Treatment of nail fungus with apple cider vinegar

To get rid of fungal nail infections, you can find many folk remedies. A popular treatment for onychomycosis is the use of apple cider vinegar.

How to recognize

nail fungus and healthy nails

By visiting public places (swimming pools, saunas, bathing complexes) or doing a pedicure in a salon that does not monitor the cleanliness of the instruments, you can get onychomycosis. Fungal lesions multiply beneficially on the human body with reduced immunity, while it is not always possible to recognize the initial stage of onychomycosis in time. If you have started the development of the disease and have not taken the necessary measures for treatment in time, it can lead to partial or complete destruction of the nail plate.

Signs of nail fungus:

  • nail color may change from pale yellow to a dark shade;
  • white spots appeared on the nail plate;
  • nail deformity occurs, it can be both thickened and thinned;
  • sometimes there is pain in the fingers;
  • an unpleasant odor from the nails is possible;
  • the nail may begin to disintegrate and collapse.

To confirm onychomycosis, you must undergo a special analysis (scraping of the nail plate and cuticle). After laboratory research, the necessary treatment regimen is prescribed.

The treatment of nail fungus with apple cider vinegar has been used for a very long time. There are a number of folk recipes for fungal infections using apple cider vinegar and additional substances.

Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy against fungi

apple cider vinegar for toenail fungus

Apple cider vinegar is widely used in everyday life, it is effective not only against nail fungus, but also for improving hair. It is also taken orally to reduce body weight and strengthen the immune system. 9% solution is used to treat fungal nail infections. The acidic environment of this solution is harmful to pathogenic fungi, respecting the necessary rules of treatment and the correct dose, you can get rid of onychomycosis in the initial stage of the disease.

Recommendations for the use of apple cider vinegar for onychomycosis

Vinegar against nail fungus is used in the preparation of ointments, compresses or baths. Before using any antifungal agent, it is necessary to properly prepare the nail so that the necessary substances can penetrate deeper into the nail plate:

  1. Before applying the antifungal agent, the nails must be pre-steamed, after which the affected areas must be removed with a file.
  2. Apple cider vinegar should not be applied if there are deep wounds, scratches or cracks on the skin - it can only worsen the situation and cause serious burns or inflammation.
  3. Treatment of nail fungus with vinegar essence must be carried out daily until all signs of onychomycosis disappear.
  4. Most often, a positive effect is achieved after 3-4 weeks, in the absence of improvement, you need to see a doctor.

When treating a fungal infection, it is necessary to additionally process the shoes and bedding. Socks should be washed in hot water with a special disinfectant.


Apple cider vinegar for toenail fungus is used only after allergy testing. To do this, you must first apply the product to a small area of skin.

Baths with apple cider vinegar

An easy way to treat onychomycosis with apple essences are foot baths. Before the procedure, it is necessary to wash the infected areas with soap and dry them well, the towel should be used only for personal use. The sink must be taken in such a volume that the feet are completely immersed in water.

Bath with potassium permanganate

  • 1, 5 liters of water
  • 500 ml of vinegar
  • potassium permanganate

Pour hot water into a bowl, add vinegar and potassium permanganate. Potassium permanganate should be added in small amounts until the water becomes slightly pink; the crystals must be completely dissolved to avoid microtrauma to the skin. Mix the resulting solution well, lower your feet into the pelvis and hold for 15 minutes.

After that you need to dry your feet well. If you additionally use an anti-fungal cream, then it is recommended to apply it on the nail plate after the procedure.

You can only use apple cider vinegar to soak your feet without adding other ingredients. For this purpose, it is recommended to buy natural vinegar of 5%. When buying, pay attention to the presence of brown sediment (cake) - this indicates the naturalness of the product.

Bath with apple cider vinegar

bath with apple cider vinegar for toenail fungus
  1. Pour the vinegar into the sink so that it covers the entire surface of the foot (about 4 cups).
  2. Immerse both feet in the solution for 20-30 minutes. If there is a strong burning sensation, it is recommended to add a small amount of warm water.
  3. After bathing, it is not necessary to rinse the feet, it is enough to dry them with a personal towel and apply a cream with a moisturizing effect, because vinegar dries the skin.
  4. Such procedures can be done up to 3 times a day for 7 days.

Baths are suitable not only for the feet, but are also recommended against nail fungus on the hands.

Antifungal dressings

Foot fungus compresses are very popular due to the precise action of the drug on the affected area.

Lotions with dimethyl phthalate

  • 1 tspVirće
  • 1 tspdimethyl phthalate
  • 1 chicken egg
  • 1 tspwood tree (oil)

Mix all the ingredients, store the resulting mixture only in the refrigerator. Apply the solution daily on the affected nail before bed. You can moisten a small piece of gauze and put it on the nail plate. Wear natural cotton socks and wrap your feet in a plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect.

To achieve a positive result, it is enough to carry out such a procedure for 7 days.

Dimethyl phthalate is a powerful antifungal agent. You can buy the product at a pharmacy, pet store or business department. Dimethyl phthalate is prohibited for use in children, pregnant women and women during breastfeeding. Prolonged use of the drug can lead to unpleasant side effects.

Such a compress is suitable if there is an advanced form of the disease, but it is advisable to consult your doctor first.

Compress with apple cider vinegar and vodka

  • 2 tbsp. l. Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. l. vodka
  • 3 eggs (protein)

Mix vinegar, proteins and vodka well, then take the resulting mixture out of the refrigerator for a few hours. In the evening before going to bed, apply to the nail plate, cover it with a napkin or cotton wool. Put on socks and wrap the top with a plastic bag or cling film.

In the morning, after removing the dressing, wash your feet with laundry soap. This method should be repeated daily until the symptoms of the disease completely disappear.


Apple cider vinegar ointments are just as effective as compresses or baths. Their preparation does not take long and does not require a lot of ingredients.

Ointment with honey and vinegar

  • 4 tbsp. l. honey
  • 1 tbsp. l. Vinegar

Stir everything and let it cook for a few hours. Apply to infected areas in the morning and evening. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Iodine-based solution

  • 2 tbsp. l. Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. l iodine
  • 2 teaspoons chilled boiled water

Mix all components well. Rub into the nail affected by the fungus in the morning and evening. You can use such a solution for a long time (up to 6 months).

Mix with glycerin

  • apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp
  • 9% vinegar essence 2 teaspoons
  • glycerin 2 tbsp. l.
  • tincture of propolis (alcohol) 2 tbsp. l.

Mix all components and place in a cool place. Apply 3 r / day with a cotton swab on all nails (infected and healthy). Once the nails are dry, wear cotton socks.

The average course of treatment is about a month.

A mycologist can advise you on how to treat nail fungus and which medicine is most suitable in your case. Recipes based on apple cider vinegar are suitable in the initial stage of the disease and in combination with a pharmaceutical antifungal agent. Remember that the fungus can only be cured by constant disinfection of shoes, towels and bedding.