/day or transdermally), 5% lugol's iodine(high dose - 2 drops a day) and vitamin C powder(as ascorbate - megadose 5 grams a day), borax(weekly/monthly), fulvic acid(removes body toxins -- 10 drops, twice a day a day, in water), Ted's BS based alkalizing protocols(particularly Ted's citrate remedies) and dessicated liver (containing all necessary minerals, amino acids and vitamins for the body -- 3 large tabs twice a day) all seem to act synergistically and very positively on my own body with respect to increased energy and healing capability. I usually combine all the mineral and vitamins mentioned above into a drink taken with water -- twice a day outside mealtimes(taken after lunch and in the evening). The dessicated liver I take at mealtimes. And that's my preventative routine, which is all pretty non-intrusive to my own lifestyle. This preventative regimen is simple to follow and is relatively flexible and variable according to my needs. Apart from their many other benefits, I regularly use this standard combination as an efficient body-balancer, to increase the efficiency of both the body's hormone system as well as to put the immune system into turbo mode -- and to simultaneously create a very bad and unpleasant body terrain for any invading microbes. As a result, I haven't been ill with flu/cold etc for about 4 years now.
As an example and perhaps as more evidence and proof for the above, my girlfriend, who is a Filipina, recently caught a really nasty sore throat. She had an annoying dry cough, tickling sore throat, with bad headaches and nasal problems, and had difficulty sleeping because of aggravation from the aircon(I live in the tropics).
When she had caught this bug, I also noticed odd changes in my own nose and throat -- I was becoming ill with the same bug -- so I immediately upped my dosages/frequency of Ted's alkalizing remedies and minerals, vitamins etc as described above, to much higher dosages taken several times a day(this was all I did). The result was that my girlfriend's sore throat problem lasted for well over ten days but I never caught her bug, it never took off -- even though some of our friends caught the bug from her and suffered too, so the bug must have been quite contagious. I must also add that my girlfriend has a very good diet. Being a provincial Filipino, she eats fruit regularly and eats fish and vegetables with every meal(she even gets wihdrawal symptoms if she doesn't eat fish every day!! ... LOL). My girlfriend also prefers going to the doc rather than taking natural remedies, which is her own choice for sure. I prefer avoiding all anti-biotics and drugs whenever possible because of my past candida problems and experience."
10/03/2010: Deirdre from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Hi Bill. Sorry for the delayed response. I have been meaning to respond to you since your post!
I absolutely agree that you must attack fungal infections both externally and internally. I will have to try out the desiccated liver supplements at some point. I recently discovered an iridologist in our city and after many years of being interested in the subject, went and got my irises read. She was amazingly accurate, I must say, and told me that most of my issues have to do with being overly acidic. I haven't tested my pH for some time and when I went home and started to test again, found that I was indeed in the 4.0-4.5 range! So I have been working to get my pH more alkaline, not an easy feat, and experimenting with the best concoctions to raise alkalinity (fresh green juice is the best in my opinion).
Quick question – even though they are now pink and without signs of fungus, are you continuing to cover your toes every so often with the milk of magnesia/borax/h202 solution or are you confident that you have eliminated the fungus from your body?
Thanks again for all your wonderful advice on Earth Clinic.
Alcohol, GFSE, Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 09/25/2009: Mountaingirl from Asheville, Nc: "This is my post from several years ago.
