Toenail Fungus When To See A Doctor

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of toenail fungus?
    I have this awful toenail fungus, and my doctor is really hesistant to prescribe me anything for it. Are there any at-home remedies that I can use to at least calm it down?

    • ANSWER:
      I know you don't want to hear this, but I have fungus on my two smallest toes and the doctor said that he'd rather remove the toenails than treat me with lamisil.

  2. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of toenail fungus without doctor?
    I have a gross toenail fungus that I'm desperate to get rid of. It doesn't hurt, but they are all yellow and nasty looking and summertime is coming! I already went to a doctor a few years ago and was put on Lamisil tablets, they worked for a long time but it recently came back and is spreading and making me miserable. I don't have health insurance right now so the doctor is out of the question for me. Does anyone know of an over the counter thing that actually works? I've heard about vicks vaporub among other things.

    • ANSWER:
      Sally's beauty supply has all sorts of products. Be very careful, buy a nail clipper just for use on that nail so it doesn't spread to your other nail. I started out with a toe and now I have been battleing finger nail fungus with lamisil for almost 2 years. I has been so severe I have lost nails.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of bad toenail fungus?
    I am only thirteen, and I have really bad toenail fungus. I also have already seen the doctor, I have tried everything: Tea Tree Oil, soaking them in salt, putting Listerine on them, Miranel, E-Oil, Oregano oil, Fungi Cure, and even Cure Toenail Fungus. Any home remedies suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You probably need oral terbinafin to get rid of bad fungus. By prescription from the doc. Ask to be checked out for psoriasis first, maybe it is not fungus after all. Terbinafin is reasonably toxic so best to be sure that it is necessary.

  4. QUESTION:
    What health insurance plans cover toenail fungus medication and nail removal surgery?
    Hi,

    I suffer from toenail fungus, and I've tried ALL home remedies available without success. I'm also about to buy health insurance. I thought I would take this opportunity to finally visit the doctor and get rid of this problem. My questions are:

    1. Which health insurance plans offer the best coverage to treat toenail fungus?
    2. Do they cover the medication and the surgery required in some cases to remove the toenail?

    Thank you for all your help!

    • ANSWER:
      most insurance will cover the costs you mention if the doctor thinks it is medically necessary.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there a permanent toenail fungus cure?
    I have attempted to get rid of toenail fungus using various remedies: Penlac, TeaTree Oil, other nail fungal topical treatmnts. I have not tried the oral pills due to the doctor's advice that they can damage liver, they are expensive and not 100% effective. The best remedy I have found is soaking my feet in vinegar daily, which works very well. Can anyone tell me what they have used and has worked? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a Podiatrist, (foot Doctor) and get a medical soak
      for your feet.

  6. QUESTION:
    What home remedy has worked for you to cure severe toenail fungus ?
    Hi ive had toenail fungus for quite some time now.... and I have read of soooo many home remedies to cure it like: Vick's,Vinegar,Listerine,Clorox bleach.... What has really worked for you? I really want to try to cure it before thinking of going to a doctor. Please no over the counter medicine. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      tea tree oil, or grapefruit seed extract. you can get both at health food stores.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to do for toenail fungus? Without taking the pills like lamisil.?
    I am only 16 and have toenail fungus! I can hardly wear flipflops because it looks so bad. PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      You can kill toenail fungus with a strong soapy water (really scrub), with tea tree oil, with clove oil, or by coating your feet with honey which will draw out the moisture from the fungus and cause it to die. If you use honey, you still have to scrub a lot afterwards. If your toenail fungus is underneath the nails, the oils will work the best but you may have to see a doctor. For the oils: once a day, for 20 minutes and use generous amounts. You could actually use garlic oil too but your breath would end up smelling like garlic as your body absorbs the stuff.

  8. QUESTION:
    My husband has toenail fungus is there an easy way to get rid of it besides going to the doctor?
    He is preasently using Vicks Vapor Rub. Also how do you get toenail fungus? And is it contagious?

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks may help, but you probably need an anti-fungal cream and/or powder. You can use lotrimin AF cream or any other similar anti-fungal product. You can order Zeasorb-AF powder through your drug store, if they don't carry it on the shelves. Or you can use yogurt. Eat plain yogurt about 3 times a week, and/or use it like a cream on the area. It will smell, but the acidophilus bacteria in the yogurt neutralizes yeast. It can take up to 6 months to clear. Keep doing what you are doing until the nail is normal.

      This is also the same fungus that results in jock itch, athlete's foot, vaginitis (in women), ringworm and other skin rashes. It is the Candida Albicans fungus (yeast). While toenail fungus is not contagious, person to person, it can spread to other toes, if unchecked.

      The underlying fungus can be transmitted by skin contact to other persons.

      For basic information on yeast, check out the link at the bottom of the Welcome page of www.hufa.org.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to spread toenail fungus to your privates?
    So two days ago i was picking at my toenail fungus and i got an itch in "that" area, at the time i didnt think anything of it.

    Now it has been two days and it is extremely itchy down there and it looks like my skin is rotting. Is this causes from scratching them 2 days ago, or is this something else?

    Will rubbing salt into it dry it out and stop my skin from rotting?

    • ANSWER:
      PRETTY SURE TOENAIL FUNGUS IS ONLY YOUR TOENAILS. MAYBE YOU SHOULD ASK A DOCTOR

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there a drug for getting rid of toenail fungus?
    I have heard that there out somewhere there is a pill or drug for toenail fungus? Is there?

    • ANSWER:
      John, you came to the right place! I once had fungus in my toenail. I went to the doctor and he gave me a prescription for Lamisil The medicine worked. Apparently many people have fungus in their toes.

  11. QUESTION:
    Are there natural cures for toenail fungus?
    My doctor said I have toenail fungus,and he said that products sold on the market could interact with a medication I take and affect my liver.I would like an alternative.Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how chronic a case you have. There are over the counter lacquers for toenail fungus but as per the box instructions, these are only really suitable where a couple of nails are affected. With anything more chronic...they might not work. Also you have to persist and use for several months before you might see any results....as the nails grow out. And you have to be careful not to contaminate any healthy nails with the applicator stick and nail file.

      Really you need a systemic whole body approach. Looks like your doctor has ruled out the anti-fungal tablet treatment....that in itself, even without being on any other medication usually necessitates liver function monitoring.

      You could try olive leaf extract capsules...but as with any treatment you would need to wait several months before you might notice any significant results....waiting for healthy nail to appear and become obvious. More importantly, since you are on medication already, you would need to check with your doctor regarding taking olive leaf extract to be sure you could take it alongside any prescribed medications you take because some herbs have drug interactions. Read this regarding some known drug interactions with olive leaf extract and the 'herxheimer reaction' which is a reaction one might display from the death of microbes [ http://olivus.com/cautions_olive_leaf.htm ** ]. Caprylic acid [from coconut oil] tablets is another supplement worth trying, and could be taken alongside olive leaf extract. But always talk to your doctor or pharmacist first before taking supplements of any kind if on any prescribed medications.

      ** Not promoting this brand...link posted to a short article for reference purposes only...not affiliated in any way with this company or any other connected with it.

      For long-standing chronic toe nail fungus, a more drastic solution might be to have the toenails surgically removed under local anaesthetic. In the UK, you might be able to go on an NHS waiting list for that...but I think your doctor would only agree to that if it was very chronic. Plus if one was diabetic that might not be a viable solution...you would need to talk to your GP or a chiropodist. There is alternatively laser treatment for toenail fungus. That could prove to be a very expensive option and am not sure if that is available at all on the NHS in the UK. Outside of the UK you would have to enquire with your insurance company if you have private health insurance.

      There might be some anecdotal evidence circulating the Internet for non-pharmaceutical topical treatments having some benefit, perhaps if the condition is not too far advanced. These treatments might include tea tree oil, myrrh oil, Vick's vapour rub, or some other known anti-fungal oils/essential oils...garlic oil might be another for instance. You could certainly try one of those or a combination. But you would have to pre-treat your nail as you would if you were applying the lacquer...filing down any thick growth for instance. One major problem might be getting any treatment to stay in place. Also, to be really effective it needs to penetrate down to the nail root. You should be careful if you have diabetes....it might be better to seek professional help.

      As a preventative in future after successful treatment, or to help with prevention of the infection spreading to healthy toenails: always dry your feet well after showering...air dry for a while...and wear open toe sandals as much as possible in dry sunny weather.

      Toenail fungus could be a signal one's immune system is functioning below par. Diabetics and some with other health conditions, immuno-compromised particularly, might be more prone to fungal infections. If you have any underlying health conditions or concerns...discuss a suitable plan of action with your GP or other healthcare provider.

      Good luck...hope you find a solution and resolution.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the bad side effects from taking oral meds for toe fungus that won't go away?
    I've read opinions stating that toenail fungus will never go away with a topical cream. Why do doctors prescribe the cream then still?

    But my main question is what is the big deal about taking the oral medication? I know it will help clear it up faster, but I keep hearing how it has bad side effects? Anything very serious?

    • ANSWER:
      "Risks of oral antifungal medications

      Before you decide to take an oral antifungal medication to treat a fungal infection such as athlete's foot or a fungal nail infection, you and your health professional will want to consider the possible risks. Depending on the medication and your particular risk factors, some antifungal medications may:

      * Affect liver or kidney function.
      * Cause liver damage or failure, particularly when combined with alcohol or certain medications.
      * Weaken the heart's ability to contract, leading to heart failure.1
      * Cause dangerous side effects when combined with many different common medications.

      During oral antifungal treatment, your health professional may require blood tests to check your kidney and liver function.

      Possible mild side effects caused by antifungal medications include stomach upset, headaches, and skin rash."

  13. QUESTION:
    Can i donate blood if i have a toenail fungus?
    my school is having a blood drive in a month and i have a toenail fungus and i am taking medicine for it right now but will be done taking it in 2 days. Will i still be able to participate in the donation of blood.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of white toenail?
    I have a toenail that has probably got a fungus on it - it's turning white. What can I do for it? My doctor says that most medications don't help toenail fungus. Any remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      There is now laser treatment. But Lamisil cream helps, or tablets. Change socks daily or more often, put them on first before your pants or shorts, and keep bedding clean.

  15. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to have permanent toenail removal surgery?
    I have been fighting toenail fungus for over three years now. I have tried everything but nothing seems to work. I am just really tired of looking at it. I want to have the infected toenails removed permanently.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask you doctor about finding specialists to do that. Actually, toe fungus is not really the nail that is infected, its the skin underneath it that has the fungus. Removing the toenail could probably not fix your problem.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is ZetaClear a good solution for toenail fungus?
    I have been with toenail fungus for years now and was looking for a cure. I found a product called ZetaClear and wanted to know if anyone had used it. The price of ZetaClear seemed very good, I had hoped to get an answer from someone who had used it.

    • ANSWER:
      An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and infections may recur. But medications are available to help clear up nail fungus. Nail fungus can be difficult to treat, and repeated infections are common. Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams and ointments such as ZetaClear are available, but they aren't very effective. If you have athlete's foot as well as nail fungus, you should treat the athlete's foot with topical medication and keep your feet clean and dry. To treat nail fungus, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication. Studies have shown the most effective treatments to be terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox).

      Check these links, especially the Mayo Clinic site, for more information.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nail-fungus/DS00084

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2087547_treat-toenail-fungus-naturally.html

      http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-toenail-fungus.html

  17. QUESTION:
    How do you cure toenail fungus?
    My 5 year old has it on all of her toes and the prescription medication has bad side affects that could cause liver damage and stunt her growth I'm told. Is there a natural cure for toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  18. QUESTION:
    if i get a doctor to cut/remove my toenail doe to fungus would it grow back naturally?
    my nieces finger got cut off but the nail grow back,so i was thinking... can i get rid of toenail fungus by removing my nail and starting over.

    • ANSWER:
      Once you get toenail fungus it's very hard to get rid of it. Even if you have the toenail removed and let the nail grow back you still have a good chance of the fungus returning. The fungus is a type of mold that is very hard to cure because it's not only under the nail but within the nail. You may carry this mold on other nails and still not see it affecting those nails yet so as the removed nail grows back it could restart the fungus growth again. This mold can also spread to the other foot and even the nails on your hands but this is rare. There is no one perfect cure for nail fungus as none of them are perfectly effective. Stay away from the pill-form medicines that became popular about ten years ago as they can be very harmful to your liver. This was a main warning from my doctor when I asked about it. He said he would be glad to prescribe the medicine but that he always cautions his patients about this big side effect and that such a risk isn't worth the payoff of making a better looking nail...and that's IF it works. I've had lots of problems with my big toenails getting ingrown so I finally elected to have them permanently removed. By doing this I'll also never have the fungus problem on those nails either-a nice bennie! I just have to continue good foot and nail hygene to that I don't get it on any of my smaller nails which will always be a possibility. So far so good though.

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I cure toenail fungus?
    I have had toenail fungus for about 6 years. I went to the doctor and she told me to cover it with polish. Does anyone know of anything that works?

    • ANSWER:
      you definitely need to get rid of fungus!

      for me worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  20. QUESTION:
    What kind of tea tree oil and what are the steps?
    I notice that there is lots of kinds of tree tea oil. My question is can I buy any kind? If not then what kind can be good for toenail fungus? Also how are u supposed to use the oil on the fungus?

    I have 1 fungus under my nail in the big toe. Will I have to cut my nail just to put the oil on or can I just add the oil under?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  21. QUESTION:
    Will I spread my toenail fungus doing this?
    I need to cut my toenails & there is only one pair in the house, my moms. I'm pretty sure I have toenail fungus, so I was going to use hers & then scrub them with soap & water, and then soak them in 91% alcohol for about 15-20 mins. Will this be sufficient to sanitize them? Thanks guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  22. QUESTION:
    Cut off toenail now growing back a darker color?
    I had a toenail fungus that caused my nail the become flaky and detach from the nail bed. I cut that nail off completely because it hurt/ I wanted to start new. It is growing back now and is attached to the bed and everything is normal besides the color. Is it normal for your nail to grow back a darker color?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you may have the fungus again. You should go to your doctor who can give you anti biotics.

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if i have toenail fungus or if i just have dried out nails??? without seeing a doctor..........
    It doesnt really look like some of the pics i have seen of toenail fungus online.... It just looks whiteish and occasionaly the top layer of my nail will peel..... would a simple pedicure take care of it???

    • ANSWER:
      generally a fungus will cause the nail to hurt, but it still could be.

      see a pediatrist, they should be able to tell you for sure.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to make a fungus-infected toenail look less noticeable?
    My two big toenails are both infected with a fungus. One nail had to come off and a new nail is only half grown underneath. The other one is now yellow-ish and I have to go back next week to see whether that one also has a fungus. The doctor has told me not to wear nail polish on my toenails anymore because he thinks that's what ruined my toenails in the first place- the moisture being trapped underneath the nail. Are there any ways to make it look less noticeable besides band-aids? Because it hurts when I wear closed-toe shoes, so I want to wear flip flops but the band-aids always end up coming off! And also, what could I use as an anti-fungal treatment for the rest of my nails so that it doesn't spread to them?
    I want SERIOUS answers. Not "EW". I'm aware that it's disgusting, I don't need you to tell me that. Also, the doctor said NOT TO PAINT THEM because that is how they got infected in the first place.
    Thank you for all the serious answers.

    By the way, I am on an antifungal topical temporarily called "Gordochom" so I am undergoing treatment, but I may get switched to Lamisil if it doesn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      WITH FUNGAL INFECTIONS, JUST LIKE WITH ANY INFECTION YOU WANT TO KEEP IT AS DRY AND CLEAN AS POSSABLE. THE BIGGEST NO NO IS TO PUT ANYTHING ON IT THAT WILL TRAP THE FUNGUS AND GIVE MEDIA TO GROW ON.

      IF YOU WANT YOU COULD PUT FOOD COLORING IN THE MEDICATION THAT YOU PAINT ON YOUR TOE. OR YOU COULD DO IT STRAIGHT ON. FOOD COLORING HAS NO MEDIA TO IT, IT IS JUST WATER AND COLOR.

      I HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE WITH MY WIFES NAIL.

  25. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of fungus nails in a healthy way?
    I have one toenail with fungus and i was wondering if anyone out there has a natural or homemade solution cuz the medication can be unhealthy for a woman of childbearing age which I am.

    • ANSWER:
      You can put Vaporub on it twice a day, and then cover with a bandage to keep it from rubbing off. Also, trim the nail back as far as possible (not so far as to give you an ingrown toenail, of course) because the nail bed swells and exerts pressure against the toenail, causing you pain. This has worked for enough people that Doctor Gott (a newspaper advice columnist) has recommended it to those who aren't able to use other methods for whatever reason.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of a toenail fungus?
    My toenail is flaky, has a textured, wavy feel to it and seems to be growing away from skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Apply Canesten, an antifungal cream. Then, consult your doctor about dosage on Sporanox, an antifungal pill.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I help my husband get rid of toenail fungus?
    We have tried doctors but the meds are 2 expensive or they want to remove his nail and he doesn't want that,so i am looking for home remedies if anyone has any.

    • ANSWER:
      You can try vicks vapo rub as that is what the podiatrist recommend. One other treatment is to soak his foot in warm water with tea tree oil added and then use the tea tree oil directly on the nail several times a day.

  28. QUESTION:
    How did you get rid of your toenail fungus?
    I am looking for solutions that have worked for folks. I will be visiting my doctor, but I've heard from some people that their over the counter or home remedies worked even better for them. I have one nail that is effected and it's in the "early" stage, but it's clearly a fungal issue.

    Thanks so much!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should see your doctor, like you said you are. In the mean time try soaking your foot in a tub with some mouth wash and warm water! It really works, ask your doctor about it. Mouth wash is anti fungal and cleans bacterial infections. I do this once a month just to keep my feet smooth and gets rid of all the hard skin! Good Luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to catch toenail fungus?
    Hello,
    My boyfriend of five years has really horrible toe fungus. Doctors have told him its the worst they have ever seen. He is too scared to treat it with medicine because in order to recieve the prescription you have to have blood work done every month or so, and he has a great fear of needles. When we first started dating it was on one foot and now it has spread to both.

    I am curious to know if it is possible to spread to another person. Normally one of us will sleep with socks on, but sometimes one of us will forgot and our bare feet touched. Do I have reason for concern?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes my husband has the same problem and after 11 years of being married I am showing signs of my feet drying out, bumps ect.
      Have him soak his feet in crushed up garlic and a little water.
      The garlic is something that your body itself will not try to fight because it is a helper to us, putting your feet in it, since the pores are so big in the feet helps clean out the blood stream as well as fighting the infection you can see.
      I do recommend wearing socks when he does have a break out, but I have learned that it also depends on your bodies constitution, if it is good you won't get it.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to remove toenail fungus?
    I don't wanna say this to gross you guys out but I am a teenager and I have a massive problem with toenail fungus. It has spread to both feet and all of my toenails, I have no idea why I didn't act sooner. I have seen a Doctor about this and he looked at it and said your too young to have the medicine to make it disappear and that it risks liver faliure?

    I really don't want these troll feet anymore and I don't go to the beach or pool much cause I'm worried people will see and make fun of it, and turn girls off.. I thought of getting my toes amputated.. Just kidding, but seriously how do I remove it? I don't want it forever!

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I have My Toenails Romoved due to fungus?
    Hi, I am only 26 and have severe toenail fungus. This is extremely embarrassing. Both my big toenails have turned solid yellow, are extremely thick, and curl towards the side like a claw (I know, nice). The smaller toenails are beginning to turn dark brown. Is there any hope for me, I know there is Lamisil, but my toes are absolutely horrible. Being a young woman and having this really sucks.

    • ANSWER:
      ah, my mom has the same or had the same problem she plays tennis and the sweat from her feet made her feet and toenails like always moist and they got all fungus-y and then like it got worse etc. she had her toenails removed to try and get rid of it but it actually didnt work and the worse part is the fungus kept her nails from re-growing. The fungus is actually imbeded in the nail bed but anyways her doctor recommended this one cream called...Tineacide? something liek that and you can get it in any drugstore anyways you put it like twice a day and within a month my mom started growing new toenails and now her feet look all nice. Now depending on your severity it might take more than a month but its all worth it right? anyways good luck and i hope it works out for you!

  32. QUESTION:
    Without going to the doctor how do i get rid of toenail fungus?
    MY TOENAILS ON MY LEFT FOOT ARE FINE BUT THE ONES ON MY RIGHT FOOT ARE REALLY GROSS. THEY ARE YELLOWISH AND FLAKY AND ONE OF THEM IS REALLY BIG.. LIKE IT STICKS UP FARTHER THAN THE OTHER ONES.. ITS LIKE THEY ARE DECINIGRATING I CAN CUT THEM BACK REALLY FAR AND THE SKIN UNDERNEETH THEM IS DRY AND FLAKY TOO.. MY FOOT IS THE SAME WAY IT IS REALLY DRY AND I HAVE TO USE A PUMIC STONE EVERY DAY.. ITS REALLY WEIRD CAUSE ITS ONLY LIKE THAT ON MY RIGHT FOOT... MY LEFT FOOT IS PERFECTLY NORMAL.. WHATS GOING ON?

    • ANSWER:
      Try Vicks vaporub on your toenails. You have to put it on your toenails several times a day for a very long time, but the medication you get from your doctor for this problem also takes a long time to work (you'll be on this medication for several months). The prescription medication can also affect your liver, so it need to be monitored by your doctor when you're on it. So, I would start with the Vicks first, since it is harmless to try that. Then if it doesn't work, get a prescription for the toenail fungus.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of toenail fungus?
    I am just recently starting to realize how beautiful my body really is, i wish to take better care of it before it is too late. my toes are smelly, and i think they may have fungus, does anyone know of home remedies? even store bought ones. I would like it to work fast as summer is here!

    • ANSWER:
      I think people use apple cider vinegar to get rid of the fungi. You have athlete's feet. See a doctor asap. It can be contagious I believe.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you treat toenail fungus the same even when the toenail has already fallen off?
    The skin under my toe is exposed now. Its blistered with fungus. Can I soak it and everything when its exposed like that

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, the lack of a nail will probably help since the nail usually gets in the way of the topical treatments.

      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavendar oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      Oh, and I put the link to an article that has a some pretty interestin info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out.

  35. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a half-grown toenail to finish growing?
    I had a fungus on my toenail, so the doctor clipped it off and gave me an anti-fungal laquer. A healthy nail is already halfway grown, I'm wondering how long it will take to completely grow and be normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Toe nails grow slower than the nails on your hands. It will probably be about 3months until it looks normal.

  36. QUESTION:
    Without going to the doctor how do i get rid of toenail fungus?
    MY TOENAILS ON MY LEFT FOOT ARE FINE BUT THE ONES ON MY RIGHT FOOT ARE REALLY GROSS. THEY ARE YELLOWISH AND FLAKY AND ONE OF THEM IS REALLY BIG.. LIKE IT STICKS UP FARTHER THAN THE OTHER ONES.. ITS LIKE THEY ARE DECINIGRATING I CAN CUT THEM BACK REALLY FAR AND THE SKIN UNDERNEETH THEM IS DRY AND FLAKY TOO.. MY FOOT IS THE SAME WAY IT IS REALLY DRY AND I HAVE TO USE A PUMIC STONE EVERY DAY.. ITS REALLY WEIRD CAUSE ITS ONLY LIKE THAT ON MY RIGHT FOOT... MY LEFT FOOT IS PERFECTLY NORMAL.. WHATS GOING ON?

    • ANSWER:
      Vick's VapoRub salve actually works on stuff like this.

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know an easy unespensive way to get rid of toenail fungus rather than going to a doctor?
    ive had toe nail fungus since i was born. on all 10 toes ive had it, but now on only 3 toes i do. i want to get rid of it so bad, but i dont know any other way then going to a doctor spending 130 per bottle on Lamisil. if anyone has been in a situation like this and actually knows what to do, then please let me know. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      try using vicks vapor rub 2 times a day rub it onto your toenails then put socks on you should notice a difference in a month or so

  38. QUESTION:
    How to get of the beginning toenail fungus?
    I had surgery for 2 ingrown toenails and since my father has fungus I also caught it because I was at risk. I have small areas of fungus on my toe where the surgery was taken place. How can I get rid of the fungus? My doctor said to rub vapor rub in it, and I did yet I still caught the fungus (he told me before I got the fungus).

    • ANSWER:
      Like anything, it may depend on your individual circumstances, but there are basically 3 options for the treatment of fungal toenails:

      1.Using topical anti-fungals. This is the least invasive, but also the least effective method. The reason being that it is very difficult to physically deliver the medication to where the fungus is often hiding underneath the nail plate, or even in the nail root/matrix underneath the skin at the very base of the nail plate. Topical meds do not penetrate the nail plate or skin to any significant degree, despite their claims otherwise.

      2.Oral Medications, such as the Lamisil tablet. Commonly used the past 10-15 years, it does work quite well in eradicating toenail fungus. It works about 2 out of 3 times, and needs to be taken for 3 months, 1 pill per day. It is quite expensive, but covered by most insurances. Your insurance may require it to be pre-authorized by them because of its cost. It s main drawback is that it may put extra stress on the liver, and may in a very small percentage of patients, cause liver damage. However, the liver may be monitored by doing blood tests regularly to measure the liver enzymes ALT and AST. If the enzyme levels rise above normal, the medication may be stopped immediately, and the liver should recover quickly and the enzyme levels should normalize.

      3.Laser treatment that is now FDA approved for toenail fungus. It has about an 80-85% effectiveness rate (slightly better that oral Lamisil), without any long-term or short-term adverse effects. There is no risk of damage to the liver, or other internal organs. The patient might feel some warmth in the nail during the laser procedure, but that s about it. It is currently the gold-standard in treating toenail fungus the most effective form of treatment. The only drawback from a patient perspective is that it is considered cosmetic, and not covered by insurance. In its infancy, only one laser was FDA approved, and the procedure was available from only a select few podiatric physicians, and the cost sometime exceeded ,000 per treatment. However, the advent of new competing lasers, and more podiatrists offering the procedure in their offices has brought down the price due to competition. Consult with a podiatrist in your area that offers the procedure to determine how many treatments may be needed and the overall cost, depending on the severity of your nail fungus infection.

      Good luck!

      Alexandria Family Podiatry
      www.alexandriafamilypodiatry.com

  39. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any effective cure for toenail fungus ?
    Toenail became thick, yellow and brittle.

    Has anybody tried something that helped you to get rid of it or do you know someone that had it and what helped them to cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Yup me!

      I play rugby and got my toe stamped on....bloody hurt too! It got cracked and I got a fungus in it which I couldn't get rid of, tried all the tips recommend on here, using salt/water (hurt like mad), vic vapour rub (helped but I stunk; as soon as I stopped it went away) and eventually went to the doctor. She recommended a drug, Lamisil, but they needed to take blood every week as it could damage my kidneys and after researching the internet I was put off.

      I then discovered an oil which I've been using for a while now and the difference is great. Seems to be doing the trick, I got a free sample and it worked, they have offers all the time, maybe give it a whirl and see. I've put the web address in the source box below. Took me a few visits and good look around the site, but a free trial and money back persuaded me.

      Try the others first if you like, I recommend skipping the time you'll waste ;-)

  40. QUESTION:
    Can toenail fungus become resistant to meds?
    Thanks to some miscommunication with my doctor, it took me a few weeks to refill my Terbinafine/Lamisil prescription, and while the first month on medication produced new, healthy growth of the nail, the nail has not continued to grow in the second, delayed month on medication. Can the fungus have become resistant?

    • ANSWER:
      Unlikely, but toe nails are very slowgrowing. a year from bottom to top.
      You have to stick with it, in fact, once the toe nail shows healthy growth it is a cure. If you don't take any more med, it will still grow out healthily.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of Toe Nail Fungus?
    I'm scared to take those pills that cure the fungus 'cause I heard It's really bad for the liver. Hey, I could live with toe nail fungus but I can't live without my liver. So, does anyone know of any home remedies to get rid of toe nail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Home remedies can't cure toenail fungus. Your doctor can run tests to see if your liver is healthy. Treatment is at least 90 days and he can run a test after 30 and 60 days to catch anything before it gets bad. Liver damage is actually rare, especially if your liver is healthy. Explain your concerns to your doctor.

      There are treatments that make your fungus cosmetically more acceptable if you decide against medicines.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have a home remedy to kill toenail fungus?
    I don't have the money to see a doctor. My one big toenail fell off. I've noticed the nail of the big toe on the other foot is also discoloured. Will my nails grow back normally?

    • ANSWER:
      I had one too for about 5 years and it was so embarrassing to me. I tried every home remedy on the internet because I was so desperate. Doctors prescribed Lamisil numerous times. It would work, but never completely and the fungus would grow back. Plus, Lamisil is very risky and could damage your liver. I hated being on it!!

      Know what worked for me? A probiotic! On and off I was also having IBS-type symptoms so I started taking Sustenex which I bought at Wal-Mart for about . It helped the IBS symtoms immediately and within a month I also noticed the fungus going away!!! It is now a year later and the fungus has been gone and for the first time it's not growing back. Aparently, many of us have an overgrowth of bacteria in our systems that can cause many problems, toenail fungus being one of them. Taking a probiotic adds good bacteria to your system and this quells many issues.

      Please feel free to email me. I tell everyone about probiotics now because they saved me from two very seriously embarrassing conditions!!!

  43. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of an ingrown toenail?
    I have a ingrown toenail and really want to get rid of it. My parents are being stupid again. They tell me to just leave it alone and it will go away. Will waiting help at all. Its red and has about 2-3 drops of smelly white pus in it per day. It also burns when i slighty touch it such as putting socks on. Should i go to the docs, leave it alone, or atempt removal.

    • ANSWER:
      It will only get worsen it you left it alone. It could even turn into a toenail fungus. The first thing you need to do, is to take care of the wound. After the wound is cleaned or cured a bit. You should removed the nail that is growing into your flesh. If you could not take it, you should go to a doctor and have it removed.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of fungi nail for good?
    Hi i've got fungi nail on my 4 of toes and on 1 of my fingers, i've tried taking fungi tablets ,creams, tea tree oil, even fungi nail polish but none have worked, is there anything out there on the market that will get rid of this permanently, thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  45. QUESTION:
    How can i get the fungus out of my toe nails?
    My big toes has fungus slightly discolored and the nail bed does not grow back right. What can I do to fix this?

    • ANSWER:
      Fungus on the outside of the toenail almost always means fungus living inside your bloodstream and in the tissue under the nails.

      You can treat it topically (creams, sprays, alcohol) and keep killing what gets to the outside of your body, but it will never go away because it lives protected in the tissues under the nail and in your bloodstream. So the part you can see will always return.

      However, they have a couple simple pills you can take to kill it everywhere. Easy to take, not too expensive either.

      And as you can see, with the nail bed no longer supporting nail growth, NOT treating it properly can lead to much more involved things. And if you care about others, you're spreading it every time you shower somewhere. Or take your shoes off.

      See a doctor. Only they can prescribe the medicine you need. But then it's all gone.

      Added:

      As you can see in the other answer, there are quite a few ways to get the fungus off your nail, that is, off the exposed portion that other people see and go "Ewww!" at.

      And, in the extremely lucky case of someone who just picked up the fungus (from someone who only treated the exterior of his/her nails) but the fungus simply hasn't had time to burrow in (so, maybe two days), one of them might be all that's needed.

      But that isn't your situation. Your nail bed is already damaged. It's IN you and needs an internal cleansing, via drugs, not something that only kills off the externally showing muck.

      Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of toenail infections - alternative medicine?
    Had it for 3 years - I used an anti-fungal toenail lacquer for 9 months, but it's still there. I am pregnant and not meant to use lacquer any more so is there an alternative treatment. The whole nail is yellow and now peeling away.

    • ANSWER:
      You must not use any anti-fungal preparations while pregnant, so please don't do that. Best advice is to leave it for now, and then when you're done with your pregnancy, resume some other treatment. The problem with the nail lacquer is that it does not always work, and can take a long time to work. It also does not work that well if the actual infection is near the skin or the skin surrounding the nail.
      There are conventional oral anti-fungal drugs which have an efficacy rate of about 60% in most cases but these commonly cause side effects and certainly cannot be used in pregnancy. Apart from tea tree oil which has shaky evidence at best to support it, there are no AltMed preparations that have been demonstrated to cure fungal toe nail infections.

      Leave it for now if I were you, and see your GP when after your pregnancy.
      ============================================

      EDIT
      @ Pharmacy student: Careful where you go with that. There is insufficient evidence to recommend Tea Tree oil for Onychomycosis. Evidence is at best shaky, it isn't proven effective.
      =============================================
      EDIT 2
      @ The thin skinned pharmacy student who dosen't like being challenged by a Nurse: I'm not suggesting I am more qualified in pharmacology than you- I'm not. I'm simply pointing out that although there is some evidence, there is no strong evidence to make recommendations on. Thats all. Of course if I am wrong, you could prove me wrong by presenting evidence to support your claim.
      =============================================
      EDIT:
      @ Pharmacy student: Of the two papers you mentioned that showed effect one used a mix of butenafine and the other one had some other combination. Both studies are old 1994 and 1999 and most references are on antibacterial properties supported by many laboratory studies (probably due to the compound terpinen4), and other fungi. There are only a small number of high quailty trials that have been conducted looking at this. As I said, not enough evidence to recommend use in this instance. I'm not saying it does not work, probably wouldn't hurt to try (although it can cause skin irritation) but I'd be careful about making recommendations at this stage due to the lack of data,

      Most valid medical sites support what I have said...that there isn't enough data.

      EDIT3: My knowledge on pharmacology has nothing to do with the presentation of data! You can't provide robust evidence to support your claim.

      "Ok, so how many articles would you like me to show you?"

      Any that supports your claim would be a start. Tell you what, how about we have this conversation when you've learned how to interperet data and grown up.

      EDIT4
      "I do not have the time to write you a memo. By the way, as a nurse are you even legally allowed to make medical recommendations?"

      Rather than embarrassing yourself in public, it would have been better if you'd admitted your error. I've done a pubmed and cochrane search as well as a few others. There is evidence but not strong evidence.

      Some Nurse ARE legally allowed to make medical recommendations and any recommendations I make are well within my scope of qualifications and knowledge. However, what that has to do with this question is beyond me. You are a pharmacy STUDENT you aren't a Doctor, even when you qualify you shouldn't be actually making medical recommendations. Stick to drugs, learn how to interperet data and grow up.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can I spread toenail fungus like this?
    I need to cut my toenails & there is only one pair in the house, my moms. I'm pretty sure I have toenail fungus, so I was going to use hers & then scrub them with soap & water, and then soak them in 91% alcohol for about 15-20 mins. Will this be sufficient to sanitize them? Thanks guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the fastest home remedy that helps get rid of yellow toenails ?
    I have yellow toenails from painting them with nail polish, I need to get rid of them as soon as possible please HELP!!!
    P.S. Can you tell me around how long it will take using your remedy? Please, Thanks!!!
    it is not nail fungus tho i no 4 a fact.

    • ANSWER:
      go to the doctor... yellow toenails is a sign of nail fungus. you might need medication... i think there might also be something you paint on to get rid of it but it takes longer.

  49. QUESTION:
    The big toenail on my right foot is completely discolored and growing a very thick nail. What do I do?
    I saw my doctor about it and he said it would go away. It hasn't for a year now. I occasionally shave it down with a fingernail file and the smell is God awful. I'm not sure, but don't think it is a help risk, but only a cosmetic issue. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      you have nail fungus.... keep the nail dry and let it get lots of sunshine. do not use polish cause doing so prevents the nail from drying underneath. you may also you OTC nail fungus treatments. as for the thick nail... once the fungus dies you will need to just let the nail infected nail grow out and wait for the new healthy nail .

  50. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of fungus under toenails?
    We've tried several different things bought over the counter to get rid of fungus under the toenails and we just can't seem to find one that works. If anyone out there knows of a home remedy please let us know on the secret of getting rid of this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      The topical creme, Lamasil should work, but it takes a very long time, they say at least 6 months. I took the one prescribed by a doctor, sorry I can't remember the name of it, but it was a pill, and it took 3 months, but it worked. I found the Lamasil never worked, because you could never keep it on your toes enough. Ask your doctor about the pills tho, they were very expensive, but like I said, they worked, and it hasn't come back in over 4 years. In the meantime, try "sanding" down your toenails with a nail file. I think one reason you get the fungus, is because your toenails are too thick, so by thinning them out, this will alleviate some pain.....good luck

toenail fungus when to see a doctor

Toenail Fungus Nail Removal Surgery

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

For further information, please visit: Toenail Fungus Treatment Website

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What health insurance plans cover toenail fungus medication and nail removal surgery?
    Hi,

    I suffer from toenail fungus, and I've tried ALL home remedies available without success. I'm also about to buy health insurance. I thought I would take this opportunity to finally visit the doctor and get rid of this problem. My questions are:

    1. Which health insurance plans offer the best coverage to treat toenail fungus?
    2. Do they cover the medication and the surgery required in some cases to remove the toenail?

    Thank you for all your help!

    • ANSWER:
      most insurance will cover the costs you mention if the doctor thinks it is medically necessary.

  2. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to have permanent toenail removal surgery?
    I have been fighting toenail fungus for over three years now. I have tried everything but nothing seems to work. I am just really tired of looking at it. I want to have the infected toenails removed permanently.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask you doctor about finding specialists to do that. Actually, toe fungus is not really the nail that is infected, its the skin underneath it that has the fungus. Removing the toenail could probably not fix your problem.

  3. QUESTION:
    is there any way that i can get my toenail replaced after toenail removal surgery?
    I had my big toenails removed because of fungus. They won't grow back

    • ANSWER:
      No there is not, naturally anyway, beacuse they have probably removed the entire root which causes the nail to grow.. Try the press on type toenails available in the cosmetics section of most retail stores. They are very natural looking, but you will need to use them on all toes to look right. And use an antifungal gel before applying them.

  4. QUESTION:
    I have a really bad infected toenail i want to get it removed by surgery!?
    I mean its really nasty and infected it has bad fungi
    what kind of doctor can i call?
    and is there surgery for this type of toenail removal?

    • ANSWER:
      Any medical doctor can remove this. Some local anesthetic and the removal is fairly quick. A podiatrist would be the most specialized doctor for the 'feet', but again, save some money and have a PCP/GP remove the nail.

      The shots will be the most painful part of the procedure.

      I would call and ensure the doctor has no issue with such a general procedure (most won't, most actually will enjoy the break in the monotony of the common cold/flu).

      The 'surgery' is just pulling the nail from the bed. Cleaning the infection, and your own nail is generally used as a 'splint' and aid for the new nail to grow back in the proper shape.

      You can have this treated without nail removal in some cases.

  5. QUESTION:
    Nail Fungas and toenail removal?
    I have a nail fungas, and it is really bad. I am considering removal of the infected toenails. I was wondering if it will take care of the fungus, and will the nail grow back normaly after doing so.

    • ANSWER:
      My friend has that issue. She has to get her toenail removed every 5 months. It grows back, but she doesn't care for the fungus properly while the nail is growing back, so that may be the issue. Go to a foot doctor and get a consult. Most insurances require you to go to a normal doctor and have them refer you to a specialist, so do that first. (or check with your insurance)

      The nail should grow back fine, but there's no way of anyone knowing with just the info given. Have you tried that antifungal stuff they sell at drug stores. If not, give it a shot. If one doesn't work, try a different kind (with different active ingredients) Your insurance may not cover toenail removal unless a doctor says it's bad, so try OTC stuff before spending the $ on the surgery.

      Make sure you clean your shower often, and dont walk around barefoot. When showering somewhere besides your house, wear shower shoes. You don't want to spread your fungus to others, or make yours worse. Spray your shoes with antifungal spray weekly. My sis has a bad issue with foot fungus because she does sports. When she sprays her shoes, and cleans her feet properly, it's better.

  6. QUESTION:
    nail removal?
    I have nail fungus in 9 of my toenails (yea it sucks)

    and was wondering how painful it'd be to get 9 toenails removed at the same time? how long would it take for them to grow back?
    if you get it removed perm wouldn't that hurt? with that skin being exposed? isn't it sensitive?

    • ANSWER:
      I have ripped my toenail off before and you don't want to have the nails permanently removed. The skin underneath is sensitive and very moist. When my nail grew back it always became ingrown, and eventually I had to have surgery to prevent the nail from being able to become ingrown. They have a pill that you can take to treat nail fungus. If you haven't already try talking to your doctor. Good Luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    Have any S Citizen had ingrown toenail surgery, problems with bunions, nail fungus or hammer toes?
    My 87 yr old aunt is going to have surgery on her ingrown big toe. It was infected and after antibiotics it is now time for surgery at the local surgery center next week. I pray she has no problems afterwards. I hope this is in the correct category, I debated on the Health category, Other Health, or Conditions, Pain Category, then Beauty category, you know because we all want our feet to look nice, then I thought about Relationships, because these conditions could be a big turnoff to a spouse or significant other, then there is Maintenence category, then there is Home improvement, because Yahoo suggests to post this there, I suppose due to mentioning 'hammer' toes and toe 'nails.' Then you have to consider, Mythology and Folklore because apparently a bunion too closely resembles, 'Paul Bunyon." I decided to ask Senior Citizens since it is very possible some of you have experienced these. If I have posted in the incorrect category, I sure hope that is ok, that I pose this here. Please forgive me, if indeed I have not followed community rules. I'll be standing by, awaiting the fine S.C of this category to answer my question pertaining to feet problems, and your answers are much appreciated. Just to be sure I'm ok here, I have read that many senior citizens have experienced one or more of the above conditions. Thank you for your patience with me.
    Resi, or is it madness to my method! ;)
    Resi, there is a method to my madness. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Wow such a wordy Q! I do believe every one in my immediate family has had each of the following: Eldest Brother Had the Dreaded Hammer Toe,Other than being Very ugly, not a problem. Mom Had Double ingrown nail removals, very un appealing...she regrets doing it, but if your Aunt needs it....well? Fungus among us? Use Tea tree oil Topically, works every time. Bunions, well Out of luck there...But I do know a Paul, He Lives at the Fritter Ranch, I bet he knows bunions, not much he don't know bout! he likes your Q's too, Luck to your aunt!

toenail fungus nail removal surgery

Toenail Fungus Diflucan

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

For further information, please visit: Toenail Fungus Treatment Website

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been prescribed Penlac for nail fungus?
    I went to the doctor because I have this bad fungus on my toe nail, I expected to get pills for this like lamisil or diflucan I have known people to use these pills but my doctor prescribed me something called Penlac it's like a nail polish that I brush on every day. Does anyone know how long this will take to take effect? And or does anyone know any home remedies for this

    • ANSWER:
      The most famous home-remedy for toenail fungus is Vicks Vapo-Rub. Wah & dry feet well, smear rub on & under nails (which should be trimmed as short as possible). Do this at least twice a day. While it is not effective for everyone who tries it, it has a preety good record, it is cheap & it is safe.. It may take up to a year to totally grow out a healthy nail, & at that time, it is suggested that you treat the nails a couple times a week as a preventive..

  2. QUESTION:
    I have this wound at the tip of my big toe for months now.What will i do?
    My wound is not healing in any way. I already used antibiotics. Sometimes it's dry and crusty then the skin breaks and moist again.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have athlete's foot. Multiple home remedies are available including vinegar soaks, dilute Clorox soaks, and shampoos like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. Other reported but unverified remedies have included Vicks Vapor Rub and Epsom salts.

      Dilute vinegar soaks or sprays (roughly 1 part white household vinegar to 4 parts water)

      Dilute Clorox baths or soaks (approximately cup household Clorox bleach in one bathtub of water).

      There are also over the counter ointments you can get at the drug store.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Shoe materials, such as vinyl, that don't breathe cause your feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using 1 part vinegar and roughly 4 parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks

      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating athlete's foot.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid re-infection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

      If you notice any redness, increased swelling, bleeding, or if your infection is not clearing up, see your health-care practitioner. If a bacterial infection is also occurring, an antibiotic pill may be necessary. If you have fungal nail involvement, are diabetic, or have a compromised immune system, you should also see your physician for treatment.

      Check this site for good information about what you need to do.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/page4.htm#remedy

  3. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad athletes foot?
    I've had athletes foot for about 4/5 years now and I was wondering if there was a sure fire way to get rid of it? I change my socks daily, I was my feet properly, I just can't seem to get rid of it...the skins peels off easily and painlessly but in large quantities...Anyone know how to get rid of it easily? Also, Is there any Cream or anything that is likely to work. Any answers are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment of athlete's foot can be divided into two parts. The first, and most important part, is to make the infected area less suitable for the athlete's foot fungus to grow. This means keeping the area clean and dry.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Occlusive shoe materials, such as vinyl, cause the feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using one part vinegar and roughly four parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks
      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating fungal foot infections.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid reinfection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of toe nail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      For some people it can be difficult finding a natural cure to fight the embarrassment, disfigurement and the physical pain of toenail fungus. There are some (unnatural) internal medications available as prescriptions such as

      * itraconazole (Sporonox),
      * fluconazole (Diflucan),
      * griseofulvin (Fulvicin), and
      * terfinabine (Lamisil)

      These medications have been shown to sometimes have side effects such as upset stomach, headaches, and liver damage. Mixing these oral medications with some other drugs can be extremely dangerous. They are very expensive as well, some of them can cost over 0 for just the treatment medications. There is a powerful reason why they are available by prescription only.

      There are alternative, natural products.

      It is important to realize that any toenail fungal cure is dependent on continual daily use until the infected tissue is eradicated, and then still more time until complete new toenails are grown. When it appears that the fungus has been beaten, you must continue using your chosen type of cure until new nails are in place.
      These healthy and wise living tips/methods mentioned above will help eradicate the most persistent fungi on your toenails or fingernails.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are good OTC treatments for Onychomycosis (toe fungus)?
    I'm looking for stuff I can get over the counter to treat a fungal infection underneath the toenail, but so far all I've found online is stuff for general foot fungus, prescriptions, and stuff you can only order online/by phone. I'll take anything topical or oral, but don't know what to look for. Especially looking for anythign carried by Walgreens, but will also try homeopathic remedies!

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know, the only way to treat nail bed fungal infection (onychomycosis) is with a systemic antigungal preparation such as Diflucan. No topical product will affect it and no homeopathic product will either. It must be treated from the inside out with this prescription oral med.

  6. QUESTION:
    how i get rid of my toe nail fungus?
    i used to go get pedicure at one of those japanese places and my toe nail got infected what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Nail fungus

      Introduction

      An infection of nail fungus (onychomycosis) occurs when fungi infect one or more of your nails. Onychomycosis (on-i-ko-mi-KO-sis) usually begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges an unsightly and potentially painful problem.

      Infections of nail fungus account for about half of all nail disorders. These infections usually develop on nails continually exposed to warm, moist environments, such as sweaty shoes or shower floors. Nail fungus isn't the same as athlete's foot, which primarily affects the skin of the feet, but at times the two may coexist and can be caused by the same type of fungus.

      An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and infections may recur. But medications are available to help clear up nail fungus permanently.

      Treatment

      Nail fungus can be difficult to treat, and repeated infections are common. Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams and ointments are available, but they aren't very effective. Fortunately, other nonsurgical treatments have been introduced during the last 10 years.

      Oral medications

      To treat nail fungus, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication, such as:

      Itraconazole (Sporanox)
      Fluconazole (Diflucan)
      Terbinafine (Lamisil)

      These medications help a new nail grow free of infection, slowly replacing the infected portion of your nail. You typically take these medications for six to 12 weeks but won't see the end result of treatment until the nail grows back completely. It may take four to 12 months to eliminate an infection. Recurrent infections are possible, especially if you continue to expose your nails to warm, moist conditions. Antifungal drugs may also cause side effects ranging from skin rashes to liver damage. Doctors may not recommend them for people with liver disease or congestive heart failure or for those taking certain medications.

      Other treatment options
      Your doctor may also suggest these treatments:

      Antifungal lacquer. If you have a mild to moderate infection of nail fungus, your doctor may prefer to prescribe an antifungal nail polish. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical antifungal lacquer called ciclopirox (Penlac), which you paint onto your infected nails and surrounding skin once a day. After seven days, you wipe the piled-on layers clean with alcohol and begin fresh applications. Daily use of Penlac for up to one year or longer has been shown to help clear nail fungal infections, but researchers found that it cured the infections in less than 10 percent of people using it.

      Topical medications. Your doctor may also opt for other topical antifungal medications, such as econazole nitrate (Spectazole). In some cases, you may be advised to use these creams with an over-the-counter lotion containing urea to help speed up absorption. Topical medications usually don't provide a cure but may be used in conjunction with oral medications.
      If your nail infection is severe or extremely painful, your doctor may suggest removing your nail. A new nail will usually grow in its place.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have a question about Toenail Fungus?
    I have toenail fungus and my toenail is right about to fall off..
    I am scared... Does it hurt??

    • ANSWER:
      Get an Rx for DIFLUCAN it is a weekly antibiotic to treat fungus and other similar things. It will grow back in a wavy deformed way, but you need to get it treated first or it will be a vicious cycle.

  8. QUESTION:
    best and fastest way to get rid of under toe nail fungus?
    big toe nail dark colored, hard. and hard to clip

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      unfortunately there is not a "best solution."
      there are two ways to to try to treat the fungus.
      1. Using chemically produced, comercial products - such as Lamisil (Terbinafine), Diflucan (Flucanazole) and Sporanox (Itraconazole) to name but 3 - these are usually taken oraly and in tablet form. There are possible side effects though with nearly all of the comercial prodcucts - although the side affects are mild and short term you should be aware that they exist before under taking treatment. This course of action can usually become very expensive resulting in hundreds of pounds.
      2. Natural Home Remedy - such as a vinegar soak or spray, Tea Tree Oil or Oregano oil.
      These have less harmful side effects (if any) and are reletively inexpensive.

      So, dont think fastest - think best.

      Fungi thrives in damp warm environments - so try to create a hostile home not a inviting one.

      A personal recommendation would be anything acidic - (ie vinegar)

      Allocate a ten minute slot in the morning and a ten minute slot at night and soak your feet - do this for 6 months even after you think the fungus has gone.

      ....And clip that toenail - and rough it up a bit with an emery board as the (vinegar/Tea tree oil) will not only need to get beneath the nail but into the nail material.

