Getting Rid of Toenail Fungus

June 17, 2012

Photo of a toe with toenail fungus.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.

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 Burrows from Parish, NY

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July 21, 2011

I went to the podiatrist and he sold me some oil for $40 for a half ounce. I used it faithfully. But after a year, the improvement was so slight it was useless.


At that rate, it would be ten years before they healed.

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February 20, 2005

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.

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June 5, 2008

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


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, 20081 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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By Katie (Guest Post)
June 11, 20080 found this helpful
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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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September 22, 20160 found this helpful
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That sounds very uncomfortable and hard to live with. Have you talked to a doctor? They might have some ideas.

I have had a fungus on my big toe for several years. There is a pill you can take to kill it off but it is very hard on your liver so my doctor does not want me to take it. I went in a few years ago and had surgery on the nail bed to remove it but it didn't work. It just grew right back.


Currently, I'm keeping it very short and treating it with tea tree oil. It keeps it from getting worse but hasn't killed it off yet. I treat it regularly for a few days, it feels better and I get busy until I notice it getting bad. I think if I did treat it daily for several weeks, it would kill it off but I haven't managed yet.

Good luck and let me know if you find a solution.

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March 15, 2012

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


March 17, 20121 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 It would probably be cheaper at the health food store. I was happy with the results.

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March 18, 20124 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

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


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, 20111 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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February 8, 2011

Where can I get Somasin for toenail fungus?

By Sheri Carlisle


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February 13, 20110 found this helpful
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Check out 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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April 28, 2012

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

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September 1, 2009

To get rid of a toenail fungus, use Vick's Salve. (Vick's Salve has been around what seems like forever.) Spread it on and under the infected toenail. Works like a charm. Much cheaper than buying preparations made for toenail fungus. By sewingmamma

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