Fungal infections can affect any part of the body. A fungal nail occurs when a fungus attacks a fingernail, a toenail, or the skin under the nail.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), fungal infections affect toenails more commonly than fingernails because your toes are usually confined to your shoes, where they’re in a warm, moist environment.
Fungi are normally present in and on the body alongside various bacteria. When a fungus begins to overgrow, you can get an infection.
If you are healthy, a fungal nail infection probably won’t cause serious problems. But it may look bad, hurt, or damage your nail or nail bed.
Get Rid of Nail Fungus Forever
Baking soda does not kill the fungus. It is, however, fungistatic, which means it can prevent fungus from growing and spreading.
The vinegar is acidic, making it more and more difficult for the fungus to survive. Surrounding skin and the nail will not be damaged by the vinegar.
You will need:
- 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- Paper towels
- Mix 1 cup of your vinegar with enough water to soak your feet in.
Soak for 15 minutes, and then pat dry with paper towels.
- Add several tablespoons of baking soda to enough water to soak your feet in, and soak for 15 minutes. Pat feet completely dry with paper towels.
Do this twice a day. The idea is that the vinegar will kill off the fungi, while the baking soda will then inhibit the growth of more.
Tip for best results: Before using this treatment, trim back as much of the effected nail as you can with a clean nail clippers (don’t peel with your fingers).
Make sure to disinfect the clippers after using them to prevent the fungus from spreading. Rinse feet in warm water, and pat dry.