  9. QUESTION:
    how do you get athletes foot and get rid of it and pisond ivy?
    how do you get this stuff and get athletes foot and get rid of pisond ivy
    and can you get athletes foot a filpfloop i had to go for a walk it was to betaful to not to plus i had to look for some rocks for a school preject
    opps my bad off a flip foolp

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment of athlete's foot can be divided into two parts. The first, and most important part, is to make the infected area less suitable for the athlete's foot fungus to grow. This means keeping the area clean and dry.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Occlusive shoe materials, such as vinyl, cause the feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using one part vinegar and roughly four parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks
      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating fungal foot infections.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid reinfection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

  10. QUESTION:
    Toenail fungus question! HELP!?
    I started taking Diflucan once a week for my toenail fungus about a month ago and I also started using the Nonyx Nail Gel. My nails seemed to be all cleared up already, but they are still thick! Will the thickness grow out eventually or should I start filing them down and continue with the Nonyx Nail Gel treatment?? I was hoping the thickness would grow out, but I don't know how long that will take!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lilac,
      The thing to remember is - even though you may feel as though you are rid of the fungus it may still come back. You say you have been applying a treatment for a month or so, this is an incredibly short amount of time to base any results on - the disfugurement of the nail has not fully grown out yet I would imagine, you have just controlled the fungus material beneath the nail.
      Have you considered using a home remedy, for instance a vinegar solution foot bath. Some (not all) pharmeceutically produced treatments can have a detrimental effect on your liver if taken long term. You have used Diflucan for a month and controlled the infection, now use something natural longer term to iad prevention in the future

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the fastest way to cure toe fungus?
    hi

    • ANSWER:
      Try topical creams or drops. Apply a cream or drops right on the infected site. There are some over the counter remedies you can try such as "Futspa" or "The Toenail and Nail Fungus Treatment" (which is an ointment.) These can be purchased online by simply searching them in your favorite search engine.

      Take oral medication. Talk to your doctor, have him examine your toe nail and discuss whether oral medication is the appropriate cure for you. Sporonox, Diflucan, Fulvicin and Lamisil are all drugs currently available on the market

  12. QUESTION:
    Can a Candida Cleanse cure my hypoglycemia and nail fungus?
    Has anyone out there had hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and/or bad toenail fungus and after doing a Candida cleanse was cured of either? I will be starting on a cleanse this week and am curious whether that could cure it (of course, also eating properly after the cleanse is over)
    Thanks!!
    Hi Can,
    I can't figure out how to respond to posts correctly on this site, so I will do so under details. Actually, one of my friends has taken some nutrition and health courses and by talking with her as well as taking some test (ie. multiple choice type of quizes) and just knowing all my symptoms makes me believe I have candida. I've been hypoglycemic for as long as I can remember and have constant carb/sugar cravings. The nail fungus has also been there as long as I can remember. I plan to start on a strict candida cleanse in a few days and hoping it will help make the hypoglycemia symptoms less severe. As well as the diet, I'm going to apply topical oregeno treatment on my toes and do a foot soak daily with Calendula Flowers. I HOPE this works!! I'd love to be able to wear open-toe sandals for once in my life!! What is diflucan? A prescription medication? I hope it works for you!

    • ANSWER:
      This is something I'm working on. I have hypoglycemia, toenail fungus on one foot & digestive disturbances.

      I've had roughly 100 diflucan (50mg) capsules in the last few months. (One each day)

      Right now, I'm just taking a strong acidophilus, and waiting to see what happens......

      How did u know you have Candida? Almost every test I did for Candida came back negative. The only way I found out was through a test known as Electrodermal Screening..... (Use of accupunture points, and a computer)

  13. QUESTION:
    What is this on my toenail and how do I get rid of it?
    Hey everyone. I think I have a toenail fungus infection or something. A few months ago I noticed some white-ish spots appear on my toenail near the tip. I thought if I cut them off, they would go away. But now I realized that my whole toenail is covered with these wierd white spots. My toenail doesn't hurt or anything, but I'm scared that if I don't do something about it, my toenail might become really thick and gross.

    My toenail looks something like this, except my white spots aren't so bright and white like these:

    http://www.toenailfungus-treatments.com/images/white-toenail-fungus-picture-3.jpg

    They definitely aren't colored too.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew what this was and what I could do to get rid of this? I have never had something like this before and nobody in my family has a toenail fungus infection either. What could I have gotten this from?

    Thanks.
    These are not like the normal white marks you would see on fingernails. They are much bigger and spreading onto my toenails. They also seem somewhat powdery in appearance.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      It does sound like a fungus infection in the toenail. I gather that this is the only toenail affected? There are no spots on the other toenails? If all the toenails were affected, there would be a question as to whether you might have Psoriasis of the nails, the appearances are similar.

      The usual fungus to cause this sort of infection is a very common one, it is the same one that causes Athlete's foot, - do you have Athlete's foot between your toes?

      Confirmation of the diagnosis is to examine a cutting off the affected nail, using a "potassium hydroxide" (often abbreviated to KOH) examination and a culture. Your local Hospital laboratory ought to be able to do this.

      As to treatment, I cannot do better than to quote from the dermatology "Bible," Habif's book Clinical Dermatology, 3rd edition, page 767.

      " Treating [fungal] infection of the nails can be discouraging. Topical creams and lotions do not penetrate the nailplate, and are of little value in controlling inflammation at the nailfolds. Expensive [this is an American textbook, no NHS] long-term oral therapy [i.e.tablets by mouth] if effective, is often followed by re-infection when the oral medication is discontinued. Oral therapy has the highest success rate with fingernail and nail infections in young individuals. The optimum duration and dosage of these drugs have yet to be determined, [but there are guidelines] There is evidence that a topical anti-fungal agent, after clinical response of the [fungal nail infection] to an oral agent, may prevent nail re-infection. Use of a topical anti-fungal agent for 1 year after clinical cure... has prevented re-infection in the 12 - month follow-up period."

      Suggested oral treatment regimes:

      Fluconazole capsules (Brand name Diflucan) one 150mg dose once a week, or
      Itraconazole capsules ("Sporanox") 200mg once per day, or
      Terbinafine tablets 250mg once per day for 12 weeks, or
      Griseofulvin tablets 990mg once per day

      All these agents are chemically similar. Griseofulvin is the oldest treatment, and is not used much these days. Probably the most popular drug is Terbinafine, and this can also be applied as a cream locally. However, it is more trouble than Diflucan (which need be taken only once a week).
      .
      The general principle is that the fungus "feeds" on the substance of the nail, it "oxidizes" it to produce energy + the white flakes. If you can pre- oxidize the nail, then the food is no good for fungal "feeding." Another popular way of doing this, used to be to soak the toes in a basin full of warm potassium permanganate (that purple stuff) solution, - the nails turned black, and "indigestible" to fungus. However, this is very messy, you have to wear plastic gloves, and it has to be done outdoors as it ruins the carpet!!

      Once the infection is established, the fungus gets into the root of the nail, the nail-bed (where the nail is manufactured). In this position, the fungus is protected from things you put on the nail, - hence the need for oral treatment.

      I do think you should also discuss with your doctor, whether any local treatment is needed to stop any of your other nails getting infected too. The disease is locally infectious. If you have Athlete's foot between your toes that should be treated too, of course.

      I hope this is of some help.

      Best wishes,

      Belliger
      retired uk gp

  14. QUESTION:
    My doctor prescribed me Diflucan 150MG once a week to treat my toenail fungus... do you think this will work?

    No, my doctor prescribed this to me for toenail fungus once a week for 6 months.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all Diflucan is NOT prescribed for nail fungus. Nail fungus is very stubborn and takes a long course of treatment usually with Penlac nail polish or with Lamisil tablets. I am guessing you have a dose of Diflucan which is prescribed for vaginal yeasts and thrush and you are hoping it will work for this to. Sorry, it isn't the right med. I also think this is the second time today you have posted this.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have toenail fungus. NE1 know of a good home remedy that will help clear/cure it. Don't want to take Lamisil

    well i thought about having my toenails removed that way Penlac or a topical cream such as Lamisil. This way the cream will actually touch the skin and not just the top of the nail. I heard about the Vicks Vapor Rub, but I heard it wasn't affected. May try, thanks everyone for your advice!!

    • ANSWER:
      there really arent any effective home remedies. If your doctor prescibed you Lamisil its because you need it. The benefits definately outweigh the risks. If you prefer to try something topically (but still prescription) talk to your MD about Penlac
      There are also other oral antibiotics that have been shown to be effective in treating toenail fungus. They are itraconazole (Sporonox), fluconazole (Diflucan), and griseofulvin (Fulvicin)

      Beware, if the fungus isnt taken care of it can spread, and you could end up losing your toe nails. (they don't grow back!)

      Hope this helps

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever used Vick's Vapo Rub to treat toenail infections/fungus? Did it work?

    • ANSWER:
      fungus has an affinity for people cuzits dna is 92 percent like ours,,,it roosts in the nail matrix like those scratchin diggin mutts on lamisil commercial,,,,nothing,nothing,,,,,,,,of 50 otc items works,,,,,,prescribed antifungals sometimes are ineffective,,,a podiatrist can excise the infected nails with local anesthesia,,,,its not as bad as it sounds,hasta inject procaine hcl into nerves above toe,the nail itself is often pretty soft and sits loose in the nailbed,,,,,,the nail will grow back in a couple months,and doc might prescribe diflucan to kill any remaining spores,,,,,you might also check the house for mold & fungus in crawling spaces,tub,shower,,,which you can treat with ps disinfecting foam from speedway,this stuff has antifungal properties,,,,,,,,,,squirt a couple 'pssts ' in a skinny necked medium size bottle,put a plastic stem from any household squirt container,,,,,,,get a home depot portavac with an exhaust attachment with concentrator nozzle installed so it blows,,,,,,,aim nozzle across stem in bottle so the stuff sprays out in a fine mist,,,,,,,,,,,spray up & down all through the house.do this twice a week,also use a sunlamp from a second hand shop to set in each room for a half hour,,,,,,fungus & spores are zapped by ultraviolet light,ask doc for maintanance dose of diflucan too,,,he probly will do a liver profile,check your blood for insulin/diabetes problem.you may as well use vicks as furniture polish,,,,along with the other crap sold over the counter,,,,,,even doctors choice of antifungal sometimes is not effective,either cuz a sub variety of fungus is resistant to it,or ,immune peculiarities,in that some people who live where the spores are like a drippy water source in the house,,,,have the full course of tmt,doc says its cleared up,and nail is infected again in 6 months,some people wear out the doctor till he hollers & says live with it,,,& then he calls it psoriasis,have your doctor (i hope you have ins) take scrapings of nail for the lab folks to look under the microscope & see what kind of muttser diggin up your nail,,,he then should see that the correct antifungal kills the ratty critter/vegetable

  17. QUESTION:
    toe nail fungus?
    i am a 15 year old boy and have had yellowish toe nails as long as i can remember. they seem to be getting worse. there yellow with cracks all over and sometimes big chunks of toenail crack off cus there too weak. im tried of trying home remedies. they take way too long and might not even work for my strong fungus. what are some expensive but well working medecines i can buy online or at a store? im soo tired of it

    • ANSWER:
      You need both local and systemic treatment. Fungal infections are stubborn. U take med-s for two weeks they go away. But if U dont continue treatment for another 2 weeks or more they come back.
      Anyway: Best local cream will be Spectazole Cream (Prescription Only) (Expensive BUT Works)
      You also need tablets (Antifungal Agents) Diflucan Tabs(Prescription Only).
      If you can't get a doctor and prescription you have only Lamisil Cream over the counter. Use it for long time and ofcourse maintaining foot hygene.

      Good Luck

  18. QUESTION:
    will triple antibiotic cream cure penile yeast infection?
    ok i have Triple Antibiotic Ointment it contains Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfate and Bacitracin can i use this for a Male Yeast Infection NOT a Female Yeast Infection???

    • ANSWER:
      I would not use triple antibiotic cream. It kills bacteria, but not the yeast.
      Monostat possible with a little vinegar, but caution on the vinegar.

      https://www.msu.edu/~eisthen/yeast/men.html?iframe=true&widt..

      There are other treatments:
      If you want to know how to get rid of a mild or severe outbreak you can use yogurt for a natural cure for treating this disease. There are many natural remedies for the treatment of any male yeast infection symptoms. A couple of home remedies for relief of male yeast infections that wont go away are coconut oil and garlic witch are the best treatments for redness, and odor and can get rid of the dry skin. Another home remedy treatment for itching, odor, and soreness is some treatment vinegar like apple cider vinegar. Tea tree oil is another home cure you can use to treat the infections and is the best cure for most symptoms. If you are looking for a treatment for jock itch and burning pain a combination of Monistat and vinegar cures those symptoms pretty well. Learn how to cure your self with remedies like diet and excercise. If you need to know how long it will take to cure an untreated area using natural cures, the average treatments for symptoms takes only days. If you don't learn how to treat this infection and you don't use a natural cure for any of your symptoms and you haven't learned how to cure at home then you are missing out on many natural remedies for relief that can help you with healing.
      Prescription is:
      Diflucan (fluconazole) which has the advantage of being broad spectrum, so it will kill other species of Candida and some other fungi, but the disadvantage that apparently allergies to it are not uncommon.
      It is fairly powerful. Also cures toenail fungus. It does have side effects.
      Adding this info:

      http://voices.yahoo.com/male-yeast-infection-causes-symptoms-cures-2519631.html?cat=70

  19. QUESTION:
    Anybody got a cure for athlete's foot?
    I've got it (athlete's foot)

    • ANSWER:
      Athlete's foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection of the skin of the foot, usually between the toes, caused by parasitic fungi

      The infection is often treated with topical antifungal agents such as miconazole, itraconazole, terbinafine and a keratolytic such as salicylic acid. Topical agents only clear the infection about 30% of the time and provide mycologic cures (absence of organisms) less than 15% of the time. The time line for cure may be long, often 45 days or longer. However, because the itching associated with the infection subsides quickly, patients may not complete the courses of therapy prescribed. Washing socks, underwear and bed clothes at 60C or 140F will also help prevent any reinfection.

      Some topical applications such as Castellani's Paint, often used for intertrigo, work well but in small selected areas. Carbol Fuscin Red dye used in this treatment like many other vital stains is both fungicidal and bacteriocidal; however, because of the staining are cosmetically undesirable. For many years gentian violet was also used for interdigital and other bacterial and fungal infections.

      Oral treatment with griseofulvin was begun early in the 1950s. Because of the tendency to cause liver problems and to provoke aplastic anemia the drugs were used cautiously and sparingly. Over time it was found that those problems were due to the size of the crystal in the manufacturing process and microsize and now ultramicrosize crystals are available with few of the original side effects. Oral treatment provides long lasting mycologic cure.

      If the fungal invader is not a dermatophyte but a yeast, other medications such as fluconazole may be used. Typically diflucan is used for candidal vaginal infections moniliasis but has been shown to be of benefit for those with cutaneous yeast infections as well. The most common of these infections occur in the web spaces (intertriginous) and at the base of the fingernail or toenail. The hall mark of these infections is a cherry red color surrounding the lesion and a yellow thick pus.

  20. QUESTION:
    Intestinal fungus overgrowth question?
    I am 100% sure I have had an intestinal yeast overgrowth in my small intestine area for the past 20 years. It would make perfect sense with how I treated my body in the past. Rounds after rounds of antibiotics for so called sinus infections and ear infection which now I really believe was fungus. After that phase I turned into a sugar addict. I felt like I could not function If I missed a day without my coke and donuts, not to mention coffee throughout the day. I also began drinking beer in large quantities on a daily basis. In my early teens I finally started to suffer the consequences. The symptoms I am stuck with today are: SEVERE BODY ODOR, CONSTIPATION-gi track is a mess, gout like attacks in feet and ankles almost weekly, Fatigue-always feeling drained and ill, blurred vision-pressure behind the eyes, extreme dry mouth with occasional white tongue, on and off sinus infection feeling, yellow tinted toenails at times, brain fog-always spaced out, always feeling toxic-glazed eyes type thing, pimples and abscesses on chest and back that don't respond to antibiotics, etc. Nothing responds to antibiotics. These are the most noticeable I deal with everyday. The VERY interesting part... These symptoms are 80% better when the weather is dry and sunny. It is a GIVEN that these symptoms will be in full force when it is wet or damp usually in the morning. Damp weather- Fungus? One thing I do agree with Doctors is that all my blood work looks ok, including colonoscopy, endoscopy, etc. However, every time I bring up the subject of fungus the three hundred dollar appointment is over in lest than 10 minutes and I am belittled and told to see a psychiatrist. So here is what I am really wondering. I went to a different doctor today at an urgent care because I now have the worst sinus infection and bronchitis in my entire life. I brought up the question about fungus and we talked for a while and she agreed with what I was saying and took a swab of the back of my throat and sent it in to get tested for fungus. She said if it is a fungal sinus infection the swab will test positive because it will drip down the back of my throat. At this point at my request I refused to get any antibiotics till the test comes back. I truly feel the fungus is infecting more than one area of my body in and out. She told me the fungus has to be localized and if I had fungus in my blood I wouldn't be sitting in her chair I would be so sick almost dead. I want to test positive for fungus so I can finally treat it, however if what she is saying is true there might be a possibility the test will come back negative because most of the symptoms come from the gi tract. Anyways, I'm just really frustrated and I wish I could just get tested for a general overall fungus blood test instead of swabbing one localized area to possibly test negative and be sent out to suffer some more. I don't have the money to go the alternative route right now, but I do have insurance so I'm trying to use it. Does anybody have any advice or been in this type of situation that could help? Sorry about the novel!

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely. I cured myself of a chronic candida albicans infection that almost ruined my life by changes in diet and in taking vitamins and supplements.
      You must get a book called Yeast Control In Seven Days. Also Prescription For Nutritional Healing did me wonders too.
      You need to stop eating processed sugar! Use stevia (found in health food stores) to sweeten drinks and drink unsweetened mineral water, like perrier, instead of sweetened sodas.
      Stop eating breads and starches! They turn into sugar in your system in short order. Cut them out-of your diet, and eat vegetables, way more vegetables. If you must have starch have brown rice.
      You need essential fatty acids, found in fish oil. Take this daily, as well as garlic supplements.
      Yeast needs moisture, sugar and agitation to thrive. Starve out the sugar. Also, your doctor can prescribe a simple pill that costs 8-15 dollars (diflucan) and it wipes out the yeast. However, it will regain entry to your body and overgrow again if you give it the same conditions.
      You need to replenish the healthy-gut-bacteria: acidophilus. You can take it in pill form, or powder, or it can be commonly found in yoghurt (plain yoghurt sweetened with stevia is best!)
      I finally stopped getting yeast infections and my mental clarity returned. But even so, if I drink an entire can of soda, it is so acidic that it kills the good bacteria that prevent yeast-overgrowth, and sugarifies my system, and I can feel one coming on (a yeast infection).

  21. QUESTION:
    help!!!!! what's wrong with my toes?
    My toenails look scary. They look really bad. The surface is uneven. My big ones are growing in with multilayers. Half the nails are off white, and 2 look like their bleeding underneath. Their getting worse. They don't hurt or smell. I clean them daily with antibacterial soap. I get pedicures periodically. I got one yesterday but it didn't help. I'm sure it's some sort of fungus. Which one? What can I buy?

    • ANSWER:
      damn. well go to a Podiatrists (a foot doctor) They will tell you what the problem is and how to treat it. You may have to get a prescription cream or antibiotic.

      File the infected nail thin so that a local treatment can penetrate the nail more effectively
      Here are some creams to buy to help treat the fungus

      * itraconazole (Sporonox),
      * fluconazole (Diflucan),
      * griseofulvin (Fulvicin), and
      * terfinabine (Lamisil)

      http://www.toenailfungus.org/

      Home Home Remedies can temporarily help also

      http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Toe-nail-fungus.html

      best answer? :)

  22. QUESTION:
    do i have a cold or allergies?
    i have a really sore throat, and thats my big problem. i dont really know how to explain it, but it feels like swollen and hurts and my ears wear hurting a little and felt kinda pluged like.
    and then my nose is a tiny bit stuffy, runny, but it was a little this morning, not now.

    all thats really bugging me right now is my throat, and my right ear barley, but my throats getting worse and worse.

    im allergic to dust and mold, and i helped my mom clean a dusty room in my basment the yesterday 4 hrs for 3 days. and then last night was when my ears were hurting and had a plugged pressure like feeling.

    but its allergies i think, but im not cleaning anymore and not down there and my throat is just getting worse.
    so how can i fix this asap? im going on vacation in two days.

    • ANSWER:
      The Mayo Clinic has stated that all upper resparatory disease is caused by fungus. It seems obvious that you picked up some while working in the basement.

      Vix-Vaporub works on fungus and should be applied into the nostrils and on the chest. It also works well for toenail fungus,

      The basement should be examined for mold and mildew as they are in the fungus family. Read in the Bible in the book of Leviticus, chapter 14, vers 32 to the end where it describes what to do about the plague (mildew/mold). Be aware that fungus causes cancer so it should not be treated lightly.

      In order to treat fungus in the body you must starve it by eliminating all sugar intake as fungus really loves sugar. After it eats the sugar it passes toxins called mycotoxins and that is what causes the problems. The drugs Nystatin and Diflucan should be used to kill the fungus and a new diet must be adheared to as a preventive measure.

      There is a free website at "www,knowthecause.com". click on "FAQ's" and do the diet posted there. As far as alergies is concerned, that starts in the gut where the gut is not in harmony with itself. Treat with PRO-Biotics. Anti-biotics means against life. Pro-biotics means for life. You need "For Life" biotics in the gut. A good organic yogurt would be a good start then supplement with pro-biotics.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is Tinea Creis?

    • ANSWER:
      Tinea is the name given to a fungal skin infection. Most people will develop some resistance to skin fungus after being infected. Others appear to have a susceptibility to fungal infections. Sometime the susceptibility will run in the family.

      Tinea pedis (athlete's foot)

      This is the commonest type of fungal infection. It is the most common and most stubborn cause of tinea pedis and only affects humans. It is spread by direct contact, most often through bare feet in bathrooms and health clubs. Leather or plastic footwear that doesn't "breathe" encourages tinea pedis. It is rare in children.

      In most cases, the skin be comes white, soft and peels away between the toes (especially between the fourth and little toes). It may infect the sole of the foot. resulting in peeling, scaling, itching and sometimes blistering. Only one, or both feet may be involved.

      Onychomycosis (Tinea Ungium of the nail)

      Toe nail infection is usually associated with tinea pedis. It is very difficult to eradicate. Often the great toenail is the first to show signs, especially if it has been injured. The nail yellows, and after years thickens and breaks easily. Finger nail infections are similar, but less common.

      Tinea cruris (Jock itch)

      Some subjects with tinea pedis also develop a rash in the groin (tinea cruris), especially if they tend to sweat a lot. It is common and affects men more often than women. It has an itchy spreading red border.

      Tinea corporis (ringworm)

      Tinea corporis may be spread from person to person, from contact with an infected cat, most often a kitten, or from exposure to fungus in the soil.. Itchy red scaly patches come up anywhere. the cat has rubbed. They often develop into a ring. This kind of tinea usually clears up with appropriate creams. If due to a cat, even if the cat has no signs of a skin problem it will need treatment too.

      Trichophyton verrucosum is a cattle ringworm and infects farmers. It arises on exposed skin as an inflamed red patch studded with pustules.

      Tinea capitis (scalp ringworm)

      Tinea capitis usually occurs mostly in children and results in scaling and patchy hair loss. It is epidemic in many african-american communities. The scalp can look quite moth-eaten but with the right treatment the hair will grow back normally and will not result in permanent hair loss.

      An exception may be a kerion; this is a very inflammatory tinea of the scalp and looks like a boil or abscess. It is hard to immediately confirm that the symptoms are due to tinea infection and to establish the identity of the infecting organism. This is treated with prednisone to prevent permanent hair loss.

      Treatment

      Tinea infections can be treated by a variety of different medications. For tinea Pedis, Cruis and Corporis creams such as Lamisil-AT and Micatin AF. can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy. Prescription creams are stronger, faster and require less applications. Sometimes oral medications are necessary. These are very effective, and include Griseofulvin (Grispeg, Fulvicin), Lamisil (Terbinafine), Sporonox (Itraconazole), and Diflucan (Fluconazole). Tinea Capitis, Tinea unguium and chronic tinea pedis are difficult to eradicate completely and require oral treatment.

      Prevention

      People with tinea pedis should discourage further growth of the fungus by keeping their feet as dry as possible. Wear open-toed sandals whenever possible, avoid boots, dry carefully after washing, and use a antifungal foot powder (Zeasorb-AF) daily. See "recurrent fungal infections"

  24. QUESTION:
    what`s a cure for atheletes foot?

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment of athlete's foot can be divided into two parts. The first, and most important part, is to make the infected area less suitable for the athlete's foot fungus to grow. This means keeping the area clean and dry.

      Buy shoes that are leather or other breathable material. Shoe materials, such as vinyl, that don't breathe cause your feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole or tolnaftate), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burrow's solution or Domeboro's solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using one part vinegar and roughly four parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, clotrimazole, terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream, etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks, or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine, itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating athlete's foot.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid re-infection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

toenail fungus diflucan

Toenail Fungus Smell

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

For further information, please visit: Toenail Fungus Treatment Website

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to do for toenail fungus? Without taking the pills like lamisil.?
    I am only 16 and have toenail fungus! I can hardly wear flipflops because it looks so bad. PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      You can kill toenail fungus with a strong soapy water (really scrub), with tea tree oil, with clove oil, or by coating your feet with honey which will draw out the moisture from the fungus and cause it to die. If you use honey, you still have to scrub a lot afterwards. If your toenail fungus is underneath the nails, the oils will work the best but you may have to see a doctor. For the oils: once a day, for 20 minutes and use generous amounts. You could actually use garlic oil too but your breath would end up smelling like garlic as your body absorbs the stuff.

  2. QUESTION:
    My husband has toenail fungus is there an easy way to get rid of it besides going to the doctor?
    He is preasently using Vicks Vapor Rub. Also how do you get toenail fungus? And is it contagious?

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks may help, but you probably need an anti-fungal cream and/or powder. You can use lotrimin AF cream or any other similar anti-fungal product. You can order Zeasorb-AF powder through your drug store, if they don't carry it on the shelves. Or you can use yogurt. Eat plain yogurt about 3 times a week, and/or use it like a cream on the area. It will smell, but the acidophilus bacteria in the yogurt neutralizes yeast. It can take up to 6 months to clear. Keep doing what you are doing until the nail is normal.

      This is also the same fungus that results in jock itch, athlete's foot, vaginitis (in women), ringworm and other skin rashes. It is the Candida Albicans fungus (yeast). While toenail fungus is not contagious, person to person, it can spread to other toes, if unchecked.

      The underlying fungus can be transmitted by skin contact to other persons.

      For basic information on yeast, check out the link at the bottom of the Welcome page of www.hufa.org.

  3. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way product out there to get rid of toenail fungus?
    whats the best way product out there to get rid of toenail fungus? or best ways to treat cure it?
    is there products out there in maybe other parts of the world that can do this that is not well know in the USA?

    • ANSWER:
      Teatree essential oil, neat, drip it under the nail. That kills virtually anything pathogenic. Propolis, myrrh, thyme oil, all can be useful, if you not happy with the teatree oil smell.

  4. QUESTION:
    Will my toenail grow back if I have toenail fungus?
    I believe my toenail has a fungus infection and the right side of it has completely come off my nail bed. Eventually, I think my whole nail will fall off? I have read some stuff online and apparently you'll lose your toenail for good if you don't treat it. Is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not true, but it could grow back with fungus again. This is from an article about home remedies for toe fungus, hope it helps:

      Here are some of the treatments I have tried: vinegar baths, Listerine baths, Vicks vapour rub, decolorized iodine, sports creams (Canesten cream), bleach, peroxide, tea tree oil, penlac, OTC anti fungal topicals and sprays and I even drank aloe vera gel. After trying all of these things here are the top 3 toe fungus treatments:

      30 minute Vinegar baths - vinegar works excellently, but you have to do it without fail morning and night for as long as it takes for your nail to completely grow out. 2 to 3 weeks is not nearly enough - it's more like 5 to 6 months. You will have to change the vinegar every 4-5 days and the smell is not very nice. It works and it's cheap, but it's hard work and takes forever.
      Listerine Baths - I have found this home remedy to be the most effective one for mild cases of infection. You just replace the vinegar with Listerine and follow the same instructions. It eliminated the fungus for 2 of my friends that had very minor cases of infection. For my yellow and ugly nail it wasn't effective.
      Decolorized Iodine - You probably haven't heard of this one, but it's highly effective. It's not highly available, I found it at CVS for 5$. Dip a q-tip in the bottle and paint your nail and the skin next to it. Repeat twice than leave it to dry. You will feel a tingling sensation and that's how you know it works. Sometimes it hurts while applying and the smell is horrible, but after a few weeks of doing this it worked.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why do my toenail clippings smell like a rotting dead animal?
    I normally like to sniff my clippings just out of curiosity, lately the smell has been horrendous. Any suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds to me like you have common nail fungus, there really is no "over the counter" cure. You need to see your Dr. There is a medication called Lamisil" it is an oral medication you will need to take for up to one year depending on how bad. And you really should STOP "sniffing" your toenails that is JUST GROSS!

  6. QUESTION:
    Why do my toenails smell after a shower?
    Exactly as the title says. It smells as if I have some kind of bacteria on my toenails but only after a shower. The longer I go without a shower, the less they smell.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably fungus as well as bacteria. Trim the nails, clean underneath the nail edge with file or brush, scrub cuticle with brush, flood area with bactine or Absorbine Jr to kill the kooties. Make an effort to let toes completely air dry more often, wearing flip-flops or sandals when you can.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do u make ur feet smell better? And how do u get rid of athletes feet?
    I told my friend one time that my feet itch. and then she asked me if my feet stink and it looks like i have fungus. how do i get rid of this?

    • ANSWER:
      I had athlete's foot two years ago. I did quite a bit of research online about it and found that this works.
      Make sure that you wash your feet really well once or twice a day (getting in between the toes too), wear only cotton socks that are changed every day. The other thing that is good too, is if you can, switch back and forth between a few different pairs of shoes, giving each pair that's been worn a few days to "air out". Also keep your toenails clipped short and clean.
      These are preventative measures to help so that you don't get athlete's foot.
      What I did to get rid of the athelete's foot at the time was to use Asorbine Jr. (strange I know) but my mother swore by it and it worked. Another great thing my brother swears by for a remedy is to buy a spray called Odor eaters foot and sneaker spray powder (under ten bucks). You can spray it directly on the feet and in your runners or shoes.

  8. QUESTION:
    how can I get my toenails to grow properly?
    Instead of growing "flat" like fingernails, they are brittle and get thick and odd colors. They itch from underneath and when I cut them there is a "musty" smell. I've tried the prescription medication that you take for 2 or 3 months and then let the nails grow for about a year but it didn't help. The stuff under the nail is usually very soft.

    • ANSWER:
      u need to c a foot doctor, I think they're called a podiatrist cuz u prolly have a fungus under ur nails...only he/she can prescribe the right meds for ya....good luck

  9. QUESTION:
    The big toenail on my right foot is completely discolored and growing a very thick nail. What do I do?
    I saw my doctor about it and he said it would go away. It hasn't for a year now. I occasionally shave it down with a fingernail file and the smell is God awful. I'm not sure, but don't think it is a help risk, but only a cosmetic issue. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      you have nail fungus.... keep the nail dry and let it get lots of sunshine. do not use polish cause doing so prevents the nail from drying underneath. you may also you OTC nail fungus treatments. as for the thick nail... once the fungus dies you will need to just let the nail infected nail grow out and wait for the new healthy nail .

  10. QUESTION:
    How did you treat your toenail fungus?
    I've heard tea tree oil works but takes time.

    Lavender is supposedly good as well, but haven't done much research on it's effectiveness.

    OTC Medications are readily available but have yet to find one that shows results.

    I'd like to know what your experience was, and how I might go about treating it without Prescription Medication that will only cause further damage to vital organs.

    • ANSWER:
      This is from an article about toe fungus treatment, hope it helps:

      Here are some of the treatments I have tried: vinegar baths, Listerine baths, Vicks vapour rub, decolorized iodine, sports creams (Canesten cream), bleach, peroxide, tea tree oil, penlac, OTC anti fungal topicals and sprays and I even drank aloe vera gel. After trying all of these things here are the top 3 toe fungus treatments:

      30 minute Vinegar baths - vinegar works excellently, but you have to do it without fail morning and night for as long as it takes for your nail to completely grow out. 2 to 3 weeks is not nearly enough - it's more like 5 to 6 months. You will have to change the vinegar every 4-5 days and the smell is not very nice. It works and it's cheap, but it's hard work and takes forever.
      Listerine Baths - I have found this home remedy to be the most effective one for mild cases of infection. You just replace the vinegar with Listerine and follow the same instructions. It eliminated the fungus for 2 of my friends that had very minor cases of infection. For my yellow and ugly nail it wasn't effective.
      Decolorized Iodine - You probably haven't heard of this one, but it's highly effective. It's not highly available, I found it at CVS for 5$. Dip a q-tip in the bottle and paint your nail and the skin next to it. Repeat twice than leave it to dry. You will feel a tingling sensation and that's how you know it works. Sometimes it hurts while applying and the smell is horrible, but after a few weeks of doing this it worked.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is toenail fungus common in the general population?
    Because when i google infor about it, it says its typical shows up in people with diabetes and or HIV. And that is starting to scare me.

    • ANSWER:
      Now to stop your worrying--

      Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis)What Is It?
      What Is It?

      Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a relatively common condition that disfigures and sometimes destroys the nail. This problem can be caused by several different types of fungi (microscopic organisms related to mold and mildew). These fungi thrive in the dark, moist and stuffy environment inside shoes. As they grow, fungi feed on keratin, the tough protein that makes up the hard surface of the toenails. In most cases, the fungus belongs to a group of fungi called dermatophytes. Other, less common causes of onychomycosis include yeasts and molds.

      Toenail fungus affects 2% to 18% of all people worldwide and 3% to 5% of people in the United States. It is relatively rare in children, affecting only about 1 out of every 200 people younger than 18. However, the likelihood of getting toenail fungus increases with age. Up to 48% of people have at least one affected toe by the time they reach age 70. Although 2.5 million Americans see a podiatrist annually for treatment of toenail fungus, many more are infected but never seek help. Some people consider toenail fungus just a cosmetic problem and don't bother seeking treatment.

      Almost anyone who wears tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery is more likely to develop toenail fungus, especially if they also practice poor foot hygiene. Another risk is wearing layers of toenail polish, which doesn't allow the nail to breathe. Also, because toenail fungi may spread from foot to foot on the floors of showers and locker rooms, fungal infections of the toenails are especially common among military personnel, athletes and miners. The condition also tends to affect people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or HIV, as well as people with circulatory problems that decrease blood flow to the toes. However, many people have no clear risk factors.

      Of all the toenails, those on the big toe and little toe are the most likely to develop a toenail fungus. This may be partly because the big toe and little toe are constantly exposed to the mild trauma of friction from the sides of shoes.

      Symptoms

      When a toenail develops a fungal infection, it typically turns yellow or brown and becomes thick and overgrown. Foul-smelling debris also may accumulate under the nail, especially at the sides and tip. As the infection continues, the nail either may crumble gradually and fall off or become so thick that the affected toe feels uncomfortable or painful inside shoes.

      Diagnosis

      After you describe your foot symptoms, your doctor will ask you about any factors that may increase your risk of toenail fungus. These include a high-risk occupation, sports participation, tight-fitting shoes or hosiery, poor foot hygiene or the use of heavy toenail polish. Your doctor will ask whether you have a history of poor circulation, diabetes, HIV or any other illness that may decrease your resistance to infection or interfere with blood flow to your toes.

      Because psoriasis sometimes can cause nail problems that look similar to a fungal infection, your doctor may ask whether you or anyone in your family has psoriasis. In some people with psoriasis, the nails are the only part of the body affected. The skin is largely spared. Also, it is possible for psoriasis and a fungal infection to affect the same toenail.

      If you and your doctor decide that your nail problem is important, the doctor will examine your affected toenail or toenails. To confirm that you have a fungal infection, your doctor will take small samples of the affected nails for examination under a microscope to check for fungi and other microorganisms.

      Expected Duration

      Toenail fungus rarely heals on its own. It is usually a chronic (long-lasting) condition that can gradually worsen to involve more and more of the nail. Even if the affected nail comes off, the new nail that grows may be infected with fungus.

      Prevention

      To help to prevent toenail fungus:

      Wear comfortable shoes and hosiery that allow your feet some "breathing space."
      Wear shoes, sandals or flip-flops in community showers or locker rooms.
      Wash your feet every day, dry them thoroughly, and use a good-quality foot powder.
      Wear clean socks or stockings every day.
      Keep your toenails trimmed.
      Disinfect pedicure tools before you use them.
      Treatment

      Treatment may begin with your doctor removing as much of the infected nail as possible. This can be done by trimming the nail with clippers, filing it down, or dissolving it away with a paste that contains urea and bifonazole.

      If the infection is mild and limited to a small area of your nail, your doctor may prescribe an antifungal cream or a medicated nail polish containing either amorolfine (Loceryl) or ciclopirox (Loprox). You should apply the nail polish twice a week until your nail is cured.

      If the infection is in a wider area of your nail, or several nails, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication, such as itraconazole (Sporanox) or terbinafine (Lamisil). Either itraconazole or terbinafine can be taken daily for 12 weeks, or a higher dose of itraconazole can be taken for one week per month for three months. Both itraconazole and terbinafine occasionally cause troublesome side effects, and itraconazole has the potential to produce serious drug interactions.

      In very severe cases, when toenail fungus is resistant to treatment, it may be necessary to remove the nail surgically.

      When To Call a Professional

      You may want to make an appointment to see your family doctor or podiatrist if you notice that a portion of your toenail has become abnormally thick or discolored. Call your doctor promptly if any problem involving your feet or toes makes walking painful or difficult.

      Prognosis

      Most people treated with an oral antifungal medicine are cured after 12 weeks of therapy. However, even after the fungus is dead, the nail may not immediately or ever become clear and normal-looking.

      After successful treatment with itraconazole or terbinafine, the fungus returns in approximately 10% to 20% of people.

  12. QUESTION:
    Could the following mean a toenail fungus?
    Both of my big toenails look slightly yellow and are, indeed, a bit flaky. I thought that it was discoloration from lots of nail polish without basecoat and my lack of calcium, but I also have bits of "gunk" or debris that collect under the nail and smell. Is this normal or does this seem like a fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably a fungus. Go to your doctor and ask about it. It's better to get it checked out now than to wait until it's gotten much worse.

  13. QUESTION:
    toe nails feel very sensitive especially after playing soccer. whats up how can i make it go away?
    my husband plays soccer and his nails are taking a hit, bad. his toe nails are very sensitive.
    hes given up soccer for months and the sensitivity is still there.how can he make it go away.
    also, his feet are reallllllly dry, like cracking/peeling skin dry.
    i know its not fungus, his feet dont smell and they arent yellow or anything.
    happens when nails are long or short.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds pretty painful. I'm assuming they're probably pretty sore from all that kicking. You should probably go to the doc to check it out. The sooner the better, I'm pretty sure he'd want to play soccer again soon. Are his toenails long? It might also be the cause.

  14. QUESTION:
    whats a good natural way to get rid of toenail fungus?
    I have it and it's making my toenails look very gross I want to get rid of it if its at all possible. Please Help Me!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Been there, tried EVERYTHING! NOTHING works except Lamasil that's prescribed by a doctor & a toenail avulsion.

      I tried Vicks VapoRub on the toe & covered the whole foot with a sock at night. Didn't work, just smelled bad. I tried soaking my toe in hydrogen peroxide. Didn't work, just tingled a little. I've bought the brush on toenail fungicides. They work for a little while, then the infection sets in deeper while it works on the top of your infected nail.

      I've had 2 fungal toenails, both on my right foot's big toe. I've had to have my toenail removed both times & take the Lamasil medication for 16 weeks. I only got a repeat of the fungal infection because I forgot to toss out my old shoes. After I got it again, I had my toenail removed again, took the medicine a second time & bought new socks & shoes. A hassel but worth it. I've been fungal free for 2 years now.

  15. QUESTION:
    One of my toenails is yellow and peeling?
    The toenail on my right big toe is kind of yellowy and peeling at the base. It is the only toenail like that, so it doesn't seem like a diet problem. It doesn't hurt at all or look gross (besides the yellow) and I wash it every day. It might smell a little worsethan the other toes, but that could just be my feet in general so im not sure. Does anyone know what this is or what to do about it.

    • ANSWER:
      There are lots of fungi that it could be. I know it sounds kinda gross, but it is actually pretty common with feet. There are different creams at the drug store that should clear it right up.

  16. QUESTION:
    why does my toenail smell like a dead animal?
    i recently dropped something very heavy on my big toe and broke it. Also my toenail got damaged pretty badly and i've been told that it will fall off. It turned purple and gross. After 3 weeks, i started bleeding from under the nail and also a watery fluid is coming out that smells awful like a dead animal. I was wondering what it means? fungus? infection? or what? i never had any sort of smelly feet problems before.
    necrosis? hope not

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Why do many people enjoy the smell of toenail fungus?
    Why do some people (apparently 66%-nearly 2/3rds) find the smell of the fungus under the corners of big toe nails exciting? Look at this link (warning: has minor cursing/crudeness): http://isitnormal.com/story/gunk-under-the-toenails-35767/#comments-area. According to the comments, it is apparently a trend.

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Has anyone found solution to toenail fungus?
    I am 21 and my toenails on my big toes are thick and discolored and kind or cracking. Has anyone found an effective and inexpensive solution for this? I've heard of Lamisil (I think the name is right) that is a pill to attack from beneath the surface, but I'm not really into the side effects and am a poor college student. Please tell me of any experiences you have had. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Tea tree oil brushed on the nail twice daily - smells bad but works(health food store). Also camphor rubbed into the nail, like Tiger balm found in drugstores works well. Olive leaf extract either tincture or phyto-caps(health food store)work from the inside out. All of these work well. You'll see results in about 2-4 weeks when you notice the nail is growing out healthy.

  19. QUESTION:
    What does a toe fungus look like?
    I bruise my big toe all the time. The bruise never goes away. So finally one day, I got the small end of my finger nail clippers to go up under the toe nail to get the scaley part out from underneath. I polished my toenails and after taking the polish off, I noticed it looked bruise again and it turned a yellow color underneath. Is this a fungus? It doesn't hurt, leak, nor smell..It's just my left side of my toe has turned a different color.

    • ANSWER:
      google toe fungus

  20. QUESTION:
    Any special homemade remedies for you?
    I love hearing about people's ideal homemade remedies for beauty/health etc. Feel free to tell me yours! I'd love to hear them!

    • ANSWER:
      Very handy tips!

      Did You Know That? Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

      Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

      Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

      Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

      Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

      Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer . Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never been advertised for this use. (Note: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same..and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)

      Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

      Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

      Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

      Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

      Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

      Smart splinter remover...just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

      Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

      Balm for broken blisters...To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic.

      Heinz vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

      Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.
      Rainy day cure for dog odor... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

      Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

      Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of thick toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      I know this will sound odd, but my grandfather had a nail fungus and didn't want to take the pills that the doctor wanted to prescribe for the condition. Grandma talked him in to using a metholated rub, like Vicks Vap-o-rub. He massaged some on to each toe, then all over his feet each night before bedtime. Grans decided even if it didn't get rid of his nail fungus, his feet felt cool when he went to bed, which he said was a good feeling after being on his feet all day at work. Grans did this religiously every night, after a couple of weeks, he noticed his nails were getting softer and not so yellowish and thick...new healthier nails were growing out. The Vap-o-rub also made Grans awful foot odor go away. Grans still does his "Vapo" thing every night because he likes the cooling effect on his feet and the effect it had on his snaggly toenails that has completely gone now. For some, the down side is the metholated smell, but if you do this treatment at night, the metholated smell disspates by morning. It's worth a try. The pills require liver function tests periodically, which can be expensive. Even a BIG jar of Vicks Vap-o-rub is way less expensive than liver function blood tests!

  22. QUESTION:
    hey i got a weird lookin mole on my big toe.. should i be worried?
    i think my toenails have a fungus because they smell bad.. all the time.. and my nails are kinda yellowish and a gross.. not to mention i got this wierd mole on my big toe.. should i be worried? could it be cancerous or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Any new mole growth, esp. if the edges are uneven, needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Your nail problem can be fixed with a strong antifungal med available from your doctor also. So schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

  23. QUESTION:
    What can i do to make my feet not smell? Why do they smell?
    Well I just took a shower and was cutting my toenails when I smelled something that smelled bad. It was my feet. I don't know what it is and why my feet are smelling. My feet get sweaty very often too. Why are they sweaty so much and what can I do? Please help!! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Feet smell because of bacteria and fungus that love to live in dark, damp places. So, in order to get rid of the smell, you have to get rid of the causes.

      If you have athletes foot fungus, there is a very easy way to get rid of it. After your shower, rinse your feet with some distilled white vinegar - cheap and easy to find in a grocery store. You can also go the expensive route by getting anti-fungal treatments from a doctor.

      To keep bacteria at bay, you need to keep your feet clean and dry. Dry is the key word here. After your shower, you must dry your feet thoroughly and between the toes too! Then, just to be sure they are really dry, use a hair dryer on them! Yes, get your feet very, very dry before putting on clean socks. Also use a good foot powder to soak up any moisture that your feet produce during the day. The best and cheapest is good old corn starch. Doesn't take much either. Dust it in each shoe daily. You can sprinkle in a little pinch of baking soda to absorb any odors.

      If your feet get too dry, then use a good moisturizer at night only or only on clean dry feet! I recommend Uderly Smooth available at Walmart.

      Get a good pedicure from a reliable salon that bleaches their pedicure stations after every customer. Do this every 6 weeks or so to maintain clean toenails and the gunk that's underneath them. Or take a course in how to do it yourself.

      Your feet will smell wonderful in just a few months!

  24. QUESTION:
    how can you stop feet smelling even after washing them?
    feet smell real bad even after bathing and washing them real good

    • ANSWER:
      Its not the foot that is creating odor, its the bacteria. Do you have a case of Athlete's Foot? If so, this funk won't clear up until you have it treated.

      You can purchase ointment to clear the issue for a few bucks.

      If you don't have Athlete's Foot or some other type of toenail fungus, then stay away from nylon socks. They don't breathe properly and will tend to make the smelly issue worse.

      You can also stave off foot odor by not wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Shoes need time to air out and breathe. Also, I noticed that leather shoes won't emit as much odor as vinyl shoes. Last winter I threw out a lovely pair of shoes, but they stank so much I couldn't handle it. I also keep baking soda handy to sprinkle in my shoes when I take them off at night. This will help absorb moisture and zap out foul odor and its much cheaper than shoe sprays.

  25. QUESTION:
    why do I keep getting dandruff,toenail fungus,yeast infections,tonsil stones and itchy skin all the time now?
    I've been like this for months and months now. I have tried everything from going to the doctor to over the counter meds to get rid of this and nothing happens. Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      Look for a Shop in your area that sells eastern foods and ask them for a bottle of Unrefined Sesame Oil Tell them it is for the skin otherwise they may give you the refined that is used for cooking That will work but you will smell like a roasted nut The unrefined is strew colour
      Do this each day warm two tablespoons in a small pan and rub this everywhere from head to foot Making sure you massage it into the scalp and in between the toes Leave it on for ten minutes then take a shower
      A large bottle is very cheep and will never go rancid Keep repeating this until the skin heals then each week to keep on top of it You can even gargle with it too
      It is one of natures miracles that is very little known in the west You use this and you will never have a skin problem again
      Good Luck

  26. QUESTION:
    how do I get rid of stinky feet?
    about a year ago, the skin around my toes started to get "eaten away" by what I think was a fungus. The Dr. did toenail fungus tests twice on a toenail that has turned black, and they came back negative. Now my feet have a terrible odor, and nothing has been solved regarding the black toenail. Is there anything I can do to make my feet smell "normal", and treat my black toenail? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me! suangg

    • ANSWER:
      Loprox gel will clear the skin and remove the foot odor. You will need to get a prescription for it.

  27. QUESTION:
    how can i stop being embarrassed of my feet?
    how do i be less embarrassed of my feet?, my feet don't have fungus, their good, im just embarrassed to show them. In the summer time, i wear sneakers, but i love sneakers. Even in my house im embarrassed to be bare footed. How can i stop, that's also why my feet ALWAYS stink, because i ALWAYS wear sneakers.

    • ANSWER:
      I once felt the same way! Here's what you can try whether you are male or female!

      Wear socks with those sneakers - even if they are the low kind that don't show - and sprinkle a little absorbent foot powder inside as well.

      There are moisturizing/deodorizing products made especially for your feet - and they aren't overly expensive. After you bathe, put them on, and then put on clean white socks for bed. Your feet will smell great in the morning!

      Keep your toenails cut and clean. They make little scrub brushes you can use in the shower (again - inexpensive) to make sure you get them squeaky clean.

      If you can afford it by all means go for a professional pedicure. Your feet will thank you for it. If you can't afford this, invest in a Ped-Egg (abt ) or similar appliance which allows you to 'slough' off all the dead/rough skin on your feet BEFORE you shower and mositurize. Just don't overdo it. You can hurt yourself if you overdo.

      Go barefoot or near barefoot (in open sandals) around the house. Let your feet breath. Either wash and dry COMPLETELY those sneakers before you wear them again - or throw them out and buy new ones. Better an inexpensive shoe than a stinky one any day.

      Taking care of your feet really pays off. They don't stink up the place and you don't have to be embarrassed by their appearance. Its not important that they are great looking feet - as long as they are well-kept and clean no one will notice.

      Take care!

  28. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to prevent toenail fungus before it even starts to become a significant problem?

    No advertisements please. I want to hear your personal knowledge.

    • ANSWER:
      Fungus requires moisture to thrive and grow. Eliminate the moisture problem, and the fungus goes away.. Your foot basically becomes a petri dish for it to grow on when you confine them to a shoe or sock that's going to cause your feet to sweat more, and trap it on your foot.

