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 had fungus on my thumb nails and 1-2 other nails. I also had it on my large toenails. On the fingers, I kept a small bottle with a dropper screw top filled with apple cider vinegar. Every time I thought of it, I put a drop of vinegar (more on the fingers than the toes–convenience, lol) I kept the bottle by the computer, I would apply it several times a session, letting it go under the nail, and just air dry. I did also put it on my toenails, but somewhere during this time I started taking coconut oil in my coffee everyday. One day I noticed the fungus was gone. I have also put the coconut oil directly on the nail and rubbed it in, esp. during sandal time.
Both me and my husband had fungus on a couple of our toe nails. After trying a few different methods, I finally discovered something that actually works and is the cheapest option. Instead of soaking our feet in vinegar and water, I would soak up a piece of cotton ball that was big enough to cover the nail with vinegar only. I did not dilute the vinegar. Then I would place the vinegar soaked cotton ball on the nails every night before bed for 15 min. To make this process easier I filled up a small empty hand sanitizer with the vinegar because it was easier to soak up the cotton ball and applying extra drops while the cotton ball was already on the nails. After about 2-3 weeks I noticed my nails clearing up. It has been a few months now and one of my nails is completely back to normal. I would also occasionally apply Vicks vapor rub as well, usually before work in the morning and put on my socks right after. Be prepared to feel that sensation that vicks gives because my husband didn’t like that very much so I applied some after the vinegar. When putting the vinegar soaked cotton balls on our nails both me and my husband felt our nails get a tingling sensation. It never hurt or irritated the skin. The first thing to notice that it is working is when the cutical is starting to disattach from the funus infected nail. I’ve tried different remedies and this has been effective, cheap, and easy. It is definitely worth a try and don’t get discouraged, it won’t clear it up right away. It takes time and once you notice the change its a big relief. Good luck to everyone who has this problem, hope this helps like it helped us.