Getting Rid of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus can be frustrating for those who have it. It's unsightly and very difficult to get rid of. This is a guide about getting rid of toenail fungus.
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June 17, 2012 Flag

As ugly as the nail fungus looks, that isn't what you're curing. Any "cure" you use is getting at the root of the problem and that's the fungus itself. It lives under and around the nail, it gets stuck inside the nail, staining the nail! Every time you think it's gone, it will come back if that nail has not grown 100% out.

All the cures, Vicks, vinegar, OTC products, and doctor's scripts do one thing by killing the virus while the nail grows completely out. It is kind of like if you bruise a nail. That bruise won't go away, until it grows out too.

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You have to apply this stuff "every" day, for months and months. Don't apply it to the nail, apply it around the nail and under the nail, being careful to get down deep into the crevices.

Keep cutting the nail until it's all new nail!

If you have slow growing nails, this could take up to a year. And don't buy the stuff at Sally's. It is for topical fungus, like a mold. And it's not the same thing!

Source: Instructions on scripts, OTC products, a podiatrist, and my husband's big toe!

By Chris B from Parish, NY

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February 20, 2005 Flag

There are many gardeners around the world that would appreciate this bit of info.

You could be very healthy and get this gardening, doctors are seeing scores of patients each year, and there WAS not sure cure for it. The medication ranges from medication taken internally or topical, ALL was way too expensive and unreliable! Nothing worked, just prolonged the pain and suffering. And the medication has to be monitored in case it damages your liver, that's why many doctors refuse to prescribe it.

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The fungus somehow gets under your fingernails and eats away at the bed of the nail until it totally falls off. This is like a long and burning torture! I saw my mother with it in the toenails and fingernails (raised her 9 children and kept a large garden), younger brother had suffered with it in all his fingernails and lost them, this takes many weeks and months to grow back. My cousins also had it, and all of us live in far distances from one another.

Yes, all suffered, until it hit MY FINGERS! Well, no one or anything messes with me! After I had enough of it, I began to think outside the box (so-to-speak). I said, "Hmmm, 'fungus'? I wonder...and looked at the bottle of 'Tilex Mildew Remover', it says it kills all fungus!" I took a paper cup and put a couple drops in, then I rested a toothpick in it for a couple of seconds, then ran it under my nails, and voila! Never again will I suffer this, been years since and never came back, too bad my folks suffered before me!

By Deb S.

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April 28, 2012 Flag

I watched Dr. OZ today and he suggested the use of myrrh. If I understood, I think it is an oil.

Source: Dr. Oz show.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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June 5, 2008 Flag

How do I get rid of thick and yellow toe nails?

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June 5, 20080 found this helpful
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Thick yellow nails are a sign of fungus. Find a fungus remover or rub toes with vicks or similar menthol type product at night.

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June 9, 20080 found this helpful
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Use Tea Tree Oil every day. Just dab it on with a cotton ball. It will take a few months, but it worked for me. My doctor gave me this advice.

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I have tried both tea tree oil and Vicks. They both really do work, but you have to be really dedicated about using them. Twice a day, and you can't forget. Mine were growing in clear after about three weeks of use, but then I stopped (stupid, I know) and it started coming back. Be diligent and you will see results! Vinegar also works but I found the tee tree oil and vicks to be stronger. Also, try and wear open-toed shoes or sandals. That helped a lot. Socks are a breeding ground for bacteria. Good luck!

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March 15, 2012 Flag

I have a toe nail fungus and it is ugly. Please help me get rid of this as soon as possible. I paid for a pedicure and bought this too. Lucky me!

By cmhoudini

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March 17, 20120 found this helpful
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I used tea tree oil and had really great results. It wasn't fast, but after using it for a month or so, I saw such a difference! I used it in the morning and at night. I got the tea tree oil from Amazon.com. It would probably be cheaper at the health food store. I was happy with the results.

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March 18, 20123 found this helpful
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It seems we have a large variety of natural remedies. I will keep them handy for future reference. For now, I use coconut oil after soaking and/or cleaning my feet. I apply liberally, then put on a pair of socks. Coconut oil is an antibacterial, anti-fungal so it's worked like what my podiatrist prescribed but which I couldn't afford.

