Toenail fungus, medically known as Onychomycosis, is a potentially embarrassing problem which can be difficult to treat. Although it may not work for everyone, you can use vinegar to help treat your mild to moderate case of toenail fungus. Additionally, support your treatment process by undertaking preventative care. However, it’s best to see your doctor if you aren’t sure if you have a fungal infection, your infection worsens, or you have diabetes.
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.)
Following this protocol for several months might be able to help solve the problem for good, and then you can slowly reintroduce sources of sugar like fruit, or whole grains, while monitoring your progress. However, keep in mind that some candida or yeast sufferers have lived with their condition for years, so combating the issue might take more than just a few weeks or months.
Medications prescribed for toenail fungus provide mixed results. And, they’re not without side effects. Your liver (as your body’s detox organ) takes the brunt of the chemicals found in all medications. If the liver is compromised in any way, medications add to the burden and can result in further damage or impaired function. Also, other significant health risks exist for those with autoimmune conditions.[1]
I’ve read about good results from various methods. I’m just beginning a regime, but am wondering would it help or hinder to try two methods at the same time, such as the vinegar/water soak and Vicks? It seems if there are multiple types of fungus and some remedies work on one type but not another, I wondered if this might speed up the results. I just realized I had toe fungus on multiple toes after thinking they were just damaged due to hiking. It’s been over three years and I am ready to have my normal toes back!

Claire, do you have any input on the salt remedy for nail fungus? I have nail fungus under on of my thumbnails and it has been totally resistant to any and all treatments I’ve tried. I think at some point the nail must have become slightly detached from the thumb and allowed water/moisture to get underneath the nail. We know how fungus loves moist areas. The rest is history! Thanks for any information you can provide.
Sounds like you were doing a candida cleanse. I’ve had great success doing a candida cleanse for chronic bronchitis; in the process of doing it my skin cleared up; migraines and PMS disappeared; and joint aches subsided. Everyone who knew me commented on who good I looked. I’ve been dealing with a toenail fungus for 10+ years and bad itching on the arch of my foot for a year now. Started a candida cleanse taking caprylic acid, probiotics and reducing my sugar and flour intake, and the foot itching started to subside and the rash began to clear up. When I forget to take my supplements, it flares up. Also used oregano oil on my toenail and it started to grow in normally = 3 drops of oregano oil mixed with 1 teaspoon olive oil applied daily for three weeks.
A lot of people take their feet for granted and tend to neglect them. Foot health is a part of overall health, however. Cracked, yellowing or discolored toenails do more than just affect your ability to wear flip flops; it may be the result of a nail fungus. Onychomycosis – more commonly referred to as toenail fungus – can cause nails to thicken, yellow, and crack, as well as cause pain, swelling, and inflammation of the toe.
Like athletes foot, you can work towards preventing enail fungus by keeping feet clean and, most importantly, dry. Don’t re-wear socks, and stick to open toed shoes if possible. It takes time and patience to get rid of toenail fungus, and for the nail to grow back healthy and normal again. Be diligent about applying your treatments (I can’t stress that enough, it’s really the key to getting these to work the best they can) and don’t overlook preventative methods to keep the fungus from coming back.
Buy yourself a big bag of epsom salts at the drugstore some tea tree oil. Fill a foot basin with enough water to cover your feet up to your ankles. Add about half a cup of the epsomm salts and a cap full of tea tree oil to the water. Soak your feet for 15 to 30 minutes. Then use a pumice stone after soaking to scrub the soles of your feet. Do this everyday and the foot soak will soften your feet and the pumice stone will remove all the dead skin. I had bad cracked dry rough feet and now they are supple and smooth. This works and heals athletes foot and helps to speed uo nail fungus cure while also using topical treatments on nails like tea tree oil, coconut oil, over the counter nail fungus ointments, grape seed oil, oregano oil, vicks, and vinegar to name a few. Pick whatever you would like to use in conjunction with the footbath and your feet and nail fungus will heal. The trick is doing it religiously everyday. It is a battle and you have to fight the fungus and see it as the enemy. It is dramatic but so is nail fungus.
In the morning, you use Probelle coconut oil body wash to clean the area and then apply the nail polish solution to the dried nails. In the evening, you again wash with the Probelle cleanser but this time you apply the Natural Fungal Treatment Gel Formula to the affected area and let it dry. The company claims that 94 percent of people in a clinical trial saw improvement from the system within six weeks.
Thank you for sharing your home cure. I too got an injury on my big toe at the nail and now for the last year and a half I have been suffering from terrible toe nail fungus. I have tried everything under the sun topical and internal to rid my toe of this problem. I’m embarrassed to wear sandals in the summer and so I have been having to wear socks and tennis shoes all year around even though I’m sure air would be much better for my problem. I’m sooo glad I came across your message it gives me hope that maybe I can rid myself of this painful problem once and for all.
I read your article about natural remedies for nail fungus. I got fungus under my big toenail after I fell off my bike and the nail got a small hole in it. I don’t take any medications and I tried EVERY natural remedy known, including the ones you list. (probably 100′s…) After a year, it had gotten so much worse that the nail was only attached by the skin around it and I was certain I would lose the nail. And then I stumbled on a phrase in an article about something else: fungus can’t grow on salt. Here is what finally worked for me: Scrub with baking soda and warm water to get the crusty stuff out from under the nail, dry it and pack it with himilayan pink salt and dab some coconut oil on the nail/skin to keep it soft and to work more of the salt as deep into the gap as possible. It stings a little at first, but it works. Within a week, the nail was growing back at the root pink and healthy! I was so desperate and discouraged and this really worked. And of course I don’t tell anyone because who wants to talk about their nail fungus! I have never seen it written anywhere before or since – pretty sure I invented this cure. Haha.

I have a terrible fungus under my right big toe. Now I have a patch of rough skin that itches all the time just above the bend of the foot on my shin bone. It seems to be working down the top of my foot. My dermatologist told me this was as a result of the fungus and could go all the way to my knee. I am very skeptical about this. I have never tried any of your remedies but plan to in the near future. Thank you for your ideas.
What is the best treatment for toenail fungus? Options include topical creams, oral medication, laser treatment, and surgical nail removal (avulsion). Of these, avulsion is the most effective, but needs to be done by a doctor. Creams and gels are the easiest and most convenient home treatment for nail fungus, provided that the formula can penetrate the nail.
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