      The best way to eliminate the moisture is to stop wearing socks and shoes for the entire day. I realize you may need to wear them at school or at work, but as soon as you get home, get rid of them, wash your feet off, and go the rest of the day barefoot.

      While at school or work, use some drying powder (gold bond should work fine) on your foot before you put it in the sock. Or if you can, just wear flip flops or sandals to work/school so your feet don't get sweaty. Don't worry about your feet smelling either, since it's the sweat + bacteria + fungus that causes that too. With no moisture problem, there's no smelly foot problem either.

      This is from personal experience. As a kid, I picked up athletes foot (a fungus) from the gym bathroom floor quite a few times, and always had a lot of trouble getting rid of it using the sprays, creams, etc. Now as an adult, when I go to the gym, I don't even worry about something like that, since I wear shoes as little as possible, so the bacteria and fungus has no way to live.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why do my toenails smell like cheese?
    why do my toes smell like cheese
    I shower twice a day

    • ANSWER:
      You may have a nail fungus, you should wash your feet often and if you notice a yellow/brown tinge, or unusual brittleness you should go to the doctor before it gets worse.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is effective for chronic toenail fungas?
    Please give me a cure

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried vinegar? White vinegar is best. And yes, you will smell like a pickle for a while afterwards. You might also want to make sure that you are drying your feet well after bathing, as a build up of water can cause fungus to get worse.

      I'm not against listerine, but if you have any boo-boos (as my little girl says) its going to burn.

      If it doesn't clear up soon, you should consider calling your physician. He/She might have more advice.

  31. QUESTION:
    What's your sign and how is your personal hygeniene?
    are you stinky or do you smell good?

    • ANSWER:
      Sagittarius sun..

      -I never change my undies
      -I dont wipe my bum
      -I dont brush my teeth
      -I dont use anti-perspirant or deodorant
      -I have fungus in all of the dark, dank places
      -I have fatal tinea
      -I dont wash my hands after I go to the toilet
      -I leave tampons in while I sleep
      -I wear clothes out after Ive gone to a nightclub in them
      -I reuse the same socks until they go stiff and I am forced to wash them
      -My pores are so blocked you could sell the pus at an antique market
      -I eat the snot from my nose and the gunk from under my nails
      -All of my toenails are ingrown, and my fingernails made it to the Guiness Book of Records.
      -I smell like your local bag lady- the one that was rumoured to be an ex-opera singer, who know rolls around town with a ghetto blaster strapped to a shopping trolley.

  32. QUESTION:
    How am I going to treat a severe case of toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on which one it is! I think the best clear up for anything on your feet is to soak them in salty water, dry them, make sure they are dried properly and wearing a pair of gloves rub foot and nail fungal cream on (you can get this cream for .99 from chemist) then some talk! do this every day and you will have lovely soft nice smelling feet, with no fungal infections! good luck x

  33. QUESTION:
    WHAT COULD BE THOE CAUSE OF MY TOENAILS TURNING YELLOW AND FALLING OFF?WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT AND CURE?
    I WORK AT A JOB THAT REQUIRES SOCKS AND SNEAKERS ALL DAY,SOMETIMES FOR PERIODS UP TO 12/13 HOURS.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like nail fungus. If you're not going to see a doctor, there's anti-fungals you can buy at the drugstore, ask the pharmacist. An old, cheap remedy that some people swear by is using Vicks Vaporub, but it takes longer to work. Also, take a second pair of sneakers and socks to work each day and change them, to try and keep your feet drier. Plain old cornstarch is dry and doesn't smell, that will also help keep your feet drier.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why do girls in school think there feet are Nasty?
    yah yah Funny question, and yes I have a foot fetish, but come on by saying that your prolly stating your feet are fungus filled and smell Horid.. xD but when you think of it if you show your whole body including feet, maybe have your toenails done you'll look great

    If its a free foot massage WHY NOT unless you have fungus... feet.. now thats nasty

    • ANSWER:
      Girls think that feet are nasty because they just are! Lol. I hate feet more then anything. They freak me out and I really do not know why. I think because they're in shoes all day long and then you take your shoes off and your feet stink or something. I also hate when people scrunch their toes on me. It feels really weird and it freaks me out!

  35. QUESTION:
    what can i use for my toenail?
    my big toenails keep coming off,they get yellow,then turn green and eventually come off from the routes.am so tired of this cos,i dont know what to use,please i need help and on time to.i wonder what even causes it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Lil mama. You seem to have a toenail fungus infection. Nail fungus is pretty easy to spot, smell and even feel. Foul-smelling debris may collect under your nails, causing the nail to swell as well as turn various colors, including yellow, or black. The skin next to the nail may also become inflamed or scaly. In a less common variety of toenail fungus, called white superficial onychomycosis (another medical term of toenail fungus), the nail turns white rather than yellow or brown and the nail surface becomes soft, dry and powdery. May even fall off. You can try some OTC Lamisil. Or you may what to see your GP for further treatment options.

      You are cute bibi. :)

  36. QUESTION:
    Could putting tea tree oil on your fungus toenail cause dizziness?

    • ANSWER:
      That really depends on your personal health. However if you don't have any allergic reactions to its smell. Then there is nothing you should worry about. I'm 100% sure that tea tree oil causes no side effects.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why do my toenails smell like puke when I get out of the shower?

    • ANSWER:
      Is this all the time or only after you have clipped them? If there is no pain or discoloration, it may not be a fungus or infection it could just be bacteria under you nail, similar to that in your arm pits.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have Toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      To know whether you have Toenail fungus, the common symptoms you would see are the nail thickens and is rugged. The nail starts to get ugly and out of shape and the color changes and in most cases it gets dull in color. The infected nail also gets detached from the nail bed.

      The patient may experience pain in the toe and the toe will commonly have bad smell. It is better to consult the doctor the very moment you find the nail getting yellowishspot at the tip.

      For more help on treatment for this problem please the refer in sources. Happy to help you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any unusual uses for Vick's VapoRub?
    While cruising Y! Answers tonight I found uses for Vick's that I didn't even know existed. Apparently it gets rid of toenail fungus and helps with hemorrhoids and psoriasis.

    I personally love the stuff (there's nothing like the fresh smell of menthol), do you have any unique uses for it?

    One of the unpublished uses I swear by is for fixing chapped lips. If you have really chapped lips, slather a thick layer of the stuff on before bed and when you wake up all the flakes and dead skin can be washed off and you have soft lips again.

    • ANSWER:
      I do that with my nose. After my nose gets all raw from blowing it, I put Vicks on it and go to bed. It helps clear me up and makes the skin soft again.

  40. QUESTION:
    What can i do if my feet stink?
    yea i know it sounds funny but yea. everytime i take off my shoes my feet stink REAL bad...the whole room smells and so does my blankets and sheets....help!

    • ANSWER:
      Wash them and your tennis shoes. You may have feet that sweat a lot more than normal and it's important to really keep your feet clean. That means brushing the toenails with a nail brush also.
      Keep your nails clipped because bacteria can grow under the ends if they get long.
      Make sure you change your socks frequently also and wear white socks. The dyes in colored socks can sometimes cause a reaction to produce foot odors.

      But most importantly wear leather shoes, not plastic or man-made materials and make sure you don't have a fungus like athletes foot of nail fungus. If so, get it treated.

  41. QUESTION:
    my son has foot fungus between his 4th and 5th toe his 5th toe nail is crumbledand green and it has afoul odor?
    my 13 yr old son has a yellow peel by his 4th and fifth toe it smells so bad not Even fa-breeze can stop the odor his fifth toenail is green and tiny and carries a funky smell. The doctors could not fix the problem

    • ANSWER:
      I looked this up just for you:

      Paronychia is a bacterial or fungus infection on fingers or toes, it can be acute or chronic, and can be extremely painful. That can cause pus and browning discoloration of the nail plate.

      It's very odd that a doctor didn't fix the problem by giving you antibiotics and a anti-fungal or other foot medicine. Use hydrocortisone in the meantime.

      It does take quite a while to destroy fungus and bacterial infections from the feet. You have to work at it every day for weeks, Ishmael...

      try some of the other helpful hints people have given you.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy u ever heard, tried and found amazing???
    Be specific please it will add knowledge to lot of people.....Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Did You Know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain
      almost immediately-- without the unpleasant side effects caused bytraditional "pain relievers."

      Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

      Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong
      Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

      Achy muscles from a bout of the flu?
      Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish
      in 1cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as amassage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

      Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

      Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tabletsin a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms.
      Alka-Seltzer
      begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-- even though
      the product was never been advertised for this use.

      Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey
      and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin
      sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

      Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail
      fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic
      leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

      Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses fromloosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to thethreads of the screws before tightening them.

      Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps,hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the
      insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

      Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over thesplinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter
      sticks to the dried glue.

      Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ...cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as
      a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil
      to a head.

      Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few
      drops of Listerine. a powerful antiseptic.

      Vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and
      apply itto the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the
      >healing process.

      Kills fleas instantly...Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few
      drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

      Rainy day cure for dog odor ...Next time your dog comes in from the rain,simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

      Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil inyour cat's ear...Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat
      daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, andaccelerates healing.

      Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... It's not for breakfast any more!
      Mix 2cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the
      microwavefor 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the most disgusting thing you've seen while driving or stuck in traffic?
    the other day i was stuck in traffic and i saw the man in the car next to me slide off his sock and pick the fungus from underneath his toenails........ with his pocket knife.. and then wafted the smell toward his nose... so i was thinkin maybe you all have seen something more outrageous than this...

    so...
    tell me about it...

    • ANSWER:
      about 40 road kill deer and other road kill in a row on a road trip to ohio. my friend and i started playing road kill bingo.

  44. QUESTION:
    what causes human toenails to fall off aside from infections?
    at the age of almost 55, I find my toenails softening and becoming less and less strong. I was in my daughters hot-tub and when I got out, I found all my toenails coming off. Is this a sign of diabetes???

    • ANSWER:
      It is not per se a symptom of diabetes. Excessive urination, thrist, intermittently blurred vision, acetone-smelling breath and extreme hunger are more typical signs of diabetes.

      It is very unusual that your toenails suddenly just came off when exposed soaking in warm water. Nail fungus can exist in the nail and nail bed, causing the nail to thicken over a series of months and raise. It does not hurt. Some women also notice changes in their nails and skin after menopause. I have seen hormone replacement therapy (a pill daily) help. It might also be possible to use a topical estrogen cream on the area of concern if you don't tolerate the medication. A thyroid condition (hypothyroidism) can cause changes in the nails - usually becoming brittle. Finally very poor circulation in the lower extremity could cause changes in the feet and nail beds...though I would expect more (dramatic!) changes than just in the nails if that were the case.

      In sum, this condition requires a history and physical exam by your doctor for a work-up, a diagnosis, and treatment if warranted.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a good passive aggresive insult?
    cause I do not know that many
    The insult was "You smell like a Frenchman"

    • ANSWER:
      It's nice how you made sure that your question was not overfilled by anything important.

      Peace be with you.

      EDIT: I'd make a joke about how tough you are,
      but I don't want to make you cry.

      EDIT #2: Your pimples have cleared up very nicely.

      EDIT #3: That blouse does a great job of hiding your flat chest AND your belly rolls.

      EDIT #4: That perfume smells gross on most people,
      but it's wonderful how you put on enough of it to hide the smell of your breath.

      EDIT #5: Those sandals are so pretty I barely even notice your toenail fungus.

      EDIT #6: You have a great ability to find a hat that hides scraggly hair.

      EDIT #7: Honest, I don't mind that you burned the popcorn,
      because it hides the smell of your feet while we sit here watching a movie.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can Toenail Fungus get you sick?
    Maybe im curious or maybe im turning into a complete germophobe like my grandmother but still I would use the clippers at smell the fungus and I would just sit here and wonder could it actually end up getting me sick or causing an infection or something in that category,
    one of these days im going to have to get my imagination under control.

    • ANSWER:
      Fungus can get you sick. However, it is extremely unlikely that using the clipper would end up in you getting a fungus that would get you sick. And even there, it should be curable.

      And I would rather say that you should get your imagination under control now ...

  47. QUESTION:
    whats an easy way to cure toenail fungus with vinager?

    • ANSWER:
      You may try but I don't think its going to work.

      Treating toenail fungus is difficult because it is generally a recurring condition. There are a wide variety of over-the-counter anti-fungal creams available, but some can be overly harsh and rid the body of the good bacteria needed for systemic balance thus increasing vulnerability to fungal infections in the future.

      Your health practitioner or podiatrist may prescribe oral anti-fungal medication to stop the infection. While these medications may work in the short-term, they may also rid the body of intestinal flora and bacteria that are beneficial to the body, creating further problems.

      Herbal and homeopathic remedies can be a gentle alternative to effectively treat nail fungal infections. Melaleuca laterifolia, also known as Tea Tree Oil has excellent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healing properties. The essential oil of sweet-smelling Lavendula officinalis (Lavender) may also be used as it contains active ingredients to soothe the nail, while promoting healthy nail growth.

      There are also herbs which can be taken internally for their anti-fungal and immune boosting properties. These include Pau d Arco and Calendula officinalis.

      Together, these herbal remedies when used topically & in conjunction (like in a herbal formula) can:

      - Treat fungal infections of the nail
      - Treat flakiness and discoloration of the nail
      - Encourage healing and healthy nail growth
      - Prevent recurrence of nail infections
      - Treat pain, discomfort and redness around the nail
      - Support the body's natural ability to maintain balance of systemic Candida (yeast) levels
      - Maintain balance pH levels in the body
      - Support healthy balance of probiotic flora in the digestive tract
      - Maintain healthy digestion and metabolism

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/n/naildisorders.htm

  48. QUESTION:
    how come when you pick your toenails and smell your fingers it stinks?

    • ANSWER:
      Mines don't..but then again i never smell it lol, but probably your feet were sweaty at the time or you may have fungus.

  49. QUESTION:
    Oh no! The add to the right of me wants me to join 24 hour fitness!?
    But I don't wanna! I am really lazy! What if all the ladies have a nice butt and I dont? What if it smells like armpits? What if I get toenail fungus in the shower? I don't wanna take a shower and have other people see me naked! What if a trainer yells at me I am a lazy slob? What If I am running on the treadmill and it goes too fast and I go FLYING SMASH! though the window?

    Oh please help me what should I doooo?

    • ANSWER:
      you sound unimaginably disgusting

  50. QUESTION:
    Why does it smell like off cheese under my toenails?
    Even after i had a shower and i scrape it with my fingernails and then cheese comes off from under the nail and it really PONGS! i have a bad habit of cutting the nail and then chewing on it but try to scrape any cheese off so it doesnt get in my system D:

    • ANSWER:
      Athlete's foot fungus, maybe

toenail fungus smell

Toenail Fungus And Vicks Vapor Rub

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

For further information, please visit: Toenail Fungus Treatment Website

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My husband has toenail fungus is there an easy way to get rid of it besides going to the doctor?
    He is preasently using Vicks Vapor Rub. Also how do you get toenail fungus? And is it contagious?

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks may help, but you probably need an anti-fungal cream and/or powder. You can use lotrimin AF cream or any other similar anti-fungal product. You can order Zeasorb-AF powder through your drug store, if they don't carry it on the shelves. Or you can use yogurt. Eat plain yogurt about 3 times a week, and/or use it like a cream on the area. It will smell, but the acidophilus bacteria in the yogurt neutralizes yeast. It can take up to 6 months to clear. Keep doing what you are doing until the nail is normal.

      This is also the same fungus that results in jock itch, athlete's foot, vaginitis (in women), ringworm and other skin rashes. It is the Candida Albicans fungus (yeast). While toenail fungus is not contagious, person to person, it can spread to other toes, if unchecked.

      The underlying fungus can be transmitted by skin contact to other persons.

      For basic information on yeast, check out the link at the bottom of the Welcome page of www.hufa.org.

  2. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used vicks vapor rub on their toe nails to cure toe nail fungus? Or know someone who has?
    I have bad fungus on my toe nails and I can't take the pills they have for it. (I am only 16 and the pills can ruin your liver) Does vicks vapor rub work or do you have any other suggestions? THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      My husband uses Listerine and it works. You need to get the antiseptic kind though...he seems to think the brown works better than the green. Not sure if there is a difference in the store brand and the name brand but I would think if the ingredients are the same it should work the same.

      Pour some in a bowl or something that you can rest your foot in so the toenails can soak. Depending how bad it is, I would think you should see results in about a week but continue doing it daily until you feel it is gone. Checkout the link I posted.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does any vapor rub cure a toenail fungus?
    I heard about Vick's Vapor Rub is good to cure toenail fungus but i'm just wondering if any vapor rub would work the same.

    • ANSWER:
      Its the active ingrediants in vicks vapor rub that works on CERTAIN strains of fugus and you have to know what you are doing or, you could cause more issues. I would seriously advise seeing a podiatrist (foot dr)or researching types it 'cures' and how to apply it correctly before experimenting but, so long as an off brand has the same ingrediants, you should be fine.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy to get rid of toenail fungus?
    I have heard of Vick's Vapor Rub, Tea Tree Oil, vinegar and peroxide. The prescribed medication is quite costly. And how long or often does it need to be used?

    • ANSWER:
      tea tree is the best. you can apply it neat. dab it on once or twice a day with a dabber thing. or soak your feet in a solution of tea tree oil and water (maybe 10-15 drops in a smallish tub) you can add lavender too, thats good. soak for say 10 minutes twice a day. witch hazel i believe is good too.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to treat toenail fungus with something other than prescription meds?
    Ive tried Vicks vapor rub too greasy and you have to use it every day that rolls for the rest of your life. I need something that will get rid of it. Without having to go to doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      try Listerine it works! all you have to do is put it on the toenail twice a day and it does work. I read about it in the paper.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are good home remedies for toenail fungus?
    Looking for natural treatments to use on toenail fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      I cam across this, haven't (fortunately) had to use it but it is my understanding that even if you use a prescription product, it takes a while.

      You will need a few things:
      Vicks Vapor Rub, Rubbing alcohol, Band Aids, Q-tips, Nail File, Liquid Bleach and Tea Tree Oil-(if you can afford it)

      1.Trim and file your infected nails as best as possible. Making them shorter and thinner is half the battle.

      2.Wash toes with anti-bacterial soap in your morning shower.

      3.Use a fresh towel or hair dryer on toes. (always use a clean towel)

      4.With a Q-Tip, scrub in Rubbing Alcohol and let dry.(only takes a sec to dry)

      5.With a Q-Tip, rub a generous amount of Vicks Vapor Rub on and around infected toenails and cover with a Band Aid.

      This will keep moisture from getting on and under the nail while at the same time killing the fungus.

      When you get home from work take off your shoes and socks and wash your feet in the same way. If you have Tea Tree Oil, apply it with a Q-Tip and walk bare foot as long as possible letting it dry. If you do NOT have Tea Tree Oil, mix Bleach and Water 50/50, apply it with a Q-Tip to the NAIL ONLY. Let it Dry. I do the same to my finger.

      Before bed, repeat steps 1-5 and wear clean socks to bed.

      After a few mornings you will have this down to about 5-10 minutes.

      I have been doing this for just a few weeks now and see about half the fungus gone. IT IS NOT AN OVERNIGHT CURE. It is however a REAL CURE. I will be seeing you all at the beach this coming summer :)

  7. QUESTION:
    What to do about busted up toenails?
    Over the years, my big toenails have been abused with soccer, skiing, and hiking. Both have "lifted up".

    Both big toes are healthy at the inner half where they are connected to the bed underneath. Whereas, both are fungused at the outer half where there essentially is an air space.

    Vicks Vapor Rub kills off the fungus pretty quick, but leaves a yellow or black fungal residue.

    Is there any way to get the outer half of the nail to rejoin the bed underneath?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      It sounds as if you could clip the 'free-floating' outer nails off, just leaving the inside halves which are healthy. It's easy for me to say, I know digging into your toenail bed can be very painful !

      The advantage of this would be, that you could be sure the skin under the 'floating' nails was not also infected with fungus, (or treat it if it was). One reason for newly-grown nail to remain 'floating,' might be that the skin of the nail-bed underneath it wasn't healthy.

      If the fungus infection has grown down and into the nail-root, where new nail is being made, then it could be difficult to eradicate the fungus by topical applications, and you might need to ask for Griseofulvin tablets or Sporanox capsules or similar from your doctor. The fungus-antibiotic drug by mouth, would find its way into the nail roots and the freshly-made nails.

      I am trying to say that I think the fungus needs to be eradicated in (a) the underlying skin of the nail-beds, (b) the visible nails, and (c) the hidden nail roots.

      Sometimes the original 'lifting up' was caused by a bruise to the big toe, i.e. a blood clot collecting between the nail bed and the nail. It sounds as if you have the kind of sporting life that could cause toe-bruising quite often. When better I think you should consider more protection to your big toes. :-)

      Hope this helps. Belliger (retired UK GP)

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of using Vicks vapor rub for fungus on toenails?
    I went to dermatologist and he gave me a cream that takes 6 months to heal fungus. It doesn't seem to be working.

    • ANSWER:
      it does get better by using vicks i have done it on my husbands toes... it did get better.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for toenail fungus?
    Not sure if it is exactlly a fungus, just discolored and grows a little different.

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks Vapor Rub!! I speak from experience---it works if you are consistent with applying it. You also need to clean the existing fungus out from underneath your nail to give the Vicks a place to sit. Soaking your feet first will allow you to "squish" the fungus out from underneath the nail. You can then take tweezers or a Q-tip and apply the vapo rub underneath your nail. I don't recommend cutting the nail back too far, as this could invite further infection.
      It works if you work it!

  10. QUESTION:
    Will my toenail grow back if I have toenail fungus?
    I believe my toenail has a fungus infection and the right side of it has completely come off my nail bed. Eventually, I think my whole nail will fall off? I have read some stuff online and apparently you'll lose your toenail for good if you don't treat it. Is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not true, but it could grow back with fungus again. This is from an article about home remedies for toe fungus, hope it helps:

      Here are some of the treatments I have tried: vinegar baths, Listerine baths, Vicks vapour rub, decolorized iodine, sports creams (Canesten cream), bleach, peroxide, tea tree oil, penlac, OTC anti fungal topicals and sprays and I even drank aloe vera gel. After trying all of these things here are the top 3 toe fungus treatments:

      30 minute Vinegar baths - vinegar works excellently, but you have to do it without fail morning and night for as long as it takes for your nail to completely grow out. 2 to 3 weeks is not nearly enough - it's more like 5 to 6 months. You will have to change the vinegar every 4-5 days and the smell is not very nice. It works and it's cheap, but it's hard work and takes forever.
      Listerine Baths - I have found this home remedy to be the most effective one for mild cases of infection. You just replace the vinegar with Listerine and follow the same instructions. It eliminated the fungus for 2 of my friends that had very minor cases of infection. For my yellow and ugly nail it wasn't effective.
      Decolorized Iodine - You probably haven't heard of this one, but it's highly effective. It's not highly available, I found it at CVS for 5$. Dip a q-tip in the bottle and paint your nail and the skin next to it. Repeat twice than leave it to dry. You will feel a tingling sensation and that's how you know it works. Sometimes it hurts while applying and the smell is horrible, but after a few weeks of doing this it worked.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know an easy unespensive way to get rid of toenail fungus rather than going to a doctor?
    ive had toe nail fungus since i was born. on all 10 toes ive had it, but now on only 3 toes i do. i want to get rid of it so bad, but i dont know any other way then going to a doctor spending 130 per bottle on Lamisil. if anyone has been in a situation like this and actually knows what to do, then please let me know. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      try using vicks vapor rub 2 times a day rub it onto your toenails then put socks on you should notice a difference in a month or so

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there natural cures for toenail fungus?
    My doctor said I have toenail fungus,and he said that products sold on the market could interact with a medication I take and affect my liver.I would like an alternative.Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how chronic a case you have. There are over the counter lacquers for toenail fungus but as per the box instructions, these are only really suitable where a couple of nails are affected. With anything more chronic...they might not work. Also you have to persist and use for several months before you might see any results....as the nails grow out. And you have to be careful not to contaminate any healthy nails with the applicator stick and nail file.

      Really you need a systemic whole body approach. Looks like your doctor has ruled out the anti-fungal tablet treatment....that in itself, even without being on any other medication usually necessitates liver function monitoring.

      You could try olive leaf extract capsules...but as with any treatment you would need to wait several months before you might notice any significant results....waiting for healthy nail to appear and become obvious. More importantly, since you are on medication already, you would need to check with your doctor regarding taking olive leaf extract to be sure you could take it alongside any prescribed medications you take because some herbs have drug interactions. Read this regarding some known drug interactions with olive leaf extract and the 'herxheimer reaction' which is a reaction one might display from the death of microbes [ http://olivus.com/cautions_olive_leaf.htm ** ]. Caprylic acid [from coconut oil] tablets is another supplement worth trying, and could be taken alongside olive leaf extract. But always talk to your doctor or pharmacist first before taking supplements of any kind if on any prescribed medications.

      ** Not promoting this brand...link posted to a short article for reference purposes only...not affiliated in any way with this company or any other connected with it.

      For long-standing chronic toe nail fungus, a more drastic solution might be to have the toenails surgically removed under local anaesthetic. In the UK, you might be able to go on an NHS waiting list for that...but I think your doctor would only agree to that if it was very chronic. Plus if one was diabetic that might not be a viable solution...you would need to talk to your GP or a chiropodist. There is alternatively laser treatment for toenail fungus. That could prove to be a very expensive option and am not sure if that is available at all on the NHS in the UK. Outside of the UK you would have to enquire with your insurance company if you have private health insurance.

      There might be some anecdotal evidence circulating the Internet for non-pharmaceutical topical treatments having some benefit, perhaps if the condition is not too far advanced. These treatments might include tea tree oil, myrrh oil, Vick's vapour rub, or some other known anti-fungal oils/essential oils...garlic oil might be another for instance. You could certainly try one of those or a combination. But you would have to pre-treat your nail as you would if you were applying the lacquer...filing down any thick growth for instance. One major problem might be getting any treatment to stay in place. Also, to be really effective it needs to penetrate down to the nail root. You should be careful if you have diabetes....it might be better to seek professional help.

      As a preventative in future after successful treatment, or to help with prevention of the infection spreading to healthy toenails: always dry your feet well after showering...air dry for a while...and wear open toe sandals as much as possible in dry sunny weather.

      Toenail fungus could be a signal one's immune system is functioning below par. Diabetics and some with other health conditions, immuno-compromised particularly, might be more prone to fungal infections. If you have any underlying health conditions or concerns...discuss a suitable plan of action with your GP or other healthcare provider.

      Good luck...hope you find a solution and resolution.

  13. QUESTION:
    Got the dreaded yellow toenail and i need your advice?
    so about a year ago my toenail turned yellow. i went to the doctor he gave me these pills( i had to get blood drawn to see if my kidneys could handle it cuz the pills are strong) and he gave me this anitfungal treatment, formula 3. the nail regrew healthy, but now its back. im using the formula 3 again and filing the nail but it does not seem be going away. i saw another product at the store, Dr. Blaines Tineacide. anyone ever try this or would recommend it over formula 3?

    • ANSWER:
      After every shower dry your toenail and apply tea tree oil with a Q-tip. To really speed up recovery apply it again each night before you go to bed. The tea tree oil will stop the fungus from growing and your nail will grow out white and fungus free. Keep applying the oil for a few months until you see the base of the nail growing out cleanly.

      Tea tree oil is sold in a small amber brown colored bottle and can be found at drugstores and Target.

      I have tried Vicks Vapor rub and it did not work. I also tried Listerine, hydrogen peroxide, bleach and anything else I thought would kill fungus. The tea tree oil was the only thing that worked. My big toe nail was hideous, yellow brown and crusty and is now completely normal thanks to tea tree oil.

  14. QUESTION:
    How did you treat your toenail fungus?
    I've heard tea tree oil works but takes time.

    Lavender is supposedly good as well, but haven't done much research on it's effectiveness.

    OTC Medications are readily available but have yet to find one that shows results.

    I'd like to know what your experience was, and how I might go about treating it without Prescription Medication that will only cause further damage to vital organs.

    • ANSWER:
      This is from an article about toe fungus treatment, hope it helps:

      Here are some of the treatments I have tried: vinegar baths, Listerine baths, Vicks vapour rub, decolorized iodine, sports creams (Canesten cream), bleach, peroxide, tea tree oil, penlac, OTC anti fungal topicals and sprays and I even drank aloe vera gel. After trying all of these things here are the top 3 toe fungus treatments:

      30 minute Vinegar baths - vinegar works excellently, but you have to do it without fail morning and night for as long as it takes for your nail to completely grow out. 2 to 3 weeks is not nearly enough - it's more like 5 to 6 months. You will have to change the vinegar every 4-5 days and the smell is not very nice. It works and it's cheap, but it's hard work and takes forever.
      Listerine Baths - I have found this home remedy to be the most effective one for mild cases of infection. You just replace the vinegar with Listerine and follow the same instructions. It eliminated the fungus for 2 of my friends that had very minor cases of infection. For my yellow and ugly nail it wasn't effective.
      Decolorized Iodine - You probably haven't heard of this one, but it's highly effective. It's not highly available, I found it at CVS for 5$. Dip a q-tip in the bottle and paint your nail and the skin next to it. Repeat twice than leave it to dry. You will feel a tingling sensation and that's how you know it works. Sometimes it hurts while applying and the smell is horrible, but after a few weeks of doing this it worked.

  15. QUESTION:
    I have fungus on my toenail. How to get rid of it? How long does it take?
    I have fungus on my toenail and I was wondering how long it takes to completely get rid of it? What are the standard treatment options?

    • ANSWER:
      yeah i would say use the vicks vapor rub. I have heard it works well, but im not sure if it takes six months. When it clears up remember to not walk bare footed anywhere espeically outside or in public place. Also make sure that you keep your feet dry, when their wet they can make fungus grow. Also if you wear nail polish try not to wear your toes painted all the time that can cause discoloraition. If it doesnt get better after that in a few months then going to the doctor for a pill might be your only opion. Good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried the vicks vaporrub cure for toenail fungus?
    I am taking antibiotics and painkillers but not yet treating the fungus..i am scared to take the lamisil its severe for the liver. What have you heard about the Vicks?

    • ANSWER:
      Vick's Vapor Rub is for clearing congestion and your sinuses- not toenail fungus. If you are worried about the lamisil thing, I am sure there are other over-the-counter medications you could use to treat toenail fungus. You could also see a dermatologist and get their opinion for treating and getting rid of this problem.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do you cure toenail fungus?
    I have had it my whole life, any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      If it is a serious problem you should consult with your doctor. You may need to take a medication internally. You can also try soaking your feet in warm water with teatree oil. Some people swear that Vick's Vapour Rub applied beneath the toe nail helps. Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    I have this wound at the tip of my big toe for months now.What will i do?
    My wound is not healing in any way. I already used antibiotics. Sometimes it's dry and crusty then the skin breaks and moist again.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have athlete's foot. Multiple home remedies are available including vinegar soaks, dilute Clorox soaks, and shampoos like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. Other reported but unverified remedies have included Vicks Vapor Rub and Epsom salts.

      Dilute vinegar soaks or sprays (roughly 1 part white household vinegar to 4 parts water)

      Dilute Clorox baths or soaks (approximately cup household Clorox bleach in one bathtub of water).

      There are also over the counter ointments you can get at the drug store.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Shoe materials, such as vinyl, that don't breathe cause your feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using 1 part vinegar and roughly 4 parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks

      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating athlete's foot.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid re-infection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

      If you notice any redness, increased swelling, bleeding, or if your infection is not clearing up, see your health-care practitioner. If a bacterial infection is also occurring, an antibiotic pill may be necessary. If you have fungal nail involvement, are diabetic, or have a compromised immune system, you should also see your physician for treatment.

      Check this site for good information about what you need to do.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/page4.htm#remedy

  19. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of fungus on my toenails over the counter?

    • ANSWER:
      This worked for me. First use a pocket knife or some implement to remove as much of the overlying nail as possible. Then apply and massage in Vicks Vapor Rub every night. As the nail begins to grow back you will find that the underlying nail bed is free of the fungus.

  20. QUESTION:
    what is the best topical way to cure toenail fungus and how exactly to do it?

    • ANSWER:
      Vick's vapor rub, rub it in every nite, sure cure...........

  21. QUESTION:
    What is your favorite recipe for fungus removal cream?

    • ANSWER:
      Simply use Vicks Vapor Rub if it's a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. Apply it to clean nails twice a day and it will kill the fungus up. Depending on how bad the infection is, it can take anywhere from a week to months. It works fantastic and it's much cheaper than many meds out there! The generic is just fine to use.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of toenail fungus infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Though the toenail fungal infection is not fatal in nature but it can be troublesome for you to a great extent. If left untreated, the fungus may multiply and damage the appearance of the nails extensively. In some chronic cases the infection may also be accompanied by pain.

      Toenail fungal infections mainly develop due to getting in touch with the contaminated water of the public baths, changing rooms, shower stalls, locker rooms and such. Wearing of tight fitting shoes and socks for long hours can contribute to the development of the infection. Patients of compromised immune system and those having skin of very high ph level are often the victims of the nail infection.

      If you have developed a toenail infection, you need not worry too much. You can easily recover from the infection in case you take proper care of your nail. Application of solutions like diluted bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, Listerine, tree tea oil on a regular basis would help you to get rid of the infection effectively. Though not proved but many have been benefited by applying Vicks Vapor rub on the infected region.

      If your infection is at an advanced stage, waste no time to visit a doctor. The doctor would probably prescribe you with medicated topical ointments and oral drugs.

      No matter the kind of solution you are using, always make sure of dipping your feet for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day to get optimal benefit. Many effective medicines fail to heal the infected toe as they are not allowed to stay for a considerable amount of time. Keep your nails clean germ and dirt free in order to stay away from the nail fungal infection.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of finger nail fungus for good?

    • ANSWER:
      A home cure for this is to rub Vick's Vapor Rub on the nails twice a day and at night. Folks say this really works. Also good for toenail fungus.

  24. QUESTION:
    Has any one use Vicks vapor rub for toenail fungus?
    Like a month ago I got an ingrown toenail and now my little nail started getting fungus :( I read that this works but had anyone actually tried it b4? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, there is a peer reviewed article on it, it appears to work just as well as anti fungal creams, which don't work well on nails anyway. Soaking the foot in vinegar and warm water 50/50% is good, and wear new socks. Swill shoes with white vinegar. Clean, clean!!

  25. QUESTION:
    Are there any household products you use for double-duty?
    I use toothpaste to dry up the occasional blemish...
    (Adult breakouts suck! You think you're done, but nooo...)
    And listerine as astrigent in a pinch..
    What do you use ?
    As weird as it sounds, a can of Coke can clean the toilet and it can clean rust too...
    Oh and dryer sheets are good for frizzy hair and flyaways too :)

    • ANSWER:
      I've done the toothpaste thing myself but, I love to use baking soda to scrub stains. Ohh my friend just emailed me tTHINGS TO KNOW

      1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair.

      2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish.

      3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes.

      4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair.

      5. Elmer's Glue - paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.

      6. Shiny Hair - use brewed Lipton Tea.

      7. Sunburn - empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water.

      8. Minor burn - Col! gate or Crest toothpaste.

      9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!

      10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too.

      11. Bee stings -- meat tenderizer.

      12. Chigger bite - Preparation H.

      13. Puffy eyes - Preparation H.

      14. Paper cut -- crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals).

      15. Stinky feet - Jello!

      16. Athletes feet -- cornstarch.

      17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails - Vicks vapor rub.

      18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff).

      19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won't hurt them if they eat it!

      20. Peanut butter -- will get scratches out of CD's! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper.

      21. Sticking bicycle chain - Pam no-stick cooking spray

      22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby

      23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls

      24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on.

      25. Heavy dandruff -- pour on the vinegar!

      26. Body paint - Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!

      27. Tie Dye T-shirt - mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak

      28. Preserving a newspaper clipping -- large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia, soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!

      29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD's!

      30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste.

      31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.

      32. &nb! sp; To remove wax - Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.

      33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!

      34. Baked on food -- fill container with water, get a Bounce fabric softener and the static from the Bounce dryer sheet will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets, soak overnight!

      35. Crayon on the wall - Colgate toothpaste and brush it!

      36. Dirty grout - Listerine

      37. Stains on clothes - Colgate

      38. Grass stains - Karo Syrup

      39. Grease Stains - Coca Cola, it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!

      40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you ge! t them back again.

      41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox, or 2 Bayer
      aspirin, or just use 7-up instead of water.

      42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you "squeeze e" for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
      Each d! ay has a different color twist tie. They are: Monday = Blue, Tuesday = Green, Thursday = Red, Friday = White and Saturday = Yellow. So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday.
      Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

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  26. QUESTION:
    what causes toenail fungus and is there a home remedy to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      I also saw in the newspaper about the Vick's vapor rub. I tried it and it really works! Twice a day until they grow out right.

  27. QUESTION:
    what is the best toenail fungus treatment?
    my dad has really screwed up toes because of his job from the military..u know they have to wear those hott sweaty boots...ya i want my dad to be happy...like i need the
    --->[[ABSOLUTE BEST]]<---- treatment...
    uh...he wants his feet to be nice..dats why im askin it on here ok...so i can make him happy by tellin him some treatments

    • ANSWER:
      I've read that if you put Vicks vapor rub on toe nail fungus it can help clear it up!

  28. QUESTION:
    Is it true that Vicks vapor rub/mentholatum can rid one of toe nail fungus?
    I was told this by a podiatrist

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, I suppose it would work but there are a host of other unorthodox remedies that will work as well. For sure I can tell you to avoid a Rx product known by it's commercial name, Lamisil. It's reportedly a potent oral antifungal agent that can really do a number on a person's liver. Now tell me: Is it worth damaging your liver to rid yourself of toenail fungus? I think your answer is a resounding "No!" It's also very expensive costing upwards of 0/month. There's no doubt that the maker of the stuff is protecting it's patents to it and rigging the price as high as they can get away with. I've had recurring bouts of toenail fungus for several years. I've always beens an avid walker so my feet get sweaty, which fungi love; however, I've had success using ordinary kitchen vinegar. Fungus hates an acidic environment which is essential what gives vinegar its sour taste - acid. So if you use the stuff twice a day dabbing it on the affected toes I can assure you postive results. I've found a useful website for you to refer to: http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/4948/1/Vinegar-Cure-For-Toe-Nail-Fungus.html

  29. QUESTION:
    I have really cracked toenails and have been tested for fungus to no result can You help?

    • ANSWER:
      After you wash your feet in the morning and at night rub Vick's vapor rub on your nails. Do this religiously twice a day for 3 months and you should be cleared up.

  30. QUESTION:
    what is a natural cure for toenail fungus?
    I have tried everything from vics vapor rub to mouth wash.

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to cure toenail fungus naturally is the following:

      Acidophilis Beer Soak:

      1.Buy dark beer, white vinegar, sachets of acidophilis (or powdered 50 billion organisms)
      2.Get a tub big enough for the treatment area (cat boxes are good - new ones please!)
      3.Add 1 liter of room temperature dark beer, 1 liter of white vinegar, 50 billion acidophilis bacteria.
      4.Soak feet in this solution for 20 minutes before turning in at night.
      5.Get big container and pour all solution into it and put into refridgerator. This saves you money as you can resuse it.
      6.Repeat using the same solution but add just enough hot water to make the solution warm.
      7.Every 3rd time, add another 50 billion organisms to the solution.
      8.Do this daily for 30 days or until you see normal healthy toenail growth appearing.

      If you add urea paste to the nail during the day and soak your toes in the solution at night, the tinea unguinum will likely go away faster. You may also repeat the soaking in solution two times a day.

      vicks vapor rub will not work as you have found out. The above remedy works really well. If you have a thick nail of about 1/4" and it's curling up, you may have to have it surgically removed. Nail fungus is very tough. You have to be diligent, but if you are and follow the above procedure, you will be successful.

      good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    if you did have toenail fungus, would you treat it or just paint your nails?
    what color?

    • ANSWER:
      You're really on this toenail fungus huh? I heard vick's vapor rub works good on it.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can you get a pedicure at a nail salon if you have a toenail fungus on one of your toes?

    • ANSWER:
      Would you really want to? That's pretty nasty. And if they dont' clean their tools - and let's face it, they don't - then you could leave with VEEERY serious problems. To clear up your fungus, apply Vicks vapor rub to your feet nightly, or more often if you can.

  33. QUESTION:
    do i need to see a podiatrist or a general doctor for toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great cure for toenail fungus that doesn't require a prescription, doesn't cause liver problems like the pill does, and is really cheap. Buy some Vicks Vapor Rub and put it on your toenails twice a day. This works just as well as the expensive pill that doctor's now prescribe. (Bleach doesn't work and can cause burns). Try it. It can't hurt you. You can always get the expensive stuff later if it doesn't work (but it will).

  34. QUESTION:
    what makes vicks vapor rub work on toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks contains Thymol which is the key ingredient to treat bacterial fungus infections of the nails.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a successful remedy for BAD toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Believe it or not....I tried it and it works.....Put Vicks Vapor Rub on the toe and underneath the nail with a Q-tip....do this several times a day...everytime you think about it....go barefooted so that your toes get air.....Not sure how long this may take... a month or two....but, in time....it will cure the fungus. Also, you need to make sure that when you shower.....dry your toes and feet well.....

  36. QUESTION:
    Can someone use Vick's vapor rub to treat toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    What overt the counter medication can be used on thick and brittle toenails.?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband treated his with Vicks Vapor Rub. You rub it on twice a day and it kills the nail fungus that causes your nails to be thick and brittle.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy to cure toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      My grandfather swears by Vicks Vapor Rub. It is also in those home remedy books you can buy.

  39. QUESTION:
    is it good to wear nail polish on your fungus toenail while using vick's vapor rub?
    i love to polish my toes and i was wondering if anyone knew if it was good to wear nail polish on my toes while using this treatment help please

    • ANSWER:
      it probably doesn't hurt anything

  40. QUESTION:
    Tropical Products vs Home Remedies (Toenail Fungus Treatment)?
    Which is more effective and faster treatment for nail/toenail fungus?

    Tropical Products (ZetaClear,Fungusil,Zerofungus) or Home Remedies (Tea Tree Oil,Vick's Vapor Rub,Listerine). If tropical products, what's the best treatment product? If Home Remedies, what's the best remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Any over the counter Athletes Foot treatment will do fine. Apply to the cuticle daily for about a month.

  41. QUESTION:
    What can I use for toenail fungus?
    what worked for you? I'm reading that prescriptions can be 0-400 and not covered by insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      vicks vapor rub

  42. QUESTION:
    Which works best for toe nail fungus?
    a) Vinegar
    b) tee tree oil
    c) Vick's vapor rub
    d) bleach
    e) peroxide
    f) listerine
    g) alcohol
    The weird treatments I've read about
    e) urine
    f) WD-40
    Subhasish, it doesn't show your answer..
    It seems that each answer is a commercial for Zeta clear.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't tried these, but I found an article by someone who has tried dome of these home remedies, hope it helps:

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Toe-Fungus-Treatment-That-Works---The-Top-3-Home-Remedies-to-Eliminate-Toenail-Fungus-Forever&id=6226595

  43. QUESTION:
    Does Vicks Vapor Rub really cure toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      i was told by a 'foot person' to use sand paper to sand off the shiney top layer of my nail. Because that is what protects the actual nail bed. Then i soak a cotton bud/Q-tip with tea tree oil and dab it all over the nail and also as much as i can under the tip. been doing it for a while now and the discolouring has gotten a lot smaller over the 6 weeks or so.
      Never heard the Vicks vapo rub one though.

  44. QUESTION:
    any home remedy for fungus in toenails?
    any home remedy for fungus in toenails?

    • ANSWER:
      Below are some home remedies for toenail fungus

      1. Baking soda can be used as a foot soak two times a day allowing to affected areas to dry completely afterwards. You can mix baking soda with water making a thick paste and apply to area and allow to dry. It will fall off when dry but cleanup is easy enough. This will even improve the look of your nail while waiting on the fungal infection to heal.

      2. Oregano essential oil can be applied as often as possible with results showing within the first week. Make sure nail is primed in order to better absorb oil. Oregano oil is a quick result giver as well as being able to be used as often as you would like.

      3. Vicks vapor rub whether name brand or not works well. Treat twice a day by applying to primed nail surface and applying a band aid or sock. May be the Eucalyptus that works so well, but results are quick with this method with little to have to do.

      4. Toenail fungus can be treated by mixing a mixture of equal parts of soy sauce and pine sol. Store in a bottle and use an eyedropper to apply drops to affected nail two times a day for as long as it takes. Watch for redness and irritation.

      5. Bag balm for cow utters is another fungal fighter. This balm is good for lots of things but also has been known to be effective on fungi. You will want to apply to primed nails and cover with socks then you are ready to go.

  45. QUESTION:
    If you have toe nail fungus will they refuse to do your pedicure at the nail salon?

    hahaha I don't have it. (at least i don't think i do...) I was asking for my co-worker. we don't know if we have anything like that because we have never been diagnosed with it. We both have kind of yellow tinted toenails when we take off polish. does that mean we have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if your nail technician will do your pedicure WITH fungus or an infection of any kind, it is probably where you caught it. You should really stay away from any beauty technician that will try to cover something like that. Go see a podiatrist and also look at some over the counter/home remedies...such as taking a nail file and run it over the surface of the toenail then rub Vick's Vapor Rub into the top of the toenail. The grooves will help keep the Vick's on the toenail. Do this for several days/nights in a row as often as you can.The Eucalyptus in the Vick's will kill the fungus on the nail faster than any store-bought anti-fungal available !...or so says the home remedies book.

      Good Luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    does vicks vapor rub work for toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it absolutely does. Rub it under and around the nail well and more than once a day, for a couple of weeks and you will start to see results. Use it at night a couple of times a week to keep fungus away. My brother has used this method and he was shocked how well it works. He plays professional sports so his feet often accumulate moisture and he can easily have the problem. If it worked for him it can work for anyone!

  47. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy to get rid of toenail fungus. Too ashamed to go to the dr.?

    • ANSWER:
      Believe it or not, Vick's vapor rub. Put it on before going to bed at night. If you do have a serious case you do need to go to the doctor. It will not go away by itself. It will more than likely spread and in some cases cause you to lose the entire nail. Nothing to be ashamed of by no means. Try to keep your feet dry (workboots are to blame many times). Use a medicated powder as well.

  48. QUESTION:
    ugh Toenail Fungus. . . HELP!?
    Ok. . . So I've had toenail fungus for a while. . just covered it with nail polish. . . but that's not working anymore and I just want to get rid of it but I don't want to take lamisil. . . call my crazy but i like my liver LOL. . anyways the Pharmacist at Wal-Mart told me to get PRO CLEARZ because a lot of ppl use it and it works. . has anyone used this and if so does it work and how long will it take. . I know it won't be over night and probably months. . just wondering how long. . Also if anyone knows of anything else i could use i'd gladly appreciate your input. . . but please no Vicks Vapor rub. . I can't stand that smell LOL thanks Everyone

    • ANSWER:
      Stop covering it up, not only will nail fungus cause liver problems (which you said you cared about) in the long run, it causes a lot of other health problems. Go to the doctor, you're right about lamisil pills, they'll kill you. Get an Rx cream, the name escapes me, but it worked for me when I had it last year. And it takes a long time (9 months to a year) for it do go away (depending how much the nail is covered). Don't use crappy over-the-counter stuff, it does not work. And don't hide it under nail polish while you're treating it, unless you absolutely need to for a night, but make sure to take it off ASAP.

  49. QUESTION:
    What can I use to cure nail/toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      TOE NAIL FUNGUS:Whatever you do will take a year to grow out.
      There is not PROOF that Vicks Vapour Rub is effective for toenail fungus. Have to rub it in every night. The real problem is continual re-infection from the fungal spores in socks, bed linen, carpets, etc and not forgetting shoes. Wash everything in HOT water with bleach if feasible and wash out shoes with white vinegar. You have to keep this up for a year.
      Loceryl is only 50% effective and is expensive.
      Soakin feet in potassium permanganate is good, stains purple/brown.
      Soaking in 10 litre warm water and a cup water.
      Ditto white vinegar.
      I am a 'foot doctor', a podiatrist and I have drugs, which are bad for your liver, for this, but in the end, cleanliness will be the best cure, but the big toe nail will take a year to grow out, and if there are spores in the house, linen, shoes whatever, you will be reinfected.

  50. QUESTION:
    Help! Toenail fungus?
    I've been suffered from toenail fungus.
    And I have a few questions.

    1. How much would it cost to see the doctor and prescribed drugs (oral drugs)? Would the insurance cover both?
    2. Are there any ways to cure toenail fungus without taking prescribed drugs?
    3. Does Vick's vapor rub work?
    4. Do any over-the-counter drugs work?

    Since I'm breastfeeding now for my 2-week old son, I prefer not take oral medicines.
    So please help!!

    • ANSWER:

toenail fungus and vicks vapor rub

Toenail Fungus Foot Soak

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

For further information, please visit: Toenail Fungus Treatment Website

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a permanent toenail fungus cure?
    I have attempted to get rid of toenail fungus using various remedies: Penlac, TeaTree Oil, other nail fungal topical treatmnts. I have not tried the oral pills due to the doctor's advice that they can damage liver, they are expensive and not 100% effective. The best remedy I have found is soaking my feet in vinegar daily, which works very well. Can anyone tell me what they have used and has worked? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a Podiatrist, (foot Doctor) and get a medical soak
      for your feet.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does Tea Tree Oil and soaking your feet in bleach really work for toenail fungus?
    I can't believe I'm asking this because I see all the rude comments that people leave to these types of questions, but I'm a very young female and I already have toenail fungus on 4 of my toes. For the past 2 weeks I've been soaking my feet in part bleach, water and soap and then putting tea tree oil on them twice a day and Myoxcide once a day. Has anyone had any luck with this sort of thing?? Or any suggestions?!?

