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    Trying tea tree oil now, tried the vicks, didn't work, got worse. Might try the listerine attack next if I don't see some improvement soon. Been a couple weeks on tea tree oil and yes, it does stink to high heaven.
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    I picked up toe nail fungus living in Pac NW. My insurance wouldn't cover the pills and they are quite expensive. Pharmacist suggested using Fungi-nail, a brush on topical med. It took a while, but it worked. Now I very seldom wear socks and closed toe shoes. Fresh air is the best preventative. It's been 10 years since I got rid of the fungus.
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    Its nice to know I'm not alone...never had it before...got it two years ago and have tried all over the counter meds, including tea tree oil to no avail. Have not tried lysterine..Also saw two dr.s and several very expensive perscription creams. Went to new dr. three weeks ago and begged for the oral medication (oral lamisil is what it is). I'm hoping..also gave me liquid nail polish medication to the tune of 35.00...I hope it works. I've lost the nail and regrew and lost half, another summer with no sandles....to the lady that wanted to know how to trim thick nails...Joann Fabrics sells this short thick bladed pink handled pair of scissors, they work better than any nail clipper I know. I use one on my callouses too..Dr. told me I did a nice job trimming them. I think they may have changed the color but they looked like this but pink http://www.joann.com/tonic-spring-cu...rple/prd50210/

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    My uncle used to have trouble with athelete's feet and he used listerine twice a day and it went away.
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    Just my big toe nails are thick. The left one seems to just grow up, & the right one is just too thick to cut. I just keep filing on them, whenever I think of it. Don't want to go through the pain of having them removed, nor the expense, as I bet insurance doesn't cover it. I hate to look at them, but have never been a foot fan anyway, lol. I go barefoot alot in the house, & with summer now, where my open toe sandals, so they can breathe. If anyone notices, it their problem right. Mine don't hurt, so I just keep filing them...
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    If you have ever had a vaginal yeast infection then you have had a fungal infection. I know some people have bought the over the counter medication for the yeast infection and used it on their toe fungus. I was told it worked as well on that fungus infection as on the vaginal infection. I guess fungus is fungus no matter where it grows, but it is a lot harder to kill on the toes because the nail protects it. Any antifungal substance has to get into the blood stream to kill the fungus. When you apply it on the toes, it has to get under the nail to get to the fungus and has to enter the blood stream to kill all of the fungus. In my mind I think of it as killing the roots on a tree. You have to do more than just cut the tree down, you have to get the roots. Fungus is hard to kill. You can't just kill the fungus that is visible. In time the growth will reoccur. If you can stop wearing closed toed shoes and socks after the fungal infection is gone, then the damp environment it needs to grow is not there and the fungus may stay dormant for years even if it is not completely killed.Good luck to all of you who are fighting this disfiguring growth and trying to get back into pretty sandals.

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    I had the fungus on my right thumbnail for over 15 years - tried the doctor & almost all the over the counters.
    We were going on a cruise & went to the nearest nail salon to cover it up - my nails looked terrible! They used silk wrap & after 6 months it was gone, never to return! My hands are often in water and this helped them dry out!

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    I bought tea tree oil. How do you use it?

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    I had a fungus develop under my big toes because of my combat boots! The lady that does my nails told me to keep them really short, scrape out from under them and soak in Listerine (yep, the mouthwash-brown kind) twice a day!! It took almost 6 months of diligence, but my toes are finally pretty again and I am going for my first pedicure!!! So, CUT THE NAIL BACK, SCRAPE OUT FROM UNDER IT, SOAK FOR 5 MINUTES!!!! Keep them short!! I got the fungus because of my nail bumping up against my boots, warm sweaty environment and too long in my boots!! Sure glad I am retired finally!!!
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    I read in AARP, this cure for toe nail fungus. After washing feet and drying them. Using a Q-tip, dipped in white vinegar onto each toe. After it dries, use another Q-tip dipped in Vicks vapor rub covering each nail. Do this every nite . It will take months for it to clear up completely. My nails aren't as thick as they were in the beginning. they are already looking much better after 6 months. Can't wait for it to clear up altogether.

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    If I can find the name of the solution my DH's doctor gave him, I will post it. Dh had bad problem with his nails and doctor said pharmacist could make up the solution. He had to apply once a night for several months, but it worked.

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    Be sure to wash your socks inside out and preferably line dry. Also, if you can, try not to wear the same pair of shoes continuously. Let your shoes air and dry thoroughly...bi-carbonate of soda is a handy drying/deoderising treatment for shoes.

