Toenail Fungus What Does It Look Like

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of toenail fungus?
    About 6 months ago, or longer, I had a pedicure. A few months later I began to develop a toenail fungus. I now realize the place was not cleaning to foot bath sink properly. How do I get rid of the fungus?

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

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

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

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

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nail-fungus/DS00084
      http://www.ehow.com/how_2087547_treat-toenail-fungus-naturally.html
      http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-toenail-fungus.html

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you get a pedicure if you have toenail fungus?
    I think my big toe has a little toenail fungus but I really want my feet to look good for sandal season,what should I do that will work fast?

    • ANSWER:
      Not only can you, but you SHOULD. Most reputable salons will, for free, apply fungal treatment under the nail polish. Many will encourage you to keep returning so that they can keep treating it. Mine for example cured a mild fungus I never knew I had. I thought that particular nail was just thicker than the others. The salon will be good for the nail providing that the nail is not trashed, not black, jagged or otherwise beyond the pale. For nails like that, you should see your doc or your podiatrist and have it treated professionally first.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you look after your toe once the toenail has fallen off?
    I'm pretty sure i had toenail fungus (ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!) I think it was from wearing small shoes (can't help that, i'm a girl and have like size 12 feet) Anyway- now the nail has come off, how do i look after my toe so that a new toenail can grow PERFECT???????
    Shut up 'Brianna'

    • ANSWER:
      Well for one thing you need to keep it clean. Soak it in warm water with epsom salts for 10 minutes at least twice a day. Also when wearing shoes/socks etc cover your toe lightly with a bandaid. I would also suggest putting antibiotic ointment cream on it such a polysporin just to keep the toe moisturized.

  13. QUESTION:
    My big toenails both have bad fungus that hurts and keeps growing crooked and has been for 12 years?
    I pull them out of the toenail bed with pliers every time they grow back and I have taken everything that there is for toenail fungus. What should I do next?
    After I remove my entire toenail every time, everything is immediately better afterwards.
    Oh and they also get ingrown and yucky as well too. They have been for several years as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a Nail Spa once a month & get a professionally done Spa Pedicure. I go to one inside our local Walmart Supercenter. Monthly attention to your nails will soon have them looking much better. Mine were ugly & deformed looking due to diabetes & 12 month later, you cannot tell there was ever anything wrong.
      Here, a Spa Pedicure costs .00 & a DeLuxe Spa Pedicure is .00.

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

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

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

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

      It worked fast and still works for me!

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

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I get a toenail to clear up?
    I have one toenail that looks like a corn curl. It's thick and grows in an odd direction. It's so thick I can't cut it with ordinary clippers anymore. None of my other toes are like this. I've tried a couple sprays that are supposed to clear up toenails but the sprays STINK. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      fungus

      See the pharmacist for the right product.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to naturally get rid of toe nail fungi?
    After a pedicure I had a few months back...I noticed my toenails developed fungus. The nails were wavy and yellowish color. it looks like some nails are growing healthy nails back but some nails are still affected. Is there any natural way to kill the fungi on the nails to prevent from spreading and to get rid of it in some of the nails that aren't clearing up?

    • ANSWER:
      Soak your feet in Listerine mouth wash. The antiseptic properties can do wonders for nail fungus.
      Check this out: http://www.ehow.com/way_5149770_listerine-cure-toenail-fungus.html

  17. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a completely new toe nail to grow in? (big toe)?
    I have toenail fungus which is causing my toenails to become thick and in grown. My dr. prescribed Lamisil for me (I have been on 3 days) and I am wondering if I will have completely fungus free toenails by next summer? I get pedicures every few weeks and with them being so thick and wanting to curl in, they really hurt me while trying to get them to look **not nauseating** I am hoping to look better by next year.
    The doctor actually said it's probably from getting pedicures and they must'nt of sterilized the equipment correctly. Or I could of even picked it up just walking around barefoot. It's very common.

    Anyway, FYI you can't SEE any fungus. It just makes my nails thick, which the person who does my pedi's just files it thinner and has to file down the sides. It hurts because when filing, it rubs skin. Ouchie! I can't wait to have a pain free pedi again. It's supposed to be relaxing!

    • ANSWER:
      it doesn't take long.
      I had to have my big to nail taken off completely and I think it only took a few months to grow back, once it was all healed

  18. QUESTION:
    what are the effects of eating toenails?
    my child has an OCD of clipping his toenails and eating them. Im pretty sure he has a toenail fungus and some sort of athletes foot.. i cant get him to stop and am getting worried about him. what are the effects of eating toenails with a possibe fungus on them?