    • ANSWER:
      You're doing too much! Please get your feet out of the bleach, in the long run it can damage your skin. Either just treat your feet with the tea-tree or the myoxcide, but not both. If you overload your skin with all the treatments your body will keep sending out new bacteria to try and fight all the mixed chemicals and they'll never recover. Make sure you keep your feet as cool and dry as possible - don't wear trainers/sneakers as they soften the feet and make you sweat more. Try the prescribed/pharmacy treatment on its own for a few weeks and see what happens.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of toenail fungus?
    About 6 months ago, or longer, I had a pedicure. A few months later I began to develop a toenail fungus. I now realize the place was not cleaning to foot bath sink properly. How do I get rid of the fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you use tea tree oil for toenail fungus?
    I was told that tea tree oil was a great way to help toenail fungus so I got some but I realized that I don't know the best way to use it. Do I need to remove any toenail polish? How long should I use it? Any help would be great. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      have to disagree with other answer.....sorry!!! You do not mix it 50/50 with a carrier (a base oil) OR Lavender (another essential oil) This is mixing apples and oranges. If you only use Tea tree oil, which is a toenail fungus treatment of the first order, then do this. put 12 drops of tea tree oil into one ounce of base/carrier and jojoba is fine but so is non food grade safflower, sunflower, grape-seed or apricot. The essential oil cannot penetrate the dead toenail. Try to cut away as much of the dead nail as you can and try put a drop or two of the BLEND under and around the nail and cover with a band-aid twice a day. Or do a foot or toe soak, like 10 drops of the blend into warm water. I have sold this to several folks and it works fine.

  5. QUESTION:
    What the amount of water/listerine or vinegar to soak your feet to treat toenail fungus?
    I dont want to pour too much or too little. The size of the container can fit both your foot. The length is about 5 inches. The width is 1 foot.
    Should i filled the container with like 1/4 of listerine or vinegar and like 3/4 water? Just give me any estimation. Doesn't have to be in exact number.

    • ANSWER:
      itz - To kill toenail fungus is a long and tough task. The fungus usually thickens the nail and then grows UNDER the nail. IF you do a Yahoo or Google computer search for - treatment of nail fungus - you will get lots of references and info, especially from the Mayo Clinic. Often, ordinary Vicks Vaporub is applied twice a day to the surface and nail edges. There is some very expensive topical clear medicine applied like nail polish. A podiatrist could plane off some of the nail thickness. Finally oral medicine, which sometimes has a bad effect on your liver, has been used. Treatment can take months and requires persistence, but you can cure it.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you look after your toe once the toenail has fallen off?
    I'm pretty sure i had toenail fungus (ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!) I think it was from wearing small shoes (can't help that, i'm a girl and have like size 12 feet) Anyway- now the nail has come off, how do i look after my toe so that a new toenail can grow PERFECT???????
    Shut up 'Brianna'

    • ANSWER:
      Well for one thing you need to keep it clean. Soak it in warm water with epsom salts for 10 minutes at least twice a day. Also when wearing shoes/socks etc cover your toe lightly with a bandaid. I would also suggest putting antibiotic ointment cream on it such a polysporin just to keep the toe moisturized.

  7. QUESTION:
    Do I Need to see a dermatologist to have my toenail removed?
    Despite excruciating pain when practicing this, can I simply, from home, remove one of my toenails(as I suffer from toenail fungus)? Are there certain procedures to follow to properly remove a toenail? Or just put a towel in my mouth and start pulling?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, this isn't the way to go about solving the fungus problem. There are medications you can take, as well as vinegar soaking topically. If the situation is so bad you're willing to bite the towel, I'd recommend you do both!

      If the toenail has to be removed, see a podiatrist, dermatologist, or GP to have this done. However, while they'll deaden it for the procedure, I can tell you it will be VERY painful afterwards - each time you put your foot down to the floor after it's been elevated you'll think the top of your head is about to pop off.

      Nail beds are extremely sensitive and I don't think you can remove a toenail at home.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to use 2 antifungal medications at once?
    I caught toenail fungus while in college and it's been with me for years. I've just started treating it but have read that studies show it's better to soften the nail with urea 40 cream and then apply the medication so that it penetrates the nail as opposed to just applying it. I was wondering if I should apply the urea cream and then apply the medication right after or should I use the urea cream for a while and then start applying? I just don't want one to decrease the effect of the other.

    • ANSWER:
      NAIL FUNGUS:Urea cream softens keratin, the 'fabric' of nails. So for absolutely the best effect, you use an emery board to file off the surface of the nail. so it's rough. then apply the urea, leave for a few minutes... strength 40 is strong, so rub that off, file a bit more, then apply the medication. If it is a laquer, 'loceryl' (amorolfine) remove it before reapplying, lots of people just put more on top of the previous layer, this does not allow the active medication to penetrate. If a cream, 'Daktarin' or generic terbinafine/ketoconazole, rub well into the cuticle of the nail. Urea has no anti-fungal properties.
      You do realize it will be 6 months before you see any improvement?
      Also soak your feet in 10 litres of warm water with 2 cups of white vinegar in it from time to time, and be blxxdy sure to do the filing over newspaper which you screw up and burn, don't pass it on. The spores are still active...just waiting for a nice warm foot.
      Wash all your socks on HOT wash, and line dry in sunshine.
      Wash the inside of your shoes with white vinegar, or Canesten spray. kill the Spores.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for toenail fungus?
    Not sure if it is exactlly a fungus, just discolored and grows a little different.

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks Vapor Rub!! I speak from experience---it works if you are consistent with applying it. You also need to clean the existing fungus out from underneath your nail to give the Vicks a place to sit. Soaking your feet first will allow you to "squish" the fungus out from underneath the nail. You can then take tweezers or a Q-tip and apply the vapo rub underneath your nail. I don't recommend cutting the nail back too far, as this could invite further infection.
      It works if you work it!

  10. QUESTION:
    The bottom of my feet exept for the arches are very dry what type of atheletes foot is it?
    I've tried scrubs,pumice stone,and lotion I still have the dry sometimes scaly feet on bottoms only.Toenails look fine no cracks or yellowing because I scrub bed of nail with soap and a washcloth in shower and dry well afterwards. What should I use or should I get it checked out by a family doc. to also maybe rule out toenail fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      i have the same thing, the best thing to do is don't scrub and put lotion on it evey single night and put socks on (let your feet be soaked with the lotion) and sleep with it like that evey night for months and your feet will be smooth but its not over yet you still have it the lotion just emough to keep a clean & smooth looking for some amount of time but you should go to a specail care place for that.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to naturally get rid of toe nail fungi?
    After a pedicure I had a few months back...I noticed my toenails developed fungus. The nails were wavy and yellowish color. it looks like some nails are growing healthy nails back but some nails are still affected. Is there any natural way to kill the fungi on the nails to prevent from spreading and to get rid of it in some of the nails that aren't clearing up?

    • ANSWER:
      Soak your feet in Listerine mouth wash. The antiseptic properties can do wonders for nail fungus.
      Check this out: http://www.ehow.com/way_5149770_listerine-cure-toenail-fungus.html

  12. QUESTION:
    How long can you have toenail fungus?
    I'm unsure if I have it or not because other than my toenails (both pinky toes) being thick they don't have any other signs. They've been this way for as long as I can remember, since I was 5 or so (20 now). The rest of my toes or normal. Could this be a heredity thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Toenails that are thick and yellowed can be caused by inadequate nutrition, poor health, fungal infections, or genetics. If home remedies don't work, seek the services of a podiatrist. In the meantime, here are a few steps to help you treat your nails.

      Things You'll Need

      Cotton Swabs
      Cuticle Creams
      Exfoliating Cleanser

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      Instructions

      1. Wash your instruments in soap and water, and rinse them with alcohol or antiseptic.

      2. Mix 2 tbsp. mild household detergent, or betadine solution, into 1/2 gallon of warm water. Dip your foot in the water and soak for 10 minutes.

      3. Cut the affected nail straight across with a nail clipper.

      4. With a clean nail file and a wisp of cotton, clean out the debris under and around the sides of the nail.

      5. Cut a piece of 40 percent salicylic acid plaster to the size and shape of the affected nail. Apply it with the plaster side against the nail, and cover with an adhesive bandage.

      6. Keep the toe dry for two days.

      7. Take a nail brush or old toothbrush and brush off as much flaky nail debris as possible when you remove the plaster.

      8. Thoroughly clean the area with warm, soapy water, and apply an antiseptic solution.

      9. Repeat the salicylic acid treatment three to four times.

      10. Ask your podiatrist if the cause of your discolored nails is an underlying fungal infection. If so, begin oral or topical antifungal treatments.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of athletes foot?
    I use the foot cream that most people use but does anyone know any other solutions? I want it gone by tomorrow even though its not possible.!! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Soak your feet every night and every morning if possible in vinegar (it does not have to be apple cider vinegar) do it at least 15 minutes but if you can do it longer that will be better still don't rinse it off. I had athlete's foot and it never was "cured" but I did this treatment actually for toenail fungus and it cured my athlete's foot (I wear a lot of closed toed shoes even in the summer too!). All those lotions, Tinactin, etc. have never worked for me, but trust me, this will. It minimizes the toenail fungus, if you are curious, but does not really "cure" that unfortunately.

  14. QUESTION:
    Will I spread my toenail fungus doing this?
    I need to cut my toenails & there is only one pair in the house, my moms. I'm pretty sure I have toenail fungus, so I was going to use hers & then scrub them with soap & water, and then soak them in 91% alcohol for about 15-20 mins. Will this be sufficient to sanitize them? Thanks guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  15. QUESTION:
    How do i remove fungus off my feet?
    How do i remove fungus off my feet after being there almost 3 years and i add lamisil every night and it docent work it looks severe it itches so bad i need to get ride of it soon please.

    • ANSWER:
      Try applying tea tree oil and oregano oil. They are proven to be effective in curing toenail fungus. Or even try soaking your feet in vinegar. If none of these will work try this cool site that I found

  16. QUESTION:
    I poured a gallon of vinegar into a pan to soak my foot?
    My nurse said this will cure a toenail that has fungus if I treat it 2x's a day for several months.How long can that gallon of vinegar sit in the pan(for repetitive use) before it looses it's acidity?

    • ANSWER:
      Change it daily. Aldi has vinegar for a great price.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad athletes foot?
    I've had athletes foot for about 4/5 years now and I was wondering if there was a sure fire way to get rid of it? I change my socks daily, I was my feet properly, I just can't seem to get rid of it...the skins peels off easily and painlessly but in large quantities...Anyone know how to get rid of it easily? Also, Is there any Cream or anything that is likely to work. Any answers are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment of athlete's foot can be divided into two parts. The first, and most important part, is to make the infected area less suitable for the athlete's foot fungus to grow. This means keeping the area clean and dry.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Occlusive shoe materials, such as vinyl, cause the feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using one part vinegar and roughly four parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks
      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating fungal foot infections.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid reinfection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of toe fungus?
    I have a friend I want to give a pedicure to but she is self concious about some toe fungus and I want to find a way to remove it during the pedicure.

    • ANSWER:
      Nail fungus can be very difficult to get rid of. If nothing is done, it will spread and toenails can be lost. The fungus likes warm moist conditions so keeping the feet dry is important. Wear shoes that let the feet breath. Soaking in bleach solution can help. The fungus also doesn't like acidic conditions so putting boric acid powder in shoes can help as well as soaking in boric acid solution. This should be done every day. There are also topical medicines that you can buy at any drug store. Toenails grow about half as fast as fingernails so it can take many months for the affected nails to grow out completely. Be patient and keep up the treatment and you can beat it. Good luck.

      P.S. The fungus makes the nails get thick. The top surface of the nail can be filed down to remove the bump.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can you treat toenail fungus the same even when the toenail has already fallen off?
    The skin under my toe is exposed now. Its blistered with fungus. Can I soak it and everything when its exposed like that

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, the lack of a nail will probably help since the nail usually gets in the way of the topical treatments.

      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavendar oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      Oh, and I put the link to an article that has a some pretty interestin info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of nail fungus at home?
    I have it on my toenails. Is it bad to nail polish it?

    • ANSWER:
      this one is easy.

      take a nail file and file down your toenails on the FLAT side, not the edge. Just enough. Not to the bone or anything like that. You just want your nails to be normal thickness.

      Now, just soak your feet in water with Epsom Salts. That's actually what epsom salts are for.

      This fungus gets into toenails and makes them absurdly thick. I had it for years before I found the answer in google then I bought some epsom salts.

      Problem solved.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can I soak a toe which the toenail already came off to treat the fungus?
    It's just the very thin nail and skin without nail so will apple cider vinegar be too strong directly on it? I'm not sure how to treat it. There's also a blister and it already hurts I'm kind of doubting soaking it in that.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavendar oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      Oh, and I put the link to an article that has a some pretty interestin info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out.

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used vicks vapor rub on their toe nails to cure toe nail fungus? Or know someone who has?
    I have bad fungus on my toe nails and I can't take the pills they have for it. (I am only 16 and the pills can ruin your liver) Does vicks vapor rub work or do you have any other suggestions? THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      My husband uses Listerine and it works. You need to get the antiseptic kind though...he seems to think the brown works better than the green. Not sure if there is a difference in the store brand and the name brand but I would think if the ingredients are the same it should work the same.

      Pour some in a bowl or something that you can rest your foot in so the toenails can soak. Depending how bad it is, I would think you should see results in about a week but continue doing it daily until you feel it is gone. Checkout the link I posted.

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I help my husband get rid of toenail fungus?
    We have tried doctors but the meds are 2 expensive or they want to remove his nail and he doesn't want that,so i am looking for home remedies if anyone has any.

    • ANSWER:
      You can try vicks vapo rub as that is what the podiatrist recommend. One other treatment is to soak his foot in warm water with tea tree oil added and then use the tea tree oil directly on the nail several times a day.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy to get rid of toenail fungus?
    I have heard of Vick's Vapor Rub, Tea Tree Oil, vinegar and peroxide. The prescribed medication is quite costly. And how long or often does it need to be used?

    • ANSWER:
      tea tree is the best. you can apply it neat. dab it on once or twice a day with a dabber thing. or soak your feet in a solution of tea tree oil and water (maybe 10-15 drops in a smallish tub) you can add lavender too, thats good. soak for say 10 minutes twice a day. witch hazel i believe is good too.

  25. QUESTION:
    How does one treat fungal infections of the nails?
    My friend has a fungal infection on one of his toenails, and he asked me how (if) they can be treated. Unfortunately I do not know (I never had these myself). Typical symptoms include but are not limited to discoloration and thickening of those nails which are infected. Is it possible to get the nails back to normal? If so, then how?

    • ANSWER:
      Oral prescription medications include Lamisil (terbinafine), Sporanox (itraconazole), and Diflucan (fluconazole). Lamisil appears to be the most effective treatment for toenail fungus in this group. While these treatment regimens have the advantage of being relatively easy, they do have rare severe side effects, and they are quite expensive if you have to pay for them out of pocket. People taking these fungus toenail treatments should be monitored for toxicity due to the drugs. There is one topical prescription drug available: Penlac (ciclopirox) nail lacquer is painted directly onto the affected nails, but can only be used when the infection is not advanced.

      OTC antifungal ointments, creams and lotions may work quite well for fungal skin infections, but they are not recommended for nails simply because they are not an effective treatment for toenail fungus. They are applied to the nail topically, and they don't penetrate the thick nail to kill the fungus, which is protected in the nail bed below the nail. If you want to try one of these medications, it might be a good idea to combine it with one of the other types of remedy to increase the probability of success.

      There are many natural healing remedies available today to consumers; some of them incorporate an oral product. Some of these products may be effective treatment for toenail fungus. Perhaps the most promising ingredient in natural remedies is the essential oil, Tea tree oil, which is produced in Australia. Studies of this extract are encouraging, and a number of natural remedies contain it, blended with other herbal ingredients. Tea tree oil is even available in pure form, however there is some risk of skin sensitivity so this may not be best way to use it. Other natural remedies may be worthwhile fungus toenail treatments, but scientific evidence for or against them is generally lacking, simply because the research has not been done.

      Finally, there are a lot of traditional, or simply inventive, home fungus toenail treatments. They include soaking the feet in various solutions, or applying substances that are thought to be antifungal. The substances employed include chlorine bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, dark beer combined with a lactobacillus, Vicks VapoRub, Listerine mouthwash, DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), and others. Some people swear by a drink of apple cider vinegar, twice daily, to cure and prevent fungal toenail infections. Again, the primary focus for an effective treatment for toenail fungus rests with getting the treatment beyond the nail to the fungus. Good luck!

      **I have read that Zetaclear is a great product to get rid of the yellowed nails. Here's the link:

      http://www.zetaclear.com/

  26. QUESTION:
    Can too many foot baths damage your feet?
    I take a daily foot bath for about 45 minutes. Can this damage my skin or nails or anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after each soaking. Constant wet feet--even perspiration--can cause athlete's foot, which is a fungus. White spots on toenails indicate yeast infection due to constant moisture and wet feet.

  27. QUESTION:
    Toenail Fungus any way to get rid of it?
    I have taken drugs, soaking in apple vinegar, vicks vapo rub, tea tree oil, anything else I am missing?
    Dina, I have tried everything. Already been to the DR. The drug lamisil can hurt your liver, did great almost got rid of it, after lamisil ran out, within a week nail was the way it was.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely you need to get rid of fungus!

      for me worked very well ZetaClear!Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  28. QUESTION:
    How did you get rid of your toenail fungus?
    I am looking for solutions that have worked for folks. I will be visiting my doctor, but I've heard from some people that their over the counter or home remedies worked even better for them. I have one nail that is effected and it's in the "early" stage, but it's clearly a fungal issue.

    Thanks so much!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should see your doctor, like you said you are. In the mean time try soaking your foot in a tub with some mouth wash and warm water! It really works, ask your doctor about it. Mouth wash is anti fungal and cleans bacterial infections. I do this once a month just to keep my feet smooth and gets rid of all the hard skin! Good Luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    What should I do if my toe is swollen and red?
    I also have a fungus on the toenail, any connections?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all if it is red and swollen it is showing signs of inflammation. So more than likely you have an infection in the toe that may be coming from the fungus that is in your toenail. Also, you need to soak your feet in Epsom salt until you see your doctor.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do you cure toenail fungus?
    I have had it my whole life, any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      If it is a serious problem you should consult with your doctor. You may need to take a medication internally. You can also try soaking your feet in warm water with teatree oil. Some people swear that Vick's Vapour Rub applied beneath the toe nail helps. Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a really good, holistic way to control nail fungus?
    I have a friend who continually battles with this and really hates to use manufactured "drugs" to deal with it.

    So, she asked me about it, because I am the type who tries not to use any more drugs than absolutely necessary. The thing is, I just haven't happened to have any experience with this particular issue.

    So, if anyone could give us some insight into something we could try, that would be awesome. Particularly if you know of a way to do it with ingredients we might already have around.

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi animal lovers, I also always been an avid animal lover for as long as I can remember.

      For your a friend a really good a thorough examination by her doctor, but ... my advice a treatment... you may be good assistant.
      1. Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight with her fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.
      2. Soak her toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves her toe nails looking healthy.
      3. Soak her toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry her toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes.
      4. Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation.
      5. Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the on toenails area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties.
      6. Until the growth of the new nail is complete, apply apple cider vinegar 2 or 3 times a day.
      7. Lather AHA creams onto her feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from her feet that is more prone to growing fungus.
      Treatment is not difficult, your friend can conduct this by itself,
      Jason Homan

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some ways that you can cure a fungus in your toe, the ones that rowen the nail?
    I need a cure one that can help in like a month or a couple of weeks.

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Toenail fungus also known as onychomycosis is caused by a group of fungus called dermatophytes. These fungus are harmful because as they grow they feed on the keratin that makes up the surface of the toe nail. The two fingers that are more likely to be affected are the big toe finger and the little toe finger. Toe nail fungus causes disfiguration and discoloration of the nails. It is a contagious disease and some times it may be hereditary.

      Toe nail fungus home remedies and natural cures:

      Toe nail fungus remedy using tea tree oil:

      Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.

      Using Listerine mouthwash:

      Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy.
      Curing toe nail fungus using warm water and natural apple cider vinegar

      Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes

      Tea tree oil and Lavender oil:

      Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation

      Using Oregano and Olive oil:

      Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties

      AHA creams:

      Lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) creams on to your feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from your feet that is more prone to growing fungus

      Diet for Toe nail fungus:

      Diet plays a very vital role in curing any ailment. People suffering from toe nail fungus should include more probiotics good bacteria, in their diet. This will help your body to get rid of the fungus. Yogurt and kefir are good sources of probiotics. Reduce intake of refined carbs like sugar, dairy products and vinegar. Olive leaf extract is an excellent internal anti-fungal agent.

      Hope this helps!

  33. QUESTION:
    Can I spread toenail fungus like this?
    I need to cut my toenails & there is only one pair in the house, my moms. I'm pretty sure I have toenail fungus, so I was going to use hers & then scrub them with soap & water, and then soak them in 91% alcohol for about 15-20 mins. Will this be sufficient to sanitize them? Thanks guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  34. QUESTION:
    what is the most effective way to get rid of toenail fungus?
    A few months ago i stubbed my toe and the whole thing bruised and then about a week later fell off. I had no toe nail what so ever but it starting growing back but very slowly so I got a pedicure and the lady suggested getting a fake toe nail i did and now it came off and i think i have fungus growing. someone please help!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      you definitely need to get rid of fungus!

      Getting rid of finger nail fungus is easier in some ways, and more difficult in others. Many people will act on a finger nail infection long before they will start asking how to get rid of toe nail fungus, simply because toes can be kept out of sight, but ugly fingernails are a daily embarrassment. People start getting rid of finger nail fungus before the infection is too far advanced. However, it's much harder to get a topical treatment to stay on a fingernail when you re using your hands all the time, and it's much harder to sit for 15 to 30 minutes every day with your hands soaking in a solution.

      Pick any method for getting rid of finger nail fungus, or any advice on how to get rid of toe nail fungus. If you do any reading, you will quickly discover that all methods are fickle. VapoRub works for some and not for others. Stories of success with a vinegar soak abound; so do stories of failure. Some lucky people report success in weeks; some stress that you may have to keep at it for a year or more. Even the prescription medications have a relatively poor success rate. The bottom line is that curing nail fungus infection is difficult.

      for me and my husband worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=221781

  35. QUESTION:
    Is vinegar really effective at curing toenail fungus?
    I think I have a fungus underneath my toenail .. I couldn't get an appointment in with a podiatrist until next month so I was just wondering has anyone had sucess with soaking the infected nail in equal parts vinegar and water 3 times a day ??
    Also which do you think would be more effective applying it to the base of the nail or doing soaks or should I just do both ??
    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      I've had this problem on my big toe of my left foot for a while and I recently found this Anti-fungal Solution from 'TwinStar herbals.' I've only been using it twice a day for a couple weeks and I've already noticed a huge difference. It was really bad before and now it is growing in normal and the top part is like before, so soon it will be completely normal. The brand probably doesn't matter but try to find a herbal topical solution like it, these are the contents:
      olive oil extracts of organic calendula, organic black walnut hulls and leaf, wild oregano oil, organic garlic, goldenseal root, neem oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus essential oil, grapefruit seed extract, self-heal flower essence.

      I just take a q-tip and dip it into the solution then apply it to the top of the toe nail. It's amazing how well and fast it works, hope that helps!

  36. QUESTION:
    I've heard vinegar can get rid of toenail fungus?
    I had seen something that said you could soak your feet in vinegar to kill the fungus. I just don't know what type of vinegar or how long you soak for.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    I have notice a little color of yellow on my toenails, what could be the cause of this?
    I notice that my toenails have a slight color of yellow to them. So my first instinct was to soak my feet. Once my feet were soak, yellow on my toenails were gone. Once I wore close toe shoes, my feet would sweat and I would have just a slight color of yellow appear on my toenails. PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      atheletes feet its a fungus it comes from sweat or being in damp places

  38. QUESTION:
    Why do the tips of my toenails turn black?
    I soak and clean with a file. The discoloration is still there

    • ANSWER:
      When the nails are exposed to a warm moist environment, a fungus can develop on the nail or under its outer edge. Depending on the type of fungus, the nail may turn yellow, gray, brown, or black. Topical ointments and antifungal powders may help contain a fungus infection.

      To prevent fungal growth, it is advisable to:
      Keep the nails dry and clean.
      Change socks often, even several times a day if necessary
      Use an antifungal foot spray or powder.
      Avoid cutting or tearing the skin around the toenails since this may be an entry point for infection.

      Other reasons may be (1) your shoes are too tight (2)If you are a runner, your foot is sliding forward in your shoe titting the top and causing bruising. In any case I would see your doctor if you have pain.

  39. QUESTION:
    Do you want to add to the list of vinegar uses?
    Weed killer, unplugs pipes, kills bacteria 99%, makes dishes shine, cleans coffee pots, and much more. Do you want to add to this list of vinegar uses to help us glow more on this site?

    • ANSWER:
      A cup of vinegar added to a foot bath soak removes fungus from your toenails, softens the corns and dry patches. Vinegar softens the skin on dry warts, and washes extra oil and bacteria away from your skin. Vinegar makes a great degrease on grills and floors! Vinegar in a cup, add a fresh egg in shell and you have a 24 hour Science experiment! Cleans the coffee pot out and removes coffee and hard water stains! YAY for vinegar!

  40. QUESTION:
    The side of my big toe is a yellow color?
    I don't know if I have foot fungus. But I'm soaking my feet in listerine mouthwash because it's supposed to prevent it.
    What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      it's an ingrown toenail

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I get my nails to really be healthy and grow?
    They're always peeling and my cuticles are always so dry.

    • ANSWER:
      The condition of nails reflect the quality of tissue production in the body as nails are considered to be the waste product of bones (asthi dhatu) Healthy nails are pink,smooth and evenly shaped. Healthy nails are often a sign of good health, while bad nails are often a tip off to more serious problems. Dermatologists say healthy nails are an important part of overall health. The steps in cultivating and maintaining healthy nails are quite simple.

      Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper care, but some actually indicate an illness that requires attention. But a little basic nail care can go a long way to keeping your nails in healthy condition. Keep nails on the shorter side, which are easier to care for. Soak toenails if they are thick or difficult to cut, if you are diabetic, you may need a health care professional to help with trimming diseased nails. Like a great new haircut or a terrific skin care regimen, healthy,well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, pulled-together appearance- one that can work as an asset in both the social and the business world.

      There are several nail problems that are caused due to hereditary factors, lack of proper care, negligence and vitamin and protein deficiencies in your diet. After diet, stress is the next important factor causing nail problems. Minerals, calcium, vitamins all are the essential components of our balanced diet. Consume a high fiber diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables and reduce your weight if you are overweight. If you are concerned that your diet may not be balanced and healthy you should consult a medical or nutritional professional.

      Toenails are a great indicator of the health of your feet. Toenails of people of all ages can undergo a range of changes, some of which are relatively common. Major toenail problem culprits are incorrectly fitting shoes, which press too tightly on the toenails. The main nutritional tip of nail care is to acquire plenty of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B12, as all these works on your finger and toenails. The fungi that cause onychomycosis affect the toenails about four times more often than fingernails and, like many organisms that cause disease, they grow where it's warm and moist. Most often, nail fungus appears in the toenails because socks and shoes keep the toenails dark, warm, and moist.

      Also nails can reveal a lot about the body's internal health like healthy nails are often a sign of good health that may require high protein diet while bad nails often shows sign of serious health problems. Toenail fungus is a living organism that thrives in dark, damp environments such as under and around nails. Nail Fungus is a tough condition to have, not only it damages your nail, but it is also an embarrassing problem that affects around 13% of people across America. Nail fungus is more popular among old adults for several reasons, including decreased blood circulation, much years of vulnerability to fungi and because nails may rise more slowly and thicken with aging, making them more vulnerable to transmission. Having realistic expectations about how long it will take to get rid of nail fungus is as important as following your doctor's instructions. In our view, Zeta Clear is the first and best option for natural nail fungus treatment.

      There are many natural remedies and supplements, which can be helpful for you to give natural nail care. These are some of the vitamins and proteins which can be helpful for you to get healthy nail care. There are many Herbal care products in the market, which ensures healthy nails. Zeta Clear Nail Care includes the concentrated essence of a substance, which creates a relieving effect on our nails and toes and brings about the desired effect. Apply the Zeta Clear with brush applicator to affected nail three times per day as or as your health care provide suggests.

  42. QUESTION:
    I have this wound at the tip of my big toe for months now.What will i do?
    My wound is not healing in any way. I already used antibiotics. Sometimes it's dry and crusty then the skin breaks and moist again.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have athlete's foot. Multiple home remedies are available including vinegar soaks, dilute Clorox soaks, and shampoos like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. Other reported but unverified remedies have included Vicks Vapor Rub and Epsom salts.

      Dilute vinegar soaks or sprays (roughly 1 part white household vinegar to 4 parts water)

      Dilute Clorox baths or soaks (approximately cup household Clorox bleach in one bathtub of water).

      There are also over the counter ointments you can get at the drug store.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Shoe materials, such as vinyl, that don't breathe cause your feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using 1 part vinegar and roughly 4 parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks

      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating athlete's foot.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid re-infection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

      If you notice any redness, increased swelling, bleeding, or if your infection is not clearing up, see your health-care practitioner. If a bacterial infection is also occurring, an antibiotic pill may be necessary. If you have fungal nail involvement, are diabetic, or have a compromised immune system, you should also see your physician for treatment.

      Check this site for good information about what you need to do.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/page4.htm#remedy

  43. QUESTION:
    What are someways to get rid of toenail fungus without going to the foot doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      soak your foot in Listerine mouthwash

  44. QUESTION:
    whats a good natural way to get rid of toenail fungus?
    I have it and it's making my toenails look very gross I want to get rid of it if its at all possible. Please Help Me!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Been there, tried EVERYTHING! NOTHING works except Lamasil that's prescribed by a doctor & a toenail avulsion.

      I tried Vicks VapoRub on the toe & covered the whole foot with a sock at night. Didn't work, just smelled bad. I tried soaking my toe in hydrogen peroxide. Didn't work, just tingled a little. I've bought the brush on toenail fungicides. They work for a little while, then the infection sets in deeper while it works on the top of your infected nail.

      I've had 2 fungal toenails, both on my right foot's big toe. I've had to have my toenail removed both times & take the Lamasil medication for 16 weeks. I only got a repeat of the fungal infection because I forgot to toss out my old shoes. After I got it again, I had my toenail removed again, took the medicine a second time & bought new socks & shoes. A hassel but worth it. I've been fungal free for 2 years now.

  45. QUESTION:
    I have this nasty fungi in my toenails and i take pills for them.I can onyl take it for one more month?
    And then i cant use it for another year i need something that can get rid of it. I cant go swimming with my friends and i cant go to the beach when people ask me to.. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of finger nail fungus is easier in some ways, and more difficult in others. Many people will act on a finger nail infection long before they will start asking how to get rid of toe nail fungus, simply because toes can be kept out of sight, but ugly fingernails are a daily embarrassment. People start getting rid of finger nail fungus before the infection is too far advanced. However, it's much harder to get a topical treatment to stay on a fingernail when you re using your hands all the time, and it's much harder to sit for 15 to 30 minutes every day with your hands soaking in a solution.

      Pick any method for getting rid of finger nail fungus, or any advice on how to get rid of toe nail fungus. If you do any reading, you will quickly discover that all methods are fickle. VapoRub works for some and not for others. Stories of success with a vinegar soak abound; so do stories of failure. Some lucky people report success in weeks; some stress that you may have to keep at it for a year or more. Even the prescription medications have a relatively poor success rate. The bottom line is that curing nail fungus infection is difficult.

      for me and my husband worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me and my husband!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=221781

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the fastest way to remove fungus from your toenail ?

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of finger nail fungus is easier in some ways, and more difficult in others. Many people will act on a finger nail infection long before they will start asking how to get rid of toe nail fungus, simply because toes can be kept out of sight, but ugly fingernails are a daily embarrassment. People start getting rid of finger nail fungus before the infection is too far advanced. However, it's much harder to get a topical treatment to stay on a fingernail when you re using your hands all the time, and it's much harder to sit for 15 to 30 minutes every day with your hands soaking in a solution.

      Pick any method for getting rid of finger nail fungus, or any advice on how to get rid of toe nail fungus. If you do any reading, you will quickly discover that all methods are fickle. VapoRub works for some and not for others. Stories of success with a vinegar soak abound; so do stories of failure. Some lucky people report success in weeks; some stress that you may have to keep at it for a year or more. Even the prescription medications have a relatively poor success rate. The bottom line is that curing nail fungus infection is difficult.

      for me and my husband worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me and my husband!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=221781

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of toe-nail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Wear well-ventilated shoes
      Take off your socks and go barefoot as often as you can. The fungus thrives in warm, moist, dark environments
      Wash your feet daily
      Keep your feet and toenails clean; use a nailbrush to scrub away dead fungus, dirt and nail tissue, especially under the toenails
      Wash and dry your feet very well. When drying, try to wipe and brush your feet with vigor to help improve circulation and remove dead skin
      Sprinkle anti-bacterial powder into your shoes
      Make sure your socks and shoes are not too tight
      Stay away from buying shoes made from synthetic materials
      Alternate your shoes each time you wear them
      Stay away from using heavy toenail polish
      Stay away from using heavy toenail polish
      Try to keep your toenails as short as possible (and do not share your nail clippers)
      Wear rubber shoes, flip flops or water shoes in communal bathrooms
      Throw away your old shoes to avoid reinfection
      Soak your foot in warm lapacha tea (this can be bought at the health food store)
      Do not give up! Do not forget a treatment and persist for around seven months.

  48. QUESTION:
    Big toenail..its layering itself so there are lots of layers at the top and it looks like it split?
    My sister has a toenail problem. Her big toenail has nail but it has layers at the top and the bottom doesn't. She says below her cuticle is dead. It's like split in the middle and she can't get the top off. I think she needs to get it surgically removed but I'm not sure. What do you think the problem could be?

    • ANSWER:
      She has a toenail fungus. There's a cream, but I hear that putting Vicks Vap-o-Rub on your toes works just as well and maybe better. So is soaking your feet in tea. If she can get rid of the fungus, the toenail will eventually grow out and look better. Surgery is very painful, and you have to wear a stupid shoe. I'd try everything else first.

      If you two share a bathroom, start wearing flip-flops.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to catch toenail fungus?
    Hello,
    My boyfriend of five years has really horrible toe fungus. Doctors have told him its the worst they have ever seen. He is too scared to treat it with medicine because in order to recieve the prescription you have to have blood work done every month or so, and he has a great fear of needles. When we first started dating it was on one foot and now it has spread to both.

    I am curious to know if it is possible to spread to another person. Normally one of us will sleep with socks on, but sometimes one of us will forgot and our bare feet touched. Do I have reason for concern?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes my husband has the same problem and after 11 years of being married I am showing signs of my feet drying out, bumps ect.
      Have him soak his feet in crushed up garlic and a little water.
      The garlic is something that your body itself will not try to fight because it is a helper to us, putting your feet in it, since the pores are so big in the feet helps clean out the blood stream as well as fighting the infection you can see.
      I do recommend wearing socks when he does have a break out, but I have learned that it also depends on your bodies constitution, if it is good you won't get it.

  50. QUESTION:
    When you have a toenail fungus and it's cured does your toenail go back to looking average?
    Or will it always be deformed eaten away I mean ? Because my nail receeding and my doctor said it will proably never be the same

    • ANSWER:
      Why are you seeing a doctor? See a podiatrist for the real cure, the real information.
      Your nail has to grow out, and this will take a year. Keep up the treatment, from a podiatrist, not a doctor, loceryl paint or teatree oil daily and keep it cut short. Wash your socks and bedlinen in HOT water to prevent re infection. Wipe your shoes out with white vinegar, soak your feet in warm water and a cup of white vinegar twice a week. In about a year you will have a perfect new nail.
      Re infection and cross infection to the other nails is the real problem, and, of course, people who go to see doctors for podiatry problems.

toenail fungus foot soak

Toenail Fungus Products

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

For further information, please visit: Toenail Fungus Treatment Website

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way product out there to get rid of toenail fungus?
    whats the best way product out there to get rid of toenail fungus? or best ways to treat cure it?
    is there products out there in maybe other parts of the world that can do this that is not well know in the USA?

    • ANSWER:
      Teatree essential oil, neat, drip it under the nail. That kills virtually anything pathogenic. Propolis, myrrh, thyme oil, all can be useful, if you not happy with the teatree oil smell.

  2. QUESTION:
    whats the best way product out there to get rid of toenail fungus?
    whats the best way product out there to get rid of toenail fungus? or best ways to treat cure it?

    is there products out there in maybe other parts of the world that can do this that is not well know in the USA?
    whats the best product out there to get rid of toenail fungus? or best ways to treat/cure it?

    is there products out there in maybe other parts of the world that can do this that is not well know in the USA?

    • ANSWER:
      An industrial strength angle grinder.

  3. QUESTION:
    Are there natural cures for toenail fungus?
    My doctor said I have toenail fungus,and he said that products sold on the market could interact with a medication I take and affect my liver.I would like an alternative.Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how chronic a case you have. There are over the counter lacquers for toenail fungus but as per the box instructions, these are only really suitable where a couple of nails are affected. With anything more chronic...they might not work. Also you have to persist and use for several months before you might see any results....as the nails grow out. And you have to be careful not to contaminate any healthy nails with the applicator stick and nail file.

      Really you need a systemic whole body approach. Looks like your doctor has ruled out the anti-fungal tablet treatment....that in itself, even without being on any other medication usually necessitates liver function monitoring.

      You could try olive leaf extract capsules...but as with any treatment you would need to wait several months before you might notice any significant results....waiting for healthy nail to appear and become obvious. More importantly, since you are on medication already, you would need to check with your doctor regarding taking olive leaf extract to be sure you could take it alongside any prescribed medications you take because some herbs have drug interactions. Read this regarding some known drug interactions with olive leaf extract and the 'herxheimer reaction' which is a reaction one might display from the death of microbes [ http://olivus.com/cautions_olive_leaf.htm ** ]. Caprylic acid [from coconut oil] tablets is another supplement worth trying, and could be taken alongside olive leaf extract. But always talk to your doctor or pharmacist first before taking supplements of any kind if on any prescribed medications.

      ** Not promoting this brand...link posted to a short article for reference purposes only...not affiliated in any way with this company or any other connected with it.

      For long-standing chronic toe nail fungus, a more drastic solution might be to have the toenails surgically removed under local anaesthetic. In the UK, you might be able to go on an NHS waiting list for that...but I think your doctor would only agree to that if it was very chronic. Plus if one was diabetic that might not be a viable solution...you would need to talk to your GP or a chiropodist. There is alternatively laser treatment for toenail fungus. That could prove to be a very expensive option and am not sure if that is available at all on the NHS in the UK. Outside of the UK you would have to enquire with your insurance company if you have private health insurance.

      There might be some anecdotal evidence circulating the Internet for non-pharmaceutical topical treatments having some benefit, perhaps if the condition is not too far advanced. These treatments might include tea tree oil, myrrh oil, Vick's vapour rub, or some other known anti-fungal oils/essential oils...garlic oil might be another for instance. You could certainly try one of those or a combination. But you would have to pre-treat your nail as you would if you were applying the lacquer...filing down any thick growth for instance. One major problem might be getting any treatment to stay in place. Also, to be really effective it needs to penetrate down to the nail root. You should be careful if you have diabetes....it might be better to seek professional help.

      As a preventative in future after successful treatment, or to help with prevention of the infection spreading to healthy toenails: always dry your feet well after showering...air dry for a while...and wear open toe sandals as much as possible in dry sunny weather.

      Toenail fungus could be a signal one's immune system is functioning below par. Diabetics and some with other health conditions, immuno-compromised particularly, might be more prone to fungal infections. If you have any underlying health conditions or concerns...discuss a suitable plan of action with your GP or other healthcare provider.

      Good luck...hope you find a solution and resolution.

  4. QUESTION:
    My husband has toenail fungus is there an easy way to get rid of it besides going to the doctor?
    He is preasently using Vicks Vapor Rub. Also how do you get toenail fungus? And is it contagious?

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks may help, but you probably need an anti-fungal cream and/or powder. You can use lotrimin AF cream or any other similar anti-fungal product. You can order Zeasorb-AF powder through your drug store, if they don't carry it on the shelves. Or you can use yogurt. Eat plain yogurt about 3 times a week, and/or use it like a cream on the area. It will smell, but the acidophilus bacteria in the yogurt neutralizes yeast. It can take up to 6 months to clear. Keep doing what you are doing until the nail is normal.

      This is also the same fungus that results in jock itch, athlete's foot, vaginitis (in women), ringworm and other skin rashes. It is the Candida Albicans fungus (yeast). While toenail fungus is not contagious, person to person, it can spread to other toes, if unchecked.

      The underlying fungus can be transmitted by skin contact to other persons.

      For basic information on yeast, check out the link at the bottom of the Welcome page of www.hufa.org.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are good home remedies for toenail fungus?
    Looking for natural treatments to use on toenail fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      I cam across this, haven't (fortunately) had to use it but it is my understanding that even if you use a prescription product, it takes a while.

      You will need a few things:
      Vicks Vapor Rub, Rubbing alcohol, Band Aids, Q-tips, Nail File, Liquid Bleach and Tea Tree Oil-(if you can afford it)

      1.Trim and file your infected nails as best as possible. Making them shorter and thinner is half the battle.

      2.Wash toes with anti-bacterial soap in your morning shower.

      3.Use a fresh towel or hair dryer on toes. (always use a clean towel)

      4.With a Q-Tip, scrub in Rubbing Alcohol and let dry.(only takes a sec to dry)

      5.With a Q-Tip, rub a generous amount of Vicks Vapor Rub on and around infected toenails and cover with a Band Aid.

      This will keep moisture from getting on and under the nail while at the same time killing the fungus.

      When you get home from work take off your shoes and socks and wash your feet in the same way. If you have Tea Tree Oil, apply it with a Q-Tip and walk bare foot as long as possible letting it dry. If you do NOT have Tea Tree Oil, mix Bleach and Water 50/50, apply it with a Q-Tip to the NAIL ONLY. Let it Dry. I do the same to my finger.

      Before bed, repeat steps 1-5 and wear clean socks to bed.

      After a few mornings you will have this down to about 5-10 minutes.

      I have been doing this for just a few weeks now and see about half the fungus gone. IT IS NOT AN OVERNIGHT CURE. It is however a REAL CURE. I will be seeing you all at the beach this coming summer :)

  6. QUESTION:
    what home remedies can i use to cure toenail fungus?
    i've been having toenail fungus for the past 5 years. i've tried almost every medicine there is but no luck so far. i've been told that i can use home remedies but don't know exactly what to use. if any one can help me i would really appreciate it. thank you...

    • ANSWER:
      for me worked very well ZetaClear!
      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  7. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of toenail fungus without doctor?
    I have a gross toenail fungus that I'm desperate to get rid of. It doesn't hurt, but they are all yellow and nasty looking and summertime is coming! I already went to a doctor a few years ago and was put on Lamisil tablets, they worked for a long time but it recently came back and is spreading and making me miserable. I don't have health insurance right now so the doctor is out of the question for me. Does anyone know of an over the counter thing that actually works? I've heard about vicks vaporub among other things.

    • ANSWER:
      Sally's beauty supply has all sorts of products. Be very careful, buy a nail clipper just for use on that nail so it doesn't spread to your other nail. I started out with a toe and now I have been battleing finger nail fungus with lamisil for almost 2 years. I has been so severe I have lost nails.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is ZetaClear a good solution for toenail fungus?
    I have been with toenail fungus for years now and was looking for a cure. I found a product called ZetaClear and wanted to know if anyone had used it. The price of ZetaClear seemed very good, I had hoped to get an answer from someone who had used it.

    • ANSWER:
      An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and infections may recur. But medications are available to help clear up nail fungus. Nail fungus can be difficult to treat, and repeated infections are common. Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams and ointments such as ZetaClear are available, but they aren't very effective. If you have athlete's foot as well as nail fungus, you should treat the athlete's foot with topical medication and keep your feet clean and dry. To treat nail fungus, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication. Studies have shown the most effective treatments to be terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox).

      Check these links, especially the Mayo Clinic site, for more information.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nail-fungus/DS00084

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2087547_treat-toenail-fungus-naturally.html

      http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-toenail-fungus.html

  9. QUESTION:
    Most Effective Product To Treat Toe Nail Fungus?
    My husband has suffered from a re-occuring toe nail fungus condition for many years. He's tried lamisil and a couple of other similar products we saw in stores, but nothing seems to work. His toenails are getting more yellow in color and uglier. Any suggestions on a more effective toenail fungus treatment product? Please advise. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I've worked in the construction field for several years and have to wear steel-toed boots which aren't all that comfortable.

      I had developed a similar toe nail fungus condition like your husband....so I understand your concern.

      However, I was able to cure my condition and had tremendous success using an athlete's foot treatment product that also effectively treats toe nail fungus that I found online at http://tinyurl.com/eliminatetoenailfungus.

      This website provides a great all natural product to help you get rid of toe nail fungus.

      However, depending on the severity of your husbands' condition, it might take more than a week before he notices any remarkable improvements ....but the stuff definitely worked for me, and I was happy with it and I'm sure you will be too.

      Take Care!

  10. QUESTION:
    Oil of oregano for toenail fungus - What is more effective - Gel cap or under tongue?
    I'm taking oil of oregano P73 extra strength to cure my toenail fungus. What would be more effective?

    Drops under my tongue, let it sit for 30 seconds and then drink it down with water.

    OR

    Put the drops in capsules and swallow them.

    Do they both reach the bloodstream either way or what is better? Or where can I find more information concerning this?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I use a product called ultimate aloe (aloe juice) for toenail fungus. (you drink it) It can be found on the website below and it doesnt cost very much. Not only will it help with toenail fungus it will help with softening your skin and it will help with any digestive issues you may have. You can also sign in o nthe website and shop online through the partner stores (which are pretty much any online store outthere) and you can earn points towards free products (like the ultimate aloe)

      I hope this helps you

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I cure toenail fungus?
    I have had toenail fungus for about 6 years. I went to the doctor and she told me to cover it with polish. Does anyone know of anything that works?

    • ANSWER:
      you definitely need to get rid of fungus!

      for me worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I get a toenail to clear up?
    I have one toenail that looks like a corn curl. It's thick and grows in an odd direction. It's so thick I can't cut it with ordinary clippers anymore. None of my other toes are like this. I've tried a couple sprays that are supposed to clear up toenails but the sprays STINK. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      fungus

      See the pharmacist for the right product.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best product to use to clear dark fingernails?
    Fingernails and toenails tend to harden and darken naturally with many people as they get older. Some say that this could be caused by a calcium deficiency or nail fungus. What is the best product or remedy for this problem besides taking oral medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Funnily enough, I would suggest toothpaste.

      I use an old toothbrush, brush my nails with toothpaste, and sometimes as a treat I slather on some inexpensive lotion and put on a pair of cotton socks, and leave on overnight. Obviously for my hands I dont do the last bit, but it works a treat on feet!!

      Hope this helps!!

  14. QUESTION:
    what is the best cure for toenail fungus?
    I hear the medications by prescription are expensive and are not covered by most insurances because they are considered as cosmetic. Is there anything to get rid of it? Home remedies or over the counter that work?

    • ANSWER:
      My Mom used both Nonyx Nail gel and I think the other was called Restore,they both worked great but Restore (if I have the name right)is the best medication of the two you can buy OTC. Some home remedies that can be used is tea tree oil, bleach, grapeseed extract, and vics vaporub. Vics helps to decrease the thickness of the nails and helps in peeling off of layers of the nail. Buy a product that is a gel,solution or spray. Creams tend to not be as effective on the nails. Rough up the nail surface with a file before applying the med for better penetration. Plan on treating it evry day for about 6 to8 months either way you go.
      Good Luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    What to use on to get rid of fungus on toenails?
    My father has thick yellow toenails and I was just wondering if someone knew of something that could cure it. He is also a diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely he need to get rid of fungus!

      for me worked very well ZetaClear!Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  16. QUESTION:
    treating toenail fungus while breastfeeding?
    I have a toenail fungus infection and im at the end of my pregnancy and was wondering if there are any products i can use that are safe for when i start to breast feed. Also which products are the most effective as i have tried tea tree oil, canasten topical solution and also vicks, which none of them works.
    thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have an effective remedy for hard yellow thick toenails?
    I am having trouble clipping my mom's toenails and she will not see a doctor. I think she has a fungus because her toenails are thick and rigidy and discolored. I have tried over-the-counter remedies but they have not helped yet. She is 76 and will not see a physician for this problem. Does anyone have a home remedy that works?

    • ANSWER:
      Swansonvitamins.com has a product called Hair, Skin, & Nails. Also, try a couple of drops of tea tree oil on the toenails after she has bathed or showered each day, or apply VIck's Vaporub. Both of these will kill the fungus over time, but the treatments must be continued til recovery is complete.

  18. QUESTION:
    What do I do about my toenail being half black and foggy?
    I don't know if this is fungus or because I do three miles on the elliptical everyday because some people say there toenail turns black? I really don't know what to do and I'm worried. It doesn't hurt when I apply pressure.

    • ANSWER:
      you definitely need to get rid of fungus!

      for me worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  19. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of my nail fungus?
    I have a little bit of fungus on my pinki toe. My pinki nail is cracked a little and i know that there are other people who have cracked pinki toe too. Im really embarrasses to wear sandles because people always stare at my toes. Im just wondering what products and i buy at a local walmart or cvs store that fight of the fungus. Its okay if it doesn't completely take it off, like ive said before i only have a little bit of fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not trying to scare you but...toenail fungus spreads. So what is a little bit of fungus on your pinky toe nail can be a major problem on other toes in 2 or 3 years if this goes untreated.

      Here's a little advice:
      1. DON'T wear nail polish: wearing nail polish creates the ideal environment for nail fungus to grow and spread.
      2. DO wear clean socks
      3. DO keep nail short and trimmed at all times
      4. DO get a separate nail file/clip for your pinky toe nail--again, it prevent the spread of the fungus

      Now, what to do to get rid of the fungus:
      1. Buy white vinegar and a spray bottle (shouldn't cost more than .00)
      2. Create a 50-50 mix of the white vinegar and water and put into spray bottle
      3. Spray solution on your toes twice a day for at least a month. Be consistent! If you miss a few days, the fungus will come back.

      Good luck, and I hope it works!

  20. QUESTION:
    what is the most effective way to get rid of toenail fungus?
    A few months ago i stubbed my toe and the whole thing bruised and then about a week later fell off. I had no toe nail what so ever but it starting growing back but very slowly so I got a pedicure and the lady suggested getting a fake toe nail i did and now it came off and i think i have fungus growing. someone please help!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      you definitely need to get rid of fungus!

