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Vinegar Soak for Nail Fungus

apple cider vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar

Nail fungus is an unsightly and sometimes painful condition in which a fungus (generally either dermatophytes or yeast) infest the fingernail or toenail. The fungus feeds on the keratin that makes up the nail, and can lead to discoloration and even disfigurement of the nail. Nail fungus is contagious, and may be hereditary.

Vinegar for the Treatment of Nail Fungus


  • Soak the affected nails in equal parts warm water and vinegar (apple cider vinegar is the most popular for this treatment) for 20-30 minutes, 2 or 3 times daily.
  • After treatment, dry the nails thoroughly, as the fungus will thrive in a wet environment. A hair dryer is useful to speed the drying process.
  • Alternatively, the vinegar may be applied directly to the affected nails, without mixing with water, but be sure the vinegar remains on the nails for at least 20 minutes.

Why It Works

Vinegar balances the ph level of the nail area. An acidic environment is not ideal for the fungus, so repeated application will reverse the growth. Though this treatment seems to be effective on some types of nail fungus, it can take a LONG time, even up to a year.


Though this treatment may not work for you, it is safe to try. There are no risks or side effects, other than a vinegar smell. Nail fungus may be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. Please consult a doctor if you have persistent nail fungus.

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