    • ANSWER:
      He might get a fungus in his mouth, but I think he's probably fine. Maybe you could try putting something on his toenails to make them taste so nasty he wouldn't want to eat them anymore. I looked online and found something called Mavala Stop on amazon.com, maybe it would help?

  19. QUESTION:
    How can one stop and get rid of toe nail fungus.?
    i have toenail fungus and I just can't get rid of it please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same thing. My Doctor prescribed Sporanox. To rid your body of a fungus you have to work from the inside out. Topicals are not good. You have to take it for at least a year with periodic LFT tests on your liver. I am proud to report I have took Sporonox about a 5 months and my feet and toenails are looking sooooo much better.

  20. QUESTION:
    The bottom of my feet exept for the arches are very dry what type of atheletes foot is it?
    I've tried scrubs,pumice stone,and lotion I still have the dry sometimes scaly feet on bottoms only.Toenails look fine no cracks or yellowing because I scrub bed of nail with soap and a washcloth in shower and dry well afterwards. What should I use or should I get it checked out by a family doc. to also maybe rule out toenail fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      i have the same thing, the best thing to do is don't scrub and put lotion on it evey single night and put socks on (let your feet be soaked with the lotion) and sleep with it like that evey night for months and your feet will be smooth but its not over yet you still have it the lotion just emough to keep a clean & smooth looking for some amount of time but you should go to a specail care place for that.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you tell the difference between diabetic toenail and toenail fungus?
    I have a friend who is diabetic. He has one of the worst looking toes I have ever seen. It is yellow, REALLY thick, and flaking off. I mentioned it to a nurse, and she said it was that way just because he has diabetes! Will diabetes do that to your nails, without an underlying infection?

    • ANSWER:
      No. If it is thick, flaking and discolored it is likely a fungal infection. Sometimes old trauma can also cause the nail to be thick and dyscolored but not usually flaky. Persons with diabetes are more prone to catching the fungus so the nurse you spoke with was just giving you the "dumbed-down" version.

  22. QUESTION:
    What do you think of people with toenail fungus?
    Does it ruin their looks for you?

    Also, when someone has it, is it very noticeable, or do people not really pay attention.

    • ANSWER:
      They are gross to look at but I'd hope that someone who had it would go see a podiatrist and get this problem cleared up. I understand it takes a long time to clear up so I'm sympathetic. The only way it would ruin their looks is if I KNEW they didn't care enough to get it taken care of because their nails were so gross it was obvious they just let it go.

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

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

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my toenail fungus is clearing up?
    I've been using tea tree oil for about a week now and haven't noticed any change. I've read online that the dead fungus is supposed to turn black.

    • ANSWER:
      Michelle is on the right track. Clarity in the toes is a good sign. Fungus might not be that bad, but if the skin looks good that means it's improving. Keep them clean and aired out whenever possible to see how they are looking. Odor is a factor in this and appearance. Do you think the tea tree oil has helped or not?......

  25. QUESTION:
    How do you kill toenail fungus?
    I was in Brazil for a long time and I got some fungus under my toenails. They look freaking nasty. Anyone know any cheap/fast way to get rid of it? I have heard of using Hydrogen Peroxide but I am not sure...

    • ANSWER:
      One way to get rid of it that is cheap, is to soak your nails in vinegar for 15 minutes every day. But this must be done every day, if you miss a day you have to start all over. Takes the length of time your nail takes to grow out, A REALLY LONG TIME, but worth it, if you keep it up. You will have nice nails again. The vinegar prevents the fungus from growing in the nail bed, and the new nail comes from there.

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

    Thanks so much!!!

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

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to cure toenail fungus without medication?
    I'm thinking about not taking the medication no matter what anyone says. I haven't paid for it yet so no big deal. I've been looking all over the internet and found a few options. I just wondered if any of you guys knew what the best way is to get rid of nail fungus without taking medication.

    • ANSWER:
      One way is black walnut (be sure it is organic,,maybe a tincture

      here is more on black walnut and toenail fungus

      Speaking of toes in the story "I don't care if he puts horse manure on my head" we see one answer to your toes solution going from head to toe :)

      I know Dr Christopher was so successful using this for jungle rot, fungus etc and a severe condition of impetigo contagios so disgusting rash covering one soldier's whole head that the army unable to heal him was going to discharge the man in WWII

      Though they laughed at him before when they saw the results, they were so shocked Ray became the only practicing herbalist in the United States Army during World War II.the first practicing herbalist in the us army treating many things the doctors could not help and these diseases in particular. It is very good for fungus.