05/30/2006: Melissa from Asheville, NC: "I developed toenail fungus while working in Athens, GA about 6 years ago. I would work 12 hours a day in the same shoes for over a year and used regular dress socks. The summers are very moist and humid and perfect conditions for toenail fungus. It is on both "pinky" toes but started developing on other nails though not as bad. 2 years ago it seemed to get worse and I kept my toenails manicured and polished to hide the nails. I believe, as others do, this made things even worse though my feet did look a lot prettier. This year, I got tired of trying to hide my nails and decided to try a natural remedy (Grateful Body Fungal Rx). It contains a day and night formula in convenient tubes so I could carry them with me and use discreetly. They recommend each to use at least 1x per day for at least 6 weeks. I've been using for several months and noticed a little improvement but not much. I found this site and started throwing everything I had at this issue (I figured if I didn't do it now, I'd live with it forever). My grandmother had both large toenails removed and I did not want the same to happen. My pinky toenails seemed like they were almost fused to the nail bed. They are very thick and yellow and starting to look deformed though still attached to my nail bed. I started this regimen last week and I am seeing good results. The nail seems no longer fused to the nail bed. and I can actually push the cuticle back (impossible before). The nails seem to be growing in cleaner, no ridges, normal thickness and no red streaks through the nail (as in the infected part). I am so psyched but trying no to get too hopeful. This is what I've been doing in morning AND evening, everyday: I keep a clean toothbrush for scrubbing my nails. I use a natural bar soap and scrub my nails (I use the sink because it's easier for me) with warm water. dry. I then keep a little bottle of pre mixed 3% H2O2 and ACV (5% acidity) 1/2 and 1/2 under the sink and pour this over all my toe nails (over toilet). I let this sit while I brush teeth (different toothbrush ;), wash face etc. I may add more and let sit again for a little while. I don't get much fizzing...sometimes more than others. Sometimes I get a little "pinched" feeling, but not usually. rinse. dry. I also keep a little bottle (old tincture bottle with dropper) with 25% clorox and water mixed. I then add this to nails and let sit 30 seconds or so on each foot. rinse. dry. I follow with Red Tyme oil (night) or Fungal Rx in the morning. I may add the night formula again if I go to bed late. Some people are sensitive to Red Thyme. I have very thick, oily skin and it does not bother me to use it neat. I wear sandals to work (never did before) and apply Fungal Rx several times a day while at my desk. Like I said, this really seems to be working and I am very hopeful. Once cleared up, I plan to buy more Fungal Rx and use daily for a year or so. I don't want this to come back. Also, I'll work on internal Candida... I know it runs in my family and I need to knock it out too. Thanks to this site and all the comments/feedback!!! I'll write back later in a few months to let you know if results continued."
I wanted to follow up and tell you that I was never able to fully get progess against the toe nail fungus until recently. I was able to spend most of my summer outdoors (albeit a lot of time at the pool w/moisture!) but I wore sandals all summer and allowed my feet to get full sun a good portion of the day. I also did hydrogen peroxide/cider vinegar soaks about 1x per month. The BIG difference has come from using a old glass spray bottle filled with:
2 Tbs. alcohol
10 drops grapefruit seed extract
20 drops tea tree oil
I apply this 2x per day and after getting my feet wet. At one point, my nails got very brittle and I started an application of coconut oil every once in a while. My nails are growing back completely normal and seem to be growing faster so I am able to trim them more often. There is only about 1/4 inch of "yellowed" nail reamining...which I should be able to trim off in the next 2 months. I will continue this all winter and give any updates. Good luck, don't give up!"
[YEA] 02/08/2007: John from Perth, Australia: "I think that alkalizing had the biggest affect on curing my nail fungus. I undertook a number of means to alkalize. That included virgin coconut oil, olive leaf extract, alkalized water, alkaline foods, zeolite, heavy metal detox, etc. I also found that wearing a poultice of zeolite powder and cayenne pepper also has good healing properties. I would often soak my feed in zeolite and acidic water. And after I put my socks on, I would soak some coconut oil and essential oils into the sock just above the nail. But I think the ultimate cause is being too acidic (I had candida too). I have now raised my pH to over 7.0 - up from less than 5.0 a few months ago. My ORP has changed from -ve 20 mV to close to -ve 200 mV. From what I have read, fungus can't exist in an alkaline body."Replies
06/01/2008: Rula from Los Angeles, California replies: "Hi John, I was wondering how you found out about your ph level and how to measure it, keep it in check, so forth. I have nail fungus on my big toe and am prone to candida as well. I've been trying a variety of cures for this and would like to be fungus free! Thanks, Rula"
07/14/2011: Carol from Cambridge, Mn replies: "I have struggled with toenail fungus, but have suspected an underlying candida problem. I also would like to know how to check PH balance. Any other diet tips would be welcome, as well."