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    Yes, my DH's internist doctor told us the same thing. He says it takes time, but you will begin to see the white nail grow out.

    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    Dr Oz and even my foot specialist says use Vicks Vapor rub on them.
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    Loved your last comment! LOL!

    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I would match DH's toenails against anyone's in an ugly toenail contest. Now mine are getting to look the same. The fungi must be migrating in bed at night.

    The crappy thing about getting old - toenail fungus.

    The good thing about getting old - very few people are checking to see how cute your toes are anymore.
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    Vinegar and mouth wash? Never heard of it, but it sounds like a possibility.

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    A friend of mine was recently telling me how she cured her toenail fungus, with hydrogen peroxide. I noticed this thread and out of curiosity, Googled it. Found this - http://www.michaelandjudystouffer.co...nailfungus.htm
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    I useLavenar Oil and it seems to be working pretty good. I apply it to the nail once a day in the evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    Dr Oz and even my foot specialist says use Vicks Vapor rub on them.
    I use the Vicks Vapor rub all fall and winter then my toes are ready for sandals. I give the nails a rest form polish every couple of weeks and then use the Vicks. I have a fungus rash on my chest that comes back a couple of times a year. May try the vinegar and mouthwash -
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    This is almost like a method I use. Athletes foot is a fungus, vinegar is an acid.... Could not sit still to soak my foot, so I used vinegar soaked cotton pads on my foot wrapped with saran wrap or used a baggie. Taped it in place and slept with it on at least 3 nights in a row. If I woke up with it burning then I removed it. If it itched the next morning, DO NOT SCRATCH (ask how I know) just soak in ice water for a minute or so and dry thoroughly. Any flare ups, just repeat the treatment. It has worked for me for years. I have often wondered if it would work on toenail fungus, now I know.
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    Well, I hate to admit it, but put me on the Fungi list (which sounds way cooler said out loud than written). Night before last, my big toe was hurting to beat the band. I couldn't walk on it, and it woke me up several times. I took my polish off, and there is a big yellow "stain" on my toenail. I don't get it, either, because I wear open toe shoes all the time! Seriously, haven't had socks on in months! At first, I thought it was just a coincidence, that it wasn't a fungus, but I covered the nail with a band-aid and went to work yesterday. Luckily, the pain has subsided. It was bad. My whole toe was radiating heat and it was red and "angry-looking". I put some Neosporin on it (because I was at work, and that's all we had) and checked on it a few hours later, and it looked like a fungus. It's little, but it's there. When I got home, I cut the nail down as low as I could and soaked a rag in vinegar and taped it to my toe. When I went to bed, I put vicks in there as much as I could and rubbed it in the nail. It does look better today. I have another vinegar-soaked rag on it this morning (it's my sewing pedal foot too!!!). I have a pool party later today but I'm skipping the swimming I'm trying to keep this tootsie as dry as I can when it's not being heavily medicated! I'm hoping to catch it while it's still young and kill it dead dead dead. The vinegar stung when I first put it on there last night, but not so much today. Yay!! I'll have to get a big emory board and some listerine when I go out.

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    please post updates to the vinegar & Vicks method, for all the inquiring minds and sore toes on here. TIA

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    I can post pictures hourly!!

    Lol just kidding'!

    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    please post updates to the vinegar & Vicks method, for all the inquiring minds and sore toes on here. TIA

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    During WW2 in the south pacific the airmen were told to pee on their feet to keep from getting "jungle rot"

    I assume they meant fungus. Sounds wierd but it worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR View Post
    Ok, I'm going to tell you something gross, but it works.

    The anti-fungal medicines (not the pills, I don't think) that you're applying have uric acid in them that comes from female horse pee. When I was a manicurist, I would tell everyone who had some sort of foot-fungus to pee while they were in the shower. Don't think about it, just do it.

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    Well, it's been a full week of treatment!!!!

    I'm happy to report that it looks like I've removed it!! I cut my nail down as far as I could with nippers. Looks like 1/2 of my toenail is missing (I guess it is!) so I really have to watch it to make sure that I don't get an ingrown nail now! I've been putting the vinegar/listerine mix on it all the time, and I put Vicks on it at night. I had to put polish on it for work, so I didnt know if it was working or not! I took the polish off tonight and.....




    drumroll please....





    You can't tell it was ever there!! I can see a little "yuck" at the edge-because I'm looking for it! But it's a pink and whitish "yuck" instead of the yellow/brown yuck I had before!!!! I'm going to keep treating it until it's grown out, but I'm so relieved that this is working!
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