      Ray's black walnut tincture gained a widespread reputation, and he continued to use it to treat impetigo. He also used it in the treatment of two other stubborn conditions-fungus infection and jungle rot.

      The interesting story and others is told here (about 1/4th down the page) in "I Don't Care If He Puts Horse Manure
      on My Head"
      A Prescription For the Mess Sergeant

      http://www.herballegacy.com/War.html

      more on fungus from dr Christopher here

      http://www.herballegacy.com/search.php?zoom_query=fungus

      http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geuuFh1ShMT0gAkxxXNyoA?p=black+walnut+toenail+fungus&fr2=sb-top&fr=ytff1-&sao=0

      I made a soak up for my mom and maybe I can find it later as my brother recently found a box of herbs etc I gave here and returned it but I misplaced it and it may be labeled on the bottle still what was in it..if I cant find it try some of these things or do some research

      If you want to send me an email address, I can send you a page from Linda Rector Page's book healthy healing as an attachment that has a lot of suggestions in diet, lifestyle, herbal, supplements and superfood things that help. Just ask me to email you page 420 from book healthy healing on fungal infections (I cannot send this attachment through yahoo answers but only regular email as I need to upload the page from the book and send as an attachment. I can also look thin the reference book prescription for nutritional healing book and send that.

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

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

  29. QUESTION:
    Why do people who get foot tattoos always have nasty feet?
    Did you notice people who show off their foot tattoos on those picture sites always seem to have bunions, crusty feet, or those yellow, frito looking fungus toenails. And the worst part is a lot of them are girls!

    • ANSWER:
      two possible answers to this question
      1. they either get it in order to make their feet look better (people who already have nice feet dont NEED to get tattoos done) or
      2. the tattoos make their feet nasty

  30. QUESTION:
    Why do my toenails sometimes look a little yellow?
    It doesn't look ingrown or anything it just looks kind of yellow. Why is that? And is there anything that can make that go away?

    • ANSWER:
      You might have to go to the Doctors for anti fungal pills. Yellow usually means a fungus.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does toenail fungus ever go away?
    I've had toenail fungus for about a year now and I've neglected treatment because I've been very busy with school and have strict attendance policies. Anyways, I went to a dermatologist and they prescribed a fungal cream for my toes and told me if that doesn't work, they'll have to give me pills for it--but those pills are not good for my liver..

    I heard that topical creams for fungus do not help it go away. Do you guys know if pills will work to get rid of fungus? Does toenail fungus completely go away in general? And if left untreated, where else can it spread to?

    • ANSWER:
      Ok if you are willing to try a home remedy I have heard soaking your toes in BEER every night for a week followed by using Tea Tree Oil on each toe nail until it clears up will stop it once and for all. The trick is you can not CONSUME any alcohol by month during the period you soak you toes. Also use the DARKEST BEER YOU CAN FIND>Supposedly the yeast in the beer draws the fungus out from underneath the toe nail bed.
      Then after you have done the Dark Beer soak for a week, then before taking a bath/shower soak your toes in Mouth Wash and then wash off completely in shower. Then follow this by dabbing on Tea Tree Oil nightly.
      Also try looking up more information on WEB M.D. for more information on Toenail Fungus. For me-I would much rather do/try natural remedies before going to heavy duty pills.

  32. QUESTION:
    Half of my toenail has grown back but i need tips on how to make it look presentable?
    A couple of months ago i got my big toenail ripped out because of toenail fungus. Thank god the fungus is gone now. But it takes the toenail forever to grow back. i'm going on vacation in three weeks and i have half a toenail. i dont know what to do :( should i put nail polish over it or would that still look really odd? any ideas i'm desperate.

    • ANSWER:
      well if you are really selfconscious about it,, as weird as it may sound, they do sell fake toenails. the only thing about falsies are that they kind of thin your real nails, and dont allow them to grow very well, which isnt the best for a nail that you desperately want to grow. but its an option. of you can just paint over it. i dont think it would look too bad. just dont worry about it =)
      good luck!

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Yup me!

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

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

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

  34. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a toenail (on a big toe) to grow back?
    So after going to this 7 day nail spa my toenail has gotten funguses and is cleared from funguses 1 year later. The problem is, there is a Huge ridge in my nail. On my right foot my new nail is about 1/3 of the way grown. Does anyone know how long it will take? I may get fake nails so do you know a good brand?