      Getting rid of finger nail fungus is easier in some ways, and more difficult in others. Many people will act on a finger nail infection long before they will start asking how to get rid of toe nail fungus, simply because toes can be kept out of sight, but ugly fingernails are a daily embarrassment. People start getting rid of finger nail fungus before the infection is too far advanced. However, it's much harder to get a topical treatment to stay on a fingernail when you re using your hands all the time, and it's much harder to sit for 15 to 30 minutes every day with your hands soaking in a solution.

      Pick any method for getting rid of finger nail fungus, or any advice on how to get rid of toe nail fungus. If you do any reading, you will quickly discover that all methods are fickle. VapoRub works for some and not for others. Stories of success with a vinegar soak abound; so do stories of failure. Some lucky people report success in weeks; some stress that you may have to keep at it for a year or more. Even the prescription medications have a relatively poor success rate. The bottom line is that curing nail fungus infection is difficult.

      for me and my husband worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=221781

  21. QUESTION:
    how do i know if i have eczema or a fungi skin when i have a fungi skin toenail which is surroundedbytheskin?
    how do i know if i have eczema or a fungi skin?

    • ANSWER:
      need to see photo then I can answer the question.
      eczema will be red and blotchy
      fungi on skin will be like a photo of "ringworm"

      if it is ringworm

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VLV2V0/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

      I put that on my dad.. wow its just destroying it! they say it works on eczema too but I can't confirm this.

      http://www.your-lifestyleonline.com/Ringworm.htm

      bottom of that site last photo ringworm looks something like that
      usually darker though if thats what it is get the soda from amazon. works great!

      Best wishes,
      Mr.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is hydrogen peroxide harmful when mixed with nail polish and put on a nail?
    In our science investigatory project, we are planning to make a nail polish out of alugbati or malabar night shade. When I searched for improvements, I knew that it is the hydrogen peroxide that makes the polish stick to our fingernails or toenails. Now, if we mix the hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, alugbati extract, salt/iodine, is it okay? Or isn't it harmful?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no single formula for nail polish. There are, however, a number of ingredient types that are used. These basic components include: film forming agents, resins and plasticizers, solvents, and coloring agents. The exact formulation of a nail polish, apart from being a corporate secret, greatly depends upon choices made by chemists and chemical engineers in the research and development phase of manufacturing. Additionally, as chemicals and other ingredients become accepted or discredited for some uses, adjustments are made. For example, formaldehyde was once frequently used in polish production, but now it is rarely used.

      The primary ingredient in nail polish is nitrocellulose (cellulose nitrate) cotton, a flammable and explosive ingredient also used in making dynamite. Nitrocellulose is a liquid mixed with tiny, near-microscopic cotton fibers. In the manufacturing process, the cotton fibers are ground even smaller and do not need to be removed. The nitrocellulose can be purchased in various viscosities to match the desired viscosity of the final product.

      Nitrocellulose acts as a film forming agent. For nail polish to work properly, a hard film must form on the exposed surface of the nail, but it cannot form so quickly that it prevents the material underneath from drying. (Consider commercial puddings or gelatin products that dry or film on an exposed surface and protect the moist product underneath.) By itself or used with other functional ingredients, the nitrocellulose film is brittle and adheres poorly to nails.

      Mixing the pigment with nitrocellulose and plasticizer
      1) The pigments are mixed with nitrocellulose and plasticizer using a "two-roll" differential speed mill. This mill grinds the pigment between a pair of rollers that are able to work with increasing speed as the pigment is ground down. The goal is to produce fine dispersion of the color. A variation of this mill is the Banbury Mixer (used also in the production of rubber for rubber bands).
      2) When properly and fully milled, the mixture is removed from the mill in sheet form and then broken up into small chips for mixing with the solvent. The mixing is performed in stainless steel kettles that can hold anywhere from 5 to 2,000 gallons. Stainless steel must be used because the nitrocellulose is extremely reactive in the presence of iron. The kettles are jacketed so that the mixture can be cooled by circulating cold water or another liquid around the outside of the kettle. The temperature of the kettle, and the rate of cooling, are controlled by both computers and technicians.
      This step is performed in a special room or area designed to control the hazards of fire and explosion. Most modern factories perform this step in an area with walls that will close in if an alarm sounds and, in the event of explosion, with ceilings that will safely blow off without endangering the rest of the structure.

      Adding other ingredients
      3) Materials are mixed in computerized, closed kettles. At the end of the process, the mix is cooled slightly before the addition of such other materials as perfumes and moisturizers.
      4 )The mixture is then pumped into smaller, 55 gallon drums, and then trucked to a production line. The finished nail polish is pumped into explosion proof pumps, and then into smaller bottles suitable for the retail market.

      Same is said here tooo....

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nail_polish

      So...I dont think..that Hydrogen peroxide will help u out...moreover...here is the link abt ur lab preparation of nailpolish...

      http://tintin25.hubpages.com/hub/how-to-make-nail-polish

      By the way...H2O2 is used to treat stains of Nailpolish or nail fungus

      http://www.essortment.com/peroxide-treatment-nail-fungus-106247.html

      http://www.ehow.com/how_7596805_can-nails-clean-white.html

      As a chemistry student..I can say ..it is highly effective bleaching agent...though it is of 30% solution it is highly effective....so better with draw the peroxide idea....

      NOT DISCOURAGING YOU.....THINK OTHER WAYS OF PREPARING THE NAIL POLISH...HOPE U DO WELL...GOOD LUCK...:)

  23. QUESTION:
    How to fix "scratchy" looking toenails with household products?
    On my big toe nail, the nails are looking scratchy. I remember having athletes foot and the bottom of my foot was itching but so was my toenails (btw i took care of the athletes foot problem). But the scratchy toe nail is still there. And also i have a toe fungi on my pinky toe

    How do i get rid of them? I really don't want to go to a foot doctor

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is my toenail turning black in the back corner?
    So, I get pedicures every two weeks, and I get acrylic nails put on my toes...Recently, I noticed that my toenail is turning black under the acrylic part.... And I don't think my toes need a break from acrylic because I always get them onm yhands...just wondering why my toenail is balck when I take good care of them?

    • ANSWER:
      It may be a nail fungus. Fungal infections usually start with a yellow-green spot that turns black. They can be spread by improper sanitation and disinfection procedures at salons (among other things). They can also occur if moisture gets under the acrylic product and fungi or bacteria begin to grow and multiply.
      Unfortunately fungal infections are difficullt to get rid of and can be spread easily, You should see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Off with the acrylic toes for now. There are a variety of products on the market - including OPI and Footlogix, as well as perscription meds (though those are hard on your body) for treating fungal infections.

      Actual acrylic on your toes? Gel is the most commonly used product for the "summer-long" pedicure. It's gentler and more flexible than acrylic and better for your toe nails, and the product doesn't require the filing if a good gel is used.

  25. QUESTION:
    Got the dreaded yellow toenail and i need your advice?
    so about a year ago my toenail turned yellow. i went to the doctor he gave me these pills( i had to get blood drawn to see if my kidneys could handle it cuz the pills are strong) and he gave me this anitfungal treatment, formula 3. the nail regrew healthy, but now its back. im using the formula 3 again and filing the nail but it does not seem be going away. i saw another product at the store, Dr. Blaines Tineacide. anyone ever try this or would recommend it over formula 3?

    • ANSWER:
      After every shower dry your toenail and apply tea tree oil with a Q-tip. To really speed up recovery apply it again each night before you go to bed. The tea tree oil will stop the fungus from growing and your nail will grow out white and fungus free. Keep applying the oil for a few months until you see the base of the nail growing out cleanly.

      Tea tree oil is sold in a small amber brown colored bottle and can be found at drugstores and Target.

      I have tried Vicks Vapor rub and it did not work. I also tried Listerine, hydrogen peroxide, bleach and anything else I thought would kill fungus. The tea tree oil was the only thing that worked. My big toe nail was hideous, yellow brown and crusty and is now completely normal thanks to tea tree oil.

  26. QUESTION:
    Any real remedies to cure toenail fungus?
    There are creams, oils, herbs and even prescription drugs that advertise the best way to cure toenail fungus. I even read to soak your feet in Vinegar daily till gone. Does anyone know FOR SURE of the best way to get yellow, brittle, crumbling, bad, bad, bad toenail fungus CURED.

    Oh I did see a product on line called Fungisil....but does it really work...its like 39.00 for a 1 month supply.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never used Fungisil before, but a friend of mine used a product called toefui that managed to cure hers. You soak your feet in it and it clears it up in about two weeks. Anyway, I wish you luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Why do antifungal liquids for toenails say in the drug facts "this product is not effective on nails"?
    They have pictures on the box of nail fungus, say they are for that, even have a money back guarantee, but the fine print says it won't work on nails. Fingernails maybe? Active ingredient is 25% Undecylenic Acid

    • ANSWER:
      Jdude - Successfully curing a nail fungus is very difficult when compared to easily and successfully treating a skin fungus, like com mon ringworm, where the antifungal creme or liquid can be applied directly on the fungus. In the nail, especially the big toe nail and other toes, the fungus grows either within or underneath the nail where the antifungal liquids and other topical treatments almost can never reach. There are antifungal medicines that can be taken by mouth and are very successful, BUT they are strong and come with a warning about possible liver function damage. Some podiatrists are successful with planing down thick tails before applying the topical antifungal liquids, which may also be expensive, like Lamisil.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to treat toenail fungus at home?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. If the fungus is actually in the nails, you need a prescription product. OTC medications can't penetrate the nails, and natural products definitely won't work.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some ways that you can cure a fungus in your toe, the ones that rowen the nail?
    I need a cure one that can help in like a month or a couple of weeks.

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Toenail fungus also known as onychomycosis is caused by a group of fungus called dermatophytes. These fungus are harmful because as they grow they feed on the keratin that makes up the surface of the toe nail. The two fingers that are more likely to be affected are the big toe finger and the little toe finger. Toe nail fungus causes disfiguration and discoloration of the nails. It is a contagious disease and some times it may be hereditary.

      Toe nail fungus home remedies and natural cures:

      Toe nail fungus remedy using tea tree oil:

      Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.

      Using Listerine mouthwash:

      Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy.
      Curing toe nail fungus using warm water and natural apple cider vinegar

      Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes

      Tea tree oil and Lavender oil:

      Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation

      Using Oregano and Olive oil:

      Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties

      AHA creams:

      Lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) creams on to your feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from your feet that is more prone to growing fungus

      Diet for Toe nail fungus:

      Diet plays a very vital role in curing any ailment. People suffering from toe nail fungus should include more probiotics good bacteria, in their diet. This will help your body to get rid of the fungus. Yogurt and kefir are good sources of probiotics. Reduce intake of refined carbs like sugar, dairy products and vinegar. Olive leaf extract is an excellent internal anti-fungal agent.

      Hope this helps!

  30. QUESTION:
    Toenail Fungus any way to get rid of it?
    I have taken drugs, soaking in apple vinegar, vicks vapo rub, tea tree oil, anything else I am missing?
    Dina, I have tried everything. Already been to the DR. The drug lamisil can hurt your liver, did great almost got rid of it, after lamisil ran out, within a week nail was the way it was.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely you need to get rid of fungus!

      for me worked very well ZetaClear!Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of toenail fungus? I have tried many different products including Rx pills to no avail.?

    • ANSWER:
      Lamisil Tablets are very expensive and only work on 50% who try them. an herbal remedy is tea tree oil, rub right on the nail, should clean it up in about week to 10 days

  32. QUESTION:
    My fingernails on my left hand are turning a yellowish/orange color?
    Male, 15 yrs old, don't use nail products of any kind. Is this because of a fungus or something i should get looked at by a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Nail fungus is pretty rare among teenagers and usually it would be toenail fungus and not on the fingernails. Take a look at the pictures on http://fixafungus.com/whats-growing-on-my-toenail/ and see if any of those look like what you are experiencing. Although fungal nail infections are rare for your age, if you (or your hands) are in the water all day long, it can be easier to get infected. There are also things that can stain the nails like smoking or exposure to strong ultraviolet light.

      If it is a fungus, there are many topical remedies. Tea tree oil (not diluted), oil of oregano and others you can buy at the pharmacy. If you use a topical, make sure to file the surface of the nail down so that the topical is better able to reach the infection.

  33. QUESTION:
    I think I have fungus on both my fingernails and toenails?
    I have this yellowish brown tint under the nails. The nails on my toes keeps chipping. Any at home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      You should go to a podiatrist (foot doc). There is a product called Formula 3 Antifungal that should only be purchased thru a doctor's office instead of the internet b/c the doctor (who will not charge an office visit) can give you the brochure allowing for a full refund if the product doesn't work for you. I can't remember if it is 30-90 days for the full refund *sorry*

      Just call and see if they carry it and then go in and purchase it. You won't need an appt, or at least you shouldn't. Read and follow the directions for application.

  34. QUESTION:
    Whats the best product to get rid of fungus toe nail?
    I've had it for ages on a few of my nails.. I just want to get rid of it cos it looks horrible.

    What actually works?

    • ANSWER:
      Clean your nails daily with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Treat all nails and toenails at once. I tried every nail fungus treatment and this was the only one that actually made the fungus go away. Once the fungus has healed, continue to clean with the peroxide once or twice a week to stop it from returning. This treatment has the added benefit of giving you strong, white nails that don't break.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I get my nails to really be healthy and grow?
    They're always peeling and my cuticles are always so dry.

    • ANSWER:
      The condition of nails reflect the quality of tissue production in the body as nails are considered to be the waste product of bones (asthi dhatu) Healthy nails are pink,smooth and evenly shaped. Healthy nails are often a sign of good health, while bad nails are often a tip off to more serious problems. Dermatologists say healthy nails are an important part of overall health. The steps in cultivating and maintaining healthy nails are quite simple.

      Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper care, but some actually indicate an illness that requires attention. But a little basic nail care can go a long way to keeping your nails in healthy condition. Keep nails on the shorter side, which are easier to care for. Soak toenails if they are thick or difficult to cut, if you are diabetic, you may need a health care professional to help with trimming diseased nails. Like a great new haircut or a terrific skin care regimen, healthy,well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, pulled-together appearance- one that can work as an asset in both the social and the business world.

      There are several nail problems that are caused due to hereditary factors, lack of proper care, negligence and vitamin and protein deficiencies in your diet. After diet, stress is the next important factor causing nail problems. Minerals, calcium, vitamins all are the essential components of our balanced diet. Consume a high fiber diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables and reduce your weight if you are overweight. If you are concerned that your diet may not be balanced and healthy you should consult a medical or nutritional professional.

      Toenails are a great indicator of the health of your feet. Toenails of people of all ages can undergo a range of changes, some of which are relatively common. Major toenail problem culprits are incorrectly fitting shoes, which press too tightly on the toenails. The main nutritional tip of nail care is to acquire plenty of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B12, as all these works on your finger and toenails. The fungi that cause onychomycosis affect the toenails about four times more often than fingernails and, like many organisms that cause disease, they grow where it's warm and moist. Most often, nail fungus appears in the toenails because socks and shoes keep the toenails dark, warm, and moist.

      Also nails can reveal a lot about the body's internal health like healthy nails are often a sign of good health that may require high protein diet while bad nails often shows sign of serious health problems. Toenail fungus is a living organism that thrives in dark, damp environments such as under and around nails. Nail Fungus is a tough condition to have, not only it damages your nail, but it is also an embarrassing problem that affects around 13% of people across America. Nail fungus is more popular among old adults for several reasons, including decreased blood circulation, much years of vulnerability to fungi and because nails may rise more slowly and thicken with aging, making them more vulnerable to transmission. Having realistic expectations about how long it will take to get rid of nail fungus is as important as following your doctor's instructions. In our view, Zeta Clear is the first and best option for natural nail fungus treatment.

      There are many natural remedies and supplements, which can be helpful for you to give natural nail care. These are some of the vitamins and proteins which can be helpful for you to get healthy nail care. There are many Herbal care products in the market, which ensures healthy nails. Zeta Clear Nail Care includes the concentrated essence of a substance, which creates a relieving effect on our nails and toes and brings about the desired effect. Apply the Zeta Clear with brush applicator to affected nail three times per day as or as your health care provide suggests.

  36. QUESTION:
    i have toenail fungus and im a teenager and i dont want to stay like this, is there anyway to treat it?
    I know i bought this toenail fungus killer at walgreens and my mom also makes me a homemade thing to put my foot in it
    and yea. i dont want to go the doctor cause i heard of sideafakes and im just a teenager and i want my healthy toenail back. any ideas how to get rid of it ? or what to do ?

    • ANSWER:
      go to a podiatrist,(that's a footdoctor) they can help you get rid of that. my brother has always had foot fungus and he has to see one of those doctors regularly to treat the problem and he doesn't have any side effects.....his fungus problem just goes away....the over-the-counter crap is most likely not going to help. My 7 yr old son had a really bad problem with warts on his hands for a while...I tried all the OTC products and nothing worked!! till I took him to the dermatologist....and they cleared his problem up in 5 weeks! now....no more warts!!

  37. QUESTION:
    I have this nasty fungi in my toenails and i take pills for them.I can onyl take it for one more month?
    And then i cant use it for another year i need something that can get rid of it. I cant go swimming with my friends and i cant go to the beach when people ask me to.. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of finger nail fungus is easier in some ways, and more difficult in others. Many people will act on a finger nail infection long before they will start asking how to get rid of toe nail fungus, simply because toes can be kept out of sight, but ugly fingernails are a daily embarrassment. People start getting rid of finger nail fungus before the infection is too far advanced. However, it's much harder to get a topical treatment to stay on a fingernail when you re using your hands all the time, and it's much harder to sit for 15 to 30 minutes every day with your hands soaking in a solution.

      Pick any method for getting rid of finger nail fungus, or any advice on how to get rid of toe nail fungus. If you do any reading, you will quickly discover that all methods are fickle. VapoRub works for some and not for others. Stories of success with a vinegar soak abound; so do stories of failure. Some lucky people report success in weeks; some stress that you may have to keep at it for a year or more. Even the prescription medications have a relatively poor success rate. The bottom line is that curing nail fungus infection is difficult.

      for me and my husband worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me and my husband!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=221781

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the fastest way to remove fungus from your toenail ?

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of finger nail fungus is easier in some ways, and more difficult in others. Many people will act on a finger nail infection long before they will start asking how to get rid of toe nail fungus, simply because toes can be kept out of sight, but ugly fingernails are a daily embarrassment. People start getting rid of finger nail fungus before the infection is too far advanced. However, it's much harder to get a topical treatment to stay on a fingernail when you re using your hands all the time, and it's much harder to sit for 15 to 30 minutes every day with your hands soaking in a solution.

      Pick any method for getting rid of finger nail fungus, or any advice on how to get rid of toe nail fungus. If you do any reading, you will quickly discover that all methods are fickle. VapoRub works for some and not for others. Stories of success with a vinegar soak abound; so do stories of failure. Some lucky people report success in weeks; some stress that you may have to keep at it for a year or more. Even the prescription medications have a relatively poor success rate. The bottom line is that curing nail fungus infection is difficult.

      for me and my husband worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me and my husband!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=221781

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to go to a spa with nasty feet?
    I have to go to a spa since I'm a bridesmaid soon. My feet aren't ugly, I just have a scar on both my feet that look like corn. But it was from when I was a kid I scarred it. And I'm so insecure to letpeople touch my toes. Now I really do want a pedicure since I've never done it, would they be freake out

    Also would be great help to tell me how I can get rid of my scar !

    • ANSWER:
      Is the scar protruding from your foot? I guess I'm confused because you said it looks like corn.

      As far as going to the spa... Of course it's okay! Can you imagine the disgusting things they have to see? People have fungus, ingrown toenails, nasty hair, etc. Your scar does not dictate how clean or touchable your feet are. Believe me, they see way way worse. If you're still self-conscious about it when you get there, make a joke about it while the lady is massaging or painting them. Maybe you could tell her the funny or interesting story of how you got it.

      To get rid of the scar you should try rubbing vitamin E oil on it. It's proven and recommended by doctors to help reduce the appearance of scars. You can usually find products geared toward scars in the First Aide section of your drug store. Next time you're at your family doctor for whatever reason, bring up your scar and ask him if he can recommend something for you. He might be able to write out a prescription for a topical cream.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best product for toenail fungus treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      The best rated toenail fungus treatment is Funginix. Funginix is an FDA registered treatment. It contains potent botanical ingredients and uses a topical approach to attack fungus and cure it from the inside out.

  41. QUESTION:
    what can I do about my yellow toenails?
    does applying lemon juice really work? how?
    or which product is effective?

    • ANSWER:
      Yellow nails are often the first sign of a nail fungus. The best treatment is Zetaclear. Some of the key ingredients in Zetaclear include Tea tree oil, Jojoba oil, Lavender oil and Clove oil, all of which have well-known anti-fungal and soothing properties. It works, or you get your money back with no questions asked. Lemon juice can actually stain the nail causing darker discoloration.

  42. QUESTION:
    How have you gotten rid of toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      you definitely need to get rid of fungus!

      for me worked very well ZetaClear! I think it is the fastest way to get rid of fungus! Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

      Obviously, you can't spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It's made from all-natural homeopathic ingredients. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  43. QUESTION:
    What are home remedies to get rid of toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Toe nail fungus remedy using tea tree oil
      Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.

      Using Listerine mouthwash
      Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy.

      Curing toe nail fungus using warm water and natural apple cider vinegar
      Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes

      Tea tree oil and Lavender oil
      Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation

      Using Oregano and Olive oil
      Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties

      AHA creams
      Lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) creams on to your feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from your feet that is more prone to growing fungus

      Diet for Toe nail fungus
      Toe Nail Fungus : Home Remedies suggested by users
      Diet for Toe nail fungus
      Diet plays a very vital role in curing any ailment. People suffering from toe nail fungus should include more probiotics good bacteria, in their diet. This will help your body to get rid of the fungus. Yogurt and kefir are good sources of probiotics. Reduce intake of refined carbs like sugar, dairy products and vinegar. Olive leaf extract is an excellent internal anti-fungal agent.

      Suggestion for Toenail fungus
      Wash your feet after visiting public places like swimming pools
      The fungus thrives in warm moist areas like spas, swimming pools, showers or locker rooms. If you step on a warm puddle or floor, you can pick up the infection. After using such public places, it is ideal to wash your feet thoroughly and dry them well.

      Wear cotton socks
      Wear cotton socks to absorb moisture from the feet that happens from sweating

      Dry your feet
      If your socks are damp, take them off and dry your feet before wearing a fresh pair of dry socks.

      Do not share linen with affected people
      Avoid sharing towels, washcloths, shoes or any other personal items of those people who have already contracted this disease

      Trim nails and avoid nailpolish
      Keep your nails cut short, and don't use nail polish. Trim your toenails regularly. Trim them into a straight line and then smooth the edges with a nail file.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is There an actual cure for fungus on the feet?
    So i found out about fungus on the ffet and its pretty disgustinq but true. also fungus being underneath the toenails? where could it come from and is it hereditary ? also is there a cure other than pills .. maybe a creme to atleast make it better.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many cures available for fungus on the feet. I would recommend purchasing some quality product, no body wants foot fungus.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can Triamcinolone Acetonide cream be used to treat foot/nail fungus?
    I have a discolored little toe nail - part of the nail is black color. None of my other toe nails have this condition. I do get pedicures. And do wear stylish high heels.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not quite sure about acetonide cream but I am sure about one great and by the way free product that You can try out. It worked for my toenail.

  46. QUESTION:
    I really want to wear sandals, help?
    I have toenail fungus and it's not that bad but it's a bit swollen and looks ridiculous. Has anyone got any tips to wear sandals? It's getting really hot so yeah.

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy products from the drugstore that work well for fungal infections etc.
      If nothing works then go to the doctor.

      Make sure you take good care of your feet and legs.
      Shave the hair properly, make sure they're exfoliated and moisturised and everything.
      Get a nice tan, or use fake tan--preferably Gradual Tan products.
      Then wear light/bright colours like white, baby blue, light turquoise, light pink etc.
      Light colours will make your tan (or secret fake tan) look more vibrant and make it POP :D

      If you're a girl then get some nail polish. A nice bright colour for spring.
      Make sure your nail are clipped and failed and neat and tidy.

      Wear a nice flattering sandal. Good luck! :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Can I take hydroxycut while taking Lamisil?
    I am currently taking Lamisil for my toenail. I am supposed to take it for 4 months. I am on my first month. When I go to the gym I sometimes take a hydroxycut prior to my cardio workout. I have not taken any since I began taking the Lamisil. I am taking about a gallon of water a day if not more. I am concerned about increased liver damage but was not sure if there is any known contraindication.

    • ANSWER:
      Cases of liver failure, some leading to death or liver transplant, have occurred with the use of oral terbinafine during postmarketing experience in individuals with and without pre-existing liver disease. In the majority of liver cases reported, the patients had serious underlying systemic conditions. The severity of hepatic events and/or their outcome may be worse in patients with active or chronic liver disease. Treatment with Lamisil Oral Granules should be discontinued if biochemical or clinical evidence of liver injury develops.

      The FDA said it has received 23 reports of serious liver injuries linked to Hydroxycut products, which are also used as energy enhancers and as fat burners.

      The reports include the 2007 death of a 19-year-old man living in the Southwest, which was reported to the FDA in March. Other serious liver problems reported included liver damage that resulted in a transplant in 2002, liver failure, jaundice, seizures and cardiovascular problems.

      The FDA is warning consumers to immediately stop using 14 Hydroxycut products manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. of Oakville, Ontario, and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, New York.

      you can treat a toenail fungus with tea tree oil. a one ounce bottle cost me and lasted
      4 months. after using just one bottle , my toenail infection was gone.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are these things on my toe nails?
    Prepare to be grossed out if your eating anything.
    I get these frequent infections on my big toes. Its often on the right foot but sometimes its both. Anyway on the big toe, where the nail meets the skin, it gets red, swollen, sometimes pus filled. It crusts over and gets very painful. It even makes me walk funny from time to time. What wrong with them?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you may have a nail fungus. A dermatologist can do a scraping of your toenails and grow a culture to find out what is causing it. There is a product over the counter called Nony X that will clear it up if it is a fungus. It is a gel applied to the nail twice daily. But, if your problem comes and goes it might be something else. I would have it checked out to make sure what it is before treating it if that is the case. Good luck.

  49. QUESTION:
    Any special homemade remedies for you?
    I love hearing about people's ideal homemade remedies for beauty/health etc. Feel free to tell me yours! I'd love to hear them!

    • ANSWER:
      Very handy tips!

      Did You Know That? Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

      Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

      Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

      Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

      Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

      Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer . Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never been advertised for this use. (Note: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same..and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)

      Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

      Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

      Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

      Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

      Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

      Smart splinter remover...just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

      Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

      Balm for broken blisters...To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic.

      Heinz vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

      Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.
      Rainy day cure for dog odor... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

      Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

      Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

  50. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any personal experience with fatigue caused by yeast-candida?
    I am hoping to learn more about the possibility of fatigue caused by the over growth of yeast or "Candida". I have been doing a lot of research on the internet, but have found so many different opinions on how to treat it, what the diet should look like and different symptoms that it may cause. A lot of it doesn't seem to match up. I am looking to find the best sites to look for real information, possible facts, studies and personal success stories. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Gidday mate, please please please buy the book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About IBS" ~

      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446690910/healingchoice-20

      Chapter 6 details precisely how to eliminate the yeast overgrowth known as candida albicans ........... i personally eliminated a vast array of symptoms including fatigue and exhaustion, constipation, bloating, headaches and migraines, moodiness and irritability, achy bones, cramping, nausea, thrush, fingernail fungus all by simply eliminating the source of food for the yeast ie ~ yeast and processed sugar.

      The classic telltale signs of a yeast overgrowth ....... candidiasis ...... are those of a white tongue (thrush), toenail or fingernail fungus, jock itch or athlete's foot, and vaginal yeast infections........... an overgrowth of yeast can affect virtually every system of the body with the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous and immune systems being the most susceptible.... common symptoms of candidiasis include:

      Digestive disorders, including IBS;
      Gastrointestinal symptoms: thrush, bloating gas, rectal itching;
      Vaginal yeast infections;
      Urinary tract infections;
      Athlete's foot or jock itch;
      Fungal toenails or fingernails;
      Cravings for sugar, bread, or alcohol;
      Diaper rash;
      Fatigue;
      Irritability (especially when hungry);
      Premenstrual syndrome and menstrual problems;
      Fibromyalgia;
      headaches;
      Brain fog;
      Skin problems or itching;
      Numbness or tingling in the extremities;
      Respiratory problems;
      Depression;
      Hypoglycemia;
      Short attention span;
      Loss of libido.

      Candidiasis almost never occurs in people with healthy immune systems who eat a diet low in sugar and yeast....you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... this part is absolutely essential for without the good flora your system will remain completely out of whack ...... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs

      truly, eat loads and loads of green and leafy vegies, squeeze lemon juice over it to spice it up and help torch bacteria and bolster both your immunity and digestive process ........eat some low sugar fruits each day too such as strawberries, pears and watermelon and cold water fresh fishes and brown rice / quinoa and watch it clear up........ oh, drink loads and loads of fresh filtered water to ... to ensure you are properly hydrated as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one .

      make sure that you only eat organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds too as they "preserve" the commercial varieties with sulfites and other nasty chemicals that will upset sensitive digestive systems.

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

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Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What health insurance plans cover toenail fungus medication and nail removal surgery?
    Hi,

    I suffer from toenail fungus, and I've tried ALL home remedies available without success. I'm also about to buy health insurance. I thought I would take this opportunity to finally visit the doctor and get rid of this problem. My questions are:

    1. Which health insurance plans offer the best coverage to treat toenail fungus?
    2. Do they cover the medication and the surgery required in some cases to remove the toenail?

    Thank you for all your help!

    • ANSWER:
      most insurance will cover the costs you mention if the doctor thinks it is medically necessary.

  2. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to have permanent toenail removal surgery?
    I have been fighting toenail fungus for over three years now. I have tried everything but nothing seems to work. I am just really tired of looking at it. I want to have the infected toenails removed permanently.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask you doctor about finding specialists to do that. Actually, toe fungus is not really the nail that is infected, its the skin underneath it that has the fungus. Removing the toenail could probably not fix your problem.

  3. QUESTION:
    what if a person already has a lot of yeast in their body? Is Kombucha tea good for them?
    My husband has toe nail fungus and also has white knees from yeast. Will this tea help him? He has tried just about everything we know of.

    • ANSWER:
      Has he seen a doctor to know the root cause of this. It would be advisable for him to get his blood sugar checked to be sure he does not have diabetes if he has not already done so. A chronic yeast infection is sometimes an indicator of diabetes.

      Toenail fungus is notoriously difficult to remove. There is paint you can paint on these days but it might not work if the infection is chronic. His doctor can prescribe a special kind of antibiotic also that can be taken for 6 months or so but his liver function has to be monitored. As a last resort surgical removal of toenails under a local anaesthetic is supposed to be very effective. Alternatively there might be laser treatment available.....I just found this:
      Laser treatment for toe and nail fungus:

      http://www.neatfeetnow.com/

      And a UK article on that: with a list of 6 clinics in the UK that offer that treatment:

      http://www.euroinvestor.co.uk/News/ShowNewsStory.aspx?StoryID=10509069

      It might also be worth looking into colonic irrigations also. But find a reputable practitioner.

      Always check credentials of those offering treatments whatever you decide on.

      Best wishes.

  4. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to have toenails taken off.?
    I have very thick nails and am sure its a fungal infection. I know they can be treated but it would take 1year+ for treatment to work if it does. I am considering having them pulled out if i can. I have four that are very thick the main culprits being my big toes and the ones next to them. They dont really hurt but are unsightly and my partner refuses to go near them which i cant blame her. What i am wondering is how much it costs per toenail removal and will it ensure that they dont grow back. They have been getting worse over the last ten years and sometimes if i dont file them down they push up the tops of my shoes.

    • ANSWER:
      Check with your doctor, removing a toenail can be very painful, and costly. You would be off work for a few weeks at least. Most docs wouldn't consider it unless you have tried other things (such as fungus treatments) you could also be getting irritation from shoes which is causing your nails to thicken.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of an ingrown toenail?
    I have a ingrown toenail and really want to get rid of it. My parents are being stupid again. They tell me to just leave it alone and it will go away. Will waiting help at all. Its red and has about 2-3 drops of smelly white pus in it per day. It also burns when i slighty touch it such as putting socks on. Should i go to the docs, leave it alone, or atempt removal.

    • ANSWER:
      It will only get worsen it you left it alone. It could even turn into a toenail fungus. The first thing you need to do, is to take care of the wound. After the wound is cleaned or cured a bit. You should removed the nail that is growing into your flesh. If you could not take it, you should go to a doctor and have it removed.

  6. QUESTION:
    Ive cut a corner my toenail too short, how can I prevent it from becoming ingrown?
    Note: Ive read about placing wet cotton under the toenail to help grow above the skin, but I don't exactly know what they mean by "cotton". Like, cotton cloth or cotton balls? Also, any other advice regarding the subject would be helpful, i.e., please don't respond *only* to my cotton question, I'm looking for all the help I can get!! Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
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      How to Treat an Ingrown Toenail Naturally
      How to Prevent Ingrown Toenails
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      Although some people are naturally prone to ingrown toenails, others get them due to improper nail grooming. A few simple changes in the way you clip and manicure your toenails will help you avoid ingrown toenails altogether.
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      Difficulty: Easy

      Instructions
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      Things You'll Need:
      Toenail clippers
      Nail file
      Moisturizing lotion

      1

      Clean your toenails and all of the surrounding area. Working with a clean surface ensures you get better results and prevents and fungus or infection from spreading.

      2

      Use the correct toenail clippers to cut straight across the nail. This prevents the corners of the nails from being cut too short, which is a leading cause of ingrown toenails.

      3

      File any jagged edges with a nail file. If you absolutely must file the corners, do so but very file them lightly and not too short.

      4

      Wear the correct size shoes. Shoes that are too tight in the front or on the side cause toenails to stop growing in the correct direction. Instead, they grow into the skin, better known as an ingrown toenail.

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      Once you are done clipping and filing, slather your feet with a moisturizing lotion. This final step keeps your feet soft, and makes your toenails softer so they won't be as hard to clip or file next time.

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  7. QUESTION:
    is it normal for toe to throb a bit six days after toenail removal?
    On Nov 11, 2012, i had both big toe nails removed for fungus and ingrown toe nail problem. this is 6 days later and the left toe seems to be throbbing a bit and very sensitive. I am cleansing with sterile water solution and applying polysporin. Right toe looks good, there is no pus, over bleeding on either toe. Is it just part of the healing? I am trying to keep my two feet up and not walk around too much. How will I know if i do have a mild infection in the left one? thankyou in helping to ans my question

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, its normal for toe to throb a bit six days after toenail removal

  8. QUESTION:
    What is your favorite recipe for fungus removal cream?

    • ANSWER:
      Simply use Vicks Vapor Rub if it's a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. Apply it to clean nails twice a day and it will kill the fungus up. Depending on how bad the infection is, it can take anywhere from a week to months. It works fantastic and it's much cheaper than many meds out there! The generic is just fine to use.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can you fail an army medical test for bad toenail funghi?
    im hoping to go into the army however i have pretty severe funghi on my nails and have actually been able to pull a couple of. The surfaces are fairly tough and dry and don't stop me from playing football etc. on a daily basis.

    If i went for a army medical tomorrow would i pass?

    i know this is hard to gauge without seeing them but thank you for your time anyway :)

    • ANSWER:
      I have no idea. But Groupon has a special in the Los Angeles area today for a discount on laser toenail fungus removal.

      Who knew there was such a thing:

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  10. QUESTION:
    is there any way that i can get my toenail replaced after toenail removal surgery?
    I had my big toenails removed because of fungus. They won't grow back

    • ANSWER:
      No there is not, naturally anyway, beacuse they have probably removed the entire root which causes the nail to grow.. Try the press on type toenails available in the cosmetics section of most retail stores. They are very natural looking, but you will need to use them on all toes to look right. And use an antifungal gel before applying them.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a really bad infected toenail i want to get it removed by surgery!?
    I mean its really nasty and infected it has bad fungi
    what kind of doctor can i call?
    and is there surgery for this type of toenail removal?

    • ANSWER:
      Any medical doctor can remove this. Some local anesthetic and the removal is fairly quick. A podiatrist would be the most specialized doctor for the 'feet', but again, save some money and have a PCP/GP remove the nail.

      The shots will be the most painful part of the procedure.

      I would call and ensure the doctor has no issue with such a general procedure (most won't, most actually will enjoy the break in the monotony of the common cold/flu).

      The 'surgery' is just pulling the nail from the bed. Cleaning the infection, and your own nail is generally used as a 'splint' and aid for the new nail to grow back in the proper shape.

      You can have this treated without nail removal in some cases.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is their such thing of toenail implants?
    I had toenail removal because of ingrown toenail and fungus and I my nail wont grow back because of the acid that they put on your toe so it wont grow back and I wanted to know if their was a such thing as nail implant?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure...if I had to guess I'd say no..but there are lots of crazy things out there. I once lost my fingernail and wondered the same thing...but it grew back...thank GOD!!!

  13. QUESTION:
    fungus toenails how do you kill the fungus naturally?
    presrips. destroy liver function cannot pull nail out. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      It is very difficult to treat fungus toenails. If you notice it at early stages it can be treated by antibiotics or it has to fall on its own and you will have to bear the pain.
      Read the details-

      Toenail fungus often becomes a chronic condition and if it is not painful many people do not get treatment. People with chronic illness like diabetes should see a doctor if they notice changes in their nails as it may be and indication of more serious problems. If the nail becomes very thick and makes wearing shoes and walking painful you should see a doctor. The nail can be trimmed and filed down carefully, either at home or by a foot specialist (podiatrist). If the infection is mild and very localized, your doctor may prescribe a medicated nail polish containing either amorolfine (Loceryl) or ciclopirox (Loprox). If the infection persists or continues to spread the doctor may prescribe an oral, systemic antifungal medication such as itraconazole (Sporanox) or terbinafine (Lamisil). The length of treatment will be about 12 weeks. Both of these drugs have some very serious side effects and may be contraindicated in some people. In extremely persistent infections permanent surgical removal of the nail may be necessary. --

  14. QUESTION:
    I have a nasty thick toenail on my pinky toe.?
    Not fungus. Tips other than removal or filing? I file it often, but it always just gets big and thick again within a few days. My toes rub against my shoes, so I'm sure that's part of the problem, but don't know what to do about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it IS fungus.
      Why would you insist that its not? They make a fingernail polish type medicine that you paint on it twice a day. You can get it from a beauty supply store. You need to "paint" the medicine on the underside of the nail as well as the top. It does not have to have an odor or strange colours to be fungus.
      Cutting it down, fungus treatment, & soaking your foot in bleach water will eventually fix the problem.

      If you are going to insist that its not fungus then you should go to a podiatrist & let him tell you its fungus.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does a toenail grow back?
    My father got his big toenail removed due to a bad fungal infection. Will it grow back? And, what is the difference between the nail and the nail bed?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes the nails do grow back after removal, mine did. But they grow back thinner and free of fungus. The nail bed is the area of tissue that is covered by the nail itself.

  16. QUESTION:
    what cause nails on fingers and toes to grow sideways?

    • ANSWER:
      It is estimated that more than seven million people in the United States suffer from nail fungus.

      Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection of the toenails. It usually begins underneath the tip of your toenail, and then spreads from there. Common characteristics of nail fungus are discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of the toenail.

      As it grows, the fungus lifts your nail away from the skin. A fungal nail usually forms a bulge on the top of the toe causing discomfort when wearing shoes. The nail can also start to deform and grow sideways or begin to curl.

      There are many different treatments for nail fungus. There are topical anti-fungals, oral anti-fungals, and surgical removal of the fungus nail(s).

      You should make an appointment to see a podiatrist if you notice nail discoloration, nails that are growing away from your toes, or a change in their texture. Don't ignore the warning signs, toenail fungus is a tough condition to treat but with patience and proper care, we can help you do it.

  17. QUESTION:
    Toenail fungus: a few questions?
    1st: can a toenail fungus last years in a single nail and not spread? I've had one on my right toenail for years and it hasn't spread.
    2nd: If you have a fungus fort a long time, can it still be cured, and can your toenail go back to normal?
    3rd: what are some effective home remedies for a severely fungal toenail?
    4th: How long does it take for it all to go away???

    • ANSWER:
      Okay you can have fungus on your toe and have it not spred for years but it depends on the type of fungus. I would go see a Dr so they can test it and tell you the type and how it is treated. Some kinds can be passed to other people by showering or sharing shoes.

      Sometimes the treatment is as simple as using a cream a few times and its gone.
      The main problem is that you don't know what kind of fungus it is soi i can't garentee anything will work.

      Here's what you can do,

      1. Buy some canesten.

      2. Go to your doctor and make sure it is a toe fungus.

      3. Fungus is a growing, living thing. Changing the environment that it lives in will stop its growth. Wearing a different type of shoe may help, such as sandals to let feet breathe. Sunning the feet can also help, but be careful not to burn them.

      4. Soak your feet in water with vinegar added: approximately 1/4 cup of vinegar to 2 quarts of water. Do this every day for at least 2 weeks, then at least once a month.

      5. Use sulfur powder, available in most drug stores as a non-prescription item, or look for it in the gardening department. You can also mix this with an over-the-counter fungus powder.

      6. Depriving the fungus of oxygen may stop the spread of the infection into new nail as it grows. One remedy is to coat nails nightly with VapoRub. Only use this on a thoroughly dried toenail to avoid "sealing in" water that promotes fungus. Or, you can keep nail polish on them, especially at the "quick," where new nail is forming.

      7. Find products for the removal of nail fungus in a drugstore or a beauty supply store's nail care section.

      8. Another tested method is 5% - 10% pure orange oil available in garden and farm centers (not orange oil cleaner) in a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. SHAKE-WELL BEFORE EACH USE. Apply daily between toes, on and under toe nails. You can obtain a medicine dropper at a drugstore or Walmart.

      9. As an alternative, you could use a few drops of tea tree oil or oregano oil. (Both can be bought in vitamin/health food stores. Walmart and other grocery stores also carry tea tree oil.)

      10. If home remedies are not working, your physician can give you a prescription for an oral medication that will kill the fungus. Typically, you take the pills daily for a week out of each month for at least six months. (There are warnings for this kind of anti-fungal product which is taken internally and includes side effects of possible liver damage and even death).

      So as you can see this is serious. I hope i have helped.

  18. QUESTION:
    Toenail Fungus????????
    So people. I have toenail fungus. My toes look very normal. They dont it itch, burn, or are even red. I dont even care about the problem. What I care about, is that I have a broken nail that needs removal but the doctor told me I have to treat the fungus first and let me tell you. It isnt easy. I have to take anti fungal capsules and cream for THREE MONTHSSS.

    One week later. The capsules (Conazole, itraconazole) causes me pain in my stomach, diarrhoea, and make me very gassy. And I even read that it takes 3 months for fingernails and SIX MONTHSS for toe nails >_<

    • ANSWER:
      These medications can cause stomach pain, The nail fungus does take a long time to cure. Pills are the most commonly prescribed medication; however, there is a topical nail fungal medication that you can apply like nail polish that the doc can prescribe. Only problem is $$$$$, Since it is topical won't get the GI upset
      nb

  19. QUESTION:
    Does health insurance cover nail removal? ?
    I have three toenails that are infected with fungus and I want to remove them. I know it won't fix the fungus problem but I want to remove them anyways. I have insurance but I don't know if they cover that problem. can someone help me? and if I don't have insurance in the future would it be expensive as well? just wondering. thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think either insurance will cover, nor a credible doctor remove the nails. A credible doctor is going to want you to have the proper standard treatment for nail fungus, and insurance isn't going to cover non-standard treatment.

  20. QUESTION:
    Nail Fungas and toenail removal?
    I have a nail fungas, and it is really bad. I am considering removal of the infected toenails. I was wondering if it will take care of the fungus, and will the nail grow back normaly after doing so.

    • ANSWER:
      My friend has that issue. She has to get her toenail removed every 5 months. It grows back, but she doesn't care for the fungus properly while the nail is growing back, so that may be the issue. Go to a foot doctor and get a consult. Most insurances require you to go to a normal doctor and have them refer you to a specialist, so do that first. (or check with your insurance)

      The nail should grow back fine, but there's no way of anyone knowing with just the info given. Have you tried that antifungal stuff they sell at drug stores. If not, give it a shot. If one doesn't work, try a different kind (with different active ingredients) Your insurance may not cover toenail removal unless a doctor says it's bad, so try OTC stuff before spending the $ on the surgery.

      Make sure you clean your shower often, and dont walk around barefoot. When showering somewhere besides your house, wear shower shoes. You don't want to spread your fungus to others, or make yours worse. Spray your shoes with antifungal spray weekly. My sis has a bad issue with foot fungus because she does sports. When she sprays her shoes, and cleans her feet properly, it's better.

  21. QUESTION:
    question about toenail removal?
    I've been struggling with toenail fungus on three of my toes for over 7 years now; in the past few months they have got even worse...the nails are super thick and crumbling underneath and it looks like theyre disconnected from the nail bed. I'm really fed up. I've tried various creams from the doctor and it hasnt helped at all. I dont want to take medicine because its really harmful to the liver so I dont think its worth it. I want to have the whole toenail removed so my question is do you think the doctor would do it or will they just give me some crap cream again??

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried tea tree oil? I've read that it works.

  22. QUESTION:
    Toenail Fungus Treatment: Help!?
    I'm only 17 and I refuse to wear flip flops or any open-toed shoes due to my toenail fungus. I was told by several doctors that my fungus was caused by nail polish. My mother and grandmother have had the same problems, but theirs have never gotten as bad as mine.
    Apparently, the nail polish dried out my nail, which caused my cuticle to wear away. The part of my toe by the cuticle was purple and infected. I had my toenail removed about a year ago. It grew back, but not all the way. It's still yellowish. My other toenail is starting to grow off. I can see another toenail growing under it but I'm afraid it will also have fungus.
    I was given a liquid treatment. I apply it like nail polish. After some time of seeing it not work, I stopped. I've recently been reapplying it only once a day after my shower.

    Should I continue to use it? Will it take the fungus away? I don't want to have to go through another removal.

    • ANSWER:
      You should continue to use it as long as directed.
      Don't be impatient, it's going to take some time. But it's not going to happen if you don't follow your doctors directions because you grew impatient. Take it slow, use the liquid as long as directed.

  23. QUESTION:
    Toenail fungus?
    What is the best way to treat toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Because it is difficult to treat or eradicate toenail fungus, it is a good idea to try to prevent it. It helps to wear protective shoes or sandals in public showers, pool areas and gyms, and to avoid borrowing someone else?s shoes or sharing socks or towels with someone who has toenail fungus. An orthotic device can be used to add cushioning and/or control over-pronation, support the longitudinal arch, and reduce stress on the lower leg muscles. Wash your feet regularly, and dry them thoroughly when they get wet. Wearing nail polish on the toes is not advised because it can seal in fungus and allow it to grow. Keep toenails trimmed, and be sure to disinfect any pedicure tools before using them. If you do develop toenail fungus, see your foot doctor. The doctor might remove as much of the nail as possible by trimming, filing or dissolving it. Medicated nail polish might be prescribed for a localized infection, but a serious infection will likely be treated with a prescription oral antifungal medication. These medications can have side effects, so be sure to work closely with your doctor on your treatment plan. Only in severe cases will surgical removal of the nail be recommended. If you suspect that you have toenail fungus, see your foot doctor.

  24. QUESTION:
    toe nail fungus.. nail removal?
    i've had toe nail fungus for a while (pretty much all my toenails :-/)

    and was thinking of my options, tried over the counter stuff and my doctor has said I could use lamisil but it can damage your liver and stuff

    so was wondering if any one whos had this has had luck with toe nail removal? figure it'd be painful but better than risking damaging my organs

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I am a nail tech. You can buy something that you drop between your nail plate and skin at a lot of nail salons. I can not remember the name of the product but it was something like, "Fung-Gone"? Yeah, don't do the removal. Your nail would look pretty at all once you get it done.

  25. QUESTION:
    nail removal?
    I have nail fungus in 9 of my toenails (yea it sucks)

    and was wondering how painful it'd be to get 9 toenails removed at the same time? how long would it take for them to grow back?
    if you get it removed perm wouldn't that hurt? with that skin being exposed? isn't it sensitive?

    • ANSWER:
      I have ripped my toenail off before and you don't want to have the nails permanently removed. The skin underneath is sensitive and very moist. When my nail grew back it always became ingrown, and eventually I had to have surgery to prevent the nail from being able to become ingrown. They have a pill that you can take to treat nail fungus. If you haven't already try talking to your doctor. Good Luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Toenail fungus?
    So I got a bruise on my toenail a while back, and it ended up somehow turning into a toenail fungus. It became curved and ingrown and very painful.

    Treated it with oral Lamisil for 12 weeks and it went away, but then the discoloration began creeping back. I've been on Lamisil 4 separate times now (once for 4 months), tried Sporanox (also not a permanent solution), and had the toenail pulled - and now that it's growing back, I see signs of the discoloration again.

    None of my other toes are infected, and my doctor said that some people just don't get results with any available meds and just have to live with it or get it permanently removed.

    My foot hygiene is good and the fungus is only on the one great toenail. Do I have any other options other than permanent removal?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You probably got the fungus because the toenail was traumatized. Once the nail has lifted it is the perfect portal of entry for bacteria and fungus.
      Fungus will actually take a very long time to clear up, by the time that you actually notice the discolouration and thickening of the toenail, the fungus has already reached the matrix (root) of the nail.
      I suggest using FOOTLOGIX #7 Tincture. It is a spray that has 1% Clotrimazole (the strongest anti fungal you can get without a prescription) Spray it directly under the edge of the toenail and it starts working right away. Lamisil actually has to go through the whole body and can be quite dangerous for your liver and kidneys.
      You need to keep the nail fairly short as you don't want to trap a lot of debris under the nail to feed the fungus.
      Depending upon your natural rate of growth, it could take up to 12 months to clear up the fungus.
      FOOTLOGIX #7 Tincture is actually a professional product and can be found at select Spas and Salons. Go to www.footlogix.com to find it in a place near you.

