Bear with me-I am about to get a little bit scientific here, but I find this to be an exciting way to combat fungus without using harsh chemicals. Medium chain fatty acids are almost miracles in how they work as natural fungicides. The fungal membrane is crucial to maintaining the “life” of the fungus, which is why many antifungal treatments target the fungal membrane. Fatty acids, such as the ones found abundantly in coconut oil, naturally insert themselves in the lipid (fat) layer of the fungal membrane and disturb it, leading eventually to cell disintegration and the ultimate destruction of the fungus (to put it in a nutshell.)
I contracted a nail fungus on my big toe from a pedicure 2 years ago and tried different otc products with no luck My nail detached about 3/4 of the way down and grew thick and discolored. It was nasty. Finally I tried apple cider vinegar and it worked! First I cut my nail back as low down to the quick as I could which basically was almost my whole nail, I took a file and filed the top of what was left of my nail down until it was nearly smooth and even with my skin, it did hurt a little but not unbearable. Then every night I soaked a small ball of cotton with the vinegar, placed it on my toe and wrapped it with a bandaid and slept with it on. In the morning I would shower and be sure to really clean my toe and let it breath. I did this for over a month and finally one morning I was checking it out and my toe looked pink and healthy at the base and began to grow back. Now, it’s nearly grown back after 3 months. Now I just wear the cotton ball bandaid about twice a week to keep it from coming back. When it is fully grown back I will discontinue it. This works! It’s cheap and effective and it takes patience but it DOES work!