    Helpful answers would be great. Thank you! :)

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your health and age (the older you are the slower it grows) but the average rate of growth is about one-tenth of an inch per month. So you're looking at about 8 months to a year.

      Toenails take about a year and a half to grow from cuticle to tip.

      Hope this helps!

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

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

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

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

      I HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE WITH MY WIFES NAIL.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I avoid getting a pedicure??
    My boyfriend wants me to get a pedicure for a trip we're taking soon. The problem is I have toenail fungus and I know if I try to get one, the salon will turn me away. This would be very embarressing for me in front of him. So what can I tell him to get him off my back about the whole thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Why not just be honest?
      Is you boyfriend so shallow that he would leave you because of your foot condition?
      Are you so shallow that you cannot tell him about your problem?
      If this is a problem, what else will crop up during your relationship?

      I am sorry to be so abrupt, but I hope this opens your eyes to how silly this really is. You have a minor medical condition. Tell him, and then decide what to do. Whether to get the pedicure, or to do it yourself... etc..

      I have friends who pick each other's pimples... married and some who are just dating. This is part of a close relationship where the flaws a person has are revealed. Also, this will help to sort out whether your relationship is purely physical or if there is more behind it than looks, foot fungus or other issues...

      Hope this helps...
      Have a nice day..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the absolute best home remedy for toe fungus?
    I have one toe that has a white tip that looks like toe fungus. I have been putting Lamisil on it and every one of the over the counter toe fungus remedies (believe me there are lot of them). It gets better but never completely goes away. Anyone has had success with any remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      My brother-in-law used VICKS SALVE on his toenail fungus, and he swears it works. I'd be willing to try it. I had it on my big toe about 10 years ago. I used the Prescription drug for it and it went away. I can't remember the name, but your Dr. would know it

  40. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of yellow toenails?
    I'm pretty sure I don't have a fungus infection because I don't have any other symptoms (like flaky nails). So how would I get rid of them and what are some possible causes?

    • ANSWER:
      use tea tree oil! it's kind of expensive though and it might take a long time to see results since you're applying it on a nail instead of skin.

      or you could cut out the part that looks yellow if it's only a little bit, and let it grow out again.

  41. QUESTION:
    What to use on to get rid of fungus on toenails?
    My father has thick yellow toenails and I was just wondering if someone knew of something that could cure it. He is also a diabetic.

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

      for me worked very well ZetaClear!Nail fungus is tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

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

      It worked fast and still works for me!

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

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of white nail fungus underneath my toenail?
    I switched nail salons, and after my last pedicure I notice white nail fungus growing underneath my right toenail.

    How can I get rid of this? Any homeopathic or over the counter remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      There are homeopathic self-help remedies available over-the-counter (approved by the FDA) to use for first-aid and acute care problems. An acute health problem is something that comes on quickly, lasts a short time, and resolves - like a cold, flu, cough, or even PMS as an acute "exacerbation" of a chronic problem.

      Toenail fungus is a "constitutional" health problem, for which you would need to consult with a classical homeopath. We sit with new clients for 1-2 hours to go through current symptoms (for example, perhaps you also have headaches, or backaches, or menstrual cramps), past health history, family health history, life situation, and general symptoms - like response to weather, sleep patterns, food preferences, etc. From that we research to find a remedy that will restore deep inner harmony to your organism, facilitating healing from the inside-out (where it begins, contrary to appearances).

      http://www.homeopathicdirectory.com is the national directory for any homeopath certified in N. America. Around the world, you'd have to be sure a homeopath has similar qualifications. Because it's so readily available, people misunderstand what homeopathy is. Even practitioners who claim to offer homeopathy often have a consumer-level awareness. Look for someone certified whose practice is 100% classical homeopathy - no acupuncture, kinesiology (muscle testing), etc.

      It might spontaneously resolve if you're otherwise in good health. If not, though, and other toenails become involved, think about calling a homeopath.

  43. QUESTION:
    My nails seem to be seperating from the nail be, first one and now two others are starting, what is it fungus?
    One nail started to look weird on one side now the entire thing seems to be coming unattached from the skin underneath, I can slip another fingernail way under there. Now I see two other fingers on the same thing where that is starting. I looked up fungus, yeast infections and bacterial infections. What causes this, what do I do, who should I see?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say it's: onycholysis it's a common nail disorder. It is the loosening or separation of a fingernail or toenail from its nail bed. It usually starts at the tip of the nail and progresses back.

