Toe Fungus And Nail Removal

Finding the right method of treating toenail fungus that works for you may take some effort but is definitely worth it to get rid of the toe fungus. While you may have fought or are fighting this condition now, if you're reading this, the lack of a complete cure has increased your discontent with your situation.

Researching out the ways other people online have been treating toenail fungus may be surprising. Finding out about how to treat toenail fungus from information found online can be very discouraging. The frustration is probably due to the wide variety of ideas that are published and not knowing what works and what doesn't. While you may have fought or are fighting this condition now, if you're reading this, the lack of a complete cure has no doubt increased your irritation with your situation.

Take for example YELLOW CORN MEAL. That's right, cornmeal was found on the Internet as a cure for nail fungus! Some people swear that covering your feet in cornmeal cures the fungal infection. Although several methods are suggested the one that's the craziest is to completely soak the corn meal and mix into a mash. You then spread on this mix all over the infected toes and nails. You can try to figure out how this is supposed to work.

The thing is that onychomycosis which is the dollar word used by doctors for toe nail fungus is considered a chronic condition. This means that regardless of the cure used, the fungus is extremely difficult to cure.

The reason for this is that the problem is caused by spores. These tiny specks of matter can inhabit your feet, shoes and any damp location, waiting for a chance to re-infect a nail. It's entirely possible that while a given method of treating toenail fungus may work, we may not take the precautions necessary to eliminate becoming infected again.

Several good safeguards against re-infection may be a good idea.
Things like:

Drying out athletic shoes before wearing again.
Wearing sandals to allow air to reach the feet
If possible, chance shoes at least once a day.
Wear odor insoles and change them regularly
Wear sandals in public locker rooms or showers

You don't know where you really contracted the problem so why take a chance. Another idea is to remove your shoes during the day, if practical to allow your feet a chance to breathe.

So when dealing with the various options, understand that it's important to take adequate care to limit additional contact and re-infection. The treating toenail fungus alternatives may work but not if you end up getting the condition again.

On way of treating toenail fungus that is the use of a Vinegar Solution for the treatment of toenail fungus.

In keeping with the whole alkalinity idea, instead of trying to change the whole body, many people have used vinegar as an effective nail fungus treatment option. From soaking for 30-60 minutes to drinking 1-1.5 ounces daily, there seems to be some basis for using this as a remedy.

The problem is that who has an hour or more available to do a foot soak for weeks at a time? The answer is a product called FUNG-B-GONE. It has the benefits of vinegar, a known and very popular nail fungus remedy that doesn't require a long, daily foot soak.

Whatever home remedy or treatment you decide to use, remember that re-infection can happen. Protect yourself and your loved ones by taking precautions to limit exposure to this difficult to cure problem.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  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:
    Does Fungavir work for the removal of nail fungus?
    I ve had nail fungus for years. Nothing helped. I tried vinegar, Vicks, Listerine, Tea Tree Oil. Nothing worked. A friend of mine found Fungavir on line. Does anyone know if it works?

    • ANSWER:
      Like you, I had tried everything. First my toe nails had it, and then it started to affect my fingernails, and nothing worked for me either. But I thought, what do I have to lose? I tried Fungavir and in one month, I already saw improvement. After 4 months, my nails looked like new. I kept using Fungavir, cause I was afraid to stop, and the nail fungus has never come back!!!

      I highly recommend it to everyone. Check it out http://www.fungavir.com

  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:
    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

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to get rid of Human Parasites?
    I just received a paper on unhealthy colons. That doctors finally discovered the real cause of 90% of all diseases. It is unhealthy colons. The Natural Medicine Association have come up with a cure and to get rid of the parasites that may and are living in our colons. The program they have is so costly at the start of .95.
    I was wondering if there is anyone out there who knows a cheaper way to cleanse the human body of parasites?
    The symptoms are...
    Constipation or diarrhea, chronic yeast infections, chronic fungus on hand/toe nails or nails become brittle or lost their luster.
    Getting sick or catching colds often, weight problems or rapid weight gain, acne, skin disorders,or skin dry or pal, mood swings or depression, premenstrual syndrome more intensified, low sex drive, lack of concentration, short term memory problems ,sleeping problems, being easily prone to diseases, frequent headaches, chronic urinary tract irritation/infections, arthritic bone pains,allergies,gas,ex....
    Why don't someone just put dewormer for humans on the market? They found it simple to for animals..why not humans?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a colon detoxification program called Colonix that I have been using for the past three months. It's a three-part program, part of which focuses on the removal of intestinal parasites. That part of the program is called Paranil, and it consists of four capsules a day, followed by a large glass of water. It's a proprietary herbal blend, containing things like garlic, black walnut hulls, and tons of other things.

