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I know this is gross and embarrassing to admit, but you guys seem to have the answer for everything and I am at my wits end. I never had any problems with my feet until I started getting pedicures. Sure enough - it looks like I have picked up a fungus. The second toenail on both feet became discolored and then became very thick and now grow almost in a circle about an 1/8 of an inch above the nail bed. I have tried all the over the counter treatments and even took pills my general doctor gave me (I found out later these often cause liver damage). They helped a little bit but as soon as I went off of them (only allowed 90 days), they went right back to the way they were. I can't wear flip flops or pretty sandles and now even the skin on the ends of the toes are becoming thick.
Help!!!! Does anyone know of a good home remedy or what a podiatrist would do?
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I am raising a couple wrestlers too. Sounds like a form of ringworm. You will probably need a anti-fungal pill. But I know a kid that had success, by soaking his foot in warm water twice a day. Then apply Vic's Vapor rub. Sounds weird, but worked. The creams used for athletes foot are also good. Good luck!
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One of the dance moms from our studio got a really awful fungal infection on her fingernails last spring - from a manicure at a super expensive spa that her DH gave her a gift card to for her birthday. Someone recommended the Vicks vapor rub treatment as having worked for them, and she tried it for several days but it didn't significantly help. Then someone else told her about tea tree oil, which she bought at a local vitamin store and painted on her nails three times a day. The tea tree oil did help a bit, but unfortunately it did take quite awhile to totally clear up. The fungus seemed to sort of have to work its way out as the nails grew out, if you know what I mean.
One thing to bear in mind - be super careful to sterilize your own nail clippers every time you clip the affected toenails - which you should do often. Good luck, it must be an awful thing to deal with.
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The oral medication, Lamisil, is supposed to be given for 12 weeks, not 90 days, for toe nail infections.
A podiatrist will make sure it is actually a fungal infection and not something else. If it's not a fungal infection, all the anti-fungal treatments in the world won't do a thing. It is possible they may remove the dead portions of the nail. I actually had this when I stupidly had a pedicure to feel better not too long after I finished chemotherapy! So dumb. Like a ballet dancer, the toe nail actually mainly came off. He removed the portions that were dead and left the pink, live portion. He gave me a cream and said the effectiveness is pretty low. It worked for me. I wasn't able to take the oral meds because of the drugs I was on at the time. It took a good 9 months for that nail to return to normal!
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There are several things you can do. One is vinegar soaks. Buy a gallon of cheap vinegar and a plastic lidded shoe box. You might want to use two shoe boxes to soak both feet at once. Soak your feet daily for a half an hour (do twice daily if you can) in the boxwith vinegar in it. You don't need to fill it. Just put enough so that it comes up and fully covers your toes as you soak. Add more as needed and replace the vinegar every month of so. Just put the lid on the box and keep using it over and over again.
If you don't have a place to store the filled boxes, then you could try soaking some cheap washcloths (perhaps cut in smaller pieces) or cotton pads (you may need several) in the same vinegar and then covering your toes with a plastic bag to keep the vinegar from drying out. Yes such a treatment will stink and you will have to keep doing it for many months. Remember, the nail will have to fully grow out to be replaced with a healthy nail. Thin the nail. There are several ways to do this. You could buy a file for tough nails or arificial nails. Or you could buy an electric tool that has attachments to it. Keep the nail cut short. You may need to buy a different clipper for tough nails or if it is too tough to cut, then file the edges down daily after you bathe or do the vinegar soak. Use your file or electric tool across the surface of the nail daily. Don't try to remove too much at first. And be careful when you do it. Such a nail can break off in large chunks when you least expect it. Try Sally Hansen's Clear and Restore pen. This won't affect the fungus but it will help thin and smooth the nail and make it look much better. Apply twice daily. Use a brush and some soap or an antifungal wash (I have purchased online) to scrub under, across and around the nail daily. Be sure not to use any of these tools/implements on your other nails so as not to accidentally spread the fungus. The clippers can be cleaned with alcohol. You can try applying Oil of Oregano under, across and around the nail. You can also take it in capsule form and also try grapefruit seed oil in capsule form. These are natural antifungals. You may have to go to a health food store or buy online. Although I have heard wonderful things about tea trea oil, for some reason it doesn't agree with me and I get a rash when I use it. You might have better luck. But whatever treatment you use, the key is to stick with it at least daily. Fungal spores are very persistant and if you let up on the treatment because you were too tired or forgot or something, the problem will get worse again.
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Vinegar soak worked right away for me!
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Thanks Guys. I started the vinegar treatment last night. Will have to check in later and let you know how it is going.
I had heard that doctors now offer a laser treatment, but that it is very expensive (and most insurance carriers don't cover it) and that there is a chance of losing the nail permanently. I will try everything you offered.