Is Vinegar a Cure for Foot Fungus?

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Apple cider vinegar is a common treatment for foot fungus. Patients dilute apple cider vinegar in warm water and soak the toes with fungus for a minimum of 20 minutes each day. With natural treatments, nail fungus can take several months to show improvement, according to Earth Clinic.

The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar creates an inhospitable environment for fungus without being strong enough to damage the surrounding skin and nail. Apple cider vinegar can be applied directly to the affected area or diluted in a bath; however, it may cause a burning sensation when applied directly to the skin. Wellness Mama recommends a solution of one part apple cider and four parts water.

Toenail fungus is a common infection and is possible to pick up virtually anywhere. Symptoms generally start with a yellow or white patch under the tip of a toenail. This worsens until the nail thickens or turns brittle unless treatment begins. Other signs include alterations in nail shape and color, and if no treatment takes place, the nails split or come away from the nail bed, notes Earth Clinic.

Tea tree oil and oregano oil are two other natural treatments for toenail fungus. Tea tree oil comes from Melaleuca leaves and fights fungal infections. It also treats cuts, abrasions and acne. Putting just a few drops of tea tree oil on the affected toes after getting out of the shower is the best place to start. Oregano oil comes from the oregano plant, and applying a couple of drops on the toenail two or three times a day for at least three months can eliminate nail fungus as well. Getting sugar out of the diet and using supplements that fight candida also help to combat fungal infections, as stated by Earth Clinic.