      Although the entire program costs .00 for a one month supply, the Paranil is sold seperately for .00 a bottle (and it's even cheaper if you buy three at a time.)

      http://www.drnatura.com

      There are lots of other herbal parasite programs out there; you might check GNC or health food/vitamin stores to compare prices. The reason I suggested Paranil is because I've taken it myself, and the website has literally hundreds of positive verifiable testimonials. It's worth a look, anyway... as I said, I've been on the whole program for three months and I'm very impressed with it.

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    What can you do for a "Toe Fungus" without having to go to the doctor and get med.?
    What causes it and how long does it take to get rid of?

    • ANSWER:
      Awww I am sorry to hear you have fungus on your feet!
      I would try a few things.
      If the problem lies under your toe nails, have them cut or trimmed and use what's called an "orange stick" that comes in nail kits, or even tweezers, and gently clean out underneath your nails. apply rubbing alcohol too, to clean out all of the junk that's been building up.
      Next, go to your local wal*mart and pick up a bottle of the following:
      "Wardly Essentials Ick Away." for fungus.
      OR you can get "Sally Hansen: Anti fungal Liquid No More Fungus,"
      OR Blue Gu fungus removal. The pharmacist there can help guide you to exactly the one that will work best for you.
      Then I would also have a pedicure (even if you're a guy.)

      ** Fungi thrive in a warm, moist environment, and some varieties seem to grow particularly well in and around the toes and their nails.**

      You could have athletes foot from wearing socks for too long that are wet from sweat. if you play sports, bring an extra pair of socks, and only switch them, after you have rinsed/washed your feet and completely dried them. I hope that helps. =)
      Good Luck!

      xx

  9. QUESTION:
    Help i have fungus and i have to swim publicly for p.e next week?
    i am self concious about my fungus i have fungus on both my big toes and i dont wanna use nail polish but we are not allowed to use bandaids or water shoes, several people recommended i use nail polish to match my skin color or normal nail color what color should i use? is there a nail polish color i can use that wont look like i put on nail polish?

    • ANSWER:
      itll be fine.

      Jeez louise.

      go to a drug store.

      they have all sorts of fungi removal cream and techniques and stuff.

      don't freak out no ones is going to look at ur feet when ur swimming.

      thu i never had fungus my dad did

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    toe nail removal procedure?
    oes toe nail removal hurt? I have fungus in three nails on the left foot and one on my right. Also i heard the chances that fungus may grow back is great. is there anything I that i need to do keep it from coming back? I really want keep the fungus away.also will the nail grow straight. please help kinda scared

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest you go to the doctor. If you do need your nails removed, they will numb them before removing them, and then probably give you some pain medication and antibiotic cream to take home with you for after the procedure. Your best bet would be making an appointment with your doctor, because noone on here would know what is best for you, especially without being able to see.

  14. QUESTION:
    recurring toe nail fungus?
    My wife had 4 nail removal surgeries for her toe is there any permanent solution to toe nail fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      You may please try the following:

      If she has the habit of circling the nail by pushing the skin which generally stretches from the toe to the top surface of the nail, stop doing that. Circling the nail some times opens up a gap between the nail and the toe and allows the moisture or water in it, which may infect the toes.

      Whenever the toe is wet, clean the moisture with the help of tissue paper and apply simple creams like vaseline. Keep the toes warm by wearing socks ( if the climate is cold use woolen socks and if warm use cotton socks).

      If her foot sweats more than normal, use cotton socks to absorb the moisture and she should wear ventilating type footware.