07/15/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Carol
I also had toenail fungus. I started taking 2 tablespoons of ACV with honey twice a day. The fungus gradually disappeared and has not come back. It did take a while but when the new nail grows in the fungus will grow out with the old nail. It was about three months or a bit more for it to be completely gone. It has been nearly a year and it has not come back. I had it in both big toes and it had been there for quite a few years."
07/15/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Carol, I have used the ph strips which are cheap but found them to not be accurate enough. On EC Ted said the meter is beter and they are now cheaper to buy so I had a look around and have now bought a ph meter. Plus they have come down even more, mine was just under $20 and it is great. It is easy to check your urine 1st thing in the morning and also at other times throughout the day. It allows you to check your progress when using any alkalizing remedies, you may even find that you need to take them at different times or you may need to use Ted's carbicarb (especially at night if your 1st morning urine ph is very acidic). Also in addition to Debbie's suggestion you may also get some benefit with soaking your toes in an ACV & water mix, or just dabbing them with straight ACV. All the best, Maria"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/28/2008: Andre from London, UK: "Ailment: Nail Fungus infection
Condition: semi-advanced (bed nail of two of my toes is partially damaged)
Treatment stage: beginning (started 4 days ago)
Diet: I completely eliminated refined sugars and started eating more fruits and vegetables.
Remedy used: on the 1st day, I applied (every 2 hours) a mix of the following: apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil on cotton pads.
Noticed some slight improvement, but when I stepped out, there still was an annoying itch.
On the 2nd day, I added Vicks Vaporub and poured some urine on the infected area. Applying Vicks before wearing socks and shoes got rid of the itching.
On the 3rd day, I added honey (applied topically for 20 minutes) followed by washing the feet with antibacterial soap under very hot water (as hot as I could bear) followed by alternate applications of hydrogen peroxide (pharmacy only had 6% solution), lavender, cinnamon leaf and Eucalyptus essential oils (diluted with apple cider vinegar on cotton pads). I also started drinking 1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 1 cup of water (on an empty stomach last night before sleeping and this morning upon waking up).
I am glad to say the annoying itching is completely gone. The color of my two infected nails are yellowish. The only place still itching this morning was on the lower part of my toes (bottom part that touches the floor when I walk) - which is the only place I did not concentrate any treatment as it was much easier to keep the cotton pads on the top part of my foot when seating on the couch and watching tv than the bottom part. So what I did this morning was spread a generous amount of Thai Red Curry Paste on all the infected area and keep everything sealed with transparent plastic food wrap. It seems to be working great. The itching is completely gone.
Today, I will start applying virgin coconut oil (as well as eating 2 tea spoons daily) + peppermint and rosemary essential oils applied topically.
I will also start a detox program along with a gentle exercise program in order to strengthen my immune system.
I'll keep you guys updated on my progress :)"
07/28/2008: Andre from London, UK replies: "Update: Ailment: Nail Fungus
Remedy: Thick Thai Red Curry Paste spread on infected areas & covered with transparent plastic food wrap.
Well, it definitely has a soothing effect but only use if you don't mind your nails turn orangish/red (color of the paste)
Overall, here is my favorite course of treatment so far:
Extremely hot rinse with bacterial soap (5 minutes) + cotton pad applications of the following essential oils:
1/ Hydroxide peroxide 6% Apple Cider Vinegar + tea tree or Manuka oil
2/ add few drops of Lavender oil
3/ add few drops of Lemongrass oil
4/ add few drops of rosemary oil
5/ add few drops of Peppermint oil
6/ add few drops of Cinnamon leaf oil
7/ add few drops of Eucalyptus oil
Then alternate the above with separate application of virgin coconut oil, Listerine, Vicks Vaporub, honey, garlic slices.
