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Fungal Nail Infection (Onychomycosis)

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What effective treatments have you found for fungal nail infections? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: jeffbo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

Yellow toenails and finger nails just mean you are vitamin D3 deficient and your immune system is not focused enough to recognize the fungus as a bad actor. I had tried everything for years and nothing worked until I tried high dose vitamin D3. I and others have had 100 percent success with this; 20,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day will do the trick.

Comment from: Nathan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

Tea tree oil drops on and under the nail have worked well for my fungal nail infections. It just takes time for the nail to grow out, but it's been 2 months of treatment and it's almost all gone. It's natural and you can do it home for about 20 bucks.

Comment from: Mary, Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I have had a fungal nail infection for a long time and a few weeks ago I started being analytical on how to treat it since nothing helped. I bought Odor Eaters foot powder and before bed I filled up each sock with about a quarter of foot powder put them on and went to sleep. In the morning I would take the socks off and lay them next to my bed for the other nights and about three to four days later I noticed that the black infected toe was very white and it was the first time that I was able to clip it since it was too hard and infected to clip before. Anyway I just want to share this in case anyone wants to try this. If you have fingers that are infected you can try this too; put the hands in the socks quartered with the foot powder before you fall asleep each night for about four days or a bit more.

Comment from: jane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I struggled with nail fungus for 30 years, trying all the topical products and laser on the nail beds. Two years ago my dermatologist said they had a new way of giving oral medication that had been very successful in their practice. I was given the medication for 1 week each month for 3 months. This worked really well for me. My nails are completely clear.

Comment from: Bob, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 23

I was working with a medical caravan team in Mexico as an interpreter and the Dr. prescribed seven tablets of fluconazole 150 mg for seven days. She said the nail should return to normal as the nail grew out and was slowly trimmed away.

Comment from: Nmgka, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 09

It began with a fungus under two fingernails, but now it appears to have only separated from one half of the nail bed.

Comment from: stitcheree, 55-64 Female Published: March 12

I had a fungal infection under my toenails and read that some people had used Vicks VapoRub! I asked by doctor and she said she had heard about that as well. She said there was not medical proof, but she had heard of it working for some people and that it couldn't hurt to try it, so I did. I just rubbed it into the infected nails at night and in the morning and it worked! Much cheaper than the medication I would have had to take and I also heard about nasty side effects!

Comment from: healthconscience, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I had severe fungus problems. My fingers had constant peeling skin. The entire bottoms of my feet were covered with dry peeling skin and toe nails had thick ugly yellow nails. I took the Lamisil pills as directed and it all cleared up. That was seven years ago and I still have beautiful feet and hands. I couldn't wear sandals before the treatment. Now I still wear sandals all summer. YAY!!!!

Comment from: June, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

Tablets have been fantastic had toe nail infection for 6 years used loceryl lacquer did not help. Was reluctant to take tablets due to side effects reported from other people but wanted to get rid of infection. Took tablets for two months new nail growth from base of nail, finishing off with lacquer will continue to use to make sure infection does not return. I had no side effects with tablets.

Comment from: greeniii555, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 15

I have used miconazole nitrate, which has been successful in treating nail fungus.

Comment from: Reggie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I had my fungal toenails treated by a podiatrist using an Aerolase LightPod Laser. The treatment was quite quick and easy, and I have not had any problems or reinfection of the nails since (treatment was close to 8 months ago). I am happy to say that I can once again strut around in sandals.

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Comment from: Lee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I have sprayed under and around the nail with hydrogen peroxide. It has helped somewhat. Part of the nail seems improved, but along the right side of the nail on my right big toe seems to have a buildup of calcium like substance. It is very hard and brittle. My left big toenail seems to be quite normal looking now. I tried several different treatments including oral Lamisil, this was a few years ago. I also soaked my feet in a vinegar solution for 1/2 hr each evening. I don't think that was too successful. I think a topical Lamisil treatment would work, but we can't get it here in Canada, or at least I haven't found it locally.

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