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Emile Chaput

Well, here's one that works! I've had toenail fungus for over 20 years on every single one of my nails. In fact it was so bad that I NEVER went either barefoot or wore open toe shoes because they looked so bad. I tried so many of the home remedies - Listerine, bleach, Vicks Vapo Rub, tea tree oil and on an on. What finally worked was a mild solution (and a few times not so mild) of potassium hydroxide applied about twice a week after the nails had been softened with Vicks Vapo Rub and tea tree oil. Now, I don't know how much the Vicks and tea tree oil had to do with it, but, I told my doctor what I was doing, and when I mentioned potassium hydroxide, all he said was, 'That'll do it'. And it did. After about 5 months, my toenails are a little over half way replaced with beautiful new nails with that little crescent moon looking thing where the nail starts to grow. You can buy potassium hydroxide on Amazon in flake form. I mix it about 20% by weight with water. Amazon also has 10% solutions available. Potassium hydroxide is used to identify fungus by dissolving skin tissue and leaving the fungus to gauge its color against a color strip. However, by that time, the fungus is also dead.

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Hi, yes 50% is strong. Too strong!! If anyone is thinking of trying it, don't!! You may lose toes!!
It started off well but this last week I've seriously hurt my toes. This stuff melts fungus for fun but unfortunately also melts your toes at this strength. If it gets on the soft skin beneath the nail it will burn deep down and causes lots of bleeding. I'm having a week off and if my toes are recovered will then resume at 10% ish. I definitely believe this will still cure the fungus but I just need to ease off the strength. No yellowing for me.


OK, I've ordered a bottle of 10% potassium hydroxide solution that is sold on Amazon as a diagnostic tool. Will try this on my infected toenails and let you know how it goes with all the 'lessons learned'. One of my toenails is black and half-gone and gettting worse. On the other foot, two toenails are affected but not as badly. I want to catch this before it spreads and/or gets worse. Thanks for the advice ... here goes!


Am a bit reluctant to use the potassium hydroxide as could not find 10% - only 50%. Have ordered the Potassium Iodide and will start with that. Still don't know what the baking powder is for - can anyone explain? - Presumably you file the top of the nail and then put the stuff on the top of the nail - or do you try to put it under the nail? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks


You can still use your 50% solution.
Just put a small amount in a suitable container and then add 4 times as much water. With 1 part potassium hydroxide 50% solution to 4 parts water you will then have a 10% potassium hydroxide solution. Give it a shake before each application to ensure its mixed and you'll be fine.
I trim my nails back and then brush on the liquid on, around and under my nail. At 10% I have very minimal adverse reaction. If you have open cuts near your nails that will sting so avoid that. Good luck.


Thank you vey much Steve - will get it and give it a go. thanks again - will report back when I have some results.


I've had fungus for many years and it has spread to other nails on my feet. I want to try this at 10%. Will my nails get soft and come off? Just a bit nervous. Also, does anyone else have major dryness on the whole of your feet. I have major calluses and try lotion and soaking after which I buff off dead skin. It never ends. Any ideas for that? Thanks, Linda


Just adding to my last comment. Is the shipping $48 or more for everyone who has ordered 10% potassium hydroxide solution? The product is inexpensive but the shipping was expensive. Haven't ordered, will wait for comments. Thanks


Just so you guys know is having a 1/2 off special on their Potassium Hydroxide.


As it was asked a few times, baking soda is used to neutralize acids and bases. In fact, we used to have a truly giant dry sink of it in the chem lab to submerge our hands in after experiments. I'm guessing it was used in this particular instance as a safety measure to bring the pH down to a level that won't harm the skin.


I recently purchased the potassium hydroxide in flake form however I am not sure how to mix it. Can anyone advise on how it should be mixed?

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