I've had it for six years and pretty much gave up because I am not going to damage my liver to get rid of the fungus. I tried all the home remedies over the years to no avail. It does improve the appearance of the nail to use Vicks vaporrub though. However, I started a no flour no sugar diet several months ago and was surprised to see my fungus is clearing up. It must be cutting out the sugar. I never thought I could wear sandals without being self-conscious again. I do cheat a little on the sugar like if it is a special occasion. But I think there is a lot of hidden sugar in our foods. I started checking labels and I won't buy anything that has more than 2 grams of sugar unless it is pure fruit. I use date syrup as a sweetener so I get to eat some of the sweet stuff without having to rely on artificial sweeteners. I am excited about my discovery and wanted to share. I wonder how common nail fungus is in countries where the sugar intake is low?
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.
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.
I am looking for a remedy for nail fungus. Also, I would like to know if anyone knows what to use to clean tubs and showers that will prevent the fungus from spreading to others.
TUEY from FT. COLLINS, CO
By Cindy in Colorado
I find I use vinegar for many, many things. (02/21/2006)
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 no sure cure. 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.
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 also takes many weeks and months to grow back. My cousins also had it, and all of us live in far distances from one another. My doctor, he said "I too had this, it comes from the dirt...I am a gardener...It's called 'White Fungus'" Even my Mini-Schnauzer got it in his toenails!
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 noticed NOW it doesn't anymore on the label.)
CURE: 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! Instantly the burning stopped, and that was all I did (after a year of suffering!). Never again will I suffer this. It has been years since and never came back, too bad my folks suffered before me! (10/13/2007)
By Deb Skonecki
I have had nail fungus on two toenails for years. Both nails became so thick that it hurt me to wear closed shoes. I went to the podiatrist and he sold me some oil for $40 for a half ounce. I used it faithfully. When that ran out I bought some more. But after a year, the improvement was so slight it was useless. At that rate, it would be ten years before they healed.
I did recall that he said any remedy for nail fungus had to be oil based in order to penetrate the nail. I had some oil of oregano that I had used for a sore throat. I read up on it, and one of its wonderful abilities is to kill fungus. I have been using it for six months now, and the bad part of both nails is almost completely grown out. The new nails look so healthy! I am jazzed!
I will keep using this oil (which retails for around $30 for a one ounce bottle) for about a year to make sure the fungus is gone. I hope this helps someone. I have a dear friend who elected to have her toenails all removed. (shudder)
By Coreen from Rupert, ID
Shared on: 07/21/2011
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