What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple Cider Vinegar is made through fermentation process of Apple Cider. The main component in this vinegar is acetic acid and some other acids like citric and lactic. Also formulation of ACV contains different vitamins and amino acids.
The uses of this vinegar vary from household purposes to even treating various medical conditions. When it comes to medical uses of ACV some of them are even confirmed by studies while others lack research to confirm this remedy’s effectiveness. Some of the most researched uses include treating diabetes, lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, treating acne, eliminating dandruff, weight loss and more.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar work for Nail Fungus?
While ACV is a quite commonly used remedy for nail fungus there are no studies available that would support its effectiveness for this condition. Despite that there is in fact a logical explanation why it works effectively for this condition. One of the main reasons why this vinegar is considered an effective home remedy for toenail fungus is because it is able to restore proper pH balance of the skin and nail. When this happens fungal infection is no longer able to thrive in this kind of environment. Also it is worthwhile to mention that ACV has acidic properties; however it’s only a mild acid so it can be safely applied on the skin without any dangerous side effects.
In case you will decide to start using Apple Cider Vinegar for toenail fungus it’s important to be patient and keep using it daily. In most cases you can expect to start noticing results within the first month and it is important to keep using ACV until an old and infected toenail would be replaced with a new and healthy nail. While results vary a lot per individual, most people are able to get rid of this infection within 2-3 month time of using this vinegar. Also before choosing a particular brand of this vinegar make sure that it contains The Mother and it is organic and not pasteurized (read the label of the product). This is important because other types of ACV might work less effectively for toenail fungus.
Directions on How to Use it for Toenail Fungus.
There are two main ways how you can use Apple Cider Vinegar for treatment of toenail fungus. The first and more convenient way is to apply a few drops of ACV directly on affected area (nail bed). For the best effect ACV should stay in contact with your toenails for at least a couple of minutes and also make you sure it gets deep under the nail. To do that it is always a good idea to keep your toenails as short as possible, so don’t forget to clip them regularly. Also it should be applied on your nails at least a few times throughout the day.
The other way how you can use Apple Cider Vinegar for treatment of this condition is to make foot baths. To prepare a foot bath with ACV dilute it with the same amount of water (might be warm or cold water) and make sure it will be enough liquid in the bath to cover your affected nails completely. It is important to mention that this method requires you to keep your foot in ACV bath for at least 15-30 minutes daily, so it might be not suitable for most people. Also after you finish this remedy take some time to dry your toes and feet completely. It is very important to keep your nails and skin surrounding them dry because fungus infection thrives in moisture environments. Since both of these methods are equally effective you can use baths when you have more free time and when you are busier simply apply a few drops of ACV.
Are there any Side Effects?
While in general topical application of ACV is considered a safe remedy, it is possible that people with more sensitive skin might experience side effects. When too much of this vinegar or too frequently is applied on the skin it is possible that some people can get scaring or experience burning sensation. In case this happens you might consider diluting Apple Cider Vinegar with water to make it less acidic or apply it on your skin less frequently. Also people who have any medical condition, which affects blood flow to the feet, should avoid using this remedy or at least consult with a doctor prior to use.