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I have a friend who's so embarrassed about her nail fungus that no one is allowed to see her feet. Her feet are always covered with socks, slippers, shoes or water shoes (if she's at the beach or pool).
Nail fungal infections affect about 12 percent of people living in the United States, and toenail fungus is common in people who have diabetes. Toenail fungus has an inherited tendency and commonly runs in families. Besides being cosmetically unattractive, nail fungal infections can cause nail deformity, pain or discomfort while wearing shoes and odor. And it can lead to more serious foot complications if a secondary infection develops.
If treatment is prescribed, it's important to know that due to the thickness of toenail beds topical medications aren't absorbed easily. You must be persistent with topical medications, applying them daily for up to one year, and even this may not be effective in clearing up the infection.
Oral antifungal drugs can be effective, but they may cause side effects ranging from skin rashes to liver failure. And they aren't recommended for those with liver disease, heart failure or who are taking certain medications.
Recurrent infections are possible if feet are exposed to warm and moist conditions. Remember, keep nails trimmed, free of snags, clean and dry.
How do others deal with toenail fungus?
Have a great week.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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The easiest and best way to cure toenail fungus is to soak your foot in pure vinegar until the nail softens(about an hour).
Do this once a week for four weeks and the fungus will be gone completely.
All it costs is two bucks for a jug of vinegar and an hour of your time.
I am concerned about how to clean the shower, etc to keep fungus from being transmitted and your articles do not deal with this issue. It seems that treating the area of exposure is important too.
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I think my presence in a room, where nail fungus on the toes was being sanded down and cleaned up for dr. to see, has caused me to experience smelling a foul odor coming from myself. Others can smell it too........Is this from the fungus in the air setting up residence in my sinuses? If not, why is this happening to me?
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I had a nail fungus on one of my finger nails. I soaked my finger in finger at least once a day (sometimes two) for 15 minutes or longer. I then applied a product that I got at the health food store called Onypen. I made the store manager promise it would work and if it didn't she agreed to give me my $40.00 back. I was very diligent about the procedure and I was shocked that it actually worked! It took about four months for the nail to grow out. I think it was the combination soaking in vinegar and applying the product every single night. I'm so happy!!
Myra, you should look into laser treatment for your nail fungus.
You make a good point Wayne. Topical treatments for toenail fungus are not as reliable. Laser treatment is about 71% effective and has a greater chance of killing toenail fungus permanently.
I have heard some strange remedies for toenail fungus; anywhere from soaking your feet in vinegar to cutting the nail way back and applying mineral oils. But the most logical treatment I have read about is the laser treatment for toenail fungus. A great resource is http://www.mynycpodiatrist.com/services/toenail-fungus-surgery that talks about the laser treatment. Hope this is helpful...
Tea Tree Essential Oil works like a charm and is easy to apply, non-greasy and has a clean/astringent smell. It is a Paul Mitchell product that can be obtained from a beauty salon. My hairdresser picked up nail fungus when she had a pedicure,used tea tree oil and within a short amount of time, it was completely gone.
My podiatrist recommended a wonder drug called Vicks Vapo-Rub! the down side is that it is effective only abut 20% of the time and as with other topicals, it needs to be applied daily for a year.
I chose the store brand of Vick's VapoRub from all the treatments offered by my podiatrist with her blessings. It worked. I used it daily for over 6 or 7 months, then less so till the year is up, next month.
I had read about this tip here. I,too, started using Vicks VapoRub on my 2 affected toes about a week ago. I have been putting off going back to the Dr because the RX is so expensive and doesn't have a very good track record. I decided to buy a jar of the Vicks VapoRub and see if it might help me. I am simply amazed at the improvement!! I put it on the top of the toes, rubbing it in well and also around the edge of the nail and work it under the nail as much as possible at the end. I then put on an old white cotton sock and wear it to bed. I have been doing this faithfully every single night and plan to continue on a nightly basis. I do believe I will be able to wear my sandals next summer if the improvement continues at the current rate!!
Thank you to the person who first mentioned this treatment here!
I use Vicks on my big toe nails daily. Within a year, I hove no fungus!
I've just been diagosed with diabetes, and started seeing a podiatrist for toe nail care which has become difficult due to major leg damage from an auto accident.
The doctor didn't seem too concerned with my nail fungus, which I've had for many years, but his assistant gave me an Old Wives cure when I mentioned it to her.
I now rub my toes with a 30% apple cider vinegar, 70% rubbing alcohol mixture every day. I do this in the morning, then cover with socks.
The fungus was gone withing about 6 weeks, and continual application has kept it away. Plus, the vinegar had a more pleasant odor than foot sweat.
I use Tea Tree essential oil to treat toe fungus. I put a drop on affect toe at night. It doesn't cure over night, but it will work over time
My problem is that I have recurrent FINGERNAIL fungus. I get secondary bacterial infections, and many times end up losing a fingernail or having to have one removed. Talk about embarrassing! I have been on Lamasil tablets, and I am hoping that with better blood sugar control, this problem will stop happening. I recently started on Victoza, in addition to my 1000 mg. of Metformin daily.
I also have used Vicks Vapor-Rub now for around a year. I rub it on my big toe nails every morning before I put on my socks. Both nails are clear with no fungus showing at all. Prior to using Vicks I has lost the complete nail on my right toe. Now I have two great nails with no fungus.
I brought toenail fungus home from Okinawa in 1954 and have unhappily given it a home ever since. Tried every cure and usually was able to make it disappear....for two or three days. Then my neighborhood podiatrist suggested PND. Since I no longer need the nails to hang from trees, he removed them, yes all ten, in a relatively painless procedure that only took ten minutes for two. After recovery, all I need do is recover. Bye-Bye nail fungus......................Neil
A friend told me her dad did this. Then my aunt's podiatrist recommended this for her. Then my husband's podiatrist recommended this for him. And it worked for all - in one month they were clear. Put Vapor-Rub on and around the toenail at night and cover it with a sock. Repeat nightly for one month.
Here in Charlottesville VA we have a podiatrist who has supposedly discovered a very good cure for fungus. It's not yet covered by Medicare but he hopes it will be soon. Have you heard anything about Dr. Christopher Stewart's methods?
The Treatment section of our Nail fungus article discusses lasers briefly, along with surgery and other topical applications: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nail-fungus/DS00084/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
I have heard some strange remedies for toenail fungus; anywhere from soaking your feet in vinegar to cutting the nail way back and applying mineral oils.
But the most logical treatment I have read about is the laser treatment for toenail fungus.
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