  27. QUESTION:
    getting all my toenails removed?
    got a bad case of nail fungus so im getting all my toenails removed and hoping when they grow back it will help

    does any one know how long your toes bleed for after toenail removal?

    • ANSWER:
      You're going to do this all at once?? I just had it done to my big toe and it takes over a week to stop bleeding and a few weeks to completely heal. You have to soak it and apply dressings and that sort of thing. The dressings will have drainage and blood for around a week give or take a few days. Mine was over a week ago and it's still doing it. I hope you're getting general anesthesia. The shot they give just to do one toe is excruciating. I can't imagine doing all of them. This is the second time I've had it done. Last time it grew back and the fungus was still there. We tried various treatments, but it didn't work so I had it permanently removed this time. Best Wishes!

  28. QUESTION:
    If you had severe toenail fungus and got cured, please respond. Thank you!!?
    I am a 33 yr old female who takes good care of herself, but suffers from a very embarrassing toenail fungus problem. I can't remember a time I could wear sandals or go swimming without being terribly embarrassed - now I don't show them anymore.

    I've thought of toenail removal, but that is my last resort. When reading posts about people who got their cured with topical or/and oral medications, I always wonder how severe their fungus really was. I don't usually see pictures - before and after.

    What I am very interested in knowing is this - Are there any people at all who have had it so severe as mine and gotten it cured? And how?

    I am attaching a couple of links to picture of my toenails for you to see. The toenails are clipped as short as possible. Any dark marks are from bleeding. The left big toe will bleed and hurts terribly if I cut it any further.

    http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp28/...

    http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp28/...

    I am thinking of trying topical (listerine/vinegar soak daily), plus oregano oil topical treatment 2xs/day as well as taking oregano oil orally. But if there is no chance it will work because it's so bad, then I don't want to waste my time and money and just try to accept it. The thing is, I just can't seem to accept it. I just want to be able to show my feet and not hide them for once in my life. I've tried topical solutions in the past to no avail. Lamisal concerns me because of the potential liver risks and expense.

    Please - is there hope and especially if someone with my severity of condition has been cured, I would LOVE to hear from you!!

    THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!
    **** SEE THESE NEW LINKS : THEY SHOULD WORK:

    My Ugly toenails :(

    Another pic of my toenails

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear about your problem, My boyfriend had some fungus on his toenail for a long while until I convinced him to coat it in (clear) nail polish and within a couple days it subsided. I'm not sure if that will be helpful to you or not but it could be worth a shot... Hope you get this cleared up, you deserve to be free of embarrassment when it comes to your body and self-esteem!

      EDIT: I just looked at your pics and if it is any consolation, I don't think there's anything disgusting about your feet. I know we tend to judge ourselves a bit more harsh than others do, so it may not help when I say this, but I think you could paint them a pretty color that could cover up some of the discoloration and no one would even guess you had any sort of toe issues!

      <3

  29. QUESTION:
    Dancing after toenail removal?
    I am really passionate about ballet and been dancing for 14years. I had the toenail of my big toe off about 2 weeks ago, it is healy well and does not hurt atall now. I was told it would take 6 months for a new nail to grow. I would just like to know when I will be able to do ballet in normal shoes and when I can go on pionte again

    • ANSWER:
      I'm glad to hear that your toenail will grow in again. If it had to be removed because of toenail fungus, be sure to treat every shoe you own with a spray-in fungicide so they don't re-contaminate your toenails. To directly control toenail fungus I recommend Lamisil cream plus tea tree oil. Some people take oral Lamisil, but it's a systemic medicine and your liver function needs to be monitored.

      You'd better not try to go on pointe until your toenail grows in completely. The pressure and stress might deform it if you do so too early. Perhaps you can put this waiting time to good use by working on your stretching and technique in other areas, such as modern dance.

  30. QUESTION:
    Toenail Fungus removal?
    i've got some fungus on my toenails, they've turned yellow and now their texture is becoming crackely. my father has had toenail fungus for most of my life (and i probably got the infection walking around the house...) it it has causes his toes to become quite ugly. i was hoping that there is some sort of cure i could use to stop them from becoming as ugly as his.

    (dad has tried a medical whipe for the last 2 years 2 times a day and it has done nothing for him and i have heard that the medication is not worth it)

    do tea oil leaves really work? what are they? how do i get ahold of them? and i also heard he vicks vapro rub twice a day would work... anyone else ever hear of that?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavendar oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      Oh, and I put the link to an article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out.

  31. QUESTION:
    Have I got an ingrown toenail?
    Hiya, A while back I was barefoot and i tried to shut a door, the door went over my foot and broke my nail very raggedly and very far down, now the toenail has grown to a normal length but the skin around the nail is constantly sore and red, it hurts even more when you put pressure on the skin, have I got an ingrown toenail and what can I do about it and will my nail have to be removed?! thanks :) Tonixx

    • ANSWER:
      An ingrown toe nail occurs when the nail (usually on a big toe) grows down and into the skin of the toe.

      It's kind of hard to tell if you have an ingrown toenail without actually seeing it, but here are two links that show a picture of an ingrown toenail.

      http://www.toenail-fungus-treatments.com/ingrown-toenail-treatments.html

      http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/picture-of-ingrown-toenail

      You said the skin around the nail is sore and red, so it sounds like it might be infected, therefore, you might need antibiotics from your Dr. Don't delay seeing your Dr because if it is infected, the infection won't clear up on its own. In the meantime, before your Dr appointment, try to keep the sore and red area as clean as possible. If you have hydrogen peroxide, try dabbing the tender spot with it, plus it might help to soak your foot in a basin of warm water and a tablespoon or two of table salt.

      When I had ingrown toe nails, no, my complete toenails did not have to be removed. Treatment varied from Dr to Dr. One Dr shoved cotton between my toe and the skin and told me to keep it there as long as possible, while another Dr gave me a wedge resection on my other big toe. A wedge resection isn't complete removal of the toenail, it is only removal of a chunk of the toenail.

      Good luck with things and once again, if you suspect your toenail area is infected, please see your Dr.

  32. QUESTION:
    My toes smell like vomit?
    I just leaned down to bite off a toenail (bad habit, I know) and it smelled disgusting! I just got out of the shower too! Why is this happening and does it happen to you?

    • ANSWER:
      What do your nails look like? If they are white and brittle, then it is possible that you have onychomycosis (nail fungus). However, I am not sure if you would have a vomit-like smell with it. It is possible to have a bacterial infection smell bad. Without seeing your toes, it's hard to say. Please, do not get a pedicure. It is not good for your nails. Removal of the cuticle allows bacteria to enter.

  33. QUESTION:
    complete toenail removal?
    THIS IS NOT FOR AN IN GROWN TOENAIL>...

    i broke my toe(yr ago) ever since then i have had a messed up toenail with fungus, calcium deposits, ????....its white crap growing underneath my tornail (any1 no what this is???) and it is also becoming deformed and painful. I am going to have the nail removed but so it still grows back..... im 16...... what is the recovery, will i need crutches?

    • ANSWER:
      My son had both removed at the age of 10. He was so brave and did not need crutches.

  34. QUESTION:
    complete toenail removal?
    THIS IS NOT FOR AN IN GROWN TOENAIL>...

    i broke my toe(yr ago) ever since then i have had a messed up toenail with fungus, calcium deposits, ????....its white crap growing underneath my tornail (any1 no what this is???) and it is also becoming deformed and painful. I am going to have the nail removed but so it still grows back..... im 16...... what is the recovery, will i need crutches?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you won't need crutches.

      Recovery varies from doc to doc but you will have the bandage remain on the to anywhere form 18 hour to 5 days before it is removed. Soaking 1-3 times a day and using aything for corticosporin ointment to antibiotic cream to amerigel with a band-aid is what is usually done. you will be able to use normal shoes after the initial dressing is removed. Wear open toes flip flops/adidas-type sandals when you go in to have it done.

  35. QUESTION:
    complete toenail removal?
    THIS IS NOT FOR AN IN GROWN TOENAIL>...

    i broke my toe(yr ago) ever since then i have had a messed up toenail with fungus, calcium deposits, ????....its white crap growing underneath my tornail (any1 no what this is???) and it is also becoming deformed and painful. I am going to have the nail removed but so it still grows back..... im 16...... what is the recovery, will i need crutches?

    • ANSWER:
      no but a foot bath 3 times a day and disinfectant must be used

  36. QUESTION:
    i think i have toenail fungus???
    under my big toenail, there was a small black patch, about a month ago...
    i cant cut it off b/c its far back....i thought it was a bruise b/c the same thing happened to my other big toe but that one hurt and went away quickly, but i dont think this ones a bruise....so do u think its toenail fungus?? and how can i get rid of it w/o going to the doctor?? i'm 14yrs old btw....thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Onychomycosis means fungal infection of the nail. It is the most common disease of the nails
      This condition may affect toenails or fingernails, but toenail infections are particularly common.
      Treatment
      Treatment of onychomycosis is challenging because the infection is embedded within the nail and is difficult to reach. As a result full removal of symptoms is very slow and may take a year or more
      Pharmacologic Rx
      Most treatments are either systemic antifungal medications such as terbinafine and itraconazole, or topical such as nail paints containing ciclopirox or amorolfine. There is also evidence for combining systemic and topical treatments
      A 2007 randomised clinical trial with 249 patients show that a combination of amorolfine nail lacquer and oral terbinafine enhances clinical efficacy and is more cost-effective than terbinafine alone
      Natural remedies
      Australian tea tree oil.Grapefruit seed extract,Saturate the affected toenail with vinegar, twice a day, for two weeks.
      Prevention
      Avoid walking barefoot in public areas such as showers, communal changing rooms. Keeping feet clean and dry. Avoid sharing shoes and socks
      that is an infected toe video link

  37. QUESTION:
    solution for bruised toenail?
    I went on vacation recently and walked alot, more than I usually do. I wore sneakers that I thought were broken in, but i developed blisters on my heel and one day i woke up and there was a reddish purple-ish bruise underneath my big toenail. Its been 1 1/2 weeks since I got back from vacation and I haven't worn those sneakers ever since then. But my toenail is still the same. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      It will take awhile for your toe nail to heal. Here is some information to keep in mind:

      The nail can be injured in many different combinations of ways. The most common injury is a bruise beneath the nail called a subungual hematoma. The bruise (hematoma) forms beneath the nail (subungual) when the nail is avulsed (pulled away) from the underlying nail bed. More aggressive and destructive injuries include lacerations to the nail bed and crush injuries to the soft tissue and bone. Let's take a look at what to do with a nail injury.

      First, injuries to the nail can have a tendency to bleed for a while. Be sure to wrap the injured toe with a clean (preferably sterile) bandage for 30-60 minutes. During this period of time, elevate the foot and allow the bleeding to stop.

      The next step is to evaluate the status of the nail plate. In most cases we recommend trying to keep the nail plate in place. If the nail is intact but bruising has formed beneath the nail, the fluid beneath the nail needs to be drained. Draining this fluid will relieve the swelling beneath the nail and significantly reduce pain.

      Can you keep the injured nail in place? There's several pro's and con's to this decision, but most importantly, the injured nail will act as a guide for the new nail as it grows in. When the old nail is removed, the soft tissue on the tip of the finger or toe will contract making it difficult for the new nail to reattach to the nail bed. There is one significant problem with leaving the nail in place. If there is dead tissue under the nail it will create a source of infection. We recommend that you follow these directions;

      Soak the injured nail twice daily in Epsom Salts following the directions on the box.

      Use a band aid to hold the damaged nail in place.

      Monitor the injured nail for redness or swelling. If this does occur, please call you doctor for an antibiotic and possible removal of a portion of the damaged nail.

      Long term management of the nail requires a little patience and a lot of compliance. The most important consideration is to protect against fungal infections of the nail. Following any nail injury, the door of susceptibility swings open allowing the fungus to infiltrate the nail. Prior to injury, the nail is fairly well protected and able to fend off fungal infections. It's important to apply an antifungal medication (Tineacide, Elon Dual Defense, ClearZal) to the nail for the entire length of time it takes to grow out. This length of time can vary but is typically 3-4 months for fingernails and up to 10 months for toenails.

      Proper application of an antifungal medication requires consistency. The fungus doesn't take a day off and neither should you. All it takes is a very small amount of topical antifungal applied twice daily. For more information regarding nail fungus, please review our article on onychomycosis.

      Nails will change over the period of our lives becoming rough and irregular. These changes are due to repetitive low grade trauma such as the shoe hitting the nail or the nail being placed in a position (such as a hammer toe) where it continually hits the floor. Take care to prevent fungal infections in these cases by using a daily application of antifungal. Biotin, a keratin precursor, is also helpful in the battle against rough ridges called Beau's line.

  38. QUESTION:
    complete toenail removal?
    THIS IS NOT FOR AN IN GROWN TOENAIL>...

    i broke my toe(yr ago) ever since then i have had a messed up toenail with fungus, calcium deposits, ????....its white crap growing underneath my tornail (any1 no what this is???) and it is also becoming deformed and painful. I am going to have the nail removed but so it still grows back..... im 16...... what is the recovery, will i need crutches?

    • ANSWER:
      i think a doctor will provide you with the best answer.

  39. QUESTION:
    i want to get rid of my toe nail fungus!?
    okay so heres the deal im only 14 and ive had it since i could remember
    i hate it its yelllow and nasty and im afraid to show my friends
    so i had previously gone to get it checked and they clipped my toe-nail
    off and it hurt!!!!
    but yet again it came back even with the treatment (sigh)
    so now ive ignored it...............
    but lately whenever i lay down my toenail hurts like crazy!!
    i dnt see the problem my toe seems fine except for the fungus
    does anybody know the reason for this did something develop?
    and beside that i want to get it removed again but this time ive been looking into laser nail fungus removal
    yet im not sure but i do not want to go through the pain
    of the doctor removing it again!
    does anybody know any medication that
    is really effective into killing toe nail fungus and if so
    please leave a link so i may research it! thx!
    and for those who suggest zetaclear
    or any other medication must i
    remove my outer layer of my nail?
    and if so what is the best way to remove it?

    • ANSWER:
      definitely you need to get rid of fungus!

      for me worked very well ZetaClear!
      It worked fast and still works for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry ZetaClear but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.zetaclear.com/?aid=749165

  40. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my toenail?
    one big toenail is not as flat as the rest, and always is flaky-like on the inside/"under" the nail. I've had this for quite a while now, it hasn't gotten any worse and none of my other toenails have it. Is it fungus? or an ingrown toenail? Could someone take a look at this photo and tell me if they have an idea? http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8437/7985321176_4ff27216bf_b.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      It seems to be a fungus. There are some methods to get rid of it.
      Use an anti-fungal cream. You can find products for the removal of nail fungus in a drugstore or a beauty supply store's nail care section.
      Depriving the fungus of oxygen. This may stop the spread of the infection into new nail as it grows. One remedy is to coat nails nightly with vaseline. Only use this on a thoroughly dried toenail to avoid sealing in water that promotes fungal growth. Or, you can keep nail polish on them, especially at the quick, where new nail is forming.
      Use sulfur powder. It's available in most drug stores as a non-prescription item, or look for it in the gardening department. You can also mix this with an over-the-counter anti-fungal powder.
      Change the environment. Fungus is a growing, living thing, and by changing the environment that it lives in, you may stop its growth.
      Wear open-toed shoes when you can, and expose your feet to the sun. If you can't do that, try wearing more spacious shoes, at least. Fungus likes warm, dark places deny that, and banish the rot. If sunning, don't forget to use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
      Take foot baths. There are various solutions that people have tried that may work for you.
      Soak your feet in water with vinegar added:
      1/4 cup (60 ml) of vinegar
      2 quarts (2 liters) of water. Do this every day for at least two weeks, then at least once a month.
      Using peroxide and baking soda:
      4 cups (1 liter) hot water
      1/4 cup (60 ml) peroxide
      1/2 cup (120 ml) baking soda
      1/2 cup (120 ml) epsom salts
      Mix ingredients, then add 1/4 cup (60 ml) white vinegar
      Soak the affected toe in vinegar. In the morning, take a cotton ball and soak it in white vinegar. Set it on the nail, and tape in place. Secure with a small balloon. Change out the cotton in the evening. Continue this regimen until your fungus has disappeared about four weeks.
      Soak the affected toe in a solution of Listerine and vinegar. Listerine includes thymol, the active ingredient in thyme oil, and has anti-fungal properties.
      Use orange oil. Another method is a five to ten percent solution of pure orange oil, available in garden and farm centers (not orange oil cleaner) in a mixture of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Apply daily between toes, on and under toe nails. You can obtain a medicine dropper at a drugstore or Walmart.
      Try other oils. As an alternative, you could use a few drops of tea tree oil, neem oil, thyme oil, or oregano oil. These can be bought in vitamin or health food stores.
      Snakeroot leaf extract has been shown to be effective to some degree.

  41. QUESTION:
    how to have the best legs ever?
    as in: what's the best razor/wax, lotion, toenail polish, exercise, the best food to eat for really nice legs, etc...

    • ANSWER:
      Pilates and swimming are the two best leg toners, to get shapely, but not overly muscley legs. The really best hair removal method is lazer, but that's expensive and takes several sessions. If your skin is not sensitive and the hair is thin, dipillatories like nair can work well, but they don't always get completely rid of all the hair if you have thick, dark leg hair. Waxing can be good if you have a little more money to spend and have a high tolerance for pain. If you must get a professional pedicure, make sure it is one that lets you have your own set of tools they only use on you (many salons do this), and even bring your own nail polish or have them use a brand new one. Many people only get professional pedicures to cover their tonail fungus problem and the salons paint their fungusy toes and your toes with the same nail polish bottle and brush (those aren't sanitized). If you do a pedicure at home, use light colors because if you don't get it perfect it will still look just as good. Red is a very unforgiving color, if you are not an expert with that brush it will look bad.

  42. QUESTION:
    I had my big toenail removed about 2 months ago and it's not healing properly...?
    I have a big scab from the toenail removal (it was very ingrown) and every time I get it wet it starts to ooze and it's nasty. It's not full of puss or anything but liquid comes out around the edges and it's a reddish (blood) yellow, clear water-type liquid. There's not a lot of it, but it just doesn't seem to be healing. I have a very low white blood count so my immune system is compromised (it's being treated) but this is getting a little ridiculous. I'm not going back to the podiatrist who did the work on it cuz it *is* healing to a point. It's just taking a lot of time. My N.P. told me NOT to put peroxide on it, as that will hamper the healing process so I stopped doing that.

    Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!!!
    Thanks,
    Barb

    • ANSWER:
      You can try using neem oil to apply daily for two weeks. The neem will kill any bacteria and assist will the healing.

      I had a fungus under my big toe nails, which was cleaned up with neem in just 2 weeks.

  43. QUESTION:
    I am losing my big toenail to fungus! I love open toe shoes.. What are my options?
    On Monday, I am having my podiatrist remove my big toenail that is badly damaged due to fungus.. Really, the nail is just crumbling by itself, so it's my only option.. He is telling me that the nailbed will remain, which I can paint while my nail grows. Has anyone ever done this? Sounds like it will look pretty stupid, and i LOVE open toe shoes. What about an acrylic nai? Is that an option? He is telling me it will take 2 yrs to grow back, so I really just can't "hide it". I know its vain, but I can't help it!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Toenail removal is usually pretty painful. Due to being born with malformed feet, I have had the procedure done a number of times but each time, the nail grows back as good (or in my case, as bad) as before.

      Good luck and best wishes :)

  44. QUESTION:
    I have an ingrown toenail?
    I use to have nail fungus but now its curing & a new nail grew out and it hurts like so bad!!!
    Did I get the ingrown toenail because of the fungus I use to have? Or how did it happen? & what can I do to slow down the pain?:/

    • ANSWER:
      I have had ingrown toe nails several times. Sometimes your toe nail just grow funny. I had to have my toenails removed a couple times. They numb the area, so the shot hurts, but the actual removal doesn't.

      Honestly, it may seem weird, but what fixed mine was acrylic toenails. I bought a pack of the kind you glue on yourself from walmart. They gave my toenails a chance to grow out normally.

  45. QUESTION:
    toenail fungi remedy?
    thick hard as rock toenails

    • ANSWER:
      If they are that bad I don't think a topical treatment is going to work. When you use one of those OTC toenail lacquers for fungal toenails you have to file over the surface of the nail, and the more fungal growth you can file away, the more likely the lacquer will take effect. Anyhow, it is stated to only offer a remedial solution where up to two nails and no more are infected ...e.g. Curanail lacquer. You can get that on prescription by the way in the UK. Having more than two nails infected, having both feet infected, and with a pathology such as you are describing [chronic infection] will need a systemic solution. You can get a anti-fungal pill from your doctor but you have to take it for 6 months at least until the nails fully grow out and you have to have periodic blood tests to monitor your liver function as the tablet carries risks in that regards. You could alternatively try olive leaf extract three times a day as that is a known anti-fungal and some claim to have had success with it.

      As Lester has said, complete removal of the toenails might be the only guaranteed solution....especially where the infection is chronic. I think that is done under local anaesthetic. However, I think there is new treatment that is said to be just as effective.....laser treatment. But it looks to be out of the price range of most folk....very ridiculously expensive as of yet....probably because it is a fairly new treatment and not many centres run the treatment. And I doubt it is available on the NHS.

      It really depends on what you can afford and how bad your toenails are. You could discuss with your GP having your toenails surgically removed on the NHS ....might be available on the NHS if you nails are really that bad. If you have diabetes though ....not sure if that is a suitable option.

      Perhaps try the olive leaf extract first for 6 months. If that does not work see your GP about the prescribed anti-fungal tablet. If you can afford the laser treatment maybe go for that.

      Best wishes.

  46. QUESTION:
    Toenail removal recovery problems! Help!?
    So i had my toenail removed last Friday morning. They sent it into the lab for testing for fungus or whatever. Initially my toenail was falling off from what looked like fungus, but my Dr said it could be from and old injury. Anyways. He said to keep it bandaged for atleast 24hrs. I am always on my feet and doing things so i kept it wrapped and used the wound dressing they gave me. Everytime i took off the bandage my skin was white and looked oxygen deprived. So yesterday i decided to not bandage it and just throw a sock on and see what happens. Well, it really started to hurt and swell. I took my boot of and it was clear my toe had been "draining". It was clear liquid so i wasnt that worried. I put the wound dressing on it over night and didnt wrap it. This morning it seemed to be better.

    But today i kept it bandaged with the wound dressing. I take my bandage off to see white fleshy "growths" starting from the center of my cuticle and up. It almost looks like new skin growth? But how can that much skin grow that fast? And also, its draining clear liquid. My toe is swollen, red, and it hurts. I feel pressure whenever i move it from where my nail used to be. Could this be an infection from not wrapping it yesterday?! Please help, I don't want to call my doctor if this is normal.
    Its white cloudy stuff, and it is actually up over my cuticle in one spot.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Toenail Removal or not?? Please help me!!!?
    Im a professional ballet student and I am starting to audition or companies this winter so this is like a really big deal for me, its basically my life... I've had these little black lines on my toenails for a while, and they always hurt but I just assumed it was okay to have a little pain. Recently they have started to REALLY hurt, and pointe work is excruciating ( a dancer spends as much as 8 hours a day on pointe so obviously this is a problem) I saw a number of doctors, and even a dance doctor in NYC, and they all say that it is trauma and there is nothing they can do about it. I got an Xray to see whether a bone was causing the problems but the doctor said my bones were in perfect health. Also I think I may have a fungus, but the test my doctor had me take came back negative. So Im thinking I should get my big toenails removed...My question is: Would I still be able to dance on pointe after the wound has healed? Will the area where the toenail once was just feel like regular skin or will it be sensitive? I know doctors dont reccommend toenail removal but I feel like I dont have a choice...
    Someone please tell me what you think.
    Thanks so much for the responses everyone, but when you say a lot of time how much do you mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Would I still be able to dance on pointe after the wound has healed?
      Yes.
      Will the area where the toenail once was just feel like regular skin or will it be sensitive?
      Mine isn't.

      I had my big toe removed about 4 months ago. It was healed within a month and fine. The nail is growing back (about 1/2 way back up).
      I had a fungus and also an ingrown toenail. Mine felt instantly better and with little pain at all. Def worth it. You could have it done so the toenail never grows back if you want to, just ask your doctor.

  48. QUESTION:
    If someone with SEVERE toenail fungus has been successfully treated, I would LOVE to hear from u!?
    When reading posts about people who got their cured with topical or/and oral medications, I always wonder how SEVERE their fungus really was. I don't usually see pictures - before and after.

    What I am very interested in knowing is THIS - Are there any people at all who have had it so severe as mine and gotten it cured? And how? I'm not interested in just the general information about treatments as I'm aware of them all, I just want to know if someone with my severity has been successfully cured/treated and how.

    I am attaching a couple of links to picture of my toenails for you to see. The toenails are clipped as short as possible. Any dark marks are from bleeding. The left big toe will bleed and hurts terribly if I cut it any further.

    My Ugly toenails :(

    Another pic of my toenails

    I am thinking of trying topical (listerine/vinegar soak daily), plus oregano oil topical treatment 2xs/day as well as taking oregano oil orally. But if there is no chance it will work because it's so bad, then I don't want to waste my time and money and just try to accept it. The thing is, I just can't seem to accept it. I just want to be able to show my feet and not hide them for once in my life. I've tried topical solutions in the past to no avail. Lamisal concerns me because of the potential liver risks and expense. I've thought of toenail removal, but that is my last resort.

    I am 33 yrs old (female) and I can't remember a time I could wear sandals or go swimming without being terribly embarrassed - now I don't show them anymore.

    Thank you for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      I took Ballet from age 8 to age 19 and my nails looked terrible, our dancing teacher would send us to a man who cut the nails and would use a machine to sand off the tops of the nails when they overgrew. He was not a licensed doctor, and I suspect I got the fungus from his tools, I lived with it for maybe forty years, and then someone suggested that I use White vinegar and soak the nails in it at least once a day for 20 minutes. Now you cannot miss a day with this treatment, you see you have to stop the fungus from growing from the nail bed, if you miss even a day, it starts all over again. I used the vinegar as a bedtime routine, and did not go to bed without it no matter how tired I was. I also asked my doctor for and received a prescription for a antibiotic and took this, as I was doing the vinegar treatment, now some people use the same vinegar, over and over, but I was afraid it would lose it's effectiveness and I bought my vinegar in gallon jugs and used fresh every night. Now this did not do the job in a hurry, I am not going to lie to you, it took six moths, but now I can go barefoot at the beach. But remember if you start this you cannot do it, hit and miss. Every night without fail.

  49. QUESTION:
    If you had SEVERE toenail fungus and got cured, I would LOVE to hear from u!!?
    When reading posts about people who got their cured with topical or/and oral medications, I always wonder how SEVERE their fungus really was. I don't usually see pictures - before and after.

    What I am very interested in knowing is THIS - Are there any people at all who have had it so severe as mine and gotten it cured? And how? I'm not interested in just the general information about treatments as I'm aware of them all, I just want to know if someone with my severity has been successfully cured/treated and how.

    I am attaching a couple of links to picture of my toenails for you to see. The toenails are clipped as short as possible. Any dark marks are from bleeding. The left big toe will bleed and hurts terribly if I cut it any further.

    My Ugly toenails :(

    Another pic of my toenails

    I am thinking of trying topical (listerine/vinegar soak daily), plus oregano oil topical treatment 2xs/day as well as taking oregano oil orally. But if there is no chance it will work because it's so bad, then I don't want to waste my time and money and just try to accept it. The thing is, I just can't seem to accept it. I just want to be able to show my feet and not hide them for once in my life. I've tried topical solutions in the past to no avail. Lamisal concerns me because of the potential liver risks and expense. I've thought of toenail removal, but that is my last resort.

    I am 33 yrs old (female) and I can't remember a time I could wear sandals or go swimming without being terribly embarrassed - now I don't show them anymore.

    Thank you for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      I had it that bad, like those pics, I got rid of all of it with a prescription lacquer(not oral) called Pen-lac...it's pricey$$$ like over 0 for a tinsy bottle(out of pocket) once my insurance took it off their formulary list, I could not afford it, so since I live along the US-Mexico border, all I had to do was go south of the border and buy it there, it was only about american dollars per bottle!!!! But over there it's called Laca., works just as well too.
      My Dr. said to stay away from the oral one lomisol...side effects are kidney problems and some cases bone marrow issues, he said then I would be better off living with the fungus. but all the insurances keep it on their formularys, it's cheap and they don't care if the side effects ruin other parts of your body, cause they save $ money!
      It takes several months for the medicines to get rid of it and during that time you need to keep your nail implements from getting re-contaminated-(like sterile)

  50. QUESTION:
    Have any S Citizen had ingrown toenail surgery, problems with bunions, nail fungus or hammer toes?
    My 87 yr old aunt is going to have surgery on her ingrown big toe. It was infected and after antibiotics it is now time for surgery at the local surgery center next week. I pray she has no problems afterwards. I hope this is in the correct category, I debated on the Health category, Other Health, or Conditions, Pain Category, then Beauty category, you know because we all want our feet to look nice, then I thought about Relationships, because these conditions could be a big turnoff to a spouse or significant other, then there is Maintenence category, then there is Home improvement, because Yahoo suggests to post this there, I suppose due to mentioning 'hammer' toes and toe 'nails.' Then you have to consider, Mythology and Folklore because apparently a bunion too closely resembles, 'Paul Bunyon." I decided to ask Senior Citizens since it is very possible some of you have experienced these. If I have posted in the incorrect category, I sure hope that is ok, that I pose this here. Please forgive me, if indeed I have not followed community rules. I'll be standing by, awaiting the fine S.C of this category to answer my question pertaining to feet problems, and your answers are much appreciated. Just to be sure I'm ok here, I have read that many senior citizens have experienced one or more of the above conditions. Thank you for your patience with me.
    Resi, or is it madness to my method! ;)
    Resi, there is a method to my madness. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Wow such a wordy Q! I do believe every one in my immediate family has had each of the following: Eldest Brother Had the Dreaded Hammer Toe,Other than being Very ugly, not a problem. Mom Had Double ingrown nail removals, very un appealing...she regrets doing it, but if your Aunt needs it....well? Fungus among us? Use Tea tree oil Topically, works every time. Bunions, well Out of luck there...But I do know a Paul, He Lives at the Fritter Ranch, I bet he knows bunions, not much he don't know bout! he likes your Q's too, Luck to your aunt!

toenail fungus nail removal

Toenail Fungus Vinegar Home Remedies

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What home remedy has worked for you to cure severe toenail fungus ?
    Hi ive had toenail fungus for quite some time now.... and I have read of soooo many home remedies to cure it like: Vick's,Vinegar,Listerine,Clorox bleach.... What has really worked for you? I really want to try to cure it before thinking of going to a doctor. Please no over the counter medicine. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      tea tree oil, or grapefruit seed extract. you can get both at health food stores.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of toenail fungus?
    I have had fungus on my toenails for the last 6 years, its pretty bad. I need an at home remedy to quickly get rid of this horrible condition! Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus.

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      Oh, and I put the link for the stuff I used below if you wanna check it out.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best and most effectful home remedy for toenail fungus?
    Vicks VaporRub, tea tree oil, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, any others?

    Please, I'd appreciate real answers especially from those who have experienced it. Thanks so much.
    Oops, I meant effective. Lol I knew that sounded weird...

    • ANSWER:
      toenail fungus is the most difficult to treat , long term oral anti fungal drugs can only be expected to lead to a cure ,

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy to get rid of toenail fungus?
    I have heard of Vick's Vapor Rub, Tea Tree Oil, vinegar and peroxide. The prescribed medication is quite costly. And how long or often does it need to be used?

    • ANSWER:
      tea tree is the best. you can apply it neat. dab it on once or twice a day with a dabber thing. or soak your feet in a solution of tea tree oil and water (maybe 10-15 drops in a smallish tub) you can add lavender too, thats good. soak for say 10 minutes twice a day. witch hazel i believe is good too.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of toenail fungus?
    I am just recently starting to realize how beautiful my body really is, i wish to take better care of it before it is too late. my toes are smelly, and i think they may have fungus, does anyone know of home remedies? even store bought ones. I would like it to work fast as summer is here!

    • ANSWER:
      I think people use apple cider vinegar to get rid of the fungi. You have athlete's feet. See a doctor asap. It can be contagious I believe.

  6. QUESTION:
    Will my toenail grow back if I have toenail fungus?
    I believe my toenail has a fungus infection and the right side of it has completely come off my nail bed. Eventually, I think my whole nail will fall off? I have read some stuff online and apparently you'll lose your toenail for good if you don't treat it. Is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not true, but it could grow back with fungus again. This is from an article about home remedies for toe fungus, hope it helps:

      Here are some of the treatments I have tried: vinegar baths, Listerine baths, Vicks vapour rub, decolorized iodine, sports creams (Canesten cream), bleach, peroxide, tea tree oil, penlac, OTC anti fungal topicals and sprays and I even drank aloe vera gel. After trying all of these things here are the top 3 toe fungus treatments:

      30 minute Vinegar baths - vinegar works excellently, but you have to do it without fail morning and night for as long as it takes for your nail to completely grow out. 2 to 3 weeks is not nearly enough - it's more like 5 to 6 months. You will have to change the vinegar every 4-5 days and the smell is not very nice. It works and it's cheap, but it's hard work and takes forever.
      Listerine Baths - I have found this home remedy to be the most effective one for mild cases of infection. You just replace the vinegar with Listerine and follow the same instructions. It eliminated the fungus for 2 of my friends that had very minor cases of infection. For my yellow and ugly nail it wasn't effective.
      Decolorized Iodine - You probably haven't heard of this one, but it's highly effective. It's not highly available, I found it at CVS for 5$. Dip a q-tip in the bottle and paint your nail and the skin next to it. Repeat twice than leave it to dry. You will feel a tingling sensation and that's how you know it works. Sometimes it hurts while applying and the smell is horrible, but after a few weeks of doing this it worked.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any home remedies for getting rid of toenail fungus that actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus.

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      Oh, and I put the link for the stuff I used below if you wanna check it out.

  8. QUESTION:
    do anyone have a good home remedy for black toenails. I've tried clear vinegar that made them all black. help
    I've tried cornmeal soak, vinegar and that did not work. all of my toenails are black now. have any one tried the pine-sol and soy sauce for black toenails. if so does that work better than vinegar. I've also tried lemon juice. help me with this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      some of my toenails are black and i went to the doctor he tested for fungi twice and nothing then he told me sometimes toenails just turn he told me to use one of those hard things and go across until i get to a thin layer on my toes then soak in vinager and put on polish that helps things like not to use dark nail polish and not to clip them to short im seeing changes do that process once or twice a week depending on the polissh remover hope it helps 8)

  9. QUESTION:
    I have 2 home remedy questions for you....one about toenail fungus and the other about facial hair?
    Hi. I have been doing some research on home remedies for toenail fungus and facial hair. For toenail fungus they recommend distilled vinegar or Vicks Vaporub...and for the facial hair, they recommend turmeric. My question is...Do you know of anyone who has tried this....does it work? Thanks for your input....my problems are literally from head to toe people, lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, tea tree oil is great for fungal infections of the skin. I've yet to hear of vicks vaporub as a remedy. For more remedies, check out http://www.realhomeremedies.com

  10. QUESTION:
    Any special homemade remedies for you?
    I love hearing about people's ideal homemade remedies for beauty/health etc. Feel free to tell me yours! I'd love to hear them!

    • ANSWER:
      Very handy tips!

      Did You Know That? Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

      Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

      Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

      Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

      Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

      Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer . Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never been advertised for this use. (Note: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same..and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)

      Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

      Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

      Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

      Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

      Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

      Smart splinter remover...just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

      Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

      Balm for broken blisters...To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic.

      Heinz vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

      Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.
      Rainy day cure for dog odor... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

      Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

      Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

  11. QUESTION:
    How did you treat your toenail fungus?
    I've heard tea tree oil works but takes time.

    Lavender is supposedly good as well, but haven't done much research on it's effectiveness.

    OTC Medications are readily available but have yet to find one that shows results.

    I'd like to know what your experience was, and how I might go about treating it without Prescription Medication that will only cause further damage to vital organs.

    • ANSWER:
      This is from an article about toe fungus treatment, hope it helps:

      Here are some of the treatments I have tried: vinegar baths, Listerine baths, Vicks vapour rub, decolorized iodine, sports creams (Canesten cream), bleach, peroxide, tea tree oil, penlac, OTC anti fungal topicals and sprays and I even drank aloe vera gel. After trying all of these things here are the top 3 toe fungus treatments:

      30 minute Vinegar baths - vinegar works excellently, but you have to do it without fail morning and night for as long as it takes for your nail to completely grow out. 2 to 3 weeks is not nearly enough - it's more like 5 to 6 months. You will have to change the vinegar every 4-5 days and the smell is not very nice. It works and it's cheap, but it's hard work and takes forever.
      Listerine Baths - I have found this home remedy to be the most effective one for mild cases of infection. You just replace the vinegar with Listerine and follow the same instructions. It eliminated the fungus for 2 of my friends that had very minor cases of infection. For my yellow and ugly nail it wasn't effective.
      Decolorized Iodine - You probably haven't heard of this one, but it's highly effective. It's not highly available, I found it at CVS for 5$. Dip a q-tip in the bottle and paint your nail and the skin next to it. Repeat twice than leave it to dry. You will feel a tingling sensation and that's how you know it works. Sometimes it hurts while applying and the smell is horrible, but after a few weeks of doing this it worked.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some ways that you can cure a fungus in your toe, the ones that rowen the nail?
    I need a cure one that can help in like a month or a couple of weeks.

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Toenail fungus also known as onychomycosis is caused by a group of fungus called dermatophytes. These fungus are harmful because as they grow they feed on the keratin that makes up the surface of the toe nail. The two fingers that are more likely to be affected are the big toe finger and the little toe finger. Toe nail fungus causes disfiguration and discoloration of the nails. It is a contagious disease and some times it may be hereditary.

      Toe nail fungus home remedies and natural cures:

      Toe nail fungus remedy using tea tree oil:

      Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.

      Using Listerine mouthwash:

      Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy.
      Curing toe nail fungus using warm water and natural apple cider vinegar

      Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes

      Tea tree oil and Lavender oil:

      Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation

      Using Oregano and Olive oil:

      Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties

      AHA creams:

      Lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) creams on to your feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from your feet that is more prone to growing fungus

      Diet for Toe nail fungus:

      Diet plays a very vital role in curing any ailment. People suffering from toe nail fungus should include more probiotics good bacteria, in their diet. This will help your body to get rid of the fungus. Yogurt and kefir are good sources of probiotics. Reduce intake of refined carbs like sugar, dairy products and vinegar. Olive leaf extract is an excellent internal anti-fungal agent.

      Hope this helps!

  13. QUESTION:
    I have this wound at the tip of my big toe for months now.What will i do?
    My wound is not healing in any way. I already used antibiotics. Sometimes it's dry and crusty then the skin breaks and moist again.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have athlete's foot. Multiple home remedies are available including vinegar soaks, dilute Clorox soaks, and shampoos like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. Other reported but unverified remedies have included Vicks Vapor Rub and Epsom salts.

      Dilute vinegar soaks or sprays (roughly 1 part white household vinegar to 4 parts water)

      Dilute Clorox baths or soaks (approximately cup household Clorox bleach in one bathtub of water).

      There are also over the counter ointments you can get at the drug store.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Shoe materials, such as vinyl, that don't breathe cause your feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using 1 part vinegar and roughly 4 parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks

      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating athlete's foot.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid re-infection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

      If you notice any redness, increased swelling, bleeding, or if your infection is not clearing up, see your health-care practitioner. If a bacterial infection is also occurring, an antibiotic pill may be necessary. If you have fungal nail involvement, are diabetic, or have a compromised immune system, you should also see your physician for treatment.

      Check this site for good information about what you need to do.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/page4.htm#remedy

  14. QUESTION:
    what home remedies can you use for fungus thick yellow toenails?
    she is no dibetic. she has thick yellow toenails and does not want to use prescription medicine. what home remedy can i use on her? something like apple cider vinegar?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes,from what I have heard and read apple cider vinegar works.Soak the toes in it daily.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are home remedies to get rid of toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Toe nail fungus remedy using tea tree oil
      Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.

      Using Listerine mouthwash
      Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy.

      Curing toe nail fungus using warm water and natural apple cider vinegar
      Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes

      Tea tree oil and Lavender oil
      Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation

      Using Oregano and Olive oil
      Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties

      AHA creams
      Lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) creams on to your feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from your feet that is more prone to growing fungus

      Diet for Toe nail fungus
      Toe Nail Fungus : Home Remedies suggested by users
      Diet for Toe nail fungus
      Diet plays a very vital role in curing any ailment. People suffering from toe nail fungus should include more probiotics good bacteria, in their diet. This will help your body to get rid of the fungus. Yogurt and kefir are good sources of probiotics. Reduce intake of refined carbs like sugar, dairy products and vinegar. Olive leaf extract is an excellent internal anti-fungal agent.

      Suggestion for Toenail fungus
      Wash your feet after visiting public places like swimming pools
      The fungus thrives in warm moist areas like spas, swimming pools, showers or locker rooms. If you step on a warm puddle or floor, you can pick up the infection. After using such public places, it is ideal to wash your feet thoroughly and dry them well.

      Wear cotton socks
      Wear cotton socks to absorb moisture from the feet that happens from sweating

      Dry your feet
      If your socks are damp, take them off and dry your feet before wearing a fresh pair of dry socks.

      Do not share linen with affected people
      Avoid sharing towels, washcloths, shoes or any other personal items of those people who have already contracted this disease

      Trim nails and avoid nailpolish
      Keep your nails cut short, and don't use nail polish. Trim your toenails regularly. Trim them into a straight line and then smooth the edges with a nail file.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies to get rid of finger nail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  17. QUESTION:
    any way to get rid of advanced toe nail fungus without a prescription?
    A few years ago I asked a doctor for a prescription and she told me it could cause liver damage, I take a few other prescriptions. All toe nails have it, some grow in a tube shape it's so bad, so they are very difficult to clip, if anyone had any advice about clipping it would be greatly appreciated.
    HELPFUL answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      A low cost nail fungus home remedy using vinegar has worked for many people, you can try this:

      Simply place 2 drops of distilled white vinegar (available at any grocery store) at the growing base of the effected nail twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. The vinegar can be applied with a dropper bottle or if you prefer, you can soak a cotton Q-tip and apply the vinegar that way.

      Next, this procedure will have to be continued untill the infected nail is grown right off the body. That could take 6 months or longer for an infected toenail.
      It is important that not a single application is missed because if you do, any new nail that is grown that day will be susceptible to fungal reinfection.

      After following this vinegar nail fungus treatement for about two months you should see normal nail growing at the base of the nail. But remember you must continue the treatment until the infected nail grows right off he body.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for white toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Fungus is a growing, living thing. Changing the environment that it lives in will stop its growth. Wearing a different type of shoe may help, such as sandals to let feet breathe. Sunning the feet can also help, but be careful not to burn them.

      # Soak your feet in water with vinegar added: approximately 1/4 cup of vinegar to 2 quarts of water. Do this every day for at least 2 weeks, then at least once a month.

      # Use sulphur powder, available in most drug stores as a non-prescription item, or look for it in the gardening department. You can also mix this with an over-the-counter fungus powder.

      # Depriving the fungus of oxygen may stop the spread of the infection into new nail as it grows. One remedy is to coat nails nightly with VapoRub only use this on a thoroughly dried toenail to avoid "sealing in" water that promotes fungus. Or, you can keep nail polish on them, especially at the "quick," where new nail is forming.

  19. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of a black toe nail?
    What over the counter meds, or home remedies get rid of a black, fungus toe nail?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  20. QUESTION:
    Aside from locker rooms and pools, where are some other possible places you could contract nail fungus?
    I often worry about this when working in any "dirty" areas in general, because when I was younger I had contracted one. And the last thing I want is for it to happen again! I also don't really wear gloves all the time, which opens me up to exposure.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      yes the swimming pool sauna pool gym and locker shower areas it can also be caused by not drying feet off and wearing sweaty sneakers or shoes,however it can also be caused by an abnormal PH of the skin and a lowered immune system.so it isn't caused from dirty areas that's partly true. another way you get it is buying used shoes at a thrift store. or wearing someone else's moist shoes. best to take probiotics which are healthy bacteria (yogurt) to fight it off and here are some remedies to cure it Toe nail fungus home remedies and natural cures,
      Toe nail fungus remedy using tea tree oil
      Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.
      Using Listerine mouthwash
      Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy.
      Curing toe nail fungus using warm water and natural apple cider vinegar
      Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes
      Tea tree oil and Lavender oil
      Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation
      Using Oregano and Olive oil
      Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties
      AHA cream
      Lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) creams on to your feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from your feet that is more prone to growing fungus just in case you know someone who wants to get rid of it

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you cure the black toe?
    i have 3 toes that are black and i dont know how to cure it .Pleazzz help me.its soo ugly.tell me any foot medicine for it

    • ANSWER:
      Among the many home remedies and empiric cures spread by word of mouth, vinegar is one of the best known ways to cure toe nail fungus.

      Whether white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, this is the cheapest treatment intended to eradicate fungal infections from toenails or fingernails.

      Most vinegar cure toe nail fungus consists of daily foot baths in a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar.

      It is suggested to alternate and mix hot baths and cold baths, although in either case, it is necessary to keep your feet soaking for at least 30 minutes. People who have successfully tried this treatment recommend 3 baths a day, morning, noon and evening.

      The acidity of vinegar relieves the itching and repairs the PH balance, necessary to combat fungi, the microorganism responsible for toenail fungus. Vinegar is a sour tasting liquid, resulting from the oxidation of ethanol in fermented fruit juice, cider, beer, wine, and other liquids containing alcohol.

      There are several types of vinegar, including malt vinegar, wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, fruit vinegar, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, coconut vinegar, cane vinegar, raisin vinegar, beer vinegar, honey vinegar, Chinese black vinegar, and other flavored vinegars. The vinegar cure toe nail fungus remedies can take advantage of whichever of these vinegars, despite all of them are culinary.

      Vinegar has been used for medical purposes since ancient times. In China, it was the prescribed medication to prevent the spread of virus, while in Greece, ancient medical texts made reference of the different uses and qualities of vinegar. Today, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is the most used for the treatment of fungal infections, being more useful as astringent than ice.

      Apple cider vinegar can reduce the inflammation, hence the pain associated with some stages of fungal infections, and combined with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) kills bacteria and viruses. From a vinegar cure toe nail fungus, we can say that fungi are a sort of bacteria causing the fungal infection.

      Some people report that the use of either vinegar applied directly on the base of the nail twice a day, is even better that soaking your feet. However, you must make sure that vinegar will remain in place long enough to benefit from its action. Just 2 drops of Vinegar cure toe nail fungus, improves the condition and eventually may help to clear up the condition.

      Vinegar is acid, and toe nail fungus does not like acidic environments. Besides all vinegars are non-toxic so drinking vinegar will not harm you, although the taste is not always pleasant.

  22. QUESTION:
    Under toe nail fungus infection, how to fight it?
    I noticed that there is something going on under my nail. It is just a begining of the infection. I got apple cider vinegar and mouthwash and I mix it together with some water and just keep my feet in it. I also got Vicks VapoRub and I am gonna be using it at night and at work etc. It is just a begining so I hope that I will be able to compat that. Would it be better to go and see a doctor etc to see what they would tell me? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to get rid of under toe nail fungus infection is to use something that will attack it at the source also known as the root cause. If you dont use something that will attack it that way you will be doing nothing but wasting your time and effort.

      There are a few reasons why this is so.

      The first reason is if you don't kill the root cause of your problem then it will just keep recurring.

      The second reason is that toenail fungus is something that if not treated correctly it will get worse and start to infect the other nails on your feet. By using home remedies you have no way of knowing if it is working or not and being that these home remedies wont be able to penetrate the nail and get to the root cause of your problem your probably adding fuel to the fire.

      Furthermore if you are using a home remedy and it is not working then it's just like not treating it because it will allow the nail fungus more time to get worse and possibly lead to permanent nail damage.

      The best way to get rid of under toenail fungus infection is to learn how to prevent it from happening again and using something that is made specifically for dealing with the problem or the root cause like it should be dealt with.

      You have to be patient in dealing with it because it's not something that will disappear overnight but with persistence and perseverance and the right treatment you can beat this thing before any permanent nail damage is done.

      Here is a website that will answer all of your questions about what I just shared with you as well as a review of a really good treatment for getting rid of a problem like yours for good.

      If you really want to get rid of an under toenail fungus infection you will visit that site and read everything there as well as take the appropriate action.

      I used to have a mild case of toenail fungus and it got out of hand trying to use home remedies. I learned what I just told you the hard way.

      Good Luck!!

  23. QUESTION:
    I have toenail fungus and I need the BEST home remedies. I've heard vinegar, beer and tea tree oil.?
    Anyone know from experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Fungal nail infections are difficult to treat, even with potent medication like Lamisil tablets.

      I suggest you see your doctor to discuss options and to make sure that you don't have diabetes. Diabetes makes people prone to fungal foot infections, including nail infections.

  24. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried cornmeal for toenail fungus?
    I saw it on a couple of home remedy websites and in the newspaper. I dont want to screw with Lamisil

    • ANSWER:
      I have not used cornmeal, but am planning on trying the process now. However, you should also know about another toenail fungus remedy that has worked somewhat well for me: plain white vinegar. One website recommends morning and evening application of undiluted vinegar on the infected toenail(s). This is said to alter the alkininity of the toenail bed, where the new toenail growth occurs, to a pH that the fungus cannot tolerate. It takes up to 6 months to see major results, because you have to wait for healthy uninfected new toenail to grow from the base.

      Several years ago I had two infected big toenails. The left nail was about 1/3 infected and the right nail completely infected. I got an eyedropper bottle, filled it with vingar, and dropped several drops on each nail each morning and night. I rubbed the vinegar into the nails.

      After several months both nails looked better. I kept it up pretty regularly for about a year, and the left nail has been completely clear of fungus ever since. This was about five years ago. Unfortunately I got lazy and didn't keep up with regular application of vinegar, so my right nail never cleared completely. My right nail is about 1/3 infected.