Rinse with scalding hot water and dry immediately with hair dryer set on maximum heat.
Also, if you have a terrace or you can step outside, expose the area to strong direct sunlight.
Try to sleep at regular hours, stay clear of stress (as much as possible) and improve your immune system by observing a good balanced diet. I just started taking 1 tea spoon of baking soda in 1 glass of water.
Looking good so far :)
Will keep you updated on my progress.
War has been declared on the fungi invaders. Show no mercy!"
03/21/2013: Sadesta from Dale City, Va replies: "Andre, did you try soaking the foot in the apple cider vinegar for about 20 minutes for a few days.. It should cure the itch."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 01/18/2014: Suzy from Fort Wayne In: "I started taking apple cider vinegar, a shot glass day and night, and cut my infected toe nails back whenever they started to grow. Within a few months my nails had grown out new and beautiful. I believe it is necessary to fight the problem from the inside out. This is the only thing that worked and I tried them all."
07/29/2013: Sjones from Down South, Ms: "My sister accidentally ran over my toes about 6 years ago. A week after the accident, I noticed white spots popping up in my nailbed. I went to the doctor, she prescribed a cream (it didn't work). I didn't go back. For the past 2 years, the nail has been yellowish in color and quite brittle. I trim my toe nails every 3-4 weeks but it seems to be getting worse. Part of the nail has separated from the nailbed. I trim all that I can, the nail just crumbles. I soak and clean my feet then towel dry them. All I put on my feet is olive oil. I will definitely try the ACV from here on out. I will let you know how it turns out."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/22/2013: Felice from Brooklyn, New York, Usa: "Hi everyone, I have been fighting this ugly fungus for over 10 years. My nails are dark on most of my toes and it has since started to affect my fingernails. I have used everything you can name including the lamisil pills. Nothing has worked. I have been surfing the internet trying to find a remedy for this horrible fungus. I have started using the ACV for about 2 weeks now and have no signs of the fungus leaving my toenails. I have however seen some sign on my fingernails. I will definitely be signing in from week to week with an update. Some of the comments and feedback I have read from others is leaving me hopeful that I will be able to see some signs of healthier clearer nails by spring."
[YEA] 01/13/2013: Elaine from Sterling, Va: "I had a small opaque white discoloration on one corner of one big toe that had been visible for several months. I was worried that it was the beginning of a fungus infection. After finding this site, I soaked a cotton ball in red wine vinegar (didn't have apple cider vinegar), and taped it to my toe overnight.
I was absolutely stunned the next morning to see that the discoloration was completely gone.
Maybe what I had wasn't a fungus, or maybe this is an amazing cure. Whatever, I'm extremely happy!"
12/03/2012: Always Seeking from Cary, Nc: "If you have a fungal problem please try this. Take Apple Cider Vinegar- the one with the Mother intact. You can find it at Whole foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc around here. Take an empty spray bottle and use the ACV full strength alone or cut it 50/50 with water. When you get in the shower fully saturate your hair beginning at the scalp and leave this on say five minutes while you are doing everything else. What you are encountering I believe is what many of us suffer with, your ph is off. Therefore your body is allowing the fungus to grow. Go ahead and shampoo and condition as usual or believe it or not you can rinse the ACV out completely and it will have cleaned your hair. Do this everyday for the first week and then once every other time until you feel you have it under control. Then never let it get a head of you. Do this as a preventative once this is better. Chances are your diet is producing the imbalance ph wise. Sorry so long but I truly hope this helps you. Best to you!"