      Before going to bed, clean the toes with warm salted water and wipe the toes with tissue paper and apply LICHENSA ointment.

      Check for blood sugar and take precautions to reduce it, if any.

      You can visit the following site to get some more suggestions from people who are suffereing from toe nail fungus.

      www.parents.berkeley.edu

      Wishing u all the best.

  15. QUESTION:
    Toe nail fungus ?!? help!?
    I'm 14 and I have toe nail fungus! I'm going to the pediotris Thursday to say what they will say. I don't want to get the nail removed because summer is here, but is there like any cream to put on it? It's on both of my 2nd toes. its mostly brittle and dark. please help!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry just yet! Surgical removal is only an option if your case is really really bad. I'll give you a list of treatment options I know of:

      (MILD CASES)

      Topical Medication are available in lotions or creams and are to be applied as prescribed. These, however, are used only for mild infections or those affecting a small part or only a few of the nails and can take months up to a year before the nail heals completely..

      Antifungal lacquer or polish works the same way.

      (WORSE CASES)

      Oral medication is a good one but it has to be prescribed by a doctor since it can pose side effects if you have other ailments or is taking other medication.

      Surgery may be suggested where the infected area is removed. This is "suggested" if the fungi have already infected the nail bed and even if a new one grows in its place, the fungi will keep coming back.

      Luckily, if you do not want surgery there is a new option for you. I've heard of a clinic which offers Laser treatments. All you have to do is sit down and they'd expose the infected area to a special type of light which kills the fungi. It's safe, fast and it's PAIN FREE! The clinic is called The London Nail Laser Clinic. You can look at their website (http://www.thelondonnaillaserclinic.co.uk/) if you want or give them a call about it.

      I hope this helps!

  16. 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

  17. QUESTION:
    Toe nail removal?
    My husband has a lot of problems with his big toe nail. He always has ingrown nails or fungus problems. Can he just have his toe nail removed?

    • ANSWER:
      He should get it cut out if it is ingrown. They can just cut the edge of the nail. If they remove the whole nail it can take like 10 months to regrow. I believe they have medicine you can take for the fungus.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long should recovery take after toe nail removal?
    4 days ago I had my toe nail removed due to fungus. Half of the nail was not attached, so the doctor removed the entire nail. I've been reading up on a few forums where people say that pain should last up to 2 days. However, my toe still hurts. When I try to walk it gets really tight and painful. The doctor didn't tell me to do any special after treatments(like in the forums). He only said that I had to put on some fungus cream once the nail is growing. Should my toe still be hurting? Please help!!

    • ANSWER:

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. QUESTION:
    toe an nail fungas on a dogs paw?
    what dose fungus look like on a dogs toe nail

    • ANSWER:
      Claw disorders in the dog that are restricted just to the claw are rare in clinical practice. Bacterial or fungal infections may be seen, but there is to much emphasis placed on dermatophytes, as this seems to be rare in clinical practice. Such infections will also have swelling and exudate present around the digit (paronychia). Cytology of this exudate may reveal micro-organism such as bacterial but they should be intracellular to be considered highly significant. Autoimmune diseases of the nails will usually have additional lesions on other areas of the skin.
      Symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy is the most common disease of the nails seen in practice. The term symmetrical indicates 2 or more feet are involved. Oncychomadesis (sloughage of the nail) may eventually involve all 20 nails. The nails appear painful before they are lost, but afterward seem fairly well tolerated. The underlying etiology is unknown but autoimmune causes as well as infections or vaccinations have been suspected. There is no known breed or sex predisposition, but my clinical impression is that large breeds (especially German shepherds and Labrador retrievers) seem predisposed. The term lupoid is used due to microscopic changes of affected nails, although there is some debate on how significant these microscopic changes really are. Nevertheless some of the therapies used for discoid lupus patients have resulted in benefit for these patients. A combination of tetracycline and niacinamide (each at a dose of 500 mg three times a daily) along with high dose of fatty acids such as EFA caps or Derm caps (at twice the manufactures dose for treating atopy) are used. Anaesthesia followed by removal of the nail and leaving the exposed nail base will certainly reduce the pain. Many patients will respond, but owners should be advised that several months will be necessary before a response is seen. New nails usually grow in normal. As other forms of lupus require long term treatments I recommend therapy for life, which certainly necessitates an accurate diagnosis. After a good clinical response is seen, I will usually recommend decreasing the dosage to once daily. Amputation of P3 of all the nails is also described as an option, however most of these patients do respond to conservative medical care.

