D.B. asks from Little Falls, NJ on November 12, 2009
Looking for a over the Counter Help for Toe Nail Fungus.
Yes ladies, I have toe nail fungus on my pinky toe only. My foot doctor says I probably got it from a nail salon, and advised me to stay away from them since this is very contagious. And it will probably spread to my other toe nails. He also said there is nothing that can be done, except shave it down from time to time. This can't be right. Please help, has anybody had luck getting rid of toe nail fungus?
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M.F. answers from New York on November 13, 2009
Sounds crazy but my doctor swears by covering it with vicks vapor rub and putting on a sock. Do this several times through out the day and it should clear up.
C.M. answers from New York on November 13, 2009
My grandson had toenail fungus on his big toe. Everything was tried as per over the counter remedies. He went to the foot doctor and he said the only way to get rid of it for good was to remove the toenail. So with novacaine into toe he removed the toenail. There was pain for the first night but kept it elevated. He is now free of fungus for a long time
M.W. answers from New York on November 14, 2009
M.A. answers from Orlando on November 13, 2009
Try Oil of Oregano, you can get it from a healthfood store.
J.N. answers from New York on November 13, 2009
Use 1/3 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 Quart of hot water in a foot bath and soak for 20 minutes once ady till the fungus clears. Keep off nail polish till it clears also and spray the inside of your shoes with Lysol spray. Apple Cider Vinegar is good for all types of skin fungus.
A.D. answers from New York on November 14, 2009
Hi D., I know there is a product called Lamisil but I also read that you can soak your foot in Antiseptic Mouthwash !! Sounds crazy but they say it works. My best, Grandma Mary
J.C. answers from New York on November 13, 2009
Unfortunately, I suffer from toe nail fungus too. And on more than one toe :( I recently visited a podiatrist and he told me there is a topical liquid called Penlac that you can brush on the infected toe but that it could take up to a year to see results! The only other option are the Lamisil tablets which you take for 3 months and then can expect to see results about 9 months later. You have to first have a blood test before taking these pills because it can affect your liver. They have just announced laser treatments for toenail fungus but it is not covered by insurance and will cost you about $1,000!
I am still debating on what to do cause I can't stand the way my feet look but I really don't want to take pills.
I would visit a podiatrist to get his/her suggestion.
A.I. answers from Buffalo on November 17, 2009
I've also heard of using tea tree oil, but I'm not sure how much or how often.
R.E. answers from New York on November 13, 2009
get a 2nd opinion but at a podiatrist or dermatologist
M.G. answers from New York on November 13, 2009
Worth a try:
[A reader offered the following suggestion for getting rid of nail fungus: “I cured my toenail fungus using a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and Listerine. I combined them in a quart jar with a screw-on lid and used a clean paintbrush to apply the liquid to the affected toes morning and night. “Then I put my socks on to keep it acting a while longer and protect the bed sheets at night. The fungus took about three months to clear up. It is slow growing, but is also slow to cure. I hope this helps someone else.�? The herbal ingredients in Listerine may have anti-fungal properties, but home remedies rarely come with specific guidelines. This reader combined a couple of favorite remedies. Many people have reported success soaking infected nails in one part vinegar to two parts water. Others got good results soaking their toes in Listerine. Such remedies won’t work for everyone and take several months to produce results.]http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2005/11/16/listerine-for-t/