[YEA] 08/24/2012: Leen from Pottsville, Pa, Usa: "My husband has a severe case of toenail fungus from being in the Army and wearing combat boots in the field years ago. I read about using vinegar and he gave it a try since nothing worked including doctor prescribed meds. Its been one month and we see a big difference. Pink, clean nails are 1/4 to 1/2 grown in. He did clip and file his nails tp prep them. We read you can use regular white vinegar, doesnt have to be apple cider vinegar. The white does not discolor the nail!! He soaks feet in tub of vinegar twice a day for ten minutes and changes it once every 7-10 days. Cured athletes foot immediately. Definitely worth a try."Replies
10/14/2013: Rex from Brookfield replies: "Was it just the vinegar that you used?"
[YEA] 06/15/2012: Sara from Wadsworth, Oh: "I used apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and my toe is now, finally, perfect again! Took a LONG time for it to grow out, but worth the effort.
The key to my success was SOAKING a small piece of a cotton ball and using white medical tape to tape it in place on my toe. At first I used the ACV, but then switched to Tea Tree Oil w/ lavender. The smell is strong, but I think the TTO did a better job. I put this on in the above manner twice a day for about 2 months. After a while, I stopped doing it as I finally saw the affected part growing up and out (before, the ugly part didn't move when I just brushed the ACV & TTO on it. SOAKING was the key for me. Felt good to KILL that damn fungus...haha!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/19/2012: Dakotacabn from Laguna Hills, Ca, Usa: "I never had toenail fungus until I started going to the nail salon. I quite going last year to the salon. I have been doing my own nails. I cut them really short and I cut off as much as the fungus as I could. I have been spraying ACV on my nails 2 times a day. They are so much better. I can now put on nail polish and I keep spraying my toe nails daily. I feel you never really get rid of the fungus, but you just keep it under control with the ACV. I went to the DR, he said they give you the fungus and then they sell you something to get rid of it. He also said they use the same water in the spas as they don't disinfect it after every customer and they also use the same polish so the fungus goes from person to person."Replies
01/09/2013: Luca from Liverpool replies: "ACV & TTO: can you please explain the terms ACV AND TTO?"
EC: ACV - Apple Cider Vinegar
TTO - Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 11/16/2011: Neil from Us: "Apple cider vinegar seems to stop toenail fungus when consumed internally.
I've had the same toenail fungus on my right big toe for a decade. I'd been drinking ACV in water as an appetite suppressant (which is also pretty effective), and recently while trimming my toenails I noticed that the big patch of discoloration is half of what it always was. I mean this thing hadn't changed at all in 10 years.
I drink about 2 tablespoons in 32 oz of water to stay hydrated throughout the day."
[YEA] 10/30/2011: Mia from Lyons, Ny: "After reading posts on Earth Clinic I decided to try the ACV remedy for a big toe-toe nail that had thickened, had about 1/2 of the toe nail separate/lifted from the nail bed and which had been curling inward badly for a period of about nine years. I decided to become aggressive in fighting it because I saw it start in the big toe on my other foot as well. I figured if I didn't stop it now all my toes would be affected so I began an aggressive fight after reading several posts.
I first took off all nail polish. I kept this toe polished at all times because it was hideous; but after reading that the fungus likes it dark I realized I didn't get this problem until I began to regularly polish my toes. Next I filed the entire surface of the nail as thin as possible without filing right down to the nail bed. Next, I cut away the nail from the area on the toenail that was separated/lifted from the nail bed. The, I bathed it every night before bed with ACV and let it dry on my nail. I did this for about two weeks and, after growing out for several weeks almost two months, now my nail is finally almost completely grown out and normal looking.
THANK YOU ALL!!! THIS PLACE ROCKS!!!"
07/02/2012: Gigi from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Your fungal situation appears to be almost identical to my severe case, which has been ongoing for a few years now. I will definitely try this remedy out and see how well it works for me. Thank you for the idea... I will keep my fingers crossed."
09/02/2012: Mia from Formerly Of Lyons, Ny replies: "It has been almost a year since using the ACV and it has not come back!"