      Further info on web link source

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    the side of my nail is green..?
    yupp.
    the other side of my nail is already a ingrown nail. but if you look at my nail,it looks COMPLETLY normal! :D

    What should i do to get rid of the green thing?
    im too scared to go to the doctor..thats the problem.
    at the moment i have antibiotics on the green thing ..

    What should i do? :'(

    • ANSWER:
      Finger and Toe Nail Fungus Symptoms

      The most common signs of nail fungus are:

      * Thickened nails

      * Brittle, crumbling nails

      * A mis-shapen, dull appearance

      * Discoloration - yellow, brown, green or black

      * Seperation of the nail from the nail bed

      * An 'off' or 'foul' odor

      Here are two popular and inexpensive natural remedies:

      Foot Soaks

      1. In a small tub or bowl just large enough to submerge the infected nails completely, mix equal parts Listerine mouthwash with white vinegar.

      2. Soak the infected nails in this bath for at least 15 minutes, twice daily. You can re-use the same liquid for up to a week before replacing with a fresh mixture.

      3. As your nails grow, keep them well groomed. Use nail clippers to cut them short and a file to rough the surface up. Store your grooming tools in a container filled with the same liquid you use for the daily soaks.

      4. Wash your hands after every treatment.

      * Alternative #1: Apply the mixture directly to the infected nails using a sponge or Q-Tip at least twice a day.

      * Alternative #2: Roll up a paper towel, saturate it with the mixture and then wrap it around the infected fingers or toes for 15-20 minutes, twice daily.

      Vick's VapoRub

      Coat the infected fingers and toes with Vicks VapoRub at least twice daily and right before bed. Wash your hands after every treatment.

      Nail Removal

      This is an extreme solution, and is only prescribed in cases where the infection is severe or painful. Removing the nail allows the infection to be treated directly and cured quickly - but is painful. Your nails usually grow back too, and in case you hadn't guessed - this is something ONLY your doctor should do. ;)

      Nail Fungus Prevention

      Here are some tips for keeping the environment around your nails inhospitable to fungi and bacteria.

      * Thoroughly wash and dry your hands and feet after bathing, including the areas between your toes.

      * When you wash your nails, scrub them with a soft bristled brush to remove dirt and dead skin.

      * Trim your nails and keep them short.

      * Clean any dirt out from underneath your finger and toenails with a toothpick.

      * Wear only shoes and socks that allow your feet to breathe. Change your socks during the day if they routinely become moist.

      * Regularly apply anti-fungal powder to your feet and footwear.

      * Don't go bare foot in public locker rooms or share footwear with others.

      * Refrain from wearing fake nails.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    To have a toe nail removed or not?
    Ok big delima here for me. A little over a year ago I had a fungal infection on my big toenail, I took a name brand Rx as directed by my famly MD. After seing no improvement a couple of months after finishing the 3 month treatment I went to a podiatrist, who said that the fungus was dead and now I had to hope the nail would grow back and reattach. Here I am a year after the visit with the podiatrist and notice a slight discoloration creeping down towards my nail bed, back to the podiatrist I go. He says that he is fairly sure the toe nail will not reattach to the toe but that he could take the toenail off. I like to have my toes pedicured and really don't want to have it removed but if it will help fine, I just want to know if anyone has had this done and if their nail has grown back successfully!! Please tell me all about it!! Thanks!! Wish you all well!!

    • ANSWER:
      In some cases, surgical treatment of the toenail is required. Temporary removal of the infected nail can be performed to permit direct application of a topical antifungal. Permanent removal of a chronically infected nail, like yours that has not responded to any other treatment, permits the fungal infection to be cured, and prevents the return of a deformed nail. Almost 95% of all removed toenails grow back quickly. I would suggest this is your only option. Good luck!

