How to Treat Toenail Infection With Apple Cider Vinegar

By Traci Joy

A toenail infection is not only unpleasant to look at, it is also painful and uncomfortable to anyone who is suffering from one. There are many ointments available for toenail infections, from over-the-counter remedies to prescriptions from the doctor. Most modern medicines take a heavy toll on our health in other areas, however, such as putting a great deal of stress on the liver. Fortunately, apple cider vinegar is a natural home remedy for treating a toenail infection that has proven to be quite effective and simple.

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A toenail infection is not only unpleasant to look at, it is also painful and uncomfortable to anyone who is suffering from one. There are many ointments available for toenail infections, from over-the-counter remedies to prescriptions from the doctor. Most modern medicines take a heavy toll on our health in other areas, however, such as putting a great deal of stress on the liver. Fortunately, apple cider vinegar is a natural home remedy for treating a toenail infection that has proven to be quite effective and simple.

Pour just enough apple cider vinegar to cover your toes in a small bowl.

Submerge the infected toenail in the apple cider vinegar. Keep it under for at least 30 minutes.

Dry your toes thoroughly when you are finished soaking.

Repeat this process daily until you see results.

Cup of apple cider vinegar

Pour a small amount of apple cider vinegar into a cup.

Dip a sterile cotton swab in the apple cider vinegar. Then apply the vinegar to the outside edges of your infected toenail. Repeat this process until the toenail is covered and saturated.

Apply apple cider vinegar to the gauze pad on a band-aid.

Bandaid on toe

Cover the vinegar covered toenail with the band-aid with vinegar on the gauze. Secure it in place and wear it as long as you can.

Dry your toes completely when you remove the vinegar band-aid. Be sure to let your toes breathe overnight, as fungus like to grow in dark, moist areas.

Tip

Keep your toes clean and dry when you're not treating them with apple cider vinegar.

Warning

Use one of these treatments daily until you see results. Using apple cider vinegar only on occasion will not treat your toenail infection. If your infection continues after 14 days without showing signs of improvement, see your physician for proper diagnosis.

About the Author

A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."

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