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toenail fungus??

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  • Posted By: MommyofTwo
  • February 3, 2007
  • 06:15 PM

All the OTC nail fungus creams and such say they are not effective on scalp and nails......I really don't want to have to go to the doc. for toenail fungus - my insurance stinks!! Are there any home remedies or cures for this???????

PLEASE HELP me get rid of this uncomfortable and unsightly problem??

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  • regardless of crappy insurance, it may be worth out of pocket expense, the fungal infection can spread and in the right circumstance be passed on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 06:56 PM
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  • Here are some home remedies I suggest:Pure organic Apple cider vinegar - buy a brand that contains the "mother". Take 1 cup in a small bucket of hot water and soak your feet. This is supposed to help. Also, try soaking toes in plain unflavored yogurt mixed with a couple capsules of acidopholus. Candida is a fungus and yogurt helps kill the fungus. Do this at bedtime and wear thick cotton socks to bed to allow to soak in. A good product is called Herbal Aloe Force skin gel and you can google it for more info. Apply liberally at night and again wear some cotton socks to allow it to soak in. Give yourself at least a month to see improvement. You should notice an improvement after a few weeks and keep doing the above treatments for a couple of months. Take an acidopholus supplement orally to keep your candida in check.Hope this helps.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 07:22 PM
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  • I discussed thie same problem wiht the skin specialist last week(same are). I was informed that the only effective trewatment is 12-18 month course of tablets (forget the name), as it takes that length of time for the nails to grow out completley. During this time you also need to take your bloods regulary as these tablets can damage your liver (thus to check your L.F.Ts). I ve tried everything, spent loads of money and nothing else is effective
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 01:40 PM
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  • Hard to get rid of is describing this yukkie condition too gently. I had a bad infection in my right great toe after I'd cracked the nail when I accidently kicked our brick hearth. Man, that hurt!! I tried everything -- paint on treatments, yogurts, vinegar soaks, hydrogen peroxide therapy. Nothing worked.Looking at where the infection really is, I thought to myself that I needed to get under the nail somehow. So after having given up on every available treatment, including oral prescription meds from doctors, I put a blanket on the floor, put my vacuum cleaner by me, had hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, cotton swabs, gauze, triple antibiotic salve, my dremel with new fine and coarse sanding disks, dust mask and eye protection goggles at hand nearby. I said a prayer. I took masking tape and taped my other toes together to keep them out of my way and I started sanding away my toenail.I went at a snail's pace. I sanded with the coarse disk. I'd move it about the toenail gently because it would heat up from friction quite quickly. I wanted to control the tool to prevent the skin and cuticle from getting knicked, too. The vacuum cleaner caught the "dust" -- I didn't want to inhale it since it probably contained fungal spores.I'd stop every minute or so and wipe down the nail with alcohol, letting it evaporate completely -- which also served to dry out the nail and ease sanding.I used 2 coarse disks eventually getting the nail down to almost skin, it was pink looking instead of "nail" looking, then I used 2 fine disks to remove the remainder of the nail. It wasn't painful, per se, but not exactly comfortable either. But by going very, very slowly and using my reading glasses to look at what I was doing, it was surprisingly bearable.After I removed the nail, I used hydrogen peroxide and alcohol liberally. Letting them dry/evaporate away. I did knick the skin by the nail just alittle and on that I put the antibiotic salve with analgesic, and it wasn't bothersome at all after that.I then took the OTC fungal treatment (in a small brown bottle with brush applicator) and liberally covered the infected toenail area I'd cleared of nail, took a cottonball which I soaked with the fungal liquid, then taped the ball to my nail, put on a sock, and went about my day as usual. When the redness and tenderness of the sanding had passed, say in a day or so, I stopped wearing a cottonball taped to the toe and just applied the liquid to the nail bed several times a day.Within a couple of weeks I could see the nail growing back. It was beautiful. Completely free of the nasty fungal infection. Even the sides of the nail that I thought would be gone forever (the fungus had caused the nail to come away from my toe on both sides) grew back in perfectly. It's been almost a year and I couldn't be more pleased. There is no evidence of the horrible thing my poor toenail had become. I apply the liquid everyday to stay on the safe side.A friend of mine's husband is a doctor. I told him what I'd done to myself. He wasn't too keen about it but confessed he'd gone to an associate and had the same thing done to his toenail to get rid of infection like mine. He's the only other person I know who thought getting to the nail bed to fight the infection had to work when all else has failed. Even the oral prescription treatments -- which made me sick for months, by the way, with the worst imaginable side effects.I'm not saying everyone should go this radical path to eradicating their toenail fungal infections but I had reached the end of my rope. I couldn't wear open toed shoes or flip flops and I live in Florida! Closed toed shoes seemed to keep the fungus happy, too. I was sick and tired of feeling dirty and deformed. Embarassed and ashamed, too, even though I have wonderful personal hygiene habits, I thought everyone would think me an unclean person to be around. If it ever comes back again, I'll treat it the same way -- aggressive treatment seems appropriate for an aggressive infection.Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 04:01 PM
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  • MommyoftwoNail fungus can be real problem to get rid of - and as other have suggested can spread to neighboring nails quickly. A natural remedy can be trialed, but remember you have to be prepared to see the the treatment through and not to expect a quick fixHave a look here at a few natural remedieswww.cure-nailfungus.com/home_remedy_cures.html
    zuneuk 8 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 04:10 PM