As to how much time? I never kept track, I did notice that within a week my feet quit itching if that helps. I do the coconut oil once a day now as a preventative. It also helps by keeping moisture out from between the toes due to the oil being there instead. I think that makes a difference besides keeping my feet soft too.

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September 12, 20160 found this helpful
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Vicks Vapo Rub works quite well. I applied it every evening over the nail and at the top where the nail meets the skin, and over a course of 2-32 months the fungus disappeared. THis was after trying medication for over a year, that did nothing. And the dermatologist recommended it!

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April 20, 2011 Flag

Does anyone know what can stop the itch of toenail fungus? I use Vicks and tree tea oil, but is there anything better? Please help, I am desperate.

By Rosie from FL

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April 20, 20110 found this helpful
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Reader's Digest had an article on it this month, and their recommendation is half Listerine (the amber colored one--it won't stain your feet like the blue will, apparently) and half white vinegar; you soak your toes in it a couple of times a week.

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April 22, 20110 found this helpful
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Go to your nearest "Sally's" beauty supply store. Go to the nail section and pick up a bottle of "fung off" or another brand, I think they have two. Use it as directed. It costs very little. People who have acrylic nails sometimes get fungus under them and this is how they cure it. If there is no Sally's store near you go to a local nail shop and ask if they will sell you a bottle.

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April 21, 20111 found this helpful

I have had it on my left foot only for many years. I have tried oral meds as well as topical. Last year a laser treatment became available in my area. It was quite costly ($750 per foot,) but said it had a highly successful record of curing the nail fungus. If it didn't improve visibly in 6 mo, they offered to give me another treatment at no cost. Well the first treatment did nothing, nor did the 2nd treatment, and here it is about 6 mo. later and I could swear it has spread to another toe, after having not done so in 15 years. I am highly disappointed. Don't waste your money on that treatment.

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September 6, 2011 Flag

What do I do to get rid of a nail fungus? I have tried tea tree oil, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide.

By Jeanette B.

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful
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I would suggest you visit a good dermatologist. My mom had a nail fungus and tried all her friends "home" remedies. She finally went to the dermatologist and he gave her some meds to take care of the problem.

The fungus grew out as the nails grew long. It has never come back. Worth a try.

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful
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I have this on the middle toe of my right foot. I used Vick's vapor rub on it for 6 months, every time the nail grew out, my son would cut off the excess (I can't bend well enough anymore). It isn't totally healed but it is not sore. When applying the Vick's use rubber gloves, this way it doesn't get all over your hands, then wipe the gloves with a rag (kept just for this purpose). make sure to wear socks after applying to foot.

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May 23, 20160 found this helpful
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Every night, I heavily apply Vicks' on affected toenail and cover it with cotton ball & bandaid. I also use a liquid over the counter antifungal oil in the am, but I dont cover it. I file it a little every night before the Vicks'. In 3 days, my toenail has loosened and is falling off. I will continue the antifungal oil (from CVS pharmacy) during the day. As soon as the nail is totally off, I will still use a thin layer of Vicks', uncovered at night. I also soak my foot 1-2 times a week in water with cider vinegar.

I'm a nurse and I know a podiatrist would have removed the toenail, but it would have been very painful and this was only slightly uncomfortable.

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October 22, 2011 Flag

I have been going to the same nail salon for the past 5 years with the same operator. It is a very clean place as the tubs are cleaned and sanitized after each customer.

My neighbor started going last week and loved the first pedicure she had. My question is: she has nail fungus, would this be contagious to other customers even if the tubs are cleaned and disinfected each time?

Thank you for your replies.

