Fungus is a broad categorization for multi-cellular organisms (with the exception of some unicellular yeasts) that contain a protein called chitin in their cell walls. Fungi are a diverse group of organisms, with an estimate of between 2.2 and 3.8 million species--more common fungi include mushrooms, yeasts and molds. Most fungi are characterized as "decomposers," meaning they thrive by feeding off decaying organic matter (i.e. plants and animal) and in turn recycle chemical nutrients back into the environment. Most fungi are harmless, but some types can lead to serious infections in humans. One effective avenue to combat the side effects of fungus is by using certain types of vinegar that kill fungal growth.
The Fungus-Killing Properties Of Vinegar
Vinegar contains a compound called acetic acid (CH3COOH), which makes it effective at treating fungus. While it is typically purchased as a food product, it has excellent medicinal properties to combat fungal and bacterial infections. Vinegar works by modifying the pH levels of the skin, thus warding off and killing unwanted growths.
Apple cider vinegar is a beneficial treatment for toe- and fingernail fungal infections, which can be resistant to some drugs. Simply treat the affected area with pure apple cider vinegar, two times daily until symptoms subside. You can also combine apple cider vinegar with tea tree oil, olive oil or hydrogen peroxide for homemade salve. Vinegar is also an effective remedy for foot fungus, like athlete’s foot. This can be done by soaking feet daily in a bowl of vinegar. All vinegar treatment should be done two times daily, and applied continually for long-lasting effectiveness.
Other Benefits Of Vinegar
In addition to fighting fungus, vinegar has an assortment of other benefits; such as, mollifying pain from earaches, sunburn, jellyfish stings and in the relief of muscular cramping. Andddd, let's not forget its dirt, and grime fighting abilities--vinegar is an excellent household cleaner, for tips on how to clean your entire house with vinegar, go here.
Hunter Darden is an author of four children's books, a novel, and a black-and-white photography book. She is also a humor/inspiration newspaper columnist having written for The Charlotte Observer. Darden has a degree in psychology from Meredith College. She was the 2005 recipient of the Meredith College Career Achievement Award and the NC General Federation of Women's Clubs Excellence in Creative Writing Award.