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  • I struggled with toenail fungus for years and finally got rid of it by using a topical prescription remedy, but it took a long time and it was very harsh and irritating, even causing infection in the skin around my nails. If I had to do it over again (and I hope I never do) I would try the vinegar soak that someone else recommended. I have a friend who swears by this treatment, and my podiatrist confirmed that vinegar is a very good antifungal. Soak for a few minutes twice a day - and don't get discouraged, it may take weeks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I used 100% pure tea tree oil. After showering, I would put one drop at the tip of my toenails and let it soak under, in and around the nail. I treated all my toenails to be on the safe side. It took about 6 months but it worked great. There are other essential oils that are antifungal as well and you can find out about them on the net, but the tea tree worked best for me.
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  • Try soaking your toes in Listerine twice a day! First, cut your nail down as far as you can without causing injury. Then soak twice a day for about 10-15 minutes. This will take a while (maybe 2-3 months) but it should work. Good luck.
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  • I believe the best way to get rid of nail fungus is to educate yourself and speak to your doctor to find a safe solution! I found some good info athttp://www.healthynails4u.com
    clifftown 1 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 08:08 PM
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  • Putting baby powder in your socks everyday will slow the growth of the fungus and may help you get rid of the condition quicker.http://www.clearyournails.com
    jeremy527 1 Replies
    • January 24, 2008
    • 10:33 PM
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  • Dr. Mercola, at www.mercola.com recommends repeated applications of Vicks Vaporub for this. Another home remedy is repeated applications of tea tree oil, neat.
    shaneris 46 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Hi The fungas oils must be put on everyday till the nail has regrown i was told this can take a year sometimes , to leave the fungas can be dangerious as can cause more other illness.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2008
    • 09:12 AM
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  • I have not tried this myself but heard it can cure toenail fungus...the thick yellow nails with fungus underneath. Vicks vapor rub applied at bedtime and put socks on. This takes a long time but so do the over the counter and prescription treatments. Sunlight also theraputic.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
    • 04:06 AM
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  • Hi, I have the same probleme, this is what works for me: 1) Stop eating sugar (I am not kidding), eat more fat & protein 2) Get yourself a pedicure machine, its like a little "drill" with a spinning head on top made for sandscraping down the nails Clean/scrape the nails 3 times a week with this. Go all the way to the part closest to your feet, a lot of white dry skin/dead fungus willl apear. Wash this white stuff away, dry your toes and apply tea tree oil with a q-tip. Its gonna take a while, and you toes will actually look a bit worse the next day because of all the dead fungus will be lying on your toes, but after you shower you will see that the nails are getting better. BrMartin
    Martin78 8 Replies
    • February 5, 2009
    • 10:13 PM
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  • The meds you're talking about are Lamisil and Sporanox.There's a 60% recurrence rate with the Sporanox besides the risk to your liver.My sister used bleach soaks to rid herself of a nail fungus,but I don't know how strong the solution was.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • February 7, 2009
    • 03:11 PM
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  • Hi thereSounds crazy but have you tried vicks vapour rub?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2009
    • 09:46 AM
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  • I hope this helps. These things can be tricky. You probably really should see a doctor, but I know what you mean about the cost and insurance. After going to a doctor myself and getting rid of most of the toenail fungus with the help of a prescription drug (can't remember the name, only that it is something that you can NOT use long term) and antifungal cream, Tineacide. My toenail actually came off, but when it regrew there were spots that the fungus was still there. Just would not go away. After doing a lot of research on my own, (and spending lots of $$$ at the doctor) I kept finding that many people had recommended Vicks Vap-o rub. I mentioned this to my doctor who was very skeptical and asked what he thought. He said go ahead and try it, it was something I had in my medicine cabinet anyway. It completely went away. When I went back to the doctor for a 3 month checkup he was very surprised that it did. It has not come back in at least 2 years. I hope this helps, sorry it was such a long answer.
    connie68 1 Replies
    • February 8, 2009
    • 11:37 AM
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  • This may sound too simple to work but it does help. Keep your toe nails painted with a few coats of antifungal nail polish but apply it so that it overlaps your cuticles and the exposed underpart of your toe nail to completely seal off your toenail to the air. Antifungal nail polish is easy to get and relatively inexpensive. You just apply it and let it work instead of doing a daily antifungal routine with creams, washes and other treatments. Also you get to have pretty polished nails while you treat the fungus =)When the polish starts to ware off remove it to check the color of your nails and the progress of the treatment and then reapply. Do this until the fungus is gone. Nail polish in general is actually a great remedy for killing fungus because of the chemicals in it and the fact that it deprives the fungus of air and basically suffocates it. It can even be used directly on the skin in between and around toes to kill athletes foot or directly on ring worm blemishes. For skin applications just use clear polish so it's less noticeable to other people.
    zaristra 3 Replies
    • February 9, 2009
    • 09:41 AM
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  • This may sound too simple to work but it does help. Keep your toe nails painted with a few coats of antifungal nail polish but apply it so that it overlaps your cuticles and the exposed underpart of your toe nail to completely seal off your toenail to the air. Antifungal nail polish is easy to get and relatively inexpensive. You just apply it and let it work instead of doing a daily antifungal routine with creams, washes and other treatments. Also you get to have pretty polished nails while you treat the fungus =)When the polish starts to ware off remove it to check the color of your nails and the progress of the treatment and then reapply. Do this until the fungus is gone.
    zaristra 3 Replies
    • February 9, 2009
    • 09:42 AM
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  • When I was a kid, a relative had fungal toenails, and said the only cure was having them removed, which he didn't feel like doing.
    bobwhite 20 Replies
    • February 10, 2009
    • 05:03 AM
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