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.

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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

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  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.

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  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

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