      My next step is to try the cornmeal, but I also strongly suggest that you try the vinegar treatment and see if it works for you. See the attached website for more information and testimonials to the effectiveness of vinegar.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy u ever heard, tried and found amazing???
    Be specific please it will add knowledge to lot of people.....Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Did You Know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain
      almost immediately-- without the unpleasant side effects caused bytraditional "pain relievers."

      Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

      Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong
      Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

      Achy muscles from a bout of the flu?
      Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish
      in 1cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as amassage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

      Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

      Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tabletsin a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms.
      Alka-Seltzer
      begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-- even though
      the product was never been advertised for this use.

      Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey
      and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin
      sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

      Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail
      fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic
      leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

      Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses fromloosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to thethreads of the screws before tightening them.

      Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps,hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the
      insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

      Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over thesplinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter
      sticks to the dried glue.

      Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ...cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as
      a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil
      to a head.

      Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few
      drops of Listerine. a powerful antiseptic.

      Vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and
      apply itto the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the
      >healing process.

      Kills fleas instantly...Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few
      drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

      Rainy day cure for dog odor ...Next time your dog comes in from the rain,simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

      Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil inyour cat's ear...Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat
      daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, andaccelerates healing.

      Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... It's not for breakfast any more!
      Mix 2cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the
      microwavefor 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

  26. QUESTION:
    How Do I get rid of Toe Fungus?
    The tip of my nails are always itchy and My toe skin is peeling o.o Plus my toes are so itchy

    • ANSWER:
      Vinegar is a natural antiseptic.
      Soaking the nails in vinegar may be effective in reducing some cases of toenail or fingernail fungus, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although it may not be effective in all cases, the home remedy is inexpensive and may be worth a try. Soak your feet or hands for 15 to 20 minutes in a solution of one part vinegar and two parts warm water once a day. If the vinegar causes skin irritation, add more water to the solution or reduce soaking to three or four times a week

      Trim Nails

      Trim nails short; the lifting of a long nail from its bed can give fungus access to the nail bed. To keep fungus from spreading, keep nails trimmed as close to the nail bed as possible. Do not cut your cuticles, says podiatrist James Graham, D.P.M. Removing the cuticles can create an easy entrance for fungus, which can rapidly spread to the rest of the nail. Wash your hands and the nail scissors or clippers thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water after trimming your nails to keep the fungus from spreading.

      Use a nail brush to exfoliate the skin around the nails, recommends Richard L. Dobson, M.D., professor of dermatology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Fungus attaches itself to dead skin cells and will spread rapidly to the nails. Scrub away dead skin cells using antibacterial soap and water each day; then rinse with cool water. Wash the scrub brush after using it to prevent fungus from growing on the brush.

      Tea tree oil can be the best home remedy for nail fungus. It has been rated as a good antiseptic for fungal infections. A mixture of tea tree oil with olive oil (both undiluted) can be applied to the affected area

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of fungus on toenail?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of available cure for toenail fungus. Home remedies like tea tree oil and soaking your toes in vinegar are proven to be effective. One product that stands out the most is ZetaClear. It is made of natural ingredients (ingredients that are known to cure toenail fungus).

  28. QUESTION:
    Toenail is going to fall off, can I treat it for fungus now?
    Both my big toes have been traumatized by some new too small workout shoes. One is fine besides some blood underneath. The other looks like it's going to fall off, and may have a new nail underneath already. This toe was yellow before, I'm assuming it was fungus.

    This seems like a great time to treat it, since the nail is going to fall off. Is there a good home treatment? I would prefer not to go to the doctor

    • ANSWER:
      One of the oldest and traditional treatments for toenail fungus infection is apple cider vinegar Soak your toe in the vinegar for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day all the time the new nail is growing. Toenail fungus is persistent and needs persistent treatment. But be careful. It will really hurt if you have any open cuts or sores.

      http://toenail-fungus.org/treatment/apple-cider-vinegar-toenail-fungus-remedy.html

  29. QUESTION:
    Home made uses for food?
    Okay, so i want some home made uses for food such as Lemon for hair or Mayonaise for erasing crayon marks from wood tables. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Helping Tips

      Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve Headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects
      caused by traditional pain relievers.
      ___________________________
      Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.
      _____________________________
      Before you head to he drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of
      curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your
      stuffed nose.
      _____________________________
      Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1
      Tablespoon of horseradish in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes,then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.
      _____________________________
      Sore Throat?? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take1 Tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
      __________________________
      Cure urinary tract infections with alka-seltzer.
      Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.
      ________________________________
      Eliminate puffiness under your eyes.....All you need is a dab of preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as a vasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.
      ________________________________
      Honey remedy for Skin Blemishes......Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.
      _______________________________
      Listerine therapy for toenail fungus...Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
      _______________________________
      Easy eyeglass protection....To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline
      Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.
      ______________________________
      Coca-Cola cure for rust...Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.
      _____________________________
      Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer....If menacing bees,
      wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.
      ____________________________
      Smart splinter remover.....just pour a drop of Elmers Glue-all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue. ______________________________
      Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....Cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.
      ______________________________
      Balm for broken blisters.....To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine....a powerful antiseptic.
      __________________________________
      Heinz vinegar to heal bruises...Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
      _____________________________
      Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas
      _____________________________
      Rainy day cure for dog odor....Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.
      _______________________________
      Eliminate ear mites....All it takes is a few drops of wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing. Vaseline cure for hairballs.....To prevent troublesome hairballs, apply a dollop of vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.
      _____________________________
      Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is treatment for toenail fungus?
    I want to become MBBS and this is my first project to be submitted in the college...
    Please help me guys..

    • ANSWER:
      Using tea tree oil and soaking it in vinegar is one of the many home remedies that you could use in treating toenail fungus.

      Three home remedies which already clinically proven for nail fungus treatments are tea tree oil, snakeroot leaf extract, and vicks vaporub.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy that actually helps cure/get-rid-of nail fungus?
    My small toe, I guess it's the "pinky toe" turned yellow and know it is gray/white. I am a very clean person so this fungus didn't seem right... Well, I wanted to know if there are effective alternates to cure it. I don't want to take a medicine that can damage my liver, but I don't want an ugly toenail either.

    • ANSWER:
      Toe nail fungus remedy using tea tree oil
      Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.

      Using Listerine mouthwash
      Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy.

      Curing toe nail fungus using warm water and natural apple cider vinegar
      Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes

      Tea tree oil and Lavender oil
      Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation

      Using Oregano and Olive oil
      Blend 2 drops of Oregano essential oil with a tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area daily for NOT more than three weeks. Oregano essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiparasitical, antiviral, analgesic and antifungal properties

      AHA creams
      Lather AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) creams on to your feet before going to bed. This will flush the rough scaly skin from your feet that is more prone to growing fungus

  32. QUESTION:
    Does ESR blood test indicate fungus presence in the body?
    I have had symptoms that similar to nerve problems but also pain in my bones, fever, chill, headaches and sore scalp. my FBC showed normal, bone profile normal, vit d normal.
    My toeneols become very dark and painful. It is fungus, the doctors thinks.

    But I wondered whether this fungus had spread from the rest of my body. I have had this feeling long before the darkness appeared in my toes.

    Any advice on this? how can I make my doctor to look into this?
    Thank you.

    I have difficult breathing and also a long standing throat problems that MR scan showed lesions in my neck. I also have chill, fever and neck stiffness and now chest pain and spasms.

    • ANSWER:
      Cln - The best "doctor" to visit is a podiatrist (DPM), also the least expensive. Check your phone book yellow pages. To answer your question, NO, your ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) is a non-specific test which most often means inflammation somewhere in your body. Almost always, it has nothing to do with a toenail fungus infection.
      Medically, a toenail infection, known as ONYCHOMYCOSIS is caused by the fungus named Tinea unguium.
      It is the most common nail disease in adults. Most commonly, the fungus spreads from the skin and invades the underside of the nail where the nail meets the nail bed.
      Nail fungus is not highly contagious. It can be transmitted from person to person but only with
      constant intimate contact. It usually begins as a white or yellow spot on the nail that spreads, causing
      discoloration and thickening of the nail. Eventually the nail may separate from the nail bed
      underneath. Mild symptoms generally lead to cosmetic problems only. However, if a toenail
      becomes severely thickened and presses against the inside of a shoe, it can cause significant
      pain and irritation.

      Onychomycosis can be diagnosed simply by appearance. If treatment with medication is being
      considered, laboratory tests must be performed to confirm the diagnosis. Usually nail samples
      are sent to the laboratory to see if fungus will grow in a special medium. A positive test, or
      fungal culture, identifies the specific fungus causing the infection.
      HOW IS IT TREATED?

      HOME REMEDIES
      Vinegar Soaks: Vinegar is a natural fungicide. Mix equal parts white (plain) vinegar and
      warm water (usually one cup of each). Soak the affected nail(s) for 10-20 minutes once or twice
      a day until all signs of the fungus are gone. This can take several months.
      Tea Tree Oil with Lavendar Oil: Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide and antiseptic. The
      lavender oil reduces skin irritation. Mix equal parts tea tree oil and lavendar oil. Apply the
      mixture to the nail and under the nail edge twice a day until all symptoms disappear.
      Listerine Mouth Wash: Listerine is an antiseptic. Soak the affected nail in Listerine for 20
      minutes twice a day until all symptoms disappear.
      Vicks VapoRub Salve: Vicks VapoRub is a natural fungicide. Apply it to the nail and under
      the loose nail edge daily with a cotton Q-tip. Then cover with a band-aid, and leave the salve in
      place as long as possible each day, ideally 8 hours or more. Continue treatment until the
      symptoms disappear. This can take one to several months.
      Desenex or Tinactin Powder: These antifungal powders can be sprinkled in your socks and
      shoes daily to reduce the foot fungus that is the source of the nail infection.
      Notes for home remedies:
      Any remedy applied directly to the nail will work more effectively if the infected part of the nail
      (the thick yellowish-white and soft or cheesy part) is removed. A podiatrist can remove the
      infected part of the nail or you can trim it off with standard nail clippers. The nail clippers should
      be soaked in an antifungal or antiseptic solution, such as 90% isopropyl alcohol or Listerine, for
      several hours after use. This will prevent transmission of the fungus to other nails when the
      clipper is reused for general nail care. The healthy nail will grow back in 6-12 months.
      The infected part of the nail may turn black with any of these remedies, but that change is not
      permanent. The healthy part of the nail is usually not affected.
      Wear cotton socks. Change socks and shoes if they become wet.
      Do not apply nail polish until symptoms have completely resolved.
      You can spread the fungus to other nails if you pick at the infected nail or use nail clippers that
      have not been properly cleaned.
      PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
      Antifungal creams (eg. Miconazole, Nizoral) are usually not effective against nail fungus
      because the nails are too hard to penetrate.
      Oral antifungal therapy works about 50-75% of the time. Improvement will continue after the
      medication has been stopped. It can take 9-12 months to see if the medication has worked
      because that is how long it takes for the nail to grow out. Even when therapy works, the fungus
      may come back about 20-50% of the time.
      o Terbinafine (Lamisil) is taken daily for 6 weeks for fingernail fungus and 12 weeks for
      toenail fungus. This drug is safe, effective, and produces few side effects. Studies
      suggest that it is more effective than itraconazole.
      ____________________________________________________________________________

  33. QUESTION:
    Nail Techs: what does it mean to 'cure' a nail?
    I'm learning and I keep hearing about curing the nail but I'm not overly sure what exactly the process involves. Thanks for your help :-)

    • ANSWER:
      "Curing a nail" is where you get rid of fungal infections;

      Keep the nail dry. The toughest thing about getting rid of the fungal infection is keeping the nail away from water. It will only add to the nail's moisture and keep the nail bed wet, where fungi just love to grow. This means when you take a shower, the hand or finger must remain outside of the stall. (Maybe even in a loose plastic bag or rubber glove.) But make sure air can still circulate so that the hand doesn't sweat, thus defeating the whole purpose of leaving the hand outside the shower in the first place. Also, when washing dishes, doing the laundry or any other activity containing water, the hand must be protected in the same way, but wear a rubber glove or loose fitting plastic bag.

      Step2Remove nail polish. To cure nail fungus, you must keep the nail exposed to light. Fungi love to grow in dark areas. So once you discover nail fungus, remove all nail polish immediately until you cure the nail.

      Step3Try the home remedies. Some people suggest mixing apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in a fifty-fifty solution, soaking the hands for 45 minutes for several days to see if this helps cure the finger nail fungus. Others suggest using a cap full of Clorox bleach in a tall glass of water. Soak your finger in the solution for about a minute and again repeat over several days to see if the fungus is alleviated.

      Step4Use topical creams. There are several topical creams which can be found at your local pharmacy. Some may be prescription, so you may have to see a doctor, however the FDA has been becoming more lenient with the topical creams it is approving for over-the-counter use. "Naftin" and "The Toenail and Nail Fungus Treatment" are both reputable brands.

      Step5Use Oral Medication. Leucatin and Lamisil are two products which can be taken orally to help cure your finger nail fungus. For Lamisil you will have to make an appointment with your doctor as it is a prescription product.

      Step6Remove the nail. This is the last resort, and also not necessarily a cure depending on the kind of fungus you have. Obviously for this step, you will need to be under the advisement of a

  34. QUESTION:
    best and fastest way to get rid of under toe nail fungus?
    big toe nail dark colored, hard. and hard to clip

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      unfortunately there is not a "best solution."
      there are two ways to to try to treat the fungus.
      1. Using chemically produced, comercial products - such as Lamisil (Terbinafine), Diflucan (Flucanazole) and Sporanox (Itraconazole) to name but 3 - these are usually taken oraly and in tablet form. There are possible side effects though with nearly all of the comercial prodcucts - although the side affects are mild and short term you should be aware that they exist before under taking treatment. This course of action can usually become very expensive resulting in hundreds of pounds.
      2. Natural Home Remedy - such as a vinegar soak or spray, Tea Tree Oil or Oregano oil.
      These have less harmful side effects (if any) and are reletively inexpensive.

      So, dont think fastest - think best.

      Fungi thrives in damp warm environments - so try to create a hostile home not a inviting one.

      A personal recommendation would be anything acidic - (ie vinegar)

      Allocate a ten minute slot in the morning and a ten minute slot at night and soak your feet - do this for 6 months even after you think the fungus has gone.

      ....And clip that toenail - and rough it up a bit with an emery board as the (vinegar/Tea tree oil) will not only need to get beneath the nail but into the nail material.

  35. QUESTION:
    Have you tried a home remedy for nail fungus that works?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavendar oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      Oh, and I put the link to an article that has a some pretty interestin info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out.

  36. QUESTION:
    Hey everyone i need lots of home remedies soon :) for homework stupid home ec teacher wats 50 home remedies?
    It needs to be in tomorrow and i`ve only got 30 I need 50 thanx every1

    • ANSWER:
      1.Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat's or dog's ear... massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

      2.Kills fleas instantly... Dawn Dishwashing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

      3.Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

      3.Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

      4.Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?
      Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

      5.Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.

      6.Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

      7.Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

      8.Honey remedy for skin blemishes... cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

      9.Listerine therapy for toenail fungus: Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

      10.Easy eyeglass protection... to prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

      11.Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... if menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

      12.Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

      13.Hunt's Tomato Paste boil cure... cover the boil with Hunt's Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head

      14.Balm for broken blisters... to disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.

      15.Vinegar to heal bruises... soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

      16.Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... it's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

      Hope this helps a little!

  37. QUESTION:
    Toenail fungus: a few questions?
    1st: can a toenail fungus last years in a single nail and not spread? I've had one on my right toenail for years and it hasn't spread.
    2nd: If you have a fungus fort a long time, can it still be cured, and can your toenail go back to normal?
    3rd: what are some effective home remedies for a severely fungal toenail?
    4th: How long does it take for it all to go away???

    • ANSWER:
      Okay you can have fungus on your toe and have it not spred for years but it depends on the type of fungus. I would go see a Dr so they can test it and tell you the type and how it is treated. Some kinds can be passed to other people by showering or sharing shoes.

      Sometimes the treatment is as simple as using a cream a few times and its gone.
      The main problem is that you don't know what kind of fungus it is soi i can't garentee anything will work.

      Here's what you can do,

      1. Buy some canesten.

      2. Go to your doctor and make sure it is a toe fungus.

      3. Fungus is a growing, living thing. Changing the environment that it lives in will stop its growth. Wearing a different type of shoe may help, such as sandals to let feet breathe. Sunning the feet can also help, but be careful not to burn them.

      4. Soak your feet in water with vinegar added: approximately 1/4 cup of vinegar to 2 quarts of water. Do this every day for at least 2 weeks, then at least once a month.

      5. Use sulfur powder, available in most drug stores as a non-prescription item, or look for it in the gardening department. You can also mix this with an over-the-counter fungus powder.

      6. Depriving the fungus of oxygen may stop the spread of the infection into new nail as it grows. One remedy is to coat nails nightly with VapoRub. Only use this on a thoroughly dried toenail to avoid "sealing in" water that promotes fungus. Or, you can keep nail polish on them, especially at the "quick," where new nail is forming.

      7. Find products for the removal of nail fungus in a drugstore or a beauty supply store's nail care section.

      8. Another tested method is 5% - 10% pure orange oil available in garden and farm centers (not orange oil cleaner) in a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and rubbing alcohol. SHAKE-WELL BEFORE EACH USE. Apply daily between toes, on and under toe nails. You can obtain a medicine dropper at a drugstore or Walmart.

      9. As an alternative, you could use a few drops of tea tree oil or oregano oil. (Both can be bought in vitamin/health food stores. Walmart and other grocery stores also carry tea tree oil.)

      10. If home remedies are not working, your physician can give you a prescription for an oral medication that will kill the fungus. Typically, you take the pills daily for a week out of each month for at least six months. (There are warnings for this kind of anti-fungal product which is taken internally and includes side effects of possible liver damage and even death).

      So as you can see this is serious. I hope i have helped.

  38. QUESTION:
    Which works best for toe nail fungus?
    a) Vinegar
    b) tee tree oil
    c) Vick's vapor rub
    d) bleach
    e) peroxide
    f) listerine
    g) alcohol
    The weird treatments I've read about
    e) urine
    f) WD-40
    Subhasish, it doesn't show your answer..
    It seems that each answer is a commercial for Zeta clear.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't tried these, but I found an article by someone who has tried dome of these home remedies, hope it helps:

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Toe-Fungus-Treatment-That-Works---The-Top-3-Home-Remedies-to-Eliminate-Toenail-Fungus-Forever&id=6226595

  39. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for fungus ?
    Ok so I have fungus since I was little it never used to bug me until now I used a product for 5 months and didn't really made a difference. Now I want to know if there Is a home remedy for toenail fungus I heard apple vinegar and salt can kill it. Is this true is it possible that a home remedy can kill I don't want to go to the doc because I'm to embarrassed and no one has looked at my toes before beside my family please help me

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  40. QUESTION:
    How to treat nail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      There various treatments for nail fungus, but not every one of them could cure those annoying and stubborn fungal nail once and for all.

      If you don't want to see the doctor, try Home Remedies like tree oil, Vinegar. They may work, but take a long time. http://www.top10homeremedies.com/how-to/how-to-get-rid-of-toenail-fungus.html

      If your got very bad nail fungus and able to afford the cost, laser treatment would be the best way to treat nail fungus. http://www.sandiegolasernailclinics.com/nail-fungus-treatment-comparison/

  41. QUESTION:
    Why are my toenails so yellow?
    ok. so I've always been told that I have very pretty feet. my downfall.... My feet! my toenails have always been quite thick and my toenails always yellow. what can I do to have normal toenails???

    • ANSWER:
      You probably have nail fungus. You should go to your doctor and have them look at it. They may prescribe Lamisil (Terbinafine). If you do this, be sure to educate yourself on the medication since it can have some major side effects. There may be other options though. You may look into home remedies. I've read that vinegar and Vicks Vapo Rub works well.

  42. QUESTION:
    Ingrowing toenail? Home remedies?
    My toenail has got quite large as i haven't trimmed it in a while and i'm trying to cut all the toenail out. There was a little spot so i popped it and now theres puss coming out. I've soaked it in boiling water but it hasn't soothed it. Any other home remedies to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      You know the trick of soaking a boiled egg in vinegar to make the shell soft? Well that's what to do with an ingrown toenail: soak it in vinegar until it gets soft. The acid in the vinegar will remove the calcium, leaving the toenail pliable like silicon. This will keep it from cutting into your toe. If you have puss coming out of your toe, you need to disinfect it and see a doctor to be sure, because infections can be serious and you could potentially lose the whole toe.
      One common problem with toenails is fungus growing underneath. It is a home remedy to kill mold and other fungus with vinegar. I would not soak it in boiling water as that will just give you a burn that would lead to more infection. Seriously, if you burned your toe in boiling water, you just made it worse.
      There are a variety of powerful home remedy natural antibiotics from herbs such as oregano which you could use to make a polstice. Eating lots of raw garlic puts the garlic smell in your blood and you can smell the garlic in the sweat of your feet.
      Garlic is said to be a natural antibiotic, so if you can't get to a doctor, then eat lots of garlic and make an oregano polstice. Other Italian herbs are also strong antibiotics. Strangely, hot peppers are not nearly as effective as Italian herbs for antibiotics.

  43. QUESTION:
    Toenails aren't growing properly, what's causing this?
    2 of my toenails on my left foot stopped growing properly a couple years ago. They all of a sudden started growing really thick and are very frail. They turn a slight yellow/creamy color and chip off very easily. They are very thick and stick up above my toe too much (they aren't flat like they should be) and have alot of nail-like buildup under them which helps make them become too thick. What could have caused this and can it be fixed to where they will start growing back normally?

    • ANSWER:
      its from a toenail fungus and is very hard to treat.
      There are some home remedies and you can also get treated from the doctor.
      Neither treatments seem that effective though.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nail-fungus/DS00084

      According to the mayo site, vinegar or Vicks vapor rub both have had some anecdotal success and are harmless and worth a try.
      Tea tree oil has also been reported to work for this as well.
      No matter what you try, the cure is not instant and can take weeks to see an improvement.

  44. QUESTION:
    Oral Lamasil is used for toenail fungus but it is really tough on liver tissue. Anyone know a home remedy?
    that works? Tried Vic's Vaporub, tea tree oil and vinegar. Anyone know of anything else? Yes, I know wrong category, but all the smart people are in this section...

    • ANSWER:
      Bamma say what the heck. Bamma say he foot doctor in India. Bamma say he no have medical training. Bamma just learn from experience. Bamma say you need a topical treatment. Bamma say no swallow that poison. Bamma say any drug store. Bamma say go get a anti-fungal cream. Bamma otta know.
      --
      Bamma back now. Bamma not really doctor. Bamma just play one on tv. Bamma been reading on your condition. Bamma say oral medication for sever cases. Bamma say they also have a Lamisil cream. Bamma say if it not too bad, cream away. Bamma say so.
      --
      Bamma back again. Bamma dunno why he so interested in this subject. Bamma say oh well here you go. Bamma say here bunch of home rememdy. Bamma say your two on list also. Bamma say to pee on foot. Bamma say no joke. Bamma say scroll down. Bamma say here you go.

      http://www.hivresource.org/artman/publish/article_194.shtml

  45. QUESTION:
    How can i fix my toe nail ? :( ?
    A couple months ago after going to the nail shop for a pedicure my toe nail was infected with fungus. Back in Nov. 2012 my nails was ready to just pop off until one day i hit my nail really hard on my bed and little did i know my whole nail came off. Now i am nail-less and of course it is EMBARRASSING! Spring is coming i want to wear sandals :( how can i fix my nail the fungus is still there and my nail still has to grow :( help???

    • ANSWER:
      ink i read something about vinegar but i will find out if not go to the nailery nd get a product called fungaway or something i thing there is a product in rite aid also

      Step 1
      Apply Vicks VapoRub to the affected toenail. The New York Times article states that thymol, which is found in oil of thyme, an active ingredient in Vicks that has antiseptic properties. Dr. Andrew Weil also mentions Vicks as a possible home remedy for nail fungus and advises rubbing it into the nail twice a day. Weil goes onto state that your success rate using this technique may vary; anecdotally, some people have stated that it took mere days to notice an improvement, while others indicated that it took between four to six months.

      Step 2
      Paint tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract onto the infected toenail. This is the treatment for toenail fungus that Weil personally recommends. Treat the toenail twice a day. Weil cautions that it may take up to a year for this home remedy to work, as your toenail has to grow out entirely fungus-free.

      Step 3
      Use a vinegar soak. This home remedy to treat toenail fungus is recommended by Mayo Clinic experts, who note that vinegar may prevent bacterial growth. Mix 2 parts warm water to 1 part vinegar and place the affected foot in the solution for 15 to 20 minutes each day. If your skin becomes irritated, cut back on the frequency of foot soaks or dilute the mixture with more water.

      Step 4
      Prevent reinfection. Keep your toenails clean and dry as much as possible. Trim the toenail straight across and file down thick areas, advises Mayo Clinic experts. Wear shoes or sandals whenever you're in a damp, public place, such as a swimming pool or locker room. Choose synthetic socks over those made of wool or cotton. You may also want to use a nonprescription antifungal power or spray on your feet and inside of your shoes.

  46. QUESTION:
    Question about my dogs toenails...?
    My dogs toenails are black. The tips of them however are discolored most are reddish two are white (this is primarily only on her front paws). I used to think that she only chewed them when they were getting long becasue she didn't like the way it felt (it seemed once I cut them she wouldn't chew them for awahile). However I've noticed her doing it more often lately. Do dogs get any type of fungus on their toenails that would discolor and make her chew them. Should I be concerned? Are there any home remedies I could try, if something is wrong?
    It's just her toenails. No skin problems anywhere else.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not uncommon for dogs to have different colored toe nails. When the nail is black you cannot see how far you can cut the nail. Cut it as far back as you feel comfortable and snip off more if you don't see the quick.

      If in fact there is something wrong like fungus or bacteria the follow solution could help a lot.

      Mix equal part apple cider vinegar(healing agent), rubbing alcohol (a drying agent),& water ( a delution).

      Wash feet several times a day.

      Some dogs just develop the habit of chewing on their nail. It is usually caused by bordom, some vets say that the dog is neurotic.

      One of my dogs just licks and licks and licks his front feet and there is nothing wrong. It is just something to do. Sometimes he licks a raw spot and I have to doctor it but it is nothing to worry about.

  47. QUESTION:
    How to cure toenail fungus?
    Hello. This is kind of embarrassing but my son and I have toenail fungus on our big right toes. We've had it for quite awhile now, and we've been using an anti-fungal applicator that's in the bottle. We've also used Vick's Vapor Rub and it helped a little. I've heard about home remedies like vinegar (the white kind?), listerine, tea tree oil and alcohol. I just want to find the right remedy that will help the fungus go away. Can someone please give me advice on what to use and how long to soak our toes? Thanks. I want to be able to wear sandals again! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Immerse your legs for ten to fifteen minutes a day in warm water containing Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt). Use Silicea 200 one dose a week. You will be cured in less than a week. Medicines should be used in consultation with doctor.

  48. QUESTION:
    Toenail fungus?
    Is there any way to get rid of toenail fungus other than penlac?
    Is there a home remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      Lamasil is a prescription drug that is supposed to work well but take a long time, is expensive and can cause liver damage.
      I have heard of people applying vinegar to toenail every day because fungus cannot grow in an acidic environment. Also have heard of people using Vicks vapor rub. You can use a rotary tool like the nail salons use to thin the thick nail to make it look more normal.
      Here is a great site for info~ http://www.toenailfungus.org/
      good luck.

  49. QUESTION:
    My grandma has a toenail fungus, and Vick's Vaporub isn't working too well. Anyone ...?
    know of any other home remedy? She can't take Lamacil.

    • ANSWER:
      get some white vinegar. it works well for me. Soak feet in it.

  50. QUESTION:
    Toe redness after infection?
    I recently had an infection in my big toe because of and ingrown toenail. I went to the doctor and got antibiotics and the infection and swelling went away. Now, about a month later, my big toe, and the two next toes have gotten red. They are not swelling and they are not painful. They are just red. Can anyone help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Using Listerine Mouthwash

      Soak your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toe nails looking healthy. Mouthwash contains several compounds and alcohols like salicylate thymol and euchalyptol which combine to form a strong toenail fungus treatment. Toenail fungus home remedies generally require a mixture of mouthwash and a strong natural acid like apple cider vinegar or undiluted lemon juice. This is done to increase the effectiveness of the treatment as acid retards the growth of fungus and prevents it from spreading. You can pour a sufficient amount of this mouthwash and an equal amount of vinegar into a tub and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes or so. This needs to be done at least once a day and is an effective home remedy for toenail fungus. However, large amounts of vinegar and mouthwash are necessary and so you can just mix small amounts of the liquid and paint your nails with it. If the infection has already spread, you can soak a thick wad of cotton in this liquid and place it over the affected toe. You should then wrap it up with a small bandage to keep the cotton wad in place. Allow this to remain on for about 45 minutes and then scrub your toe gently with a small amount of the solution. You would need to do this on a daily basis to see long lasting results. In most cases, it takes about a week to experience a noticeable improvement and with continued usage, your nails will soon be healthy and free of infection. When you treat toenail fungus, it is important to keep in mind that after any and all toenail fungus treatments, it is essential that the affected toe is dried thoroughly as excessive moisture would cause the infection to spread. This is a very effective paronychia treatment as it helps to prevent the formation of pus which is very common with this type of nail infection.

      Curing Toe Nail Fungus using Warm Water and Natural Apple Cider Vinegar

      Soak your toenails for 15 - 20 minutes in basin full of warm water and natural apple cider vinegar mixed in equal proportion. When done, dry your toenails thoroughly. Use a hair dryer on warm setting to absorb all the moisture in and around the toes. Apple cider vinegar is a mild acid and prevents toenail fungus from spreading. It is very effective as a complementary treatment but it may not be as effective as the main method of treatment. Paronychia often causes scaling and the fungus then thrives under the layers of dead skin. Exfoliation is therefore an extremely important aspect of Paronychia treatment. When exfoliating the affected area, make sure that you do not apply excessive pressure as this would result in abrasions and pain. You can make your own anti-fungal exfoliating scrub by mixing coarsely ground rice flour with a few spoons of apple cider vinegar. Apply this paste over the affected nail and the surrounding area and then gently rub it into the nail and skin. You can use a cotton swab to ensure that your entire nail is well scrubbed. If your skin is cut or sore, avoid massaging your skin and instead concentrate only on your toenail. This exfoliating scrub will help to get rid of dead skin and nail cells and will also help to keep your skin soft and prevent cracking. You can rinse your feet well and then dry them with a soft towel. Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and olive oil and massage this into your feet. The olive oil will help to soften your skin while the lemon juice will help to control the fungal infection.

      Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil

      Put equal amount of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball or swab. Dab it under the top edge of the toe nail and surrounding area 2 or 3 times a day. Tea tree oil is natural antibiotic and lavender will help fight the infection and prevent skin irritation, as it has antiseptic properties. This combination of oils is often used to treat paronychia and onychomycosis as they are both very potent and can help to treat even severe cases. It is best to warm these oils before using them as this increases the amount of oil that is absorbed by the skin. Tea tree oil and lavender oil are essential oils and contain several volatile compounds. It is therefore, important to dilute them in a carrier oil such as olive oil before you apply them to your skin. You can make your own anti fungal oil by mixing equal amounts of tea tree oil, lavender oil, and a carrier oil. Before you go to sleep, make sure that you apply this oil to your affected toenails. You can also put on a pair of thick woolen socks as this will help to trap your body heat and this in turn will increase the effectiveness of this remedy. It is important to use this treatment on a daily basis, particularly if you have neglected this problem for a while and allowed it to worsen.

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Toenail Fungus Blood

Toenail Fungus Remedy

Of all the infections that you can develop, toenail fungus is not the most serious, but it is the most difficult to cure. The main problem is that the infected area is protected by the nail itself as it grows in between the skin and the underside of the nail.

People search for remedies and are willing to try a host of different techniques in search of a toenail fungus remedy that works. If you have this problem then you have likely tried a number of different remedies yourself.

The other reason to seek out alternative treatments is that the over the counter oral treatments can have bad side effects. Alternatives that you can try at home consist of soaking the infected area. You can try soaking your toes in a vinegar or peroxide solution, mouthwash with anti bacterial properties like Listerine, chest rub or beer. Yes that is right - beer can be an effective toenail fungus remedy! There are probiotics in the beer like acidophilus and vinegar that can kill the fungus.

Different strains of toenail fungus will be affected by different solutions, so you may have to experiment to find out which one works best for the type of fungus you have. Beer contains bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. These same bacteria are also found naturally in the body where they suppress yeast growth and prevent fungus growth in the mouth. Since they are effective at combating fungus inside the body, it makes sense that they would be effective at combating fungus outside the body as well.

Beer is an inexpensive and convenient source of these fungus fighting bacteria and that is why it makes a good toenail fungus remedy. And as an added bonus, if you pick it up a six pack, you will have something to do while you sit around and soak your feet. One for the feet...five left for you: How terribly convenient.

Another option for soaking is Listerine or other mouthwashes. Like the beer you will need to soak your feet for a significant amount of time each day. But do not drink what is left in the bottle after you treat your feet! Stick to the beer for that part of the treatment. The disinfectant in the mouthwash is what attacks and kills the fungus. The downside is that it also kills the helpful bacteria on your skin that naturally help protect you from fungus growth.

This means that you had better not skip a day of soaking during treatment or the fungus will make a comeback with a vengeance. The full treatment may take a full month if you have lost the nail. You have to wait until a new nail has grown in to protect the vulnerable skin below. If you have been soaking every day, then there should not be any fungus left on the skin that is now protected by the new nail. If you are not careful however, the fungus will come back and you will have to start all over again.

For further information, please visit: Toenail Fungus Treatment Website

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can i donate blood if i have a toenail fungus?
    my school is having a blood drive in a month and i have a toenail fungus and i am taking medicine for it right now but will be done taking it in 2 days. Will i still be able to participate in the donation of blood.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I've tried a lot of different stuff over the years. I had dealt with the combo nail fungus and athletes foot for almost 20 years. One "free" thing that did help a lot was vinegar.

      It didn't help much with the nail fungus but it completely stopped the athlete's foot that I was also suffering from.

      For the fungus I tried a lot of different things, including over the counter treatments, vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil, vicks and lavender oil. Some of them did make a little difference but none of them completely killed the fungus.

      I also tried lamisil which worked for a while then after a couple of months I had a relapse of the nail fungus. The scary thing with the lamisil is the possible health issues you can face as a result of using it, the doctor had me take a test to make sure my liver wasn't prone to problems before he'd give me the lamisil... gulp!

      In the end what finally fixed my loong term problem with nail fungus was Zeta Clear. I think what also helped is that I made it a part of my daily ritual to use it.

      Another thing that I did that probably helped was throw out my old shoes. I have heard that the fungus can live in your shoes and return after treatment. So to avoid a relapse I made sure to get new shoes and throw out the old ones.

      Best of Luck!

      I added a link in the source box to a great article that has a some pretty interesting info on toenail fungus and the different treatments you can use, if you wanna check it out:

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the bad side effects from taking oral meds for toe fungus that won't go away?
    I've read opinions stating that toenail fungus will never go away with a topical cream. Why do doctors prescribe the cream then still?

    But my main question is what is the big deal about taking the oral medication? I know it will help clear it up faster, but I keep hearing how it has bad side effects? Anything very serious?

    • ANSWER:
      "Risks of oral antifungal medications

      Before you decide to take an oral antifungal medication to treat a fungal infection such as athlete's foot or a fungal nail infection, you and your health professional will want to consider the possible risks. Depending on the medication and your particular risk factors, some antifungal medications may:

      * Affect liver or kidney function.
      * Cause liver damage or failure, particularly when combined with alcohol or certain medications.
      * Weaken the heart's ability to contract, leading to heart failure.1
      * Cause dangerous side effects when combined with many different common medications.

      During oral antifungal treatment, your health professional may require blood tests to check your kidney and liver function.

      Possible mild side effects caused by antifungal medications include stomach upset, headaches, and skin rash."

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between FDA clearance and FDA approval?
    I would like to know because I'm researching laser treatments for toenail fungus. Although no laser treatment has been granted FDA approval yet, the Pinpointe system claims to be the "only FDA cleared laser for fungal toenails".

    Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Tina.
      This is what I found at the web address below in sources:
      "All manufacturers who wish to market devices in the United States are required to register with the FDA and are subject to periodic audits. This article describes the marketing pathways they can choose.
      Device Classification
      The 1976 Medical Device Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act created three categories of medical devices, based on the level of risk:

      Class I: Generally, these are simple devices with minimal risk to the user. Almost all of these devices are exempt from FDA clearance or approval. Examples: enemas, crutches, elastic bandages, bedpans.

      Class II: These devices pose a moderate level of risk to the user. Almost all of these devices require a regulatory submission before they can be legally marketed. As a rule, class II devices require 510(k) submissions. Examples: condoms, intravenous administration sets, sutures, inflatable blood pressure cuffs.

      Class III: These devices pose a serious level of risk to the user, mostly because they are implants or sustain life. All of these devices require a regulatory submission before they can be legally marketed. As a rule, class III devices require a PMA (Premarket Approval) submission (described in further detail below). Examples: implantable pacemakers, blood vessel stents, breast implants.

      Registration is required regardless of the classification. The method chosen depends on what the manufacturer wishes to claim and whether similar devices have been cleared or approved."

      Another excerpt:
      "510(k) Clearance
      The purpose of a 510(k) submission is to demonstrate that a device is substantially equivalent to a predicate device

      The FDA does not approve 510(k) submissions. It clears them. It is not legal to advertise a 510(k) cleared device as FDA-approved.

      and another:
      "Premarket Approval (PMA)
      A PMA submission is used to demonstrate to the FDA that a new or modified device is safe and effective. This standard is higher than is required for 510(k) submissions."

      The web page is brief and clear. I hope this is helpful.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to get of the beginning toenail fungus?
    I had surgery for 2 ingrown toenails and since my father has fungus I also caught it because I was at risk. I have small areas of fungus on my toe where the surgery was taken place. How can I get rid of the fungus? My doctor said to rub vapor rub in it, and I did yet I still caught the fungus (he told me before I got the fungus).

    • ANSWER:
      Like anything, it may depend on your individual circumstances, but there are basically 3 options for the treatment of fungal toenails:

      1.Using topical anti-fungals. This is the least invasive, but also the least effective method. The reason being that it is very difficult to physically deliver the medication to where the fungus is often hiding underneath the nail plate, or even in the nail root/matrix underneath the skin at the very base of the nail plate. Topical meds do not penetrate the nail plate or skin to any significant degree, despite their claims otherwise.

      2.Oral Medications, such as the Lamisil tablet. Commonly used the past 10-15 years, it does work quite well in eradicating toenail fungus. It works about 2 out of 3 times, and needs to be taken for 3 months, 1 pill per day. It is quite expensive, but covered by most insurances. Your insurance may require it to be pre-authorized by them because of its cost. It s main drawback is that it may put extra stress on the liver, and may in a very small percentage of patients, cause liver damage. However, the liver may be monitored by doing blood tests regularly to measure the liver enzymes ALT and AST. If the enzyme levels rise above normal, the medication may be stopped immediately, and the liver should recover quickly and the enzyme levels should normalize.

      3.Laser treatment that is now FDA approved for toenail fungus. It has about an 80-85% effectiveness rate (slightly better that oral Lamisil), without any long-term or short-term adverse effects. There is no risk of damage to the liver, or other internal organs. The patient might feel some warmth in the nail during the laser procedure, but that s about it. It is currently the gold-standard in treating toenail fungus the most effective form of treatment. The only drawback from a patient perspective is that it is considered cosmetic, and not covered by insurance. In its infancy, only one laser was FDA approved, and the procedure was available from only a select few podiatric physicians, and the cost sometime exceeded ,000 per treatment. However, the advent of new competing lasers, and more podiatrists offering the procedure in their offices has brought down the price due to competition. Consult with a podiatrist in your area that offers the procedure to determine how many treatments may be needed and the overall cost, depending on the severity of your nail fungus infection.

      Good luck!

      Alexandria Family Podiatry
      www.alexandriafamilypodiatry.com

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any effective cure for toenail fungus ?
    Toenail became thick, yellow and brittle.

    Has anybody tried something that helped you to get rid of it or do you know someone that had it and what helped them to cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Yup me!

      I play rugby and got my toe stamped on....bloody hurt too! It got cracked and I got a fungus in it which I couldn't get rid of, tried all the tips recommend on here, using salt/water (hurt like mad), vic vapour rub (helped but I stunk; as soon as I stopped it went away) and eventually went to the doctor. She recommended a drug, Lamisil, but they needed to take blood every week as it could damage my kidneys and after researching the internet I was put off.

      I then discovered an oil which I've been using for a while now and the difference is great. Seems to be doing the trick, I got a free sample and it worked, they have offers all the time, maybe give it a whirl and see. I've put the web address in the source box below. Took me a few visits and good look around the site, but a free trial and money back persuaded me.

      Try the others first if you like, I recommend skipping the time you'll waste ;-)

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the white stuff under my toenails?
    About a month and a half ago, two of my toenails began to get a white spot on them under the nail. The toenails are next to one another on the same foot. One of them has it in the middle of the toe and has gotten increasingly bigger, and the other started at the root of the toe and is growing ourtward toward the tip. I don't recall any damage being done to them. They do not hurt, but look unpleasant. What is this? Will it go away on its own? Do I need to get treatment for it? I wear a lot of flip flops and would like it to go away.

    • ANSWER:
      Some white spots can simply be owing to "blunt trauma" to the nail plate, otherwise known as "Leukonykia". This can be owing to a poor diet, lacking in zinc, causing dry and brittle nails that turn white with any sort of banging around. EX: Slamming your toes into your shoes while playing tennis. The nail can turn white like a credit card does when we bend it in half. This is harmless unless it evolves into a secondary condition which can result in atrophy or wasting away of the nail (Unlikely). If it is this then it will simply grow out with the growth of the nail, however... you say it seems that the white stuff is under the plate and "growing" this leads me to believe that it might be...

      A yeast fungus, but a Dr. will have to test it to know for sure. But because it is not changing color (Green, black, blue...) I am guessing it may be yeast. It also seems systemic since it is coming from your matrix (The base of the nail where it grows out of your toe). This means that while you are treating your toe topically, you will want to try and eliminate all sugar intake that might be feeding the yeast through your blood stream.

      That being said, try an over the counter yeast infection cream and put in on your toes morning and night.

      ---Keep your toes as dry and clean as possible.

      ---Use a blow dryer on your toes when you get out of the shower.

      ---Wearing flip-flops will help because the sun exposure may kill or control the growth.

      ---Ummm... See a Dr.

  7. QUESTION:
    what if a person already has a lot of yeast in their body? Is Kombucha tea good for them?
    My husband has toe nail fungus and also has white knees from yeast. Will this tea help him? He has tried just about everything we know of.

    • ANSWER:
      Has he seen a doctor to know the root cause of this. It would be advisable for him to get his blood sugar checked to be sure he does not have diabetes if he has not already done so. A chronic yeast infection is sometimes an indicator of diabetes.

      Toenail fungus is notoriously difficult to remove. There is paint you can paint on these days but it might not work if the infection is chronic. His doctor can prescribe a special kind of antibiotic also that can be taken for 6 months or so but his liver function has to be monitored. As a last resort surgical removal of toenails under a local anaesthetic is supposed to be very effective. Alternatively there might be laser treatment available.....I just found this:
      Laser treatment for toe and nail fungus:

      http://www.neatfeetnow.com/

      And a UK article on that: with a list of 6 clinics in the UK that offer that treatment:

      http://www.euroinvestor.co.uk/News/ShowNewsStory.aspx?StoryID=10509069

      It might also be worth looking into colonic irrigations also. But find a reputable practitioner.

      Always check credentials of those offering treatments whatever you decide on.

      Best wishes.

  8. QUESTION:
    How many people suffer from itchy feet or athlete's foot or toenail fungus?
    I heard its becoming epidemic and it feeds off the sugars and high fructose corn syrup which is in virtually everything.
    I'm also wondering if its a reaction to the elastic in socks and shoes, etc?

    • ANSWER:
      the fungi feeds off the keratin in skin and nails as well as the glucose in the blood, so yes a diet high in sugar would create a better environment. This is why diabetic patients are more susceptible to developing athletes foot however it has to be noted that with diabetes the immune system is compromised. Diet is important and and can also affect the immune system, but there are other factors to consider such as foot hygiene.

  9. QUESTION:
    I have a toenail fungus (onychomycosis) - how can I get rid of it?
    I've had this for years on one of my big toes. It seems pretty mild as it doesn't cause any discomfort and hasn't spread, it just makes my toenail look white.
    However it started after I injured that toe - I dropped something heavy on it and it was bruised/bleeding underneath, I guess that's when the fungus invaded. I've recently injured the big toe on my other foot (out mountaineering) and am worried I'll get the fungus on that toe as well so I've decided to take measures to finally get rid of it!

    What can I do? I did go to the doctors once and got tablets that I took for 3 months that had no effect. The doctor was reluctant to give me more due to their potential adverse effects. I've seen other treatments - home remedies, creams, etc., but what is most effective?

    I had a look in my chemist and couldn't see anything. I've seen some stuff online but don't want to fork out money over the 'net for something that may not work.

    Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Check out the link below.
      Don't forget to consider what the cause might be - have your blood sugar levels checked...
      The incidence of onychomycosis has been increasing and is related to diabetes, a suppressed immune system, and increasing age.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why is it black and blue and purple underneath my toenails?
    I am concerned. My toes have been like this for 2-3 weeks and not gone away. I have not hit my toes, or exercised hard, or worn tight shoes at all. My parents don't want to pay to take me to the doctors. (And it is not a fungus because it looks completely different and I tried fungus medicine.)

    What could've caused it? Should I be worried??

    • ANSWER:
      it's probably blood clots under your toenails.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is vinegar really effective at curing toenail fungus?
    I think I have a fungus underneath my toenail .. I couldn't get an appointment in with a podiatrist until next month so I was just wondering has anyone had sucess with soaking the infected nail in equal parts vinegar and water 3 times a day ??
    Also which do you think would be more effective applying it to the base of the nail or doing soaks or should I just do both ??
    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is very good good for that. I have use it myself and it really work's. Also my Dr gave me a tablet called Terbinafine 250mg. To really fight fungus you must get the medicine in the blood stream. I would do soaks. Hope this helped you soom.

  12. QUESTION:
    Got the dreaded yellow toenail and i need your advice?
    so about a year ago my toenail turned yellow. i went to the doctor he gave me these pills( i had to get blood drawn to see if my kidneys could handle it cuz the pills are strong) and he gave me this anitfungal treatment, formula 3. the nail regrew healthy, but now its back. im using the formula 3 again and filing the nail but it does not seem be going away. i saw another product at the store, Dr. Blaines Tineacide. anyone ever try this or would recommend it over formula 3?

    • ANSWER:
      After every shower dry your toenail and apply tea tree oil with a Q-tip. To really speed up recovery apply it again each night before you go to bed. The tea tree oil will stop the fungus from growing and your nail will grow out white and fungus free. Keep applying the oil for a few months until you see the base of the nail growing out cleanly.

      Tea tree oil is sold in a small amber brown colored bottle and can be found at drugstores and Target.

      I have tried Vicks Vapor rub and it did not work. I also tried Listerine, hydrogen peroxide, bleach and anything else I thought would kill fungus. The tea tree oil was the only thing that worked. My big toe nail was hideous, yellow brown and crusty and is now completely normal thanks to tea tree oil.

  13. QUESTION:
    Has anyone out there ever used Lamisil for toenail fungus?
    If so. Does it work well ? And were there any side effects ? Thanks for your replies
    Also, I'm into fitness and working out and eating right. Will this effect my routine or diet ?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it works but it takes a long time as nails grow slowly. There's also a high recurrence rate. You also need to have your lipids checked periodically (blood draws) and medication is expensive.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to catch toenail fungus?
    Hello,
    My boyfriend of five years has really horrible toe fungus. Doctors have told him its the worst they have ever seen. He is too scared to treat it with medicine because in order to recieve the prescription you have to have blood work done every month or so, and he has a great fear of needles. When we first started dating it was on one foot and now it has spread to both.

    I am curious to know if it is possible to spread to another person. Normally one of us will sleep with socks on, but sometimes one of us will forgot and our bare feet touched. Do I have reason for concern?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes my husband has the same problem and after 11 years of being married I am showing signs of my feet drying out, bumps ect.
      Have him soak his feet in crushed up garlic and a little water.
      The garlic is something that your body itself will not try to fight because it is a helper to us, putting your feet in it, since the pores are so big in the feet helps clean out the blood stream as well as fighting the infection you can see.
      I do recommend wearing socks when he does have a break out, but I have learned that it also depends on your bodies constitution, if it is good you won't get it.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why are my nails becoming discoloured?
    Its only on my toenails. They are becoming black and now the blackness is spreading to the cuticle. What could be the cause of this?

    Other than the colour, the nail looks normal otherwise. I don't believe his is caused by injury or tight shoes.

    • ANSWER:
      "Black Toenails

      A black, purple, or brownish discoloration under or involving a toenail is frequently due to trauma to the toe nail, such as when something is dropped on the toe. The color results from a blood clot or bleeding under the nail, and may involve the entire nail or just a small portion of it. This can be very painful when the entire nail is involved, and may need medical attention to relieve the pressure caused by bleeding under the toenail.

      Although it is very rare, a more serious cause of black toenails is malignant melanoma. Since early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma improves the chances for a good outcome, it is important that all black toenails be evaluated by a qualified foot and ankle surgeon to rule out this cause.

      Other rare causes of black toenails include fungal infections, chronic ingrown nails, or health problems affecting the rest of the body."

      AND..

      "Black toenails can be caused by excessive formation of melanin pigments. Toenail discoloration is found in some circumstances, such as pinta diseases, vitamin B12 deficiency, malignant melanoma skin cancer, and Peutz-Jegher syndrome. Besides above circumstances, toenail fungus can also cause discoloration of the nail."

