Nail Fungus - at the end of my tether

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I've had nail fungus since 2013. It started on my big toe and was minor with a change in the texture of the nail and white discolouration. I went to the docs to get it checked out and they took nail scrapings. The test for nail fungus was negative. The nail fungus then spread to a second toenail, and (gross) my thumbnail. 

After numerous trips to the doctor, I have tried:

- Whatever natural remedy I can find on the internet, vick's vapour rub, tea tree oil, etc.

- Nail scraping kits such as Canespro, fungal nail treatment pens (a variety of brands), nail lacquer with amolorfine (I think that's how you spell it)

I know there is the option of oral antifungal meds but doctors seem extremely hesitant to prescribe it because of the side effects.As trivial as it is, the nail fungus really gets me down at times. I would love to be able to grow to paint and grow out my healthy nails but whenever I see them grow, I keep them short and unpainted so any new fungus growth is clearly visible. I'm only twenty and I really hope this doesn't mean I'll have a lifetime of hiding my toenails in closed toe shoes and tucking my thumb in when interacting with customers in my job

 

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    Do you think you may get more luck going to a chiropodist/podiatrist?
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      Hi,

      Thanks for your reply smile

      Possibly, have only been going to the doctor's so far and hadnt thought about it if I'm honest. Thank you very much for the suggestion.

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    Have you tried mixing any hand or foot lotion with sugar?  It makes a wonderful exfoliate to remove all the ugly dead skin & all that white stuff that comes out.  Then, apply a piece of REAL aloe Vera from a leaf of the plant rubbing it on the affected area.  It will soothe and, hopefullly, heal your problems!  Good luck!

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    My chiropodist advised me of a fungal nail clinic - it's a chiropodist who specialises in fungal problems. I went this week and was advised my problem may not be fungal! To be secure a sample is taken and sent off for testing. However having just been to my chiropodist my nail was too short! Now will be away a lot til the New Year - so will wait and see!!

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    Hi Grace,

     I am at the "end of my tether" also...I like that expression.  I have had white chalky fungus on the sides of  my big toes for years.  Sometimes, it clears up...sometimes not.  My pedicurist takes good care of the big toes and gives me a topical ointment to apply twice daily. Dr. G's.  I, also, soak my toes in hydrogen peroxide 2x daily.  Usually, this works. But, I am going on the fourth month of ugly white big toes.  Went to my podiatrist...he didn't see any thing wrong.  The only things that help are the ointment and the soaking.  Plus, I use a toothbrush to brush off the chalky white stuff as it forms.

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    Hi grace00608, I have been in your situation and tried everything. From my experience, home treatment methods like tea tree oil work best if the fungal infection is superficial and affects a small part of the nail, typically the outer edge. The same applies to medicated nail lacquer.

    If the fungus affects most of the nail bed or even worse has spread to the nail matrix then it is a waste of effort to try lacquer, scraping kits and such.

    In that case, you need to get antifungals deep into the nail bed/matrix tissue. I have sent you a message on how to soak the toe in lamisil cream using an occlusive bandage. After several weeks of applying the bandage I could see pink translucent nail growth at the base of the nail. I continued the treatment and eventually the nail grew back completely.

    To prevent the spread of the infection to other nails it is necessary to use a second set of nail tools when trimming affected nails. You could also regularly apply a drop of tea tree oil to the healthy nails as a preventative measure.

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      Wow Dan that's a very helpful reply. Will give the Lamasil a go too for next few weeks when away as I certaintly don't want it to spread. Thank you v much.

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      Hi Dan,

      Thank you very much for your reply and I will certainly check your message.

      I will have a look into getting some lamisil cream as unfortunately the infection does now affect the whole nail!

      Again, thanks for your help and advice.

      Grace smile

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    Hi Grace, have been following your post and wondering if you started the Lamisil cream?? I'm considering giving it a try after reading of DanR's positive results. I've found some nail varnish which is specially formulated for nail problems and I'm considering looking into it. www.danipronails.com/ . US company and links to UK and Australian at bottom of website (I'm from Australia) . I'm thinking it might be a good nail varnish to use to cover the fungus for a short time, just to feel good, and knowing it doesn't contain any nasty ingredients. Just a thought. 

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    I've had nail fungus on one big toe for years now I've 5 infected across both feet. A few years ago I religiously soaked my feet in vinegar everyevening in a bowl while watching TV. The fungus eventually went! It took 2 months but then I got into a relationship and my soaking routine went out the window as a bowl of stinky apple cider vinegar sitting around the bedroom was not very cool. Also it used a lot of vinegar so I just had a bright idea a few weeks ago as the fungus are fully returned.

    I bought a pair of latex socks which I can wear around the house in slippers. I pour a little vinegar in to each one and its starting to work. All the skin fungi have gone and the toe fungi have not progressed. It will be months before I'm clear but at least I can treat it and go about an almost normal evening routine. I got the socks on Amazon. I think they are for swimming pools. Apple cider vinegar works best as normal vinegar burns after a while. I'll keep you posted. Feeling positive at last!

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    Hi Grace, I was curious to see if the treatment danR's told you about worked/helped?

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      Hi Jane,

      I haven't tried DanR's remedy yet but I have been being more diligent with applying tea tree oil to the affected nails twice or three times a day. Progress is slow but gradual.

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    Have you ever try Fugacil cream for your condition? Several months ago, I was in the same situation as you. I tried different natural remedies and used a variety of creams like this, but nothing really helped. When using this cream, I was a little skeptical at first because it was just like other creams- no burn or irritation. But after a day of usage, it calmed the itchiness on my nails and healed the infection within 3 days. This cream also kept the fungus from regrowing on the nails. It has been several months now, I saw no nail fungus return.
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