By Rosalie

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful
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If the tubs and instruments are properly sanitized, then no, you would not catch someone else's fungus. However, all it would take is for something to not be properly sanitized once and the next customer could catch it. I'm sure your neighbor is not the first person to go there with a fungus, and you've not caught anything yet, so the place is probably clean. However, this is a risk you have to weigh.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful
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I was a hairstylist for thirty five years (also did manicures and pedicures) and always followed sanitation laws and 99.99% of salons and stylists and nail techs do too. I am sure your neighbor isn't the only client that has ever had nail fungus and got a pedicure or manicure over the years. To answer Debbie52's question about disclosure; nail techs and stylists alike can easily tell if someone has nail fungus even if the client doesn't say something and they do extra sanitation after the service. As long as you trust that your salon is indeed sanitizing equipment I truly don't think you should worry about it.

No stylist or salon wants to spread disease. I even had a new client once (I didn't know until she told me half way through the haircut) that she was in the last stages of life with HIV. Because she was rubbing her eyes and runny nose with her hands a lot, believe you me, I quietly excused myself for a moment and told the other stylists to properly sanitize anything they had seen her touch in the salon. The minute she left the salon I sanitized everything I could think of that she might have touched including door handles. As I said already, no stylist or salon wants to spread disease. Oh, I went to that clients home after that to give her haircuts.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

I guess I don't understand why a person with nail fungus would knowingly go get a professional pedicure....possibly exposing her condition to others. I wonder if she disclosed that fact?

I have never had a pedicure and don't think I ever will. Just common sense tells me that there's the risk for exposing yourself to unsanitary conditions. There's enough other ways that you could catch a disease out in public. I know how to cut my own toenails and polish them and I think I do a good enough job. A pedicure isn't cheap from what I'm told plus if you have to tip, it becomes expensive. Getting any sort of skin or nail disease in the process just isn't my cup of tea!

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January 25, 2012 Flag

I have tried about everything, including Vicks and Epsom salt. Any ideas?

By Rosie

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January 27, 20120 found this helpful
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I've heard soaking the foot in apple cider vinegar works. A co-worker swore by it. I've never used the method myself, though, so I don't know for sure.

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I'm not sure toenail fungus ever completely goes away. In the past three years I have used a doctor's prescription, a natural vinegar/herb soak, oil of oregano, tea tree oil and Vicks. I can tell when something is killing the fungus because the nail gets black in places and around the edges.

The nails are better than when I began. There are a few different fungi that can cause the disease, so I guess it is natural that one remedy works on certain kinds of nail fungus, and another remedy works better on another kind. One thing is for sure, though: All the remedies worked better than the foot doctor's expensive stuff.

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August 19, 20160 found this helpful

Boric acid

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June 15, 2010 Flag

What is a good home remedy for toe nail fungus?

By Deborah

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My husband has the same problem with toe nail fungus and he uses a home remedy. Buy a bag of cotton balls and cut each in half since you don't need to use a full cotton ball. Saturate the cotton ball with cider vinegar and apply to each toe nail before going to bed each night.

You have to be consistent with this treatment.

The reason why he won't take medication that the doctor prescribed is that it could destroy his liver over time.

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April 24, 20160 found this helpful
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After battling mine for over a year and being told that the only effective route were pills, I instead chose to rub cold pressed coconut oil on my toe after my shower each morning. It was gone in two weeks!

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

You need to take an oral anti fungal to get rid of the full issue. Your body is harboring it. Did not matter how much topical meds my son used, putting the oral on board made it go away.

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February 8, 2011 Flag

Where can I get Somasin for toenail fungus?

By Sheri

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful
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Check out peoplespharmacy.com. It's run by 2 pharmacists who know what they're doing. Search for toenail fungus. They have lots of home remedies and people post what works and what doesn't. I've found some very good info there that I found nowhere else.

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February 9, 20110 found this helpful

Vicks vapor rub works. It takes time, but apply twice a day and it will clear up. Rub it under the nails as far as you can,with out damage and on top also. Dr. recommended it after prescriptions didn't work. Could have saved a lot of money had he told me this first. Please try it. GG Vi

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April 20, 2011 Flag

How do I get rid of toenail fungus? I have tried vinegar, tree tea oil, and Listerine. Please help.