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this infection?
    So it's in the corner of my big toe... I had a big hang nail and I pulled it off. It bled a little at first but now it's swollen in the area and kills to touch. I've been disinfecting it with hydrogen peroxide every day but so far it's really done nothing. If I squeeze it, puss and this watery blood will come out, but I have to squeeze hard which is truly excruciating pain for me. Please help! It hurts to walk, and wear shoes. Any suggestions? Btw I'm not visiting the doctor... Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well if you're not gonna visit the doctor then you're screwed. You need Lamasil. It is a prescription for foot fungus that you can only get from a doctor. Other than that it's not going to get better. Use alcohol instead of peroxide though. Also betadine. You're toenail will probably fall off all the way, just so you know.

  17. QUESTION:
    Colonic hydrotherapy vs colon liquid cleanse which one to take?
    From my research the hydro one is for where they put it up inside your anus and takes 45 min but then you also have the liquid bottle cleanse so Im not sure which to take and what is the difference?

    Recently from research i have realized maybe if i do this most of my body problems will be better since they say the root of our body problems is in the colon with toxins. Because I dont have clear skin(some acne) and yet creams work. I also have toenail fungus on 1 toe but nothing seems to work. Also 2 weeks ago for 2 weeks every other day I was having minor pains in my private area. I did my blood tests this week and I had everything negative. No symptoms. Also for the first time I developed fydoce spots which now I know its nothing harmful but not sure if colon cleanse can remove them? All my doc said was that I was fine but to eat healhy and thats it but still feel concerned. But if nothing works than anything else??? I heard also food hydrogen peroxide. I dont eat food from outside all the time but sometimes i do but maybe I should stop completely? So any alternative medicine? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Honda, Can you name these toxins? Go ahead, I'll wait.

      Doing light house work.

      Now, raking the yard.

      Dang those upstairs windows are dirty, better get the ladder out and clean those.

      What, still no toxins?

      That is because this is just another fad. Doctors have been speaking out against this socalled cleansing because of the damage it does to the GI tract.

      If you eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and don't fry your foods, your body will naturally "cleanse" itself.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where to get medicine to get rid of fungus on toenails?
    I'm looking for medicines you eat, not something you put on. I want to buy it at Walmart or any other supermarket. Please tell me the name and where you bought it!

    • ANSWER:
      Lamisil. You will need a prescription from your doctor. There is no oral medication that you can buy over the counter for nail fungus. You will need to have blood tests done before you can take it. Lamisil should be available at any pharmacy.

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I get my nails to really be healthy and grow?
    They're always peeling and my cuticles are always so dry.

    • ANSWER:
      The condition of nails reflect the quality of tissue production in the body as nails are considered to be the waste product of bones (asthi dhatu) Healthy nails are pink,smooth and evenly shaped. Healthy nails are often a sign of good health, while bad nails are often a tip off to more serious problems. Dermatologists say healthy nails are an important part of overall health. The steps in cultivating and maintaining healthy nails are quite simple.

      Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper care, but some actually indicate an illness that requires attention. But a little basic nail care can go a long way to keeping your nails in healthy condition. Keep nails on the shorter side, which are easier to care for. Soak toenails if they are thick or difficult to cut, if you are diabetic, you may need a health care professional to help with trimming diseased nails. Like a great new haircut or a terrific skin care regimen, healthy,well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, pulled-together appearance- one that can work as an asset in both the social and the business world.

      There are several nail problems that are caused due to hereditary factors, lack of proper care, negligence and vitamin and protein deficiencies in your diet. After diet, stress is the next important factor causing nail problems. Minerals, calcium, vitamins all are the essential components of our balanced diet. Consume a high fiber diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables and reduce your weight if you are overweight. If you are concerned that your diet may not be balanced and healthy you should consult a medical or nutritional professional.

      Toenails are a great indicator of the health of your feet. Toenails of people of all ages can undergo a range of changes, some of which are relatively common. Major toenail problem culprits are incorrectly fitting shoes, which press too tightly on the toenails. The main nutritional tip of nail care is to acquire plenty of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B12, as all these works on your finger and toenails. The fungi that cause onychomycosis affect the toenails about four times more often than fingernails and, like many organisms that cause disease, they grow where it's warm and moist. Most often, nail fungus appears in the toenails because socks and shoes keep the toenails dark, warm, and moist.

      Also nails can reveal a lot about the body's internal health like healthy nails are often a sign of good health that may require high protein diet while bad nails often shows sign of serious health problems. Toenail fungus is a living organism that thrives in dark, damp environments such as under and around nails. Nail Fungus is a tough condition to have, not only it damages your nail, but it is also an embarrassing problem that affects around 13% of people across America. Nail fungus is more popular among old adults for several reasons, including decreased blood circulation, much years of vulnerability to fungi and because nails may rise more slowly and thicken with aging, making them more vulnerable to transmission. Having realistic expectations about how long it will take to get rid of nail fungus is as important as following your doctor's instructions. In our view, Zeta Clear is the first and best option for natural nail fungus treatment.

      There are many natural remedies and supplements, which can be helpful for you to give natural nail care. These are some of the vitamins and proteins which can be helpful for you to get healthy nail care. There are many Herbal care products in the market, which ensures healthy nails. Zeta Clear Nail Care includes the concentrated essence of a substance, which creates a relieving effect on our nails and toes and brings about the desired effect. Apply the Zeta Clear with brush applicator to affected nail three times per day as or as your health care provide suggests.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do I get my nails to grow faster,Longer and not to chip easily?
    I want longer nails and they keep breaking but I want natural ones not fake ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Fingernails

      Like most body parts, our fingernails rarely measure up to perfection. Those tapered, precisely filed pink frosted nails you see in magazines obviously don''''t belong to women who toil at work or at home. But the wear and tear of daily living doesn''''t have to mean worn and torn nails. There is hope for those "hopeless" nails.

      Few of us have the nails we''''d like to have, says Paul Kechijian, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology and chief of the nail section at New York University Medical Center in New York City. "Some people were just born with weak, brittle nails."

      Tough Cells

      A fingernail is a hard, curved plate made of keratin, a tough protein that''''s also the main constituent of skin and hair. At the bottom of the nail is an area called the matrix, which is the nail manufacturing area of the finger. In the matrix the cells get tightly packed to form keratin. The pink color of the nails is caused by a bed of blood vessels that lies underneath them.

      If it seems your nails grow at a snail''''s pace, it''''s because they do: they creep along at the rate of 0.1 millimeter a day. Start a new nail on Labor Day, and by Christmas it will be nearing the tip of your finger. And, by the way, if you''''re right-handed, the nails on that hand grow faster, but for lefties the left nails are the quicker growers.

      It''''s unlikely that you''''ll have nail illnesses, but they can signal problems elsewhere in your body. Problems such as psoriasis--the skin condition that causes itching and inflammation--may lead to fragile nails. Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland, can also lead to fragility. Brittle, ridged, concave nails are a sign of iron-deficiency anemia. Fiberlike growths on the nails are a sign of tuberous sclerosis, an inherited disorder affecting the nervous system and the skin. But most nail problems are caused by injury or lack of tender loving care.

      Making More of Your Nails

      With all the day-to-day beating that injures our nails--not to mention nail-biting episodes that some of us have--you may be looking somewhat sadly at the ragged nubs, wondering how to make them presentable nails. There''''s always the expensive manicure, of course. But apart from that there are plenty of things you can do on your own to help make your nails the crowning glory of your hands. Here''''s how.

      Let the moisture in. "The first step toward healthier nails is to apply moisturizer to your hands every time you wash them--or any other time they''''ve been in water," says Dr. Kechijian. Rub it in well and apply it frequently during the day.

      In healthy nails a cell "adhesive" holds the tightly packed pancake-shaped cells of the nails together. When something damages this adhesive, you''''re likely to get weak, brittle nails. Many elements--from cold, dry winter weather to repeated soakings in water--can damage this intercellular substance, resulting in nails that chip, peel or break easily.

      "If you apply a lotion to your hands as soon as you''''ve lightly dried them, while they''''re still a bit damp, the lubricant helps to better seal the moisture in your skin and nails. A moisturizer prevents the rapid evaporation of water from the nail plate and prevents the contraction that can cause the nail to crack or peel," Dr. Kechijian says.

      When There''''s a Fungus among Us

      No matter how diligent you are about nail care, your filed and polished prizes could still fall victim to nail fungus, which causes discoloration, thickening and even shedding of the nail.

      While toenails are affected by nail fungi about four times more often than fingernails, once fungus finds a foothold, it can spread from nail to nail, from foot to foot and then to your hands.

      Sometimes a doctor treats fungus by trimming back the infected nail and prescribing a topical antifungal cream or liquid for daily use. Here are steps you can take to prevent further spread of fungus, as recommended by Paul Kechijian, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology and chief of the nail section at New York University Medical Center in New York City.

      * Keep your nails clipped or filed back so they don''''t extend beyond the tips of your fingers. (The same goes for toenails.)

      * Use separate sets of clippers for infected nails and for healthy nails to avoid spreading the fungus.

      * Disinfect manicure and pedicure tools after each use. Wipe them with gauze or cotton balls saturated with alcohol. Pay special attention to the jaws of the clippers, where infected debris tends to accumulate.

      * Keep your hands clean and dry. Wash your hands and nails with soap and water every day and dry well.

      * Wear cotton-lined work gloves when you submerge your hands in water or soil. Change cotton gloves frequently.

      * Don''''t let your cuticles get so dry that they crack--leaving openings for infection. Keep cuticles moisturized with petroleum jelly or hand cream.

      There are so many hand creams, cuticle creams and lotions on the shelves that choosing one may seem daunting. The best cream is the one that rubs in well and whose consistency feels best. Some of the newer extra-moisture-enhancing ingredients include alpha hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid, glycolic acid and urea.

      Cover up. To prevent future dehydration, start protecting your hands when they''''re exposed to environmental hazards such as detergents, household cleansers or dry, moisture-robbing winter air, says Dr. Kechijian. For indoor jobs use lined rubber gloves with separate cotton gloves inside that can be removed as your hands become sweaty. Don''''t forget to wear warm gloves outdoors, even when you''''re out for a short time. If it''''s cold enough for a jacket, it''''s cold enough for gloves, says Dr. Kechijian.

      Get the most from your moisturizer. When you apply your hand cream or cuticle cream, take a minute to massage the cream into your skin and nails. Not only is this relaxing but it also stimulates the skin and helps it absorb the cream. Massage your hands every night as well as during the day when you find that it''''s necessary to keep the cuticles from becoming brittle and dry.

      Tickle the ivories (or computer keys). While so many things we do affect nail-plate growth negatively, a certain amount of trauma seems to help those nails a bit.

      "Certain people, such as computer programmers or pianists, subject their nails to chronic, low-grade trauma when they hit the keys," says Dr. Kechijian. "This has been shown to actually stimulate nails to grow a little faster and stronger than they otherwise would." So any time at the keyboard is good for the nails--and even drumming your fingers on your desk might help them grow stronger.

      Don''''t bully your nails. Most of us know when we''''re sabotaging our nails. Nail biting, for instance. Cuticle biting. Picking off polish. Pulling at the cuticle. An inventory of damaging nail habits reads like a list of deadly sins--at least to anyone who values nail appearance.

      "Many children bite their nails, and most just grow out of the habit," says Dr. Kechijian. "If you''''re still biting them as an adult, the easiest thing to try is a nasty-tasting liquid you simply paint on your nails. Nail biting can be a reaction to stress, so if you really want to stop and can''''t, it might even be worth your time to work with a psychologist to find another way of coping."

      Keep your cuticles cute. Healthy cuticles are vital to healthy nails. A common mistake people make is either to remove cuticles by cutting or to push them back, both of which impair the cuticle''''s ability to protect the finger, says Dr. Kechijian. Any damage to the cuticle affects the nail''''s healthy growth pattern--and a torn cuticle can open the way to infection.

      Shower first, nails second. If your nails are thin or weak, you stand a chance of causing further damage when you groom them. "To lessen the possibility of this happening, cut or trim your nails only after bathing, because the nails will be softer," says Dr. Kechijian. "If you cut the nail when it''''s dry, it will be a lot more brittle and crack more easily."

      File them away. Carry an emery board with you, and at the first sign of an uneven tip, gently smooth it, always filing in the same direction. "You can be doing everything right and still get a little chip in your nail," says Dr. Kechijian. "If you deal with it at once, you can prevent further damage."

      Square them up. Fingernails can be rounded at the tip but should be left square at the corners, which maximizes nail strength and helps avoid ingrown nails, says David M. Stoll, M.D., a Beverly Hills dermatologist and author of A Woman''''s Skin. Clippers are better than scissors for squaring the edges.

      Keep them short. Fragile nails look their best if they''''re kept on the short side, says Dr. Kechijian. "The less the nail extends beyond the end of the finger, the less likely it will be to incur more damage and break."

      Polish with care. When you apply polish, brush it over the top of your nail behind the tip, notes Mona Winograd, owner of Dyanna Body and Nail Salon in New York City. This provides a protective cushion. And when it comes to colors, clear or light polish is actually the best, because it usually lasts longer and shows wear less, she notes.

      Reduce remover use. All nail polish removers can be rough on nails, so try not to use them more than once a week. If your polish chips before then, just do a touch-up with your nail polish rather than using the polish remover and starting over, suggests Dr. Kechijian.

      Building Them Better

      Your nails shouldn''''t be as hard as nails, but there are things you can do to make them stronger.

      "What you''''re really aiming for are healthy nails that are tough, not hard," says Doug Schoon, polymer chemist in Vista, California, and consultant to the Nail Manufacturing Council in Chicago. "Healthy nails are tough enough to withstand daily abuse and bend without breaking."

      To improve your nails'''' ability to tough it out, here are some tips.

      Get creamed. The cuticle cream that moisturizes also protects the nail''''s matrix. Creams or oils that you rub into your cuticles and nails help strengthen your nails while helping to retain moisture, says Schoon.

      What Your Nails Say about the Rest of You

      Feeling under the weather? Check out your fingernails.

      Revealing a great deal about your general health, your nails could even help you detect undiagnosed illnesses. Here''''s a breakdown of conditions and what they could mean.

      * Thick, yellow nails can indicate diseases of the thyroid, lymph system and respiratory system. Long-term use of the antibiotic tetracycline could also be the culprit.

      * Blue nails can mean a circulatory problem caused by heart disease or Raynaud''''s disease, a condition that impairs circulation in the hands.

      * White marks can signal cirrhosis of the liver.

      * Horizontal grooves, also known as Beau''''s lines, are furrows that can be caused by malnutrition, certain toxic substances or a number of illnesses.

      * Horizontal lines, also called Mees'''' lines, are white stripes that can be caused by heart attacks, kidney failure, Hodgkin''''s disease or sickle-cell disease. Red streaks can mean high blood pressure or heart valve disease.

      * Pitting in the nails can indicate psoriasis or eczema.

      * Spooning--the appearance of large indentations in the nails--may indicate anemia.

      * Clubbing is the term for curled nails. These may signal diseases of the liver, colon, lung or heart.

      Don''''t dry them to death. If you have brittle or weak nails that you want to improve, steer clear of nail hardeners that contain formaldehyde, says Richard K. Scher, M.D., professor of dermatology and head of the nail section at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

      "Formaldehyde-based products do make your nails hard, but they do it by drying them out. That is the last thing you want to do to brittle or even soft nails; it just makes them crack more," says Dr. Scher. "In addition, many people are allergic to formaldehyde."

      Try a resin. There are hardeners that contain resins as hardening top coats or base coats, but you have to read the labels. These products reinforce nails with a stiff outer covering, but they don''''t help the nail itself become healthier or sturdier, says Dr. Kechijian.

      Good Luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have this wound at the tip of my big toe for months now.What will i do?
    My wound is not healing in any way. I already used antibiotics. Sometimes it's dry and crusty then the skin breaks and moist again.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have athlete's foot. Multiple home remedies are available including vinegar soaks, dilute Clorox soaks, and shampoos like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. Other reported but unverified remedies have included Vicks Vapor Rub and Epsom salts.

      Dilute vinegar soaks or sprays (roughly 1 part white household vinegar to 4 parts water)

      Dilute Clorox baths or soaks (approximately cup household Clorox bleach in one bathtub of water).

      There are also over the counter ointments you can get at the drug store.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Shoe materials, such as vinyl, that don't breathe cause your feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using 1 part vinegar and roughly 4 parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks

      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating athlete's foot.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid re-infection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

      If you notice any redness, increased swelling, bleeding, or if your infection is not clearing up, see your health-care practitioner. If a bacterial infection is also occurring, an antibiotic pill may be necessary. If you have fungal nail involvement, are diabetic, or have a compromised immune system, you should also see your physician for treatment.

      Check this site for good information about what you need to do.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/page4.htm#remedy

  22. QUESTION:
    There has to be a cure for cancer somewhere, so why hasn't it been found? What is holding it up?
    Who or what is holding back the cure and for what good reason? I think there is one and some certain people don't want it out to the public or use in the public. I think it is a selfish few who are not letting this out.

    • ANSWER:
      Why do we not see questions on medicine forums like,"Why is there no cure for high blood pressure/hypertension, diabetes, COPD, asthma, toenail fungus, heart attacks, stroke, malaria, hepatitis, etc?

      We have not cured ANY of these disease. Cancer is even more complicated since it is not one disease but a whole host of diseases that share certain traits.

      There is no conspiracy. There will NEVER be A cure for cancer- we will need many. Even then, even if we find a cure for one cancer, it will not PREVENT that cancer from arising, so there will always be a need for cancer docs to keep treating in any case.

      Rather than demeaning those of us who devote our lives to taking care of cancer patients, maybe you should be thankful for what advances have been made, be disappointed that they aren't made faster, and actually HELP work on finding a cure- in the lab doing real research, not in someone's safe under Fort Knox (FYI, it isn't there).

      Blessings

  23. QUESTION:
    I have this blood blister on the end of my toe. do i have an ingrown toenail?
    I have this little red blister type thing on the end of my toe. It's not touching my toenail and its not on the side iits on the very end. WHat could this be? is it an ingrown tonail?

    • ANSWER:
      Reminds me of a MASH episode when all the french had ingrown toenails but did not want their officials to know , So American dr's fixed the problem. If its bothering you and you can not clip you fungi toe, go to a dr.

  24. QUESTION:
    Im going to the salon after school to have my fingernails and my toenails done.?
    Is there anything i should know before going? This is my first itme to have a set of nails and my toenails done. Im a 16 year old female. Also what is a good color to wear on my nails (fingernails and toenails)?

    • ANSWER:
      Take a good look at your fingernails and you may notice subtle variations in the texture or color -- a touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, perhaps some rippling or bumps in the surface. These imperfections may not look like much to you, but it s more important than you might think to maintain healthy fingernails. That s because to the trained eye, nails can provide valuable clues about your overall health. And noticing and following up on those clues is the best way to maintain healthy fingernails.
      Tips for Strong, Healthy Fingernails
      To maintain healthy fingernails, avoid infections, and improve nail appearance, try the following tips:

      Keep your nails clean and dry.
      Avoid nail-biting or picking.
      Apply moisturizer to your nails and cuticles every day. Creams with urea, phospholipids, or lactic acid can help prevent cracking.
      File your nails in one direction and round the tip slightly, rather than filing to a point.
      Don't remove the cuticles or clean too deeply under your nails, which can lead to infection.
      Don't dig out ingrown toenails. See a dermatologist if they become bothersome.
      Avoid nail polish removers that contain acetone or formaldehyde.
      Bring your own instruments if you get frequent manicures.
      If you have artificial nails, check regularly for green discoloration (a sign of bacterial infection).
      Eat a balanced diet and take vitamins containing biotin.
      Finally, to maintain your healthy fingernails over time, ask your doctor to take a look at them during your next checkup.

      "Just like the eyes are the window to the soul, so are the nails," says Tamara Lior, MD, a dermatologist with Cleveland Clinic Florida. Lior says she once convinced a patient to have his lungs checked after noticing a bluish tint to his nails, a sign that he wasn't getting enough oxygen. Sure enough, he had fluid in his lungs.

      Warning signs for many other conditions, from hepatitis to heart disease, may also appear when previously healthy fingernails undergo changes, according to Joshua Fox, MD, director of Advanced Dermatology and spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology. "Changes in the nails can be a sign of a local disease like a fungus infection or a sign of a systemic disease like lupus or anemia," Fox tells WebMD.

      He says he sometimes tries to guess if a person has anemia by looking at his or her nails. He explains that pale, whitish nail beds may indicate a low red blood cell count consistent with anemia.

      An iron deficiency can cause the nail bed to be thin and concave and have raised ridges.

      While most of Fox's patients don't come in to report nail problems, he routinely checks patients to make sure they have healthy fingernails. "The nails offer many little clues to what's going on inside you. Lupus patients get quirky, angular blood vessels in their nail folds. Psoriasis starts in the nails up to 10% of the time" and causes splitting and pitting of the nail bed.

      Heart disease can turn the nail beds red. Obsessive-compulsive disorder can show up in the nails through persistent nail-biting or picking, Fox says.

      Even common disorders like thyroid disease can cause abnormalities in the nail beds, producing dry, brittle nails that crack and split easily.

      He lists the following 10 examples of nail changes that could indicate a serious medical condition.
      A Guide to Healthy Fingernails:
      10 Possible Signs of Serious Conditions

      Nail Appearance
      Associated Condition

      White nails
      Liver diseases such as hepatitis

      Yellowish, thickened, slow-growing nails
      Lung diseases such as emphysema

      Yellowish nails with a slight blush at the base
      Diabetes

      Half-white, half-pink nails
      Kidney disease

      Red nail beds
      Heart disease

      Pale or white nail beds
      Anemia

      Pitting or rippling of the nail surface
      Psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis

      "Clubbing," a painless increase in tissue around the ends of the fingers, or inversion of the nail
      Lung diseases

      Irregular red lines at the base of the nail fold
      Lupus or connective tissue disease

      Dark lines beneath the nail
      Melanoma

      'Rarely the First Clue'
      But can a doctor truly detect undiagnosed heart disease or kidney problems by looking at your nails? American College of Physicians spokesman Christine Laine, MD, MPH, says it's not likely. She doesn't dispute the connection between nails and disease, but she cautions, "Nail changes are rarely the first clue of serious illness. In most instances, patients will manifest other signs or symptoms of disease before nail changes become evident. For example, it would be unusual that nail clubbing was the first thing a patient with emphysema noticed. Breathing difficulty probably would have been present already."

      In addition, Laine, who is senior deputy editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine, notes that certain illnesses may cause nail changes in some patients but not in others. "For example, not all people with liver disease develop white nails," Laine tells WebMD. The reverse is true as well -- not everyone with white nails has liver disease. "In the absence of other signs or symptoms of disease, I would be reluctant to launch a complex, expensive work-up for systemic disease solely because of nail findings."

      Fox agrees there is no need to run to the nearest cardiologist if your nail beds turn red. "It could very well be from nail polish," he says. Before assuming the worst, it's important to look at more common explanations, such as bruises, bleeding beneath the nail, and fungal infections. However, it s worthwhile to be vigilant about maintaining healthy fingernails so that you ll be alert to any potential problem.

      When to See a Dermatologist
      When healthy fingernails begin to change color or texture, one of the most common underlying causes is fingernail fungus, which can cause the nails to crack, peel, and change color and texture. These infections often prove difficult to treat and may require professional help, including prescription antifungal medications. Fox says it's best to see a dermatologist if symptoms persist, especially if the nails start to dislodge from the base or you experience pain and swelling.

      Be alert to changes in texture, shape, or color that aren't due to a bruise or fungal infection, including irregular growth, pitting or holes in the nails, dark brown streaks beneath the nail and cuticle, or long-standing warts on the nail bed. Any such color change to previously healthy fingernails is cause for concern. According to Lior, such changes can indicate skin cancer. "Warts around the nails have a tendency to develop into squamous cell cancer," she tells WebMD. "If patients see a dark discoloration involving the cuticle, then we worry about melanoma," the deadliest form of skin cancer.

      Fox advises reporting these types of changes to a specialist as soon as possible. "Dermatologists are well-trained in deciphering between innocuous and serious nail conditions, as well as determining when a change requires further testing."

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I cure toe-nail fungus/fungi infection?
    hey there, my left and right big toes are infected with fungus. Just the two big toes. They have been infected for quite long time (around 4 years).
    They are a mix of dark yellow black. When they got infected I took very good care of my feet and the infection didnt go far. I tried every cream and spray but my toes have not come back to the healthy color. Is there any solution?

    • ANSWER:
      First try soaking your feet daily in distilled white vinegar it prevents fungus from growing. You will need to do this DAILY for about 15 minutes over the course of a few months (there is no quick fix) and as your toenails grow out you should notice that there is less or no fungus on the new nail coming in. Trim off the infected part of the nail and keep going until the fungus is completely gone.
      You could also try applying Vicks Vapor Rub or tea tree oil to the affected nails, again daily, over the course of several months to the same effect as the vinegar (healthier nail appears behind the infected nail)
      If you see no improvement at all over a course of about 6 months then try going to your doctor for a prescription. It is hard on your liver but blood tests should help determine if your liver is healthy enough to handle to medication. You should notice an improvement on the medication after around 3 months or so.
      If none of that works then you may be faced with the fact that you may need to have the toenails surgically removed.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to take care of toe nails?
    The nail of my second toe on my left foot is getting thick. It is not growing properly it is growing thicker. I have read to use tea tree oil to treat this, and I have been doing that for months but there is no improvement. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Thickened yellow nails are usually a side effect of toenail fungus.
      Step 1
      Clean your feet and toenails thoroughly on a daily basis. Use an antibacterial soap to make sure that you clean well between the toes and around the toenail. After cleansing, dry your feet and nails well to avoid excess moisture under the toenail. Moisture helps with bacterial and fungal growth.
      Step 2
      Clip your nails with clippers that have been well sterilized in alcohol. Clip the nail straight across and file down sharp edges. Sterilize your clippers and nail file after use, If using an emory board, throw it in the garbage.
      Step 3
      Wear synthetic socks that are well absorbant. Sweat from your feet and shoes will promote fungal growth worsening the condition. Maintaining a dry environment for your feet will stop fungal growth by providing unlivable conditions fungus and bacteria.
      Step 4
      Take oral medications as directed by your doctor. These medications work by attacking fungus and bacteria through the blood stream and healing toenail thickness and discoloration. Finish full course of treatment to ensure that toenail fungus is completely gone. The nail bed and the nail will be clear and normally colored.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad athletes foot?
    I've had athletes foot for about 4/5 years now and I was wondering if there was a sure fire way to get rid of it? I change my socks daily, I was my feet properly, I just can't seem to get rid of it...the skins peels off easily and painlessly but in large quantities...Anyone know how to get rid of it easily? Also, Is there any Cream or anything that is likely to work. Any answers are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment of athlete's foot can be divided into two parts. The first, and most important part, is to make the infected area less suitable for the athlete's foot fungus to grow. This means keeping the area clean and dry.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Occlusive shoe materials, such as vinyl, cause the feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using one part vinegar and roughly four parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks
      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating fungal foot infections.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid reinfection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

  28. QUESTION:
    What to do about busted up toenails?
    Over the years, my big toenails have been abused with soccer, skiing, and hiking. Both have "lifted up".

    Both big toes are healthy at the inner half where they are connected to the bed underneath. Whereas, both are fungused at the outer half where there essentially is an air space.

    Vicks Vapor Rub kills off the fungus pretty quick, but leaves a yellow or black fungal residue.

    Is there any way to get the outer half of the nail to rejoin the bed underneath?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      It sounds as if you could clip the 'free-floating' outer nails off, just leaving the inside halves which are healthy. It's easy for me to say, I know digging into your toenail bed can be very painful !

      The advantage of this would be, that you could be sure the skin under the 'floating' nails was not also infected with fungus, (or treat it if it was). One reason for newly-grown nail to remain 'floating,' might be that the skin of the nail-bed underneath it wasn't healthy.

      If the fungus infection has grown down and into the nail-root, where new nail is being made, then it could be difficult to eradicate the fungus by topical applications, and you might need to ask for Griseofulvin tablets or Sporanox capsules or similar from your doctor. The fungus-antibiotic drug by mouth, would find its way into the nail roots and the freshly-made nails.

      I am trying to say that I think the fungus needs to be eradicated in (a) the underlying skin of the nail-beds, (b) the visible nails, and (c) the hidden nail roots.

      Sometimes the original 'lifting up' was caused by a bruise to the big toe, i.e. a blood clot collecting between the nail bed and the nail. It sounds as if you have the kind of sporting life that could cause toe-bruising quite often. When better I think you should consider more protection to your big toes. :-)

      Hope this helps. Belliger (retired UK GP)

  29. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of thick toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      I know this will sound odd, but my grandfather had a nail fungus and didn't want to take the pills that the doctor wanted to prescribe for the condition. Grandma talked him in to using a metholated rub, like Vicks Vap-o-rub. He massaged some on to each toe, then all over his feet each night before bedtime. Grans decided even if it didn't get rid of his nail fungus, his feet felt cool when he went to bed, which he said was a good feeling after being on his feet all day at work. Grans did this religiously every night, after a couple of weeks, he noticed his nails were getting softer and not so yellowish and thick...new healthier nails were growing out. The Vap-o-rub also made Grans awful foot odor go away. Grans still does his "Vapo" thing every night because he likes the cooling effect on his feet and the effect it had on his snaggly toenails that has completely gone now. For some, the down side is the metholated smell, but if you do this treatment at night, the metholated smell disspates by morning. It's worth a try. The pills require liver function tests periodically, which can be expensive. Even a BIG jar of Vicks Vap-o-rub is way less expensive than liver function blood tests!

  30. QUESTION:
    Is their antibiotics I can buy for an infected toe?
    I had an ingrown toenail and I think I got it out because now when I press on my toe it doesn't hurt. When ever I wake up there is dried blood on my toe where the ingrown toenail was and my toe is red but there is no pus coming out. It doesn't hurt unless I put alot of pressure on the toe or if somebody is like running and steps on it. I don't know if it's infected or a fungi problem but I really don't want to go to the doctor because I don't want to get a shot or anything in my toe. Is there any antibiotics I can buy from a store for an infected toe or something like that

    • ANSWER:
      You can't obtain antibiotics without a Rx, but there are simple remedies to try. Hydrogen peroxide on your toe will help to kill bacteria & you can apply it several times a day if need be. Swab or dribble it on liberally and repeat the process until the peroxide does not bubble anymore.

      If it is an ingrowing toenail, you want to give the nail more room and encourage it to grow upward & out instead of down into your toe. Trim back as much of the calloused skin around your toenail as you can comfortably bear. You can also try lifting the nail with a bandaid & cotton ball. Stick the bandaid to your toenail, then position the cotton where it pushes your toe's cuticle to the side. Go over the cotton and secure the other tape end as tightly as you can stand it.

      If your toe becomes very painful, turns red or gets warm, those are sure signs of infection and you'll have to see a podiatrist to deal with the problem.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you get your nails healthy and long?
    My nails are like nubs I hate my nails so much is theirs way to like make them grow fast or anything to help me stop biting them?please help

    • ANSWER:
      For Healthy and Strong Nails
      Biting Nails
      Stop biting your fingernails or pick at cuticles. This may have a great impact for developing bacterial infection, which can transmit the infectious germs from your fingers to mouth. On the other hand biting can damage the skin around your finger leading to painful ingrown nails. Both are painful medical conditions that require prolonged treatment. Therefore, if you have a tendency to bite your nails dip them in some bitter substance or polish your fingernails to avoid doing so.

      Fake Nails
      Avoid acrylic fake fingernails, as they cause damage to your nails. Instead, simply get your own nails painted rather than having fake ones put on. It will help your nails stay healthy and help you avoid the damage.

      Trim Nails
      Frequent trimming and filing of nails encourage growth and keep them healthy. Using clippers, trim them straight across, with a gentle curve at the tip. Keep toenails clipped straight across and avoid clipping them in at the sides to prevent ingrown nails.

      File Nails
      Avoid filing your nails back and forth; instead file your nails in one direction only. Use a fine-textured emery board, since metal nail files are harsh on the nails.

      Cuticle Care
      Cuticles are often left untreated and neglected. However, the cuticles at the base of the nail are responsible for the health of our nails. Therefore, give a gentle massage to stimulate blood flow, enhance growth and prevent dryness and hangnails from developing.

      Clip Hangnails
      While pulling off hangnails there are chances of ripping off the live tissue along with the hangnail. Instead, carefully clip off hangnails.

      Nail polish
      Nail PolishMost women apply nail polish to make their nails attractive. A thin coat of clear nail polish can help retain moisture in your fingernails avoiding them from drying and eventually breaking. However, never skip base coat and always use good quality nail polish, manufactured by a renowned cosmetic company. Do not use cheap variety as they contain harmful chemicals that may permanently damage nails.

      Acetone/ Formaldehyde
      According to dermatologists, Nail polish removers containing acetone or formaldehyde make the nails terribly dry. Therefore, it is safe to use fragrance-free, acetate-based removers twice a month (only). Also remember to moisturize and massage your nails every time you use nail polish remover, to re-hydrate them and then apply nail polish. If nail polish peels off, instead of using a remover, reapply nail polish. .

      Nail Massage
      Massage your fingernails using natural oils like olive oil and castor oil so that they remain soft and well moisturized and healthy.

      Nail Moisturize
      Moisturizing fingernails help keep them hydrated and avoids causing brittleness. Smooth away dryness with a moisturizing hand cream containing collagen and vitamin E that are especially good for the nails. You can also massage the nails with jojoba oil especially after exposure of fingernails to water. Push the cuticles back first and then apply the moisturizer, rubbing it into the nail and skin around the nail.

      Personal Hygiene
      Maintain good personal hygiene to prevent bacteria and fungi from growing under the nails.

      Dry Hands
      Keep your hands dry. When hands are constantly in water, the nails become soft and brittle having a tendency to tear and break easily.

      Harsh Chemicals
      Detergents and other harsh chemicals that nails are exposed to, during various household activities can damage them. Wear protective cotton-lined vinyl gloves whenever you do household chores to avoid irritation and dryness.

      Winter Care
      When you go out during winter, wear gloves to protect your nails, as temperature during winter can make your nails dry and deteriorate...

  32. QUESTION:
    Has anyone here ever had toenail fungus and if so did you get rid of it and how?
    My sister is freaking out. Her husband has nasty feet, foot fungus and athletes foot. She keeps telling him to go to a foot dr. and he now has an appt. She forgot to bleach the shower one day and thinks she may have caught it from him?

    Also, she gets pedicures. Is it catchy? Also will it spread to her other foot? She is going to a foot dr but doesn't want to take the medicine that you take orally because she heard it is really bad for your liver.

    She googled and got lots of advice but she wants to know if someone has had the problem and how did they get rid of it. Please no rude comments! Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      The oral medication is probably Lamisil and it can be bad for the liver but if taken correctly it does work good for the fungus and the doctor will do a simple blood test after to check for any adverse affects. I had no side effects with it what so ever. and it cleared up just fine. does take a while for the visible effect on the nail to grow out though.

  33. QUESTION:
    why is my husband fungas toe nail turning black?
    My hubby has thick thick did i mention thick toe nails, its fungas i think anyways now the big toe nail is turning black underneth, what can cause that and is there any home redmedies that can cure fungi toe nails? Dr said all they can do is pills but it can cause liver damage and it takes a year to show any improvement. Hes a pool guy and hes feet are always wet and thats what caused it. Why is it black and what can he do to help heal them? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The black toe nail fungus is one of the most common toenail problems experienced by usually athletes who are running or skating or most of the time use their feet for their sport activities. Their feet are always exposed to moisture within due to the socks and shoes they are wearing. This environment is the breeding haven for microorganisms to grow and that include the microorganisms that may develop into ingrown and black toe nail fungus. Anther cause of black toe nail is the accumulation of blood underneath the nail when a toe is hit or rubbed against the tip of a shoe for a longer period of time.

      Here's the site for Nail Fungus No More

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      Nail Fungus No More Extra Strength, 11ml

      This extra strength treatment is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.

      This product is different from Nail Fungus No More, as we have added geraniols and extra phenolproponoids to it, which are proven to eliminate even the most stubborn nail fungal infections.

      The extracts in this extra strength product are grown in remote regions on the island of Corsica, with added extracts from the Spanish mountains. These ingredients are found exclusively in our extra strength nail fungus product. They are not present in any other fungal product.

      Nail Fungus No More Extra Strength provides a powerful treatment against nail fungus and works quickly.

      Fungal nail infections don't stand a chance with direct application of this treatment. As an antifungal treatment to eradicate nail fungus, this treatment is invaluable.

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  34. QUESTION:
    Can I get toenail fungus if I use the same shower that someone with fungus has?
    They only have it on one toe, and I have to use the same shower, so can I get it from the shower? And while I'm in the shower I'm standing on my heels the whole time cause I'm scared of toe contact with the shower floor... so yeah..

    • ANSWER:
      This fungus is actually know as tinea. Most people only know that as between toes but under the nails is the same thing.
      It is highly infectious and is often caught in the changing rooms and shower rooms at public swimming pools.
      It is caught anywhere on the foot so heel standing does not stop the contact. Once under the nails it needs a powerful medication specially formulated to treat it through the blood stream and the treatment takes a very very long time to work.
      Any usual disinfectant could be kept in the shower room and just used to wash the base after use by an infected user.

  35. QUESTION:
    What medical career is best for me?
    I know that I want a career in the medical field, I just don't know exactly what career. I am interested in bones and muscles. Don't really like children or the elderly but the every once and a while would be fine. I am not bothered by blood however would prefer to not do a lot of surgery but some is okay. And lastly I would like to make a reasonably high amount of money.

    Please respond only with serious answers and answers that would help to answer the question not imposing your own career onto me.

    Thanks for any help

    • ANSWER:
      As we've said a million and one times, the "medical field" encompasses everything from the guy who delivers IV tubing to the Chief of Surgery to the Chief of Staff to the CEO of a major hospital group.

      You need to narrow down what you are wanting to do. Patient care? Research? Back office?
      You also need to decide how much education you are willing to get. 8 weeks? 4 years? 8 years?

      The highest paid patient care positions are usually surgical positions. In residency, you either become a surgeon or you don't. There's no real in between. If you want to deal with bones and muscles, then you either become a non-surgical sports medicine doc or you become an orthopedic surgeon. A Sports Medicine doc CANNOT do surgery but can do injections, diagnose, and splint/tape/wrap, prescribe meds, and refer you to PT. An Orthopedic Surgeon's main job is to be a surgeon so most of your patients will be surgical patients.

      Of course, you could travel further down the body and look at becoming a Podiatrist. You can decide to do a minimal training which means you won't be doing complicated surgeries (no hindfoot, no ankle replacements) and you can load your days with lower level bread & butter cases like toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, splinting/casting non-surgical injuries.

      But again, I emphasize that the most money is made by surgeons.

      GL.

  36. QUESTION:
    Do you know anyone who has cured dark toenails or toenail fungus?
    I tried to find real people who solved their problem on Google to give me hope but didn't find anything. I just want to know if I can keep hope alive for some pretty feet. I got toenail fungus on two toes a few months back when I did cross country and had shoes that didn't fit properly. Let's just say I won't be caught wearing open-toed shoes in public.

    This is what I want: http://www.acadianafootcenters.com/images/pretty_feet.jpg

    But this is what I have on a few of my toes: http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/Laurel_blogger/toes.jpg (the link won't make you throw up...it's rated P-G)

    • ANSWER:
      Canesten is one of the creams you can use to get rid of fungus on the nails, that's for sure, but this doesn't look like fungus it might be more like blood under the nail, so this will grow out when time passes by. So I wouldn't give up hope, just give yourself more time..

  37. QUESTION:
    I have purple-brownish discoloration on one of my toenails- what is it?
    The big toe of my left foot has what looks sort of like a bruise on it- a purplish mark on the nail, which stops just at the line of the half-moon shape at the base of the nail. There is no yellowishness or anything, but I don't believe it's a bruise because it won't fade like one. There is no pain or other side affects. I've cut away as much of the nail as possible...what could this be? Fungus (I didn't think so at first, as it's not yellow or peeling, but I don't know for sure)? Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be a nail fungus and you can get an over the counter medicine for it. but i cut my toenail too short one time and i had what looked like a bruise. it was just blood that had went under my nail and it went away in a month. that could of happened to you too.

  38. QUESTION:
    Scarlet colored area under my toenail?
    There is this scarlet area under my toenails, it's dark and when I push on my toenail, it hurts. Do I need surgery or something? I really don't want surgery. It's not toenail fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      That is brusing or blood. I would say it'll heal.
      Did you stub your toe or drop somthing on it and forgot that it happend?

      ...do you sleepwalk?

  39. QUESTION:
    Can you get rid of severe tonail fungus without using Lamasil?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not, the toenails are too thick for topical medications to work very well. Lamisil is a good drug but can cause some potential side effects so your blood will need to be monitored and after treating with Lamisil, your fungus may remain because Lamisil has only a 60% cure rate. Good luck

  40. QUESTION:
    Have you had any of these diabetes symptoms?
    I'm getting tested next week because the doctor thinks I have diabetes. Has anyone else had these symptoms:
    Frequent "feminine" infections
    Fatigue
    Toenail fungus
    internal stabbing pain
    irritability
    malaise
    bloating
    missing periods
    hypothyroid
    aching joints

    • ANSWER:
      My wife had several "female" problem until she got her diabetes under control. This included irregular periods, feminine dryness, itching, etc.

      I was diagnosed diabetic many years ago because of a case of athlete's foot that wouldn't heal.

      "Malaise" is far to general to be a symptom. That's like walking into the doctor and saying, "i don;t feel good." That could be ANYTHING.

      hypothyroid is not generally thought of as a "symptom": of diabetes. It is a disease unto itself, and COULD cause all of the above!.

      Diabetes canNOT be diagnosed from symptoms alone. Blood tests are required.

  41. QUESTION:
    Toenail turned black from smashing it?
    My husband has two bloody, ugly, gross toenails from smashing his toes in his shoes playing basketball. How long does this take to heal? Should he drain the blood?

    • ANSWER:
      Accidents like that do happen and those circumstances are normal in every day life, your husband shouldn't worry about that....that's just dead blood cells which got pinched on the blow...the body itself will get rid of those cells. The "black toe nail" scenerio anyone should worry about, if it's not caused by an accident like that, is "toe nail fungus"....Toe nail fungus, if it's not treated probably can actually do permanent damage not just on one toe but, all toes!

  42. QUESTION:
    Do you get tetanus by just poppinag a pimple with a "unsterilized" hand?
    Just curious, can a person get tetanus if he/she touched a rusty door knob and uses that hand to pop his/her pimple ?

    • ANSWER:
      Not always, BUT before we had penicillin, a person would not DARE pop a pimple on their nose, because it could possibly get blood popisioning and go to their brain, as they had no neosporin either, for a boil. Also, they would wrap their hurt finger up, because moving an infected finger makes' it worse.
      Tetanus is from a bacteria that groww's in an anaerobic environment- which is, a wound that is deep and no oxygen can reach it.
      We need a Tetanus shot every ten years, and they are scarce, so need to make sure
      My husband repeatedly get's infected toes from pulling off the edge without soaking and cleaning his whole foot and washing hands, first..or putting alcohol on afterwards, too- and neosporin. He'll cut his skin with a toenail clipper that has fungus germs on it.

  43. QUESTION:
    What type of stuff should I put in a foot spa to help with nail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!
      Infection with nail fungus occurs more in toenails than in fingernails because toenails are often confined in a dark, warm, moist environment inside your shoes where fungi can thrive. Another reason may be the diminished blood circulation to the toes as compared with the fingers, which makes it harder for your body's immune system to detect and eliminate the infection.

      There is a product can be used in foot spa immersions recomended by Mayo Clinic Staff: www.fungusrealcure.com

  44. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my toenails?
    I have been using different creams, lotions, gels, bleach, Vicks Vapo Rub, sprays, tea tree oil, soaks, you name it, but they still look weird. I also took Lamisil for six month, but didn't notice any difference. As you can see I have tried everything! The nails are yellow and brittle and are separating from their bed.Is it possible that this is something else but fungus?
    If Lamisil didn't help, and that is the strongest anti fugal medication, I am lost!

    • ANSWER:
      One of three things is probably going on: #1) It could be you're iron deficient (low blood ANEMIC) or too much iron and it's showing in your nails. Check your fingernails for yellowing or ridges (little waves running through in a vertical pattern). Calcium and vitamin C can help. "Beef, Iron & Wine" (elixir like Geritol) has the properties to minimize a deficiency and increase the blood cells in your immune system to fight ANEMIA. #2) Yes, it could be fungus just beginning. Soaking the feet in (2 ounces of bleach) in really warm / hot water with dish soap solution clears the nails over time IF you do it every 2-3 days for 15 minutes each time. #3) You could be a little jaundice with a liver / kidney cleansing needed. More water in your diet and a really good, strong vitamin everyday can improve nail appearance. I, personally, suggest a revisit to the Lamisil doctor and request the fungi injection that's good for a year until all signs of yellowing are gone. Alot of times, they only want to give the shot for severe cases where toenails have turned black. But, usually, that's too late for the shot to work. It's better to catch it early. Otherwise, the bleach water method works just fine. Get an Intensive Care Lotion to use after if you choose the bleach. It will ensure the softest feet on earth, next to mine. Haha.

  45. QUESTION:
    do u have to remove toe nails to finally get rid of toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      No but the only way to clear it for good is taking anti fungal tablets off your doctor,as the infection is a deep one that is in the root itself so creams and stuff are a complete waste of time! as it cant get to the infection so that's why tablets are needed to treat it, as they go through the blood stream and get to the nail root where the infection is, and killing it,but it will take a few weeks to work(until the nail grows from the root to tip)but they do work.

  46. QUESTION:
    Toenail is going to fall off, can I treat it for fungus now?
    Both my big toes have been traumatized by some new too small workout shoes. One is fine besides some blood underneath. The other looks like it's going to fall off, and may have a new nail underneath already. This toe was yellow before, I'm assuming it was fungus.

    This seems like a great time to treat it, since the nail is going to fall off. Is there a good home treatment? I would prefer not to go to the doctor

    • ANSWER:
      One of the oldest and traditional treatments for toenail fungus infection is apple cider vinegar Soak your toe in the vinegar for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day all the time the new nail is growing. Toenail fungus is persistent and needs persistent treatment. But be careful. It will really hurt if you have any open cuts or sores.

      http://toenail-fungus.org/treatment/apple-cider-vinegar-toenail-fungus-remedy.html

  47. QUESTION:
    CAN A TOENAIL FUNGUS GET INTO THE BLOODSTREAM AND CAUSE COMPLICATIONS?

    • ANSWER:
      As a rule, no. The toenail fungus is usually a dermatophyte strain, and thrives best on keratin. However, there are "saprophyte" fungi under the nails, such as aspergillus, which certainly can get into the blood stream and cause problems, in compromised people.

  48. QUESTION:
    Shall i test for candida,because my chapped lips and little puffy mouth and lips feel better after starving?
    I used to apply chapstick which used to increse puffy lips and cheeks but today it helped reducing chapping.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi anniyan,

      I don't know if their is a direct relation to chapped lips and candida. Usually the following symptoms will arise if you have candida overgrowth:

      irritable bowel
      constipation and/or diarrhea
      painful gas/abdominal bloating
      low grade fever or low body temperature
      numbness/tingling in the face or extremities
      dryness of mouth and eyes
      difficulty swallowing
      projectile vomiting
      menstrual problems (PMS/endometriosis)
      recurrent yeast infections
      recurrent ear infections
      skin rashes
      dry/flaking skin
      eczema
      dermatitis
      acne
      skin discoloration/blotchiness
      dandruff
      jock and rectal itching
      chronic athlete's foot
      chronic toenail and fingernail fungus
      ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
      allergies
      sensitivity to noise/sounds
      sensitivity to foods
      sensitivity to chemicals
      sensitivity to odors
      anemia
      weight changes without changes in diet
      lightheadedness
      feeling in a fog
      fainting
      muscle twitching
      muscle weakness
      jerky-leg syndrome
      low sex drive
      incapacitating fatigue
      concentration/focus problems
      short term memory
      painful joints
      muscle aches
      extreme tightness in the neck and shoulders
      acid reflux
      brown colored mucus in the back of the throat
      white or blood blisters in the mouth/tongue/throat
      unrefreshing sleep
      sore throat
      white coated tongue
      aversion to be touched - "crawling" skin
      chronic sinusitis
      frequent urination
      diarrhea
      chronic constipation
      headaches including migraines
      visual blurring
      sensitivity to light
      eye pain
      depression
      irritability
      anxiety
      panic attacks
      personality changes
      mood swings
      chills
      night sweats
      canker sores
      shortness of breath
      hypertension/high blood pressure
      dizziness and balance problems
      sensitivity to heat/cold
      alcohol intolerance
      gluten intolerance
      irregular heartbeat

      If you have the following issues than i would suggest you get yourself checked.

  49. QUESTION:
    I play soccer, but my toe hurts becasue of an ingrown nail?
    It hurt when I kick the the ball, how can I fix an ingrown nail my self?

    • ANSWER:
      i've had ingrown toenail twice on my big toes.. the one i have done by a doctor the second started a few months later and i've left it.. if you leave it and still play it may start bleeding and your body may reject it. allowing fungus or sores that will start at your foot and if they are allowed to enter your blood stream you can get really sick, so by yourself i say

      a nail kit of some sort where it has a clipper that head comes to a thin point it may be slightly curved "good thing" depending how bad it is will rate the difficulty. if it justs started just get a sort of pick to pull it out from the side of your toe. if its deep use a pick the get it out as far as you can then use the needle headed nail clipper that i brought up earlier to clip it out.. you would most likely have to repeat this after a month or so but it will eventually grow on the right track. saving you around 200 dollars from not going to the doctors

  50. QUESTION:
    Juvenile diabetic with sores on my scalp any ideas?
    I was diagnosed at 10 but did not start having problems till the age of 18. Shortly after that age I started developing small pimple like sores on my scalp and nothing seems to help. Doctors have recommended medicated shampoos and that does nothing either

    • ANSWER:
      Being diabetic can make us more likely to get certain types of infections due to the higher than normal blood sugar that we often experience. Toenail fungus and yeast infections are but two. My reading indicates that the best thing you can do is try for better glucose control, improve the nutrient intake in your diet by adding more natural fruits and vegetables, reduce intake of meat and dairy products to minimize unwanted oils, and wash your scalp with tea tree oil based shampoo daily.

      Here's an excellent article on tea tree oil: http://www.targetwoman.com/articles/tea-tree-oil.html

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