Magical Vinegar

A lot of my patients prefer practical, non-prescription remedies whenever possible. I love this no nonsense approach and I try to encourage it! Vinegar is a common under-the-sink product that can do some good work for your skin.

Dilute vinegar soaks can help with mild cases of foot fungus (tinea pedis). Both white vinegar and apple cider varieties will work. Add about one cup of vinegar to each gallon of water and soak your feet for 15 minutes per day until the symptoms improve. Toenail fungus can be improved (although rarely cured) with this technique too, although you need to increase the concentration: one part vinegar to two parts water.

Vinegar creates an acidic environment which is unfavorable for the fungus. Make sure to dry your feet thoroughly after soaking them. If you experience any rash or sensitivity to your skin after the soaks you may need to decrease the potency of the vinegar concoction. If you aren’t seeing results and having no side effects, it’s ok to increase the concentration to one part water to one part vinegar.

If nothing else, soaking your feet is a heavenly treat and I don’t know why we all don’t do it more often. For instance, is a treat. I’m sure there thousands of DIY and retail soaks that are just as fantastic. A good soak feels amazing!

 

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