By Rosie from Toronto

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Treating Toenail Fungus

Keep clean, dry and exposed to light, that includes using no dark nail polish too. There are products on the market, but the key is consistent use daily over several months, if not always, and cutting damaged nail away as it grows. Always use clean/sterilized files, implements, etc. Products include vinegar, tea tree oil, Vicks, fungus preps, etc. Your mileage with those may vary. What has worked nicely for some does nothing for others.

Over half of people over 60 have some type of toenail fungus. It is difficult to remove and there are no overnight cures. It can also be a sign of a compromised immune system. Anything beyond a nail or two (or combined w/infection) should be checked out by an MD.

This has been my experience/knowledge as a nail tech. Hope it helps.
(01/13/2011)

By hellonheelz

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I fought my toenail fungus on my big toe for years. It hurt and was yellow and curling under. I tried Vicks (which seemed to work, but I wasn't great about doing it regularly), soaking in Epsom salts, hot water, tea tree oil, etc. My doctor said that there are pills that will kill it off, but that the pills are very hard on your body, much worse than the fungus itself. She recommended that I just "live with it".

I finally made an appointment with the podiatrist and he removed a strip of the nail, right down to the bed. It allowed the fungus to grow out and it was easier to trim. I kept it cut down as short as possible until it was finally grown out. It took about a year for the nail to look normal again. However, the nail will always be a little bit narrower than the nail on the other foot. I can live with that. :)

The podiatrist said that this won't always work. In my case, it did. I am so glad. I don't have to feel embarrassed when wearing sandals or feel like I need to have my nails painted all the time.

Good luck! (01/13/2011)

By jess

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Vick's Vapor Rub worked for my mom, and it's cheap compared to prescriptions and other methods. Hope it works for you. (01/13/2011)

By mrpurrfect

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I got this tip from a friend, and it worked! Get the Equate brand of anti fungus for athlete's foot cream from Walmart. I would keep it by my bedside with cotton swabs and dab some all over my toenail and the surrounding skin area. Be diligent. Every night. It sure worked, and the cream is not expensive. (01/14/2011)

By aloham58

Treating Toenail Fungus

Just go to your local Sally's beauty supply and get a bottle of "fungoff". If you do not have a Sally's go to a nail salon and have them sell you one. That is what they use for fungus under acrylic nails. (01/14/2011)

By Lilac

Treating Toenail Fungus

I have toenail fungus and tea tree oil is the only thing I've gotten to work effectively. However, it did not work for me until I took a suggestion from my doctor and began filing the toenail as paper thin as possible before soaking it in warm water and Epsom salt. Then I apply the tea tree oil. It has been about 3 months now, but it has gotten significantly better and so patience and diligence is a must too. I'm hoping it will be all gone in a few more months. My toenails were really thick when I started out and the fungus was stubborn. Thus, the tea tree oil couldn't work until I started filing and soaking. Good luck! (01/15/2011)

By jillian_marie

Treating Toenail Fungus

The best product is Nonyx Nail Gel, it is all natural and guaranteed to work. You can get it at www.drugstore.com or www.footsmart.com. My 82 year old mother had done everything her doctor prescribed including internal meds, external soaks, drops, and wraps, all to no avail. Only the Nonyx cleared it up. Did I mention it's guaranteed? (01/21/2011)

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February 8, 2011 Flag

I have toenail fungus and it's really bad. I have tried many different home ideas with no luck. I went to the doctor and he recommended Lamisil, but it has major liver effects, so I don't want to try that. My friend told me to try Somasin, but not sure about it? Can someone tell me if they have tried Somasin?

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Stacey from Newport Beach

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I have never tried that. This might sound crazy, but it really worked for me; try Vicks VapoRub. First clean your nails. Then again when you get up and before you go to bed, put the Vicks on, around and under (as much as you can) your nail. You will not see immediate results, however if you keep it up you will see it when the nail grows. When my toe nail was clear I used Vicks for another week. My toe nail is fungus free. This worked for me, but it takes time and consistency. (10/16/2005)

By Megan D.