      Many things may cause onycholysis. Some of the most common causes are:

      1.Repetitive trauma, e.g. daily tapping of long fingernails on a keyboard or counter
      2.Overzealous manicure, e.g. manicure tools pushing beneath the nail to clear dirt and overuse of nail cosmetics
      3.Prolonged immersion of nails in water.

      Treatment of onycholysis depends on the cause of the problem. Eliminating or correcting the predisposing cause is the best treatment. For example, treatment of hyperthyroidism will allow the nails to regrow normally and nail infections can be treated with antimicrobials.

      The portion of nail that has separated will not reattach to the nail bed and you will have to wait until the nail is fully regrown for the condition to be completely gone. Fingernails take 4-6 months to fully regrow whilst toenails may take twice as long.

      To prevent deterioration or recurrence of onycholysis after it has cleared up:

      Clip the affected portion of the nail, and keep the nails short.
      Avoid injuring the affected nail, and keep the nail bed dry.
      Avoid exposure to contact irritants such as nail enamel and enamel remover or solvents and detergents.
      Wear light cotton gloves under vinyl gloves for wet work.

      Hope this helps!

  44. QUESTION:
    Why is it black and blue and purple underneath my toenails?
    I am concerned. My toes have been like this for 2-3 weeks and not gone away. I have not hit my toes, or exercised hard, or worn tight shoes at all. My parents don't want to pay to take me to the doctors. (And it is not a fungus because it looks completely different and I tried fungus medicine.)

    What could've caused it? Should I be worried??

    • ANSWER:
      it's probably blood clots under your toenails.

  45. QUESTION:
    How long for a completely removed toenail to regrow?
    One of my toes got some fungus and it has finally cleared up. Except now my toenail is no longer attached to my skin. And just today, it is slowly coming off of the base too. I am fearing that I won't have a toenail anymore. Can someone let me know how long it would take to regrow one toenail completely?

    • ANSWER:
      Im in a similar position, had an infection and my little toe swelled up and after my infection my toenail was coming off. I was told by a nurse to leave it to come off on its own otherwise you risk causing more damage to the area and the nail not growing back the same. My nail come off last night and my toe looks pretty normal other than having no nail. I was also told best to keep it covered with a plaster or something so you dont knock it off accidentally as this could be pretty painful. I think it could take anything from a couple of months to fully recover as long as its looked after. Good Luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is my cat seriously ill or is she swimming along nicely?
    My cat has a fungus looking toenail is there anything I can do? Can it use human treatment? Is she in any pain? Also she just had kittens a few months ago and now she's getting a bit heavy again and hasn't been horny since just after her litter could she be pregnant again? And her tooth is chipped in half can you get false teeth for felines? Help me please :)

    • ANSWER:
      1) Please, go see a vet!
      2) Vets just pull out teeth, whether they have rotted or chipped - only if it is causing uncomfort for her though
      3) Get her de-sexed unless you really plan on breeding her...

  47. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where to get medicine to get rid of fungus on toenails?
    I'm looking for medicines you eat, not something you put on. I want to buy it at Walmart or any other supermarket. Please tell me the name and where you bought it!

    • ANSWER:
      Lamisil. You will need a prescription from your doctor. There is no oral medication that you can buy over the counter for nail fungus. You will need to have blood tests done before you can take it. Lamisil should be available at any pharmacy.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the BEST and FASTEST way to get rid of toenail fungus?
    Its that yellow stuff under the nail that grows. I have used different solutions that you paint on twice a day for about 3 years now. Some will control it but I can't find one to get rid of it. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      go to your doctor, let him/her take scrapings fromt he nail to verify the diagnosis and take pills for months, this make take upto 6-12 months for you to have normal looking nails, good luck

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to get acrylic on your toenails?
    I've seen it done and I think it looks great but is it safe? Is it easy to get an infection from it?

    • ANSWER:
      Don"t do it if your are diabetic since acrylics can harbor bacteria and fungi.
      If you are not immunocompromised in any way I say GO FOR IT!!!! They can make for an interesting effect. Well it looks really wicked but it may be tough on stockings.

  50. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a nail fungus?
    So I've had nail polish on my toes for a couple of months and yesterday I decided to get rid of it and I noticed my big toe was yellowish looking and then I checked again today, it looked more yellow. It doesn't hurt at all. I just want it to be gone. Can I get something from the pharmacy?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of ways to cure toenail fungus. Remedies like tea tree oil and oregano oil. However it really takes a lot of time to cure toenail fungus. Why won't you check this site that I found it has great reviews on toenail fungus cures.

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