I have had a bad fungus on my big toenail. I've been religiously soaking (at least 30 minutes) my toes in distilled white vinegar after thoroughly washing my feet with hot soapy water. After soaking in vinegar, let the area dry naturally. Then I load on Vick's VapoRub with a Q-tip on the nail and at the base of the nailbed where new growth begins. I cover it semi-loosely with a bandaid so the gunk won't get all over my sheets. In the a.m., I take off the bandaid and take my shower. I have been doing this for approximately 2 months, and the new growth is amazingly clear and pink!! It may take a while to see a difference, but it has certainly worked for me!
Last year (2006) I was told by my doctor that I had toenail fungus. I am now over it (2007)—but not due to anything my doctor did. He prescribed some topical medication, but how do you get it to the fungus? The nail itself protects the fungus from topical salves or soaks. Anyone who tells you to soak your feet in a solution that totally cured it for them—either has lost his toenail, or the nail is so crumbly that it can no longer keep water from penetrating below the nail. My toenail got crumbly at one point, but quickly returned to normal when I began to use a sunlamp.
Let me explain. I read up on this type of fungus. It loves warm, moist, dark places. A restriction of airflow suits it also. Change those conditions and a fungicide is unnecessary. Start wearing sandals, no socks, 24/7. For many that is impossible, but do the best you can when you can. Also use a sun lamp as much as possible, but as little as 2 minutes twice a day will cure the condition. The more exposure--the quicker the cure.
If you do not have a sunlamp, you could try just an extremely bright light bulb down close to your feet. That might work just as well. I don’t know, because I didn’t try that, but I would be interested to know if that would do it. (Caution: when using the sun lamp—you cannot look directly at it without damaging your eyes. Keep a magazine between it and your eyes.)
While you are exposing the affected nail to the light, expose all of your nails on both feet. This will deter your other nails from getting the problem.
Others with toe nail fungus say I have recovered in record time, and believe me the treatment is a lot less messy than soaking in this and that. It is definitely worth a try, and it does not preclude your using other treatments at the same time, if you think you have found one that works.
Garlic capsules or pure garlic taken daily works great and fast.
I HAVE HAD A TOENAIL FUNGUS ON BOTH MY BIG TOENAILS FOR 10 YEARS. I USED TO HYDE THEM WITH NAIL POLISH. I HAVE TRIED ALOT OF OTC CREAMS AND LOTIONS.
THIS IS WHAT IS WORKING FOR ME. I CUT THEM AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE. CLEAN THEM EVERY MORNING AFTER MY SHOWER. I PUT A DROP OF ALCOHOL TWICE A DAY. NO NAIL POLISH. I WHERE SANDELS OR ANY OPEN TOE SHOE SO MY TOES STAY IN OPEN AIR AS MUCH AS I CAN LET THEM. I DON'T LIKE PEOPLE TO SEE MY TOES BUT IT WAS WORTH IT IN THE LONG RUN.
IT HAS BEEN ABOUT 4 MONTHS OF THIS BUT THEY ARE ALMOST GROWN OUT. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH MY NEW TOENAILS.
The best remedy that helps minimize toe fungus (I don't think it's ever really 'cured') is vinegar. I have tried many topical remedies but straight undiluted vinegar works the best. Just get yourself a Rubbermaid foot size container, pour in the vinegar covering your foot and soak for as long as possible. An added bonus for soaking your feet in vinegar is that if you suffer from 'athlete's foot' it will really help that problem as well, no more itching. Try it! Vinegar is awesome!
I had to nail fungus for about 4 years on one big toe nail and 2 years on the other big one. They were pretty yellow and very thick. I filed them down as much as possible and trimmed them back. I did have to spend 13 dollars on a big nail nipper. The first 2 or 3 months I soaked cotton balls with white vinegar and put them on the nails while I brushed my teeth at night and while I got ready in the morning. It has taken 4 months and 1 1/2 small bottles of white vinegar (less than 4 dollars). I still have a quarter of my nails to grow out but I can say it works!!!
VVP does work! I had a bad reaction to fake 'fingernails' and all nails on both my hands got infected. Somehow the infection must have traveled thru my body because 3 of my toenails got infected also. Once one nail (toe or finger) is infected, it spreads easily to the next. I was on every med/cream/ointment available and nothing worked. It was terrible, as I was suffering from this for 8 months. My fingernails chipped away and I'd have cuts on every fingertip. I didn't even care about my toenails, but once I started the vicks remedy (rubbing it in ALL the time) it eventually worked. My condition was severe, so it will probably work much quicker on the average person. It's cheap and it doesn't have to be the Brand Vicks - any generic brand will do the same. For the person that said their nail turned black, mine turned a brownish color. The only reason I kept it up was 1. My nails were horrid anyway and 2. I could feel it work. I'd also try the bleach method someone suggested. I can't see how that wouldn't work. I couldn't even consider that with the cuts I had. Vinegar did not work for me. Tea Tree Oil has worked for a couple people I know. Personally, I was afraid to add oil to a fungus, but I guess this type of oil has a drying effect. I also took garlic capsules and acidouphoulis (sp?) I'm not sure if this had anything to do with curing my infection, but I want to add all I did. Garlic is supposed to kill fungus and acidouphoulis is giving you bacteria (the GOOD kind) that your body most likely is depleted off because of all the meds your doctor put you on. aka antibiotics/steriods/etc... OH, one more thing, go barefoot as much as possible (in your home, under your desk) and do not put a bandaid over it. As much as you want to cover this eyesore, it will only make it worse. Good luck
Soaking the affected nail(s) with distilled vinegar kills off the fungus rather quickly. Apply daily after bathing and let the vinegar dry thoroughly before dressing.
Apparently the fungus doesn't like the shift in pH that comes with the use of the vinegar.
After a friend managed to get a fungus growing under her fingernails from a bad manicure I suggested using vinegar. The 'cure' only required about a week. Toenails, being thicker, seem to take a bit longer.
i have toenail fungus for 2 years now and have been putting on a fungoid tincture constantly, with no improvement. this was given to me by my foot doctor. now with research, i have started the treatment of vicks all day and night ( with a white cotton sock on) in between treatments of apple cider vinegar, bleach and water and peroxide. i just take turns with all of them. i am very determined to get rid of this ulgy thing in my big toe. if you can dedicate yourself to these treatments, then i thnk they will work for you. prescriptions are not good for you and cause damage to your body. the thing to do is never let your toe breathe, keep it covered with vicks, and the fungus will die. i clean it in the shower, dry it and then clean it with either peroxide, bleach or apple cider vinegar. then i let it dry and then put on the vicks. it is already a few days and i am starting to see improvement in the nail.
oil of oregano for under the toenail infections. takes about 3 months but so do any medicines that you would get from a pharmacy.