Somasin For Toenail Fungus

Hey I always try the easy home remedies first. I don't know what kind of fungus I had, but my toes were cracking, bleeding, and smelled I tried lots of things. Anyways my mom bought me Somasin and in seven days I could see how much it was working so I can say that it works or it worked for me anyways. Hey and if any Somasin people read this, this is my thank you to you. (10/17/2005)

By Mike

Somasin For Toenail Fungus

My podiatrist prescribed Carmol40 brush on gel. After 25 years of toenail fungus, I was finally able to have normal looking toes. (10/17/2005)

By Irish

Somasin For Toenail Fungus

My husband used tree tea oil on his toe nails. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. We bought it on the internet at http://www.aloetherapy.com. They really improved, but you have to be consistent. (10/18/2005)

By jmouse13

Somasin For Toenail Fungus

Try Vicks VapoRub, tea tree oil, Noxzema, and original Listerine. I have read that all were useful to someone at some time or other.

Also, change shoes and socks mid-day and wash those socks in hot water. (10/18/2005)

By cookwie

Somasin For Toenail Fungus

My sister has had fungus on her thumb for 8 years and has been wearing a bandage to cover it up. She tried everything from home remedies to prescriptions and had no luck, but then I told her about Somasin! She used it and in less than 2 weeks it was gone. If you try one last product I would give Somasin the chance. Check it out at http://www.somasin.com. (10/24/2005)

By Tricia

Somasin For Toenail Fungus

I have been using Vicks Vapor Rub and keeping the nails short. This makes the nails look more normal and seems to discourage the fungus, but has not gotten rid of it. Vicks works better for me than tea tree oil and the over-the-counter medications. I am afraid to use the Lamisil. I figure I need my liver more than I need my toenails! (10/25/2005)

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January 13, 2011 Flag

How do you get rid of toenail fungus? It keeps coming back.

By Elaine from The Villages, FL

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Treating Toenail Fungus

I have it myself, you can take medications, but they wreck your liver and it takes about 1.5 yrs to clear it up. Some topicals help, but you have to be consistent with the treatment and again your nails grow slowly so it takes months. I've had a couple of nails removed. (08/03/2010)

By bkvander

Treating Toenail Fungus

My grandfather had very dry and thick toenails as he aged. A friend told us about using Vick's Vapo-Rub on feet in general for nice healthy feet, nails and all. We did it for granddaddy, and in just about a week, you could already tell a big difference. A neighbor had toenail fungus and we mentioned what we were doing for my grandfather, so he started using the Vick's the same way we were.

Try a nice foot massage making sure to get the Vick's all around the cuticles and under the nail as far as possible. We now have two happy old gentlemen who enjoy sharing their story with others at the center. You'd think they'd discovered electricity to hear them exclaiming over how great their feet are now. Be sure to include a clean pair of white cotton socks for sleeping, and the doctor told us that no one should ever wear anything other than white socks on their feet. He said half the trouble with nail problems was the various dyes that's put into socks and judging by problems in so many other areas with things coming out of China, it wouldn't surprise me at all. Even if you have to wear a dark pair of socks over the white ones, just be sure to keep white socks next to the skin.

I won't argue with success, and hope this helps other people out there who suffer with tired aching feet. A good foot soak is very soothing as well, then rub on the Vick's, add the white socks and you;'ll be as good as new very shortly.

(08/06/2010)

By StarWarsCollector

Treating Toenail Fungus

To let you know, it doesn't have to be Vicks, the cheaper "generic" works just as well. That's what I used, but I swabbed it thick on the toes with fungus then bandaged those areas, not changing the bandages for two days or so then putting on fresh after showering. I wore socks over them at night just in case. I didn't want to get the goop on my bed! I did that for about two weeks then sprayed inside all my shoes with a disinfectant spray until the fungus was gone. Oh, I also soaked my feet in a vinegar/water mix after showering and before using the Vicks. Best of luck to you. I know exactly how you feel! (08/06/2010)

By catcrony

Treating Toenail Fungus

You could be yeast resistant which means that you don't have the ability to fight yeast or fungus infections. You will have to probably always use something to prevent fungal infections from recurring. It also helps not to go barefoot and to wear white absorbent socks. (08/06/2010)

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