Vics VapoRub is the key.
Listen to this: I first got toenail fungus when I was 17. I was young and very shy. And being female, I was very embarrassed to show my feet. As life progressed it got worse. By the time I hit 26 I HAD to do something about it. I hardly had a nail left!! I finally went to the doc. I was prescribed something with Lamisil in it. I took it religiously and in 9 months the fungus was starting again. I went back to my doc and they represcribed the meds while insisting that I take liver tests monthly because the Lamisil was such a high risk. I did and finally it went away. Over the next 2 years my nail started to grow out healthy but 3 months ago, an ingrown toenail turned into fungus once again!!! I let the nail grow out and it fixed itself growth wise-however guess what?!? The fungus was surely back! After I confirmed that it was in fact back-I went back to my doc begging for the meds. It turns out that they are now rated so bad for your liver that the hospital won't carry them but my doc, after all the warnings told me that he would prescribe the prescription nail polish elsewhere for me. He said that he has seen too many patients end up on liver transplant lists with the meds and the reoccurence rate of fungus for those who the meds did work for was like 60%! He also told me to start researching home remedies. I did. I read about Vics, and WD-40 and rolled my eyes but tried to keep an open mind. The same day as my appointment I went to pic up my prescription. The pharmacist said while going over the warnings, 'if this doesn't work, come back to me.' I paid my $40 for the ridiculous nail polish and I asked 'what's your suggestion?' He told me, 'most people laugh, but I had this once myself. Since nail Fungus is under the nail and it's a living breathing thing, if you use Vics over the end of the affected toe and bandage it, you smother the fungus and it dies off. It worked for me, I would suggest doing Vics before spending another dime and it's far more 'body friendly' than this med'. I have now been trying it a week and about 1/3 of the white has merely disappeared. It is improving day by day. And the smell doesn't bother me a bit! I always prefer natural things and I bet this will work completely. So far it works better than any other med and I don't have to worry about side effects! Best if luck!
Vics VapoRub is the key.
I saw WD40 recommended here this morning (June 14 2011) I had a can; sprayed it on the infected nail (after roughing it up a little); the fungus has already almost completely disappeared.
The infection was white and presumably not too deep, but I ve had it for months and teatree oil didnt do diddlysquat.
Hello I'm Katherine, 28 years old. Mom of 2 kids. I’ve been battling toenail fungus about a year ago and have never had success with any product or home remedies. I've try to used the tea tree oil, vicks vapor rub, laser treatment, wartrol but all of them are not too effective on my toenail fungus. Until my friend suggested me to used the new nail/toenail fungus treatment 'FUNGUSIL'. With good reviews I've read and heard about this product, I tried it since my friend tested it before and effective on her. And within 1-2 weeks, my toenails started clearing up and Its getting stronger as my nails were started to look healthy again! Thanks for FUNGUSIL for getting me back in wearing my favorite sandals and slippers again!
I had a toenail fungus problem last January. With this, I have not been able to wear open toed-sandals because I’m so conscious about how horrible my toe looks. My cousin recommended me “OxyFend Cream” called “Zerowarts”. And for about 2-3 days, my toenail fungus cleared. The cream is really quite inexpensive. This Oxyfend nail fungus treatment cream really helped my nail infection!
WD-40. That's it. Spray twice a day with WD-40. 30 days: fungus gone.
I can't remember when the fungus first appeared, but it started with white under the nail and I didn't think much of it, and I would use nail varnish to cover it, once I changed my nail varnish I would of noticed it got worse and worse and the white stuff had spread. My nails then started to become crumbly like I can't really explain it never went to the extent of going yellow and black so I knew my fungus wasn't the worst case scenario. However it's started to clear up and I have only been using Vicks Vapour rub.
Here's how - Before you go to bed.
1.Wash your feet, and dry them with a clean towel but only dap them dry.
2.Get a cotton bud and wipe the ends into the pot and then wipe in the affected area's of the nails (I don't use my hands to rub it in because of other germs and fungus that could be lurking on my hands'
3. Get a plaster/bandaid and place it over the nail to let it soak in the nail and so it doesn't stain the bed quilts.
4. Overnight the vapour rub will soak into the nail, in the morning take the plaster/bandaid off and let as much fresh air get to your nails as possible.
It's also good for a change listerine mouthwash works in some cases soak as your toes in some listerine while brushing your teeth etc.
It can take ages for you to notice a change and improvement however because I catched mine early it was easier to get rid of that how it works and over night I saw a difference, now my big toes (the ones that were once affected' are looking much pinker without white underneath the nail.
Good luck, hope to see you this summer in the sandals on the beach...
After TEN YEARS of fighting the toenail fugus I finally WON!!
* No oral drugs or injections
* Application of treatment takes very little time (especially compared to the other treatments I've read)
Decolorized Iodine (also known as clear iodine - non staining).
WHAT YOU NEED - GENERALLY
You need an antiseptic. The infection is on the skin under the nail. There are a lot of antispectics out there but they have to be 'thin' enough to get through the nail (liquid surface tension, viscosity).
WHY DECOLORIZED IODINE WORKS
Iodine absorbs in the nail in SECONDS. It also leaves NO staining - completely clear.
Other antiseptics - Bleach(chlorine), Peroxide (including Hydrogen and urine), Chlorhexidine Gluconate (hospital skin cleaner) are too thick even if you soak your toes in them (although chlorine can make a little difference)
WHERE TO GET IT
Not widely available. I found it at CVS for $5, but it was not at Walgreens or Walmart for me. Mine came in a brown bottle even though the liquid is clear and dries clear.
A treatment consisted dipping a q-tip in the bottle and painting your infected nails and the skin that is close to the nail. Repeat (double dipping's ok!) until all infected nails are saturated (it can take ten times). Then leave to dry (takes less than a minute).
THAT'S IT! In less than a half an hour you might feel the skin under your nails tingling. You know it's working!!
If it hurts at anytime while applying, you have hit a pocket of infection. Stop and wait the next day to try again.
I STRONGLY recommend that you do this in the bathtub. Until the iodine is absorbed, it smells like cat urine; but that's only for a few seconds. But if you spill the bottle you want easy clean up.
What I did was apply it 3 times a day for 4 days, then once a week for 4 weeks, then once a month for 3 months. I don't know if more would be faster or if less is fine. In 6 weeks I was amazed at the change in my toes and nails.
Change in 6 weeks
* My toe skin looked healthier
* Light pink nail was growing out the bottom
* My right big toe left side of the nail had (before treatment) began to detact completely making another toe nail! After 6 weeks it began to reattach a full 1/8 inch!!!
Now (5 months later)
They look great. The only sign left is a major ridge that you can't see (but use to see) but I can feel it with my finger. My right toe nail has completely reattached.
I would like to say that when you get rid of this infection, your body will fight other infections faster and you'll feel healthier too.
So don't let anyone, nurse or doctor tell you it can't be done!!
I have pictures but I guess I'll had to describe them instead.
IF IT WORKS FOR YOU PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE WILL!!
(IT'S OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY IS NOT INTRESTED IN HELPING.)
For toenail fungus - I also did not want to take the rx as it may have side effects. I started pouring clorox from the bottle onto my toe, holding it over the bathtub. I know fungus hates clorox. The toenail fell off and I continued to pour that on every day after a shower as I presumed the toenail would be more porous when wet. The new toenail was fine. I used this on another toe and the toenail did not fall off but it killed the fungus inside and made a little ridge across the nail, which eventually grew out.
Had been fighting toenail fungus for over 5 years and tried everything imaginable, including but not limited to: daily alcohol soaks (30 days), same with vinegar, tea tree oil, penlac, tagamet (high dose for 60 days), OTC anti fungal topicals and sprays (long term), used these singly and in concert with other remedies, etc., etc., etc. Some of these showed some promise but the hopes were dashed every time.
What did work (and have been totally free of any toenail fungus for over two years now), was a drop of Clorox Clean-Up on each toes once (sometimes twice) a day for 2 weeks, and allowed to air dry. Also used common sense procedures to prevent cross contamination or reinfection including: Spaying shoes with anti-fungal sprays, clean socks daily, always clean pedicure tools by dipping in alcohol between EACH toe, keep nails short and file a little off the top (again use a washable emery board type file that can be dipped or cleaned with alcohol between each toe, when possible keep clipping off nails that are loose and beginning to fall off.
I'm pretty sure I got my fungus from salon pedicures, so now I bring my own pedicure tools and a spray bottle of Clorox Clean-Up to add an extra layer of cleanliness to the foot soak basin. Good luck!
I've fought this for years. When I looked up old remedies I saw they used to remove the nails. Hummm... so I decided to use Compound W. Works great to melt off the nail. I did switch to Dr. Sholls callus remover.(easier to use) I have small nails so it took about 2-3 wks. to have the nails completely off just like a callus. I then used the callus remover for another month to completely kill any nail that tried to grow. Keep any loose area trimmed completely off and continue to treat new exposed nail and bed. 4 out of 7 nails are perfect. I did have to do the big toe 2 times because I could see thickness the first time they grew out. I was in a hurry to see results!! I'm finishing up the last 3 with a third process and they look good so far. I am following thru everyday with tea tree oil on the new nails and will do so for at least 6 mo. to make sure!!! It will take at least 6 mo. for the big toe to totally grow out. Make sure you keep it trimmed close and a v cut to help the ingrown nail as it comes out to the top. I used 2 bottles as I replaced it when the remover got thick. I am very happy and hope this idea works for you too. Good time to do this as maybe you will have pretty nails by summer and bare feet!!