  33. 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.

  34. 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 :)

  35. QUESTION:
    What else can I do to speed my fungi removal process in my toenails?
    I have been taking the Lamsil pills for almost a month now and I can see a change in my toe nails but I wanted to see if there was anything else I could do to speed the process along. My toenails I must say have been extremely very bad for years, so I know it will take me longer then most. I have heard people say soak your foot in this or put some of that cream on but I dont remember what they were called so I wanted to see if anyone has anything they can recommend. Its almost June and I cant wait to wear sandals. Haha..

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean "Lamisil"?
      The fungal nail infection is cured by the growth of new, non-infected nails.
      Fungal nail infections may be difficult to treat. Even with successful treatment, it is common for the fungus to return.
      To limit relapse, the patient should trim nails short, dry feet after bathing, wear absorbent socks, and use antifungal foot powder. Old shoes may harbor a high density of spores and, if possible, should not be worn.
      Terbinafine is used to treat fungal infections of the toenail and fingernail. Terbinafine is in a class of medications called antifungals. It works by stopping the growth of fungi.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Terbinafine (generic name) Lamisil (brand name).

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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:

  42. 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:

    http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp28/itsmeimrighthere/nail9.jpg

    http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp28/itsmeimrighthere/nail3.jpg

    • 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

    http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp28/itsmeimrighthere/nail9.jpg

    http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp28/itsmeimrighthere/nail3.jpg

    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.

  45. 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

  46. 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.

    http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp28/itsmeimrighthere/nail9.jpg

    http://i394.photobucket.com/albums/pp28/itsmeimrighthere/nail3.jpg

    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)

  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:
    Some bad looking toenails ?
    Recently, I've had some trouble with my feet, especially my pinkie toes. About 6 or 7 months ago, when I started to run every day, I developed some fungus in the two toes. It was nothing bad, just a little raising of the nail. I had a doctors appointment around this time, and he said it was nothing urgent, and if it wasn't better in 6 months or so, I should come back.

    So on Saturday, after having raced Cross Country all year, I find that both nails are just erupting, bleeding, the whole deal. They were raised enough that I could feel them rubbing against the top of my shoe. They're completely black now, and obviously dead. So I went to the doctor again today, and he suggested the best path to take was just to have the nails themselves pulled out. The only problem is, that this will take me out of 3 weeks of running, which I really don't want to do. Supposedly there's some kind of topical medicine that I could use, as well as a subscription pill.

    My question is, is the removal of these nails absolutely necessary? Or will they just fall off in time? Or could the medicines work?

    • ANSWER:
      they will fall off in time...if there is any concern contact your doctor

      May I email you a few pictures showing the severe condition...or when to really worry?

  49. QUESTION:
    Hairline crack/draining pus from big toenail, what should I do/what is it?
    My left big toenail has had a hairline crack in it for almost three months, but has not broken off or fallen off or anything. It's slightly yellowed but I wear a lot of nail polish, so it's probably from that.

    It has been draining white/yellow pus for about a month and a half out of the right side groove where the nail meets the skin, and recently it has begun to smell. The toenail isn't ingrown that I can tell, it's not brittle or producing fungus that I can see. I've been swabbing it with peroxide usually once a day, but it hasn't gotten any better. There is no pain on or around the toenail whatsoever except for about a quarter of an inch of skin where the draining is happening. It's very mild pain and only hurts when I squeeze it. Probably from squeezing the area to get the pus out all the time.

    If anyone knows what this is or how to treat it, please let me know.
    I can't afford medical attention, that is why I'm asking for advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Pus = Infection; Infection = Antibiotics; Antibiotics = Doctor visit.
      Bacteria under toe nail, ? source, causing cellulitis, in need of treatment.

      Chances are without oral antibiotic, possible toe nail clipping, partial removal, it will get worse, as it has over the last month...hot soaks, topical antibiotic ointment, separate nail from skin with small piece of gauze, air flow. Look for free clinics, or low income assistance. You can not be refused treatment because of inability to pay up front (EMTALA/COBRA), they will work out some kind of feasible payment plan or get state assistance.

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