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How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide For Nail Fungus – A Step By Step Guide

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How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide For Nail Fungus – A Step By Step Guide December 1, 2017

Nail fungus can be awful to deal with. Starting off as a yellow spot, the fungus grows to spread over your nail. And if not treated in the early stages, it can grow to cover your entire nail, thicken it, and even crack it, causing pain and tenderness. Thankfully, there are at-home treatments that can help treat this issue, the most common being oxidative therapy.

Oxidative therapy incorporates the use of hydrogen peroxide to treat nail fungus. Keep reading to know more about how this works.

Is Hydrogen Peroxide An Effective Treatment For Nail Fungus?

Hydrogen peroxide is a household remedy that is used to disinfect minor scratches and cuts. When used for treating nail fungus, its antifungal properties kill the fungus, letting the damaged part of your nails grow out. The liquid has several uses as an antiseptic, disinfectant, oxidizer, bleaching agent, as well as an antifungal agent (1). Its strong antifungal and antiseptic properties effectively treat nail fungus (2).

With regular use, the treatment can heal your nails within weeks or months, depending on the severity of the infection. It is recommended to keep using the treatment for a couple of months after your nail has been restored back to health to prevent future fungal infections. While there are not a lot of scientific studies on this treatment, it is a tried and tested home remedy that is sure to give you optimal results.

Here, I’ve put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to use hydrogen peroxide to treat nail fungus.

How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Treat Nail Fungus

1. Soak Your Feet In Hydrogen Peroxide

1. Soak Your Feet In Hydrogen Peroxide

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You Will Need
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Distilled water
  • Plastic tub
  • Tissues
Time

30 minutes

Method
  1. Mix equal parts of the hydrogen peroxide and distilled water in the plastic tub.
  2. Ensure that you are not using anything stronger than a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution; or it may damage your skin.
  3. Soak the nails that have been affected by the fungus in this solution.
  4. Wait for 30 minutes.
  5. Dry your nails with a dry tissue. Dispose of the tissue after use.
  6. Ensure that your nails are completely dry before you cover them.
How Often?

You have to repeat this process every day until, and even after, the problem subsides. Getting rid of nail fungus is not easy and will take a lot of patience and effort.

Why This Works

This oxidate therapy using hydrogen peroxide is highly effective when it comes to treating nail fungus. The method involves using the peroxide to soak the infected and affected nails. As the oxygen levels increase, the fungus on your nails gets destroyed.

2. Vinegar And Hydrogen Peroxide For Nail Fungus

2. Vinegar And Hydrogen Peroxide For Nail Fungus

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You Will Need
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • White vinegar/apple cider vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • Plastic tub
  • Tissues
NOTE

While method 1 is often quoted as a solution to nail fungus on the internet, we recommend using method 2. This is because under certain conditions, mixing hydrogen peroxide and vinegar can form peracetic acid, which is a caustic chemical that does not share the desired properties to treat nail fungus.

Time

Method 1 – 10 minutes

Method 2 – 30 minutes

Method 1
  1. Mix equal parts of the hydrogen peroxide, distilled water, and vinegar in the plastic tub.
  2. Ensure that you are not using anything stronger than a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution; or it may damage your skin.
  3. Soak the nails that have been affected by the fungus in this solution.
  4. Wait for 10 minutes.
  5. Dry your nails with a dry tissue. Dispose of the tissue after use.
  6. Ensure that your nails are completely dry before you cover them.
Method 2
  1. Mix equal parts of the hydrogen peroxide and distilled water in the plastic tub.
  2. Follow the steps mentioned in method one.
  3. On day 2, follow the same steps using equal amounts of vinegar and distilled water.
  4. Keep alternating in between hydrogen peroxide and vinegar until the problem subsides.
How Often?

You have to repeat this process every day until, and even after, the problem subsides. Getting rid of nail fungus is not easy and will take a lot of patience and effort.

Why This Works

Vinegar is an acidic solution that helps relieve itching and restores the pH balance of your skin and nails. These properties help the liquid create an unfavorable environment for the fungi to breed in, killing off the infection. Apple cider vinegar helps reduce inflammation, reducing the pain caused by nail fungus.

3. Baking Soda And Hydrogen Peroxide For Nail Fungus

3. Baking Soda And Hydrogen Peroxide For Nail Fungus

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You Will Need
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 4 cups warm water
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • Plastic tub
  • Tissues
Time

10 minutes

Method
  1. Mix the baking soda, peroxide, vinegar, Epsom salt, and water in a plastic tub until they are well combined.
  2. Ensure that you are not using anything stronger than a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution; or it may damage your skin.
  3. Soak the nails that have been affected by the fungus in this solution.
  4. Wait for 10 minutes.
  5. Dry your nails with a dry tissue. Dispose of the tissue after use.
  6. Ensure that your nails are completely dry before you cover them.
 How Often?

You have to repeat this process every day until, and even after, the problem subsides. Getting rid of nail fungus is not easy and will take a lot of patience and effort.

Why This Works

Baking soda contains antifungal properties that help prevent the growth of fungus. This solution helps balance your skin’s pH levels while killing off fungus.

 Additional Tips For Treating And Preventing Nail Fungus

  • Wash and disinfect all of your shoes and socks.
  • Disinfect your nail clippers with hot water and alcohol.
  • Keep your fingers and toes covered when you are outside.
  • Keep your nails short and clean.
  • Thoroughly dry your nails after washing your hands and feet.
  • Spray your gloves and shoes with anti-fungal sprays on a regular basis to kill lingering fungi.
  • Always dry your shoes and socks properly. Moisture is your worst enemy as it creates a breeding ground for fungus.

Side Effects Of Using Hydrogen Peroxide To Treat Nail Fungus

  • If you experience any of the following side effects, try using a solution weaker than 2%. You can also try diluting the solution further with water.
  • Hydrogen peroxide can irritate your skin causing redness, stinging, and mild itching.
  • It may also dry out your skin and cause cracked feet.
  • Peroxide can cause your skin to peel.

If you ever notice discoloration on your skin, it might be nail fungus. The next time this happens, you know what to do. Have you ever dealt with nail fungus? What helped you treat it? Tell us in the comments section below.

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