Tuff Toenail fungus!

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redfaceI have been trying for over a year to get rid of toenail fungus. I have used tea tree oil, vineger and prescription Penlac Nail Lacquer, but the fungus is still there. Does anyone have an ideas on what to use next?

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    I'm beginning to think "perseverance" is the only thing that can fix toenail fungus!!!! I've only used cheap white vinegar and soak my feet in it once a day (sometimes twice). When I first started this it was only a few weeks before I could see the base of the toenail growing through clear of the "yellow". It really encouraged me to keep going and not miss a daily soak. Then I would go on a holiday and cover them up with nail varnish and come back to worse looking nails then I'd start the process all over again. I've never had the fungus grow out to the tip of the nail as it takes soooo long!!! While on an overseas trip this year my left big toe was stepped on and that was the start of the nail separating and falling off. I sometimes think that was the best thing to happen, as it's growing back nice and pink, but very slowly. Still soaking and protecting this toenail with bandaids when wearing closed in shoes. Other toenail I'm still trying to grow the fungus out of and will keep cutting it off as it grows out. You did mention you had used vinegar?? How were you using it?? Was the fungus down to the base of the nails??

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      Hi Victoria43661, I fully agree with you. When applying topical antifungals it needs perseverance. They have to be applied diligently until the whole nail has grown back.

       

      In my experience, tea tree oil and medicated nail lacquer work best for infections where only a small (top) part of the nail is infected. Once the nail bed or the even worse the nail matrix has become infected it is more difficult to treat the fungal infection. In such a case, I had success after applying an occlusive dressing with Lamisil cream over the nail every evening. Terbinafine, the active ingredient in Lamisil penetrates deep into the tissue and has a half life of several weeks. The occlusive dressing with cream causes the affected part of the nail to become soft and it can be easily removed thus speeding up the treatment.

      One of my toe nails was completely discoloured and crumbly due to the fungal infection. After more than a month of applying the dressing I noticed pink smooth translucent nail growth at the base. Gradually, the nail grew back and now looks just like the other nails.  It is important to keep the treatment going until the whole nail has grown back and looks normal without any trace of the infection. 

       

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      I was using the vinegar full strength with a paper tower at bedtime and in the morning. The fungus was about halfway the nail. I did this diligently for about nine month. I am starting a new process now with Lamisil cream.
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    Hello... I was wondering if you ever go rid of your toenail fungus?  I can honestly say I had the worst fungus ever that spread to all of the toes on my left foot . The nails we very think and totally discoloured yellow and flaky.  I’m so happy to say that finally this year it’s all gone and I don’t have to be embarrassed anymore or always think ahead of what type of footwear I need to wear in the summer ! 
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      I ended up getting the Lamisil tablets... it was a 3 mth course that I took.  I know people are worried about liver damage , but I had zero complications and there is warnings about most meds these days anyway!  The fungus does not go away after you finish the course , very slowly you start to see new nail growth .  At first I thought I would need another prescription but my doctor explained the fungus is now dead and you need to wait for the nail to grow.  Took about a year all in for every last bit to be gone .   Over the counter meds did not work at all for me.  I guess it depends how bad your fungus is, but if it hasn’t spread to your other nails I’m sorry to say it will eventually . I wish I had done this sooner when it was only my big toe.  I suffered with this for about 10 years before I eventually did something about it. 
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      I thought about a treatment with the pills, but I have kidney disease and taking lots of other meds for different problems I have. I am seeing some improvements with my nails, so I will wait and see.
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      Hi sharrabelle, so great you got rid of the nail fungus. For me it was not just a cosmetic problem, the thickened nails would hurt at times, and I was always afraid the infection might spread. 

      I remember it was such a relief to finally see the nails recover. 

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      Hi Dan

      Yes me too, I was always worried what could be going on inside my  body if the fungus did such damage to my  nails .  I’m glad your nails have recovered!

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      Hi there, yes your situation is totally different due to your current meds.  I hope it clears up soon... I just know this was the only thing that worked for me . 
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    Increase your probiotics intake and keep doing the home remedies you normally find on online forums. Apple cider vinegar, olive leaf extract, tea tree oil normally helps in toenail fungus. One thing to consider most is, a fungus a caused primarily by bad hygiene and you need to take care of your feet/toenail health. Keep it dry all the times. Sanitize your footwear regularly. You can find electronic shoe disinfectant easily these days. 

    In short there is no magic pill for it, you need to fight the toenail fungus by proper lifestyle changes.

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    Have you completely gotten rid of your toenail fungus? I know Fugacil might work best for this infection. I got a severe case of toenail fungus several months ago. I tried a lot of natural remedies, including tea tree, garlic, vinegar, and coconut oil, but none of them worked. Some even made fungus spread to my other toes. I used Fugacil some times a day and it finally eliminated the fungus out of my toes. The intense pain and itching were gone in some first applications. The nail started growing back after 2 weeks of treatment. I hope